Over in the United States Amazon have discounted Mortal Kombat 11 just hours after it was released. The price has dropped to $49.94 for the standard version, which was $59.99, and the Premium Edition has also had ten bucks wiped off, down from $99.99 to $89.94.
As you can imagine those who pre-ordered and paid full price are rather miffed. I’m sure the game has sold by the bucket load so why Amazon are cutting the price so quickly is a bit of a mystery, perhaps they are pricing matching an offer elsewhere. The price works at around £38.50 using today’s currency rates, over in the UK Amazon are still charging £43.99.
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You can read our Mortal Kombat 11 review here which highlighted the fact that there is unnecessary grind in the Towers of Time portion of the game.
“This game is the pinnacle of Mortal Kombat action,” said our reviewer, Miguel. “Fghts are fluid, weighty, and gorgeous to look at. Unfortunately, that tightly-designed gameplay is bogged down by a grindy system of loot and consumables that only serves to artificially extend your playtime in the most tedious ways imaginable. There is so much heart and care put into this game, from the combat to the gorgeous visuals and memorable story, but that effort feels nullified by the desperate attempt to twist an iconic video game franchise into just another endlessly online service game.”
Netherealm have quickly responded to this and have said they will be addressing this issue “ASAP”.
Towers of Time are Mortal Kombat 11’s equivalent to the Multiverse fights in NetherRealm’s previous game Injustice 2. They cycle daily, weekly and monthly, some are character specific, but they all have different modifiers to throw different challenges at the player. Some of these are incredibly punitive environmental damage effects which can only be counteracted by using consumable items before the fight. These are in turn earned through victories in the Towers of Time, where you’ll also earn gear augments, character intros, outros, fatalities, character skins and more.
Source: Wario64 on Twitter