Saturday, December 24, 2011

Mortal Kombat Arcade Kollection 1.02 Patch Released

Available now on the Xbox LIVE Marketplace and PlayStation Network, the 1.02 patch for the Mortal Kombat Arcade Kollection addresses several serious issues with the compilation, and at 8 MB in size, it's a fair sized patch for any Arcade Game.

Generally speaking, Achievement/Trophy issues, Gamma issues, and most notably, network issues for online play have all been addressed amongst others. Taken from the official forums here:

General Game

    · Fixed issues with game completion achievements not being unlocked upon successful completion of MK, MKII, or UMK3
    · Ability to expand the game to a full screen display has been added to the Options menu.
    · Gamma levels have been adjusted for arcade emulations to better represent the original arcade versions.
    · Tweaks have been made to the arcade emulation display to better represent the original arcade versions.
    · Tweaks have been made to the arcade emulation speed to best reflect the original arcade experience.
    · Overall game stability has been improved.


    · Fixed the Network lag issue experience by many players that resulted in delayed control response and slow gameplay despite fast networking connections.
    · Majority of Kombat Kodes have been enabled in Friendly Kombat online matches.
    · Nametag and ranking of rival players are hidden from user when engaging in a ranked match until the match has begun to deter players from quitting based on who they are matched with.
    · Fixed In-lobby bandwidth meter to accurately reflect the connection speed.
    · Quitting a Ranked Kombat match or backing out of a Ranked Kombat match both now result in a loss to the quitting player, affecting his Kombat Rating.
    · Gamertags \ PSN Usernames have been added to the display during online matches so that players are able to better see who they are fighting.
    · Animation has been added to online match up screen when waiting for a rival player to provide feedback that the game has not frozen.

While I confess it's disappointing that this patch took almost four months to be released, better late than never, I suppose.

Now I can actually recommend the Mortal Kombat Arcade Kollection as a proper purchase, however it was already discounted once as a Deal of the Week on Xbox LIVE Marketplace by 50%, so keep your eyes peeled for future deals.

For the patch itself, my only major gripe is that they darkened the Gamma far too much, and there is no in-game Gamma correction option. Not the end of the world though.

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