Right near Mortal Kombat‘s original release (which I hear is pretty damn good), there was an oddball rumor that Freddy Krueger was going be thrown is as DLC. I called it crazy and said it would never happen. I have prepared some crow because now that it’s out, I’ll be eating a lot of it. Not only is seemingly-fictitious DLC true but this burnt, cut-up fighter is another quality add-on to the growing roster.
Contrary to Rain or Sub-Zero, Freddy has a lot of moves. His combo list is surprisingly extensive, which comes in handy for the many combos Freddy can possibly pull off. His special moves are also useful, as you can use his claws to pop up from the ground (from close, medium, and far), summon a stun tear drop from the sky, do a Smoke-like dash forward, and throw your clawed gloves on the ground or as a projectile. I was thoroughly pleased to see such an expansive, yet useful moveset. I have a feeling the best is yet to come as players, like myself, dig deep into what he can do with these moves.
In Mortal Kombat, I say a fighter is as good as his X-Ray (which is why I don’t play as Stryker). Freddy’s X-Ray doesn’t disappoint. I found multiple ways to link into it, creating combos upwards of forty percent. This special move is a quick upwards slash and it is undeniably useful and powerful, something an X-Ray needs to be.
Kenshi, Skarlet, and Rain all had the same problems and Freddy, unsurprisingly, shares them too. There isn’t stat tracking through the Nekropolis, nor is there any alternate costume. Like I said with those other fighters, it is no big deal, but it would still be nice to see. After all, we all like a little change in wardrobe, right?
Freddy does come packaged with (free even if you don’t buy Mr. Krueger) two free skins, one for Sub-Zero and one for Cyber Sub-Zero. These free costumes are a little thanks for your support from NetherRealm Studios and, since they are cool, are great to have.
Another fighter, another five dollars. I still do think that is a lot of money for a single combatant but, frankly, it’s hard to care. Mr. Krueger carries the tradition of being another quality addition and his moves and the attention to detail show how much care was given to his creation. I’m not even a fan of his frightening movies but I can more than recommend Freddy Krueger for anyone who already likes the game. He isn’t a cash-in or a worthless big name in a great game. At least they didn’t add Superman (again), right?
Fatality #1: Tell ‘Em Freddy Sent Ya
Fatality #2: Welcome to My Nightmare
X-Ray: What a Rush