Mortal Kombat XL And New Netcode Are Not Coming to The PC

Warner Brothers recently announced Mortal Kombat XL which includes the base content and the entire line-up of downloadable content. This originally seemed like a fairly enticing proposition providing the price point remained reasonable. However, it’s now been confirmed by the developer, NetherRealm Studios that the definitive version will not be coming to PC. One user asked if the game was scheduled to be a console exclusive and the studio replied:

This is a very strange decision because there’s a loyal, and passionate fighting community on the PC. Furthermore, why release the original game on PC, and snub PC gamers when the ultimate version is released? Perhaps, Warner Brothers is taking a more evasive approach due to the terrible Batman port, and technical problems Mortal Kombat faced on launch. Even now, it’s far from being functional, and raises questions about their ability to fund competent PC versions.

Not only that, according to the official FAQ, the greatly improved netcode which is vital to play the game online will not be coming to the PC. More specifically, the FAQ states:

“We are looking for existing MKX console players who have logged at least ONE hour of Online Play. We will be reviewing all candidates who sign up to determine if they meet the requirements.”

Honestly, it’s impossible to defend a publisher acting in this manner and I cannot believe how they are treating the PC market. It doesn’t make business sense either as PC gaming continues to grow and become more financially successful each year. The notion that fighting games cannot be successful on PC is another outdated concept, and you only have to look at the competitive scene in Street Fighter IV to gauge the genre’s popularity.

While EA, and Ubisoft are the main targets for dissatisfied PC gamers, I can see Warner Brothers being added onto that list very soon.

Warner Brothers Announces Mortal Kombat XL

Mortal Kombat is one of the most adrenaline-fuelled violent fighting series ever devised and includes a huge array of spectacular finishing moves. The latest entry, Mortal Kombat XL received some criticism for its poor PC port and microtransactions. Furthermore, publishers tend to release new characters, and other essential content via post launch DLC. As a result, it’s often a sensible approach to wait for a decent sale or until a game of the year edition emerges. Warner Brothers has just announced Mortal Kombat XL which includes all the content from the main game, DLC and upcoming add-ons in Kombat pack 2:

  • Brand new playable characters the Xenomorph from Alien, Leatherface from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre horror film series, Triborg and Bo’Rai Cho
  • Never released Apocalypse Skin Pack
  • Previously released content including playable Goro, Brazil Skin Pack, Kold War Skin Pack and Kold War Scorpion Skin

Also included with Mortal Kombat XL are previously released downloadable content from the original Kombat Pack:

  • Playable characters Predator, Jason Voorhees, Tremor and Tanya, with each accompanied by three themed skins

  • Samurai Skin Pack

Sadly, no information has been released regarding the price, but I’m expecting the final game to cost $60. This isn’t terrible value when you consider the impressive quantity of additional characters, and intense fighting moves. There’s always a huge debate querying if Street Fighter or Mortal Kombat provides the better fighting experience. Personally, I’ve always preferred the gritty Mortal Kombat aesthetic and brutal close-ups when finishing off an opponent. Admittedly, I haven’t played Mortal Kombat X despite seeing it discounted to around £7 on numerous occasions.

As game of the year editions become a standardized notion, consumers might simply wait for the complete version instead of instantly pre-ordering. This could hurt the studio’s sales figures, and they have to be very careful when offering DLC to try and retain a loyal community.

CM Storm Release Swift-RX XL Mouse Pad

Not to be confused with the popular pop star Taylor Swift, although CM Storm tell me it’s an easy mistake to make, the new CM Storm Swift-RX XL Mouse Pad is now available in the EU. I know that it’s hard to get too excited about a mouse pad, but let’s face it, virtually all of us use one type of gaming surface or another and if like me, you game a lot, they often need replacing every few months.

So what is so special about this one? It’s freaking massive, that’s what! Measuring in at a lovely 900 x 360mm the Swift-RX is the exact width of my own desk, so it’s great for providing a good gaming mouse surface, but it’ll also sit nicely under my keyboard and keep my hands off the cold glass surface of the desk. The extra width is also great for those who use low DPI settings while gaming, as it gives you all the mouse-moving room you’re likely to ever need.

The Taylor Swift-RX-XL Gaming Mouse Pad (SGS-4140-KXXL1) is already available from most major retailers for around £19.99, which is a very competitive price for a mat of this size. I’m not sure how legit the creation of the Swift-TX XL is though…

What kind of gaming surface do you use?

BitFenix Shinobi Window XL Full-Tower Chassis Review

Introduction


When you’re planning a new system build, sometimes a common mid-tower chassis just isn’t enough. If you’re planning on something big, with large radiators, huge graphics cards, monster size power supplies and more, then you’re going to need a big chassis! Fortunately, BitFenix has got us covered, with their Shinobi XL, a feature packed full-tower that should fit virtually any hardware you can think of.

As the name would suggest, this chassis is similar to the BitFenix Shinobi, the XL obviously defines that this is the extra-large version of the original, giving you even more room to play around with for your new build.

