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Mortal Kombat X lets you buy easier fatalities

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Mortal Kombat X players can purchase optional downloadable content that makes it easier to execute the often complex series of stick movements and button presses required by the game's signature fatalities.

Two "Easy Fatalities" packs are available, which give players "access to Fatalities with simplified inputs," according to their description on the PlayStation Store. Players can buy five simplified moves for $0.99 and 30 for $4.99. Equivalents are also available for Xbox. As of this writing, no listing for Easy Fatalities appears on Steam.

Clarification: Mortal Kombat X also includes tokens that players can earn in the main game for free. The consumable tokens turn fatalities into two-button presses. They're also on sale in platform stores at the prices shown above.

The DLC is priced in addition to Mortal Kombat X, which launched today starting at $59.99 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Windows PC. PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions will follow sometime this summer.

Since the first Mortal Kombat was released in 1992, fatalities have served as a capstone for victorious players — or kombatants, in Mortal Kombat parlance — when the announcer commands the winner to "Finish him!" Those who memorize the movements required to execute fatalities within a window of a few seconds can obliterate enemies in particularly gruesome fashion, like ripping off their heads with spines attached, ripping out their still-beating hearts or burning them down to their skeletons.

Mortal Kombat X keeps the tradition of fatalities alive, and you can see a couple of examples below, courtesy of Ermac (top) and Scorpion (bottom).

For more on the fighting game be sure to read Polygon's Mortal Kombat X review, which described it as "friendly both to casual players who want to experience its rich suite of single-player content and knock around with some friends, but deep enough for competitive players who want to plumb its roster and variations."

ERMAC

SCORPION

★★★

Gameplay Preview: Mortal Kombat X brutalities montage