He was playable in what, Trilogy and 4? And in both games it was in a rather unbalanced "playable boss" kind of way. I feel like if anything he makes the MOST sense as a DLC character since he's not really a "normal" playable MK character, but he's one people know. It also seems like they had no way of fitting him into the plot which seemed to be a pretty deciding factor for the main roster of this game.
I can understand a lot of the criticisms being leveled at publishers for DLC practices. But I don't follow @white_sox's argument. Goro hasn't ever been a regularly playable character, despite making occasional appearances in off-shoot revisions (Trilogy), or games of generally ill-or-neutral repute (4, Armageddon). It's not like Netherrealm stowed Scorpion behind a paywall.
The complaint gets lost on me, sort of, at that point. Is the grievance that Goro might upset the balance? That pre-ordering gets you a high-tier character out of the gate?
The real, more salient arguments concern the ethics of keeping four additional characters on the outside of the main roster for a fairly substantial fee (half the game's retail price), or the salesy approach of pumping your pre-order bonus after literally every public teaser, large and small. (The latter I, personally, feel people are maybe too offended by. It's not a tactic other publishers don't use elsewhere. I guess I'm over it.)
But throwing a fit because the pre-order bonus is Goro doesn't seem justified, totally. Furthermore, Netherrealm has a track record, with both Mortal Kombat 9 and Injustice, of opening pre-order bonuses up to the public after an exclusive window. You'll get to play as Goro whether or not you reserve the game ahead of release. Though, to be fair, pre-ordering will likely be the only way to ensure you can use him for free. Which isn't necessarily better.
My argument is this: Features that were once free have been cut and put behind a preorder. The publisher requires me to forgo reviews and blindly trust them. Enticing me with features to fall into this trap is gross, especially when those features have been in previous iterations of the franchise.As a consumer, I feel like I'm being punished for not preordering.
And if you feel that I'm "throwing a fit", then my apologies. You're right, I should just throw my money away, grin nicely, and ask where I can sign up for my lobotomy. I'm glad you called me out when you did, I was really getting out of control there.