You can test MKX DLC characters before buying them

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I’ve discussed my apprehension about Mortal Kombat X’s DLC shenanigans before – and how, despite my unbridled enthusiasm, I’m not at all enamoured by the way that they’re selling of a handful of characters for half the price of the game. What if the new guest characters and returning classic ones are…well, crap? Thankfully, you can test them out before shelling out your money.

In an interview with Ed Boon, Angry Joe discovered that the game’s newly revived challenge towers will include ways to play as DLC characters without having purchased them. The Challenge Towers are now called Living towers, and they’re dynamic, changing all the time – and require playing as certain characters. On the odd occasion, they’ll need to be played as the DLC ones.

“And every time you turn the game on, there’s going to be three towers in the Living Towers section,” Boon says. “One changes every hour, one changes every day, and one is called the Premier Tower, which is kind of like an event tower.

“So for instance, if [DLC character Jason Voorhees] comes along, you’re going to have a Jason tower that you play as Jason. And you can even use that tower if you didn’t purchase Jason. So it’s really cool, it gives the players a taste of what the character [is] and what it’s like to play them.”

Of course, you’ll never learn how the characters work for any sort of high-level play, but it’s a great way to get to grips with the basics of a DLC character before spending money on ‘em. Jason, of course, is one of the two guest characters in the game’s $30 Kombat Pass – though he can also be bought separately. Joining him will be action film icon Predator, and classic Mortal Kombat characters Tremor and Tanya.

Last Updated: April 1, 2015

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

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