NetherRealm Studios in recent years has grown a tradition of having guest characters make a special appearance in the Mortal Kombat series. Their latest installment, Mortal Kombat X, continues this by implementing horror icon Jason Voorhees as downloadable content for the new cast of fighters. Jason is the first in a series of DLC characters to come to Mortal Kombat X as part of the Kombat Pack. While there are no impactful story elements from Jason’s inclusion, he does come with plenty of brutal and gruesome fatalities that are great nods to his horror movie legacy.
Much like the rest of the lineup of fighters in Mortal Kombat X, Jason has three variations to his fighting style. The first is called Unstoppable, which allows Jason to be a grappler styled fighter with buffs and abilities that allow him to continuously apply pressure to opponents. The coolest part of this variation is Jason’s ability to resurrect at the end of a round based off how much EX meter he has left, which in turn replenishes some of his health bar. The variation does not leave a lot of room open for fancy combos, but does have enough tools to intimidate any fighter as Jason continues to pursue his victim.
Jason’s Slasher variation is exactly what you would think, a fighting style that has him wielding his renowned machete and is a nod to classic Friday the 13th Jason. The Slasher variation gives Jason an assortment of special moves that are vastly different than his other two variations that allow for plenty of flashy and damaging combos. One of the moves Jason has is a buff that gives him super armor for all of his attacks, but in turn takes away his ability to jump for a short amount of time before burning out. This is the best variation for those who love to string together combos for massive amounts of damage and are quick to combine reactionary attacks into combos.
Relentless is another grappling based style for Jason that allows him to constantly pursue his opponents. An interesting note is Jason’s unique special move called pursuit, which when executed right can reverse an opponent’s controls mid-match. The big pull for this variation is the teleport ability that Jason can use to appear behind a fighter. This is great to use when faced with someone constantly keeping back at the end of the screen with ranged attacks or mid-ranged pokes from attacks. Jason can quickly vanish into a mist and reappear on the opposite side of his opponent for a counterattack. Once again there isn’t a lot of obvious combo potential here, but the abilities do allow Jason a good assortment of reactionary moves for damaging counterattacks.
The fatalities for Jason are great nods to a few of the Friday the 13th movies. Jason can chop someone to pieces with his machete to classic musical cues straight from his movies, and even humorously slam fighter on the ground until they break apart. Jason’s brutalities are both hit and miss, as some of them take a ton of situational setup with very little payoff. The EX attack, which is brutal enough as is, can be unforgivingly hard to pull off with the need of Jason to take a few steps forward beforehand. His other brutalities are a bit more practical and easier to do during a match. Overall the arsenals of killing blows are pretty good, even though there was a lot of wasted potential in the creativity of Jason’s fatalities.
Jason is a great addition to the Mortal Kombat X cast of fighters with his unique style of combat. It is disappointing to see a lack of costume variants for Jason, as Netherrealm could have pulled from any of the Friday the 13th movies for some great inspiration. The little details included during fatalities and win quotes are great touches in keeping Jason faithful to his horror movie roots. If you haven’t already purchased the Kombat Pack for the rest of the DLC characters coming down the line, you may want to do so when you can. You not only will be getting a solid character now in the form of Jason, but also the promise of more great characters to have him fight in the days to come.
This editorial was based on a digital code for the Kombat Pack for Mortal Kombat X on PlayStation 4, provided by Netherrealm Studios.