When Mortal Kombat X was announced for the Playstation 4, Xbox One, and PC, gamers everywhere let out a jump of joy. With the promise of the next gen consoles’ processing power, they knew it would allow you to not only stomp your opponent into dust, but the fatalities would be graphic and over the top. So far, the game hasn’t disappointed at all, from Kotal Kahn’s “Heart Drinker” to Raiden’s “Shock Therapy”. Things are only going to get better however, and NetherRealm Studios has upped the ante for their DLC.
If you’re an owner of the Kombat Pack, you’ve already seen this firsthand. NetherRealm didn’t hold back anything when they brought Jason Voorhees into the game, and they weren’t afraid to make his fatalities some of the best in the game. You can expect the same kind of dedication and love to go into crafting Tanya for the Klassic #1 pack. With a couple of her fatalities known prior to the DLC’s release, we thought that we’d seen the best of her already. Rest assured, NetherRealm has given you plenty of reason to want to purchase their DLC, and possibly pick up the Kombat Pack if you haven’t already.
A little bit of Tanya background
If you’re new to the Mortal Kombat series, or if you can’t recall who Tanya is, we can give you a little bit of background information on her. Making her debut in Mortal Kombat 4, this fan favorite from Edenia has blossomed into her own. Originally introduced as an innocent, she was soon shown to have been corrupted by evil, both a worshipper of Shinnok and allies with the Brotherhood of Shadow. Even after Shinnok was defeated, she didn’t renounce her ways and joined with Shao Kahn, the Deadly Alliance, and Onaga.
Viewing herself as a survivor above all else, she justifies her choices as “the right decisions”. She’s known for priding herself on her superior knowledge of both diplomacy and magic. Because she has constantly betrayed the Edenian cause, however, she has earned the hatred of Jade.
Her appearance would be best described as Egyptian royalty more than anything else. She has shorter shoulder-length hair, and has black pants, boots, and a yellow skirt, sticking with the yellow-and black scheme she’s had since her debut. In addition, she’ll be sporting a midriff baring top and an Egyptian menat necklace, along with multiple Egyptian bracelets, and you’ll be able to recognize the glowing eyes to top everything off.
So if you decide to purchase the DLC, what will you get? You’ll get a couple of great additions to an already fine game!
Play as Tanya
Of course, the first thing you’ll get will be Tanya herself as a playable character. She’ll come sporting the outfit described, and will have her own storyline ready to go as soon as the download is complete.
In addition, you’ll get more costumes for some characters that come with the game from the outset. The costumes for Sonya, Liu Kang, Reptile, and Kano are essentially throwback costumes, as they are modern variations of their 1992 outfits from the Mortal Kombat arcade game.
Now that we’ve gotten the mundane details out of the way, we can get down to the nitty-gritty, which is Tanya. Let’s start off with her signature skills, and what’s changed from the previous Mortal Kombat entries to Mortal Kombat X.
Tanya will still feature the Human Cannon Drill, although in Mortal Kombat X it is now called the Low Spin Kick. However, the basic mechanics remain the same – Tanya will lunge forward, spinning like a corkscrew with flaming feet leader her towards her opponent. In Mortal Kombat X, however, her feet will no longer flame.
She has a couple other signature moves to go along with her Low Spin Kick. They’re all about the same as the Low Spin Kick on the awesomeness scale, however. She has other mainstays as well – her Fireball, which is a golden ball of fire that gets shot at either a high or low arc at her opponent, and Flip Kick, which is a somersault forward into a kick at her opponent. Additionally, she has some new moves that should please fans of the series. Among the new moves are an Air Spin Kick, which is a Low Spin Kick in mid-air, directed downwards at her opponent, and Teleport, where Tanya will dash upward with her powers, hitting her opponent.
Fatalities and Brutalities:
Then we’re onto the fatalities and brutalities that Tanya can offer the player. She has two fatalities that we’ll cover so you know what you’re getting out of her.
Her first fatality is Bloody Boots, and this one is extraordinarily graphic. Tanya will kick the opponent to the ground and pin down their hands with her Kobu Jutsu blades. Then, not even missing a beat, she walks up to her opponent and stomps right through their chest. After that, she’ll use her other foot to leave a boot sized crater in her opponents head. Once all is said and done, she removes her gore covered footwear from the corpse and walks off.
In her second fatality, Edenian Drill, she’ll mount her opponent’s back by holding onto their shoulders, then snapping their spine with her feet. She then throws her entire body through her opponent’s chest, leaving a gaping hole. With a look that says it all, she brushes off their intestines, their beating heart still in her hand as their body falls to the ground.
With the DLC you’ll also discover that Tanya has 5 brutalities that we won’t spoil for you, but they range in name and intensity from Top Off all the way to Pop Pop. Some are more visceral than others, however, so you’ll have to play around with them to decide which one you like the most.
There are a couple of different ways to pick up the DLC so that you can use it to start stomping a boot sized hole into your opponent’s brain. The first, and most recommended way, is to purchase the season pass for Mortal Kombat X, which is called the Kombat Pack. This will not only give you access to the previous DLC that has been released, but will include early access to the future DLC, one of which is the Predator Pack, featuring Predator and a Jax based on Carl Weathers. The Kombat Pack is also your best value, giving you all the DLC for Mortal Kombat X for only $29.99, and is available for download through the Xbox Store, Playstation Store, or Steam for PC.
If you just want to pick up the Klassic Pack 1, and play with your favorite femme fatale, that’s definitely a possibility as well. You’ll get the Tanya playable character, plus the skins mentioned above for Kano, Sonya, and Liu Kang. Keep in mind, though, that this pack will not get you any of the other DLC, nor will it get you early access to future DLC. All in all, however, it’s very reasonably priced at only $3.99 in the Xbox Store, Playstation Store, and on Steam for PC.
No matter what you choose to do, it’s tough to go wrong when it comes to playing with Tanya. There’s not really any wrong way to do it, and no matter what happens, it’s always fun to play with her. That by itself should be more than enough reason to hook yourself up with the DLC.