One of the problems that fighting games often face is the issue of balance. Creating a game where players can use whatever character they like and not have to worry about being too overpowered or too weak is a lot harder than it sounds. These problems have only increased with the advent of online play, with new errors cropping up due to internet connections players taking advantage of glitches.
Not even Mortal Kombat is exempt from this, even though it’s the best-selling game in the series. Thankfully, a new patch has been released that will take care of a number of problems the game has.
The biggest problem Mortal Kombat had to face was desynchronization, which caused players to lose their internet connections. It initially affected both systems, before it was narrowed down to just Xbox Live. The connections were lost once characters selected certain costumes to use, mainly the Klassic Skins available via DLC. The patch has solved that problem, and now players can use whatever outfits they want for their character of choice.
The patch also solved a number of other, character-specific problems. They are as follows:
General Gameplay Fixes/Tweaks
- Fixed a couple of crash scenarios.
- DLC billboards should now behave correctly on Xbox
- You should no longer see online desyncs on Xbox that are related to alternate costumes or classic costume DLC packs.
- MOTD handling and displaying code was tweaked.
- Fixed a bug that could have resulted in tweakvars getting corrupted.
- Fixed a crash in player select if you tried to exit out while the dlc box was open.
- With the exception of Human Cyrax and Human Sektor, everyone’s alternate costumes should behave the same as their primary costumes and have the exact same move properties.
- You can now block after a dash forward is completed if it was cancelled into from a special move. Canceling out of a dash into another dash was normalized for most of the characters. Dash Block canceling remains the same.
- Wakeup attacks should have better invulnerability on them if done in the first 4 frames of the wakeup window. (this was added as a hotfix tweakable value)
- You no longer get a completely free throw attempt after someone blocks your jump punch. The opponent has less block hit frames but chained combos from a jump punch will remain the same.
- There were several reactions that could freeze players just before they landed from attacks and reactions such as Kano’s Airball and Cyrax’s Net air reaction.
- Made many minor hitbox adjustments.
- Tweaked the negative edge window.
- Several low attacks were being parried incorrectly.
- Nightwolf and Kenshi can no longer still absorb a projectile if they get hit out of their enhanced reflects before the recovery frames start.
- Baraka’s Blade Spin move starts up faster and is safer when blocked.
- Baraka’s Enhanced Blade Charge (Blade Rush) attack goes farther now.
- Baraka’s Chop Chop no longer auto corrects mid-move.
- Baraka’s has a new D1 low poke.
- Cyber Subzero can no longer handcuff certain characters by catching a wakeup attack with his enhanced Ice Parry.
- Cyrax’s Buzzsaw is an overhead block and safer when blocked
- Cyrax’s Bombs will no longer pop someone up who is in a 2nd Net reaction or in a Buzzsaw reaction.
- Cyrax’s mk3 costume should behave the same as the primary costume now.
- Ermac can no longer leave an invisible fireball collision around.
- Fixed damage scaling a few of his reactions.
- All of Jade’s Enhanced Boomerangs (Reboomerang) will now return when the first hit is blocked.
- Jade’s Staff Grab is slightly safer when blocked.
- Jade’s U3 attack (Pole Vault) can be ducked.
- Jade’s 4,F3 kick (Polecat) is safer when blocked.
- The armor on Jax’s Enhanced Dash Punch (Dash Fist) and X-Ray (Briggs Bash) now starts instantly.
- Added armor to the startup of Jax’s Enhanced Elbow (Elite Smash).
- Jax’s projectiles (Energy Wave) recover a tiny bit faster.
- Jax’s towards 3 attack (Big Leg) is now an overhead.
- Jax can no longer frame trap someone with his Gotcha Grab.
- Johnny Cage’s F3,2 (Take Two) no longer true combos into 2in1′d special moves
- Johnny Cage’s Nut Punch does slightly less damage.
- Johnny Cage’s sweep kick has less advantage on block or hit.
- Kabal can no longer leave an invisible fireball collision around.
- Removed a couple unavoidable block traps with Kabal. (with F2 and 4)
- If you don’t charge and hold the Enhanced Kano Ball it will now keep its armor.
- Kano’s Enhanced Knife Toss recovers faster.
- Kitana’s Fan reactions on an airborne opponent damage scale correctly now.
- Kitana’s X-Ray (Fan-Tastic) can no longer be reflected.
- Removed the pushback on Kunglao’s spin when blocked.
- Ground Hat now leaves both players at neutral when hit close and leaves Kung Lao at a disadvantage when blocked up close.
- Kung Lao’s overhead hat attack is slightly safer when blocked.
- Lui Kang’s Parry now can correctly give a first hit bonus!
