In similar NetherRealm Studios fashion, Mortal Kombat 11 is being wrapped up with an Ultimate edition.  This Ultimate edition takes all four major releases and puts it all into one game, for those of you that have been waiting to pick this game up.   Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate contains the base game, both Kombat Packs, and Aftermath, all contained in one green Xbox game case.  Let’s take a closer look at what all comes in this newest edition of Mortal Kombat 11.


Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate tells the full story of what happens in Mortal Kombat 11 with the included expansion Aftermath.  Raiden begins the story by decapitating Shinnok, and then setting out to destroy all of his enemies.  The decapitation of Shinnok inspires Kronika, Shinnok’s mother, to rewrite history in order to protect her son and to erase Raiden’s interference.  This sets into motion the formation of a series of alliances, Raiden with Earthrealm and Kronika with Netherrealm, for each side to gain strength in the upcoming struggle.  The first part of the story ends with the final battle between Liu Kang and Kronika for the fate of time and the universe.

Aftermath picks right up where the base game leaves off, with the defeat of Kronika at the hands of Liu Kang.  Liu Kang and Raiden are interrupted in their attempts to balance history by Shang Tsung, Nightwolf, and Fujin.  Shang Tsung tells Liu Kang that Liu Kang cannot control Kronika’s hourglass without the Crown of Souls, which was destroyed in the battle.  Shang Tsung convinces Liu Kang to send the trio back in time to steal the Crown of Souls before Cetrion recovers it.  Nightwolf, Shang Tsung, and Fujin return to the past and attempt not to meddle in the events of the first half of Mortal Kombat 11.  Ultimately, Shang Tsung betrays his temporary comrades and claims the Crown of Souls for himself, setting up a final battle between he and Liu Kang for the fate of the universe.

Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate contains the entire story of this iteration of Mortal Kombat, all in one location.  However, if you own either the base game or Aftermath, there is nothing new here in terms of story.  Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate, story wise, is best for those that have yet to buy the base game to play this edition.  Those of you that have waited to get into Mortal Kombat 11 are now rewarded with the full story for one price.

Game Play

Similar to what I said regarding the story, Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate has it all in terms of game play.  Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate has the full roster of all combatants in the game, alternate skins that were found in the other Kombat Packs, tons of stages, stage fatalities, friendships, and both story modes.

Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate has a grand total of 37 fighters available, including the 3 new fighters that were released for this version of the game:  Mileena, Rain and John Rambo.  Mileena and Rain are very welcomed addition to the Mortal Kombat roster, as they are some of the more classic Mortal Kombat fighters on this roster.  Mileena first made her appearance way back in Mortal Kombat II, while Rain debuted in Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3.  Both play very well, and I love the new aesthetics of Rain that help separate him from his classic origins of being just another ninja color swap.  John Rambo finishes NetherRealm Studios’ obsession with 80’s action heroes for Mortal Kombat.  Rambo joins other 80’s icons, such as RoboCop and the Terminator, in Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate and is probably my least favorite to play out of the new fighters for this edition.  Rambo feels slow and sluggish compared to the other fighters, and I just couldn’t quite get into him as a character.  I do love how NetherRealm picks a theme and goes with it when it comes to their dlc characters, but he’s my least favorite of the bunch.

Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate also gives you all the other features that were released throughout the series, including the Kombat Pack skins for the characters that were released through the packs.  These are nice additions to the game and let’s you really customize your fighters to fit your own personal aesthetics.  Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate also has the full list of stages that has been released for the game, which included the stage fatalities that were released in Aftermath.  Stage fatalities are fun and add more variety to how you can dispatch your opponents, but the real fun comes with the new Friendships that were also released in Aftermath.  Tired of seeing so much blood on your screen at the end of a fight?  Be friends instead!  Friendships first appeared in Mortal Kombat II along with my other favorite, Babalities.  These were two ways that the Mortal Kombat developers kind of made fun of the public outcry to the blood and gore of their franchise.  Friendships are back, and some of them are really funny.

Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate has it all.  Any feature or character that has been released for Mortal Kombat 11 can be found here.  This is the most complete and best version of the game in terms of features and characters.


Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate doesn’t bring anything new to the game in terms of aesthetics, unless you own an Xbox One X/S.  There is a free graphical upgrade for owners of the next gen Xbox console, but for the rest of us schlubs we get the same version of the game that has been out for a while.  The looks and sounds of the 3 new characters are nice, and I really like the upgrade to Rain’s look.  Rain started off as a color swap for Sub-Zero/Scorpion back in Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 but now has a much more Indian look to his aesthetic, including using a katar as a weapon.  I really love this new look for him, as I do the rest of the other ninjas.

Mileena’s aesthetic follows the trend to put some more clothes back onto the female characters, but it still feels like something Mileena would wear.  Her biggest change to her appearance comes with her mouth this time.  Mileena is back to the mouth full of razor teeth, similar to Baraka’s look, instead of the almost normal human mouth with extra side teeth like she had in Mortal Kombat X.  It’s a call back to her classic look, which I am fine with.

John Rambo is designed to look like his appearance in First Blood.  John Rambo is a Vietnam vet that suffers from PTSD and has crossed over into the Mortal Kombat Universe.  Rambo’s looks matches his similar looks from the movie, but are still made to fit in with the rest of the roster of characters.  It’s his voice, however, that gets me.  There is something just off in how the voice actor sounds when comparing to Sylvester Stallone.  Maybe Stallone just has one of those types of voices that is iconic and hard to reproduce, but it feels off to me.

Final Thoughts

Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate is the best version of the game that you can buy right now, especially if you haven’t bought anything Mortal Kombat 11 in the past.  If you own the base game, or any of the other packs that has been released, then your mileage for Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate will vary.  You can buy each item separate as needed to recreate what is in this package, based on what you already own.  I feel that this is the best Mortal Kombat game released in some time.  The additional features that has been added in Aftermath, along with the two full stories you can play and the large amount of fighters to choose from really makes Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate the best version to own.  If you have waited for the complete package to buy Mortal Kombat 11, now is the time to pick it up.  Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate is available now for $59.99.

Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate













  • Massive Roster of Fighters
  • Friendships!
  • Stage Fatalities
  • Both Stories are Included


  • Best If You Don't Already Have MK 11
  • Rambo's Voice

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John "Judgeman" Dugan is a long time contributor and Gaming Shogun's resident fighting game expert. Judgeman has appeared on G4's Arena, including season 1's Tournament of Champions, and was a regular in the early days of Street Fighter 2 tournaments.