BitFenix is one of the most recognizable chassis brands on the market, having had huge success with several chassis over the years; such as their Prodigy and Colossus series. I’ve been very impressed with their products in past reviews, so I’m expecting great things from the Shinobi XL.

The XL is very capable, with room for a vast range of air and water cooling solutions, E-ATX and XL-ATX motherboards and all the popular BitFenix extras such as FlexCage, SofTouch and more!

I have the windowed edition at my disposal today, which features a huge side panel window. What’s interesting is that the window held into the panel with plastic push-click pins, this means you can easily take the window out of the panel. While this won’t be something your average user will need to do, it’ll no doubt please chassis modders.

Both the left and right side panels are made from thick steel and held in place by a pair of thumbscrews at the back.

The chassis is quite wide, but certainly proportionate to its height. There are two strips of ventilation, one down each side. The front panel has also been treated to that lovely SofTouch coating, which gives the Shinobi XL a sleek and rather stealthy appearance. Finally, we’ve got a staggering five 5.25″ drive bays! Not sure who needs that many, but they’d be great for converting to hot swap drive bays.

Around the back, you’ll find four rubber grommets at the top, a 120/140mm fan mount, with a 120mm fan pre-installed, nine expansion slots and the PSU cut-out; the PSU cut-out alone should give you some impression of the scale of this chassis.

The top panel has a large ventilated section, as well as two strips of ventilation near the edge; matching the design of the front panel.

The main I/O section has four USB 3.0 ports that are fed by dual USB 3.0 headers on the interior of the chassis, there’s even a high-power USB charging socket; perfect for charging your tablet/phone.

There are four large with rubber grip base and three washable dust filters on the base of the chassis. The PSU filter slides out, while the other two clip into place, which are great for anyone planning on mounting a radiator in the base of the chassis.

Nintendo Announces Zelda Special Edition 3DS XL

A new “Golden” edition Nintendo 3DS XL has been officially announced. Though it has been rumoured for quite some time now that there would be a “Legendary” version released. Mr. Eiji Aonuma officially announced this Special Edition Nintendo 3DS XL and has given a release date for November 22.

As the years have gone by we have seen many golden cartridges for Zelda games, now we are getting a Nintendo 3DS XL. Normally the 3DS XL would retail for $199 this special edition will retail for $219 but will also come with a digital copy of A Link Between Worlds which retails for $39. If you’re in the marked for a new 3DS then this may be the way to go, getting yourself a new Gold and Black Zelda themed handheld system.

A Link Between Worlds is set to release on November 22, the same day that the Nintendo 3DS XL bundle comes out.

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“Hello everyone, I am the producer of The Legend of Zelda games, Eiji Aonuma. We have a tradition of making the Zelda series gold. Today, I would like to introduce a new product that follows that tradition. A gold-colored Nintendo 3DS XL that will be on sale the same day as The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds. I am grateful for the fans supporting Zelda over the years. Please enjoy Link’s new adventure with the gold system”

The system is gold-colored just as you may remember the cartridge for The Legend of Zelda on the NES. Keeping true to the tradition the new 3DS XL will Gold on one the front, while the back will be black representing parallel worlds that Link travels to in the game. Both sides will feature the iconic Triforce on the exterior.

The game will be familiar to those who had hours of enjoyment playing A Link to the Past on the SNES, taking place in the same Hyrule after many years have passed. In A Link Between Worlds Link will venture between Hyrule and Lorule using a power that lets him become a drawing on walls. Players will get to solve puzzles and explore dungeons in a new way.

Thank you ZeldaDungeon.net for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of Youtube.com.

Computex: Fractal Design Show Off Three New “Arc” Chassis Designs

Fractal Designs make some of the best build and designed chassis on the market and from the Node 304 to the Define XL R2 they’ve won many awards not only from us here at eTeknix but from many other reviewers. There are so many reasons why I was looking forward to checking out their new product ranges and it’s safe to say they didn’t disappoint one bit and with the white Node 304 adding some new colour schemes to their range, they also pushed three new Arc chassis which you can see in the image above.

The daddy of the bunch is the Arc XL, which as you can see is a real beast of a case with plenty of radiator suppport, modular storage, plenty of room for extensive water cooling and multi GPU’s and of course the award winning high build quality that Fractal are renowned for.

Behind the motherboard we also find that there are a few stealth mounts for a few extra 2.5″ SSD’s, handy if you took all the HDD docks out to fit a large radiator!

So long as you don’t need all the optical bay you can even fit a 360mm radiator in the top.

A further 240mm radiator in the front too and that’s more than enough cooling for today’s high performance gaming systems.

Next we have the smaller, friendlier and by no means less competent Arc Mini R2 which as you can see still packs the same radiator configuration as the XL, Incredible! Finally we have the system in the middle, the Arc Midi R2 which sits in the middle of the image at the top of this article, literally a mix of both the mini and the XL, offering the same features with a full ATX motherboard support.

Stay tuned to eTeknix for more Computex coverage in our Computex section.

Image(s) courtesy of eTeknix at Computex