- Nightwolf’s reflect should work better as a wakeup attack.
- Noob’s Teleport Slam should connect better with some opponents.
- Noob should no longer be hit on the ground after he is up in the air for his teleport.
- Noob’s Shadow Charge hits overhead.
- Fixed an isse where Quan Chi’s Skull Projectile (Skull Ball) could sometimes become invisible.
- Added some armor to the Quan Chi’s Enhanced Sky Drop (Sky Stomp).
- Raiden can no longer unavoidably frame trap someone with his Vicinity Blast.
- Raiden has 2 additional recovery frames on his normal Teleport.
- Raiden can’t be hit during his Enhanced Teleport (Sparkport).
- Reptile whiffed Elbow Dash now builds slightly less meter.
- Reptile is held slightly longer after knocking someone down with the Elbow Dash.
- A blocked Reptile Elbow Dash no longer pushes back.
- Reptile’s Enhanced Slide (Slime Trail) now has armor on it.
- Reptile can no longer leave an invisible Forceball collision around.
- Scorpion’s Leg Takedown is safer when blocked.
- Scorpion’s Enhanced Leg Takedown (Takeout) now has armor on it.
- Sektor can now 2in1 into the front and behind Up Missiles
- Sektor’s mk3 outfit should behave the same as the primary costume
- Sektor’s backjets will no longer get stuck firing, wasting precious fuel. (Yay!)
- Sektor’s X-Ray (Massive Missile) can no longer be reflected.
- The armor on Shang’s Enhanced Soul Steal now starts instantly
- Shang Tsung’s Enhanced Soul Steal (Soul Capture) activates faster.
- Sheeva’s Fireball is a mid block now and the Enhanced Fireball (Fire Blast) is an overhead.
- Sheeva’s Ground Pound can correctly give a first hit bonus!
- Sheeva’s Enhanced Jump Stomp (Jump Crush) now has armor on it.
- Sheeva’s Air Grab has better anti-air collision on it.
- Sindel can no longer leave behind an invisible fireball collision around.
- Sindel’s B1 attack is a low block.
- Sindel’s regular Scream is slightly faster nd the Enhanced Scream is a lot faster now.
- Sindel’s Scream (Yell) can no longer be parried.
- It’s no longer possible to handcuff opponents with Smoke’s Vibration (Shake) Parry.
- The armor on Sonya’s cartwheel (Krazy Legs) lasts until the first collision and Archkick’s (Arc Wave) armor lasts until her arch is almost over.
- Sonya’s 1,1,4 (Fierce Assault) no longer true combos into 2in1′d special moves from it.
- Sonya’s 3,1,4 (Beat Up) no longer true combos into 2in1′d special moves from it.
- Stryker’s Enhanced Baton (Baton Bash) Sweep’s 2nd hit is an overhead and is safer when blocked.
- Stryker’s Grenades recover slightly faster.
- Stryker’s Baton Roll starts up faster and the enhanced version has armor on it for a longer time.
- Stryker’s Grenade Toss and Baton Sweep do slightly more damage.
- Stryker’s B1,2,2 (Beatdown) combo is safer when blocked.
- Fixed some of the Ground Freeze reaction properties which were causing some other gameplay issues.
- Sub Zero’s Enhanced Slide (Power Slide) now has armor.
- The opponent is frozen for 10 additional frames to allow him to at least get a slide in for some trade cases were he could get nothing before.
- Freddy’s Nightmare Stance can’t be repeated instantly anymore.
- Fixed a bug where Freddy could get stuck being immune to projectiles.
- Freddy forward and backward Teleports (Hell Shift) build slightly less meter.
- Some of Freddy reactions were not damage scaling correctly.
- Tweaked the recovery on some of Freddy specials.
- Kenshi’s X-Ray (Soul Blade) can no longer be reflected.
- Kenshi is freed up sooner now when he absorbs a projectile with his (Blade Absorb)
- Kenshi’s F2,2,B1 (Absentminded) reaction no longer lets opponents be hit just as they hit the ground.
- Skarlet has an additional 10 frames before she can cancel out of her normal dagger toss.
- Skarlet can no longer 2in1 cancel out of her Slide attack from her Red Dash.
- Skarlet’s back throw now does normal damage.
- Skarlet can do her U3 (Lifting Leg) attack from a dash now.
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It’s nice to know that the folks at NetherRealm Studios are taking the time to fix any errors this game still possesses. Perhaps this means that they will be following through on their desire for more DLC?
Do you think the patch has solved all of the problems Mortal Kombat may have had?
Mortal Kombat is out now for the Xbox 360 and PS3.