Mortal Kombat X?

June 2nd, 2014 -

I honestly thought that the first time I officially wrote “Mortal Kombat X” it was going to be followed by Street Fighter, but I guess that forbidden love will have to wait a bit longer. Mortal Kombat X (or 10 if you’re not Roman) was announced today. Which is a bit odd, considering E3 is only a week away. I fear this announcement may get forgotten next week. Then again, maybe it would have been lost in the shuffle during E3? Either way, we’ve got a new Mortal Kombat in the works and it looks… pre-rendered. I understand that this is the nature of trailers, but it gives us very little to go on about the actual game.

That aside, what did we learn from this announcement? Well, weapons are back. MK9 covered the events of MK 1, 2 and 3, so it only makes sense to jump into 4 for 10. Wait, numbers… 6 divided by Y to the power of isosceles… nevermind. Weapons! You can pick them up during battle and whack your opponent with them! Which is cool, I think? I was never a fan of MK4 (and beyond), but it could be interesting if it’s executed as a move rather than a permanent fixture on the character. We also see the characters use the environment as a weapon. Sub-Zero breaks a branch off of a tree and hits Scorpion with it. Then Subz does some gymnastic swings on a branch and kicks Scorps in the teeth. All of this looks pretty neat in a pre-rendered trailer, but I’m concerned with how fluid it’s going to be in actual gameplay.

My biggest takeaway from this trailer is that Netherrealm has only learned so much from Street Fighter since their return to 2D gameplay. One of the lessons MK has failed to comprehend is character design. Why do they insist on changing the design of their flagship characters in every game? Part of having a mascot is having a consistently recognizable character design. Ryu has changed a bit over the years, but he has always been an Asian(ish?) dude in a white karate gi, with a red bandana and a black belt. Why can’t Sub Zero just look like a ninja of the Lin Kuei and not Super Shredder…

I love Mortal Kombat and I thoroughly enjoyed the last game. We’re off to a bit of a rocky start here, but I’m excited to see what they do with this one.

Mortal Kombat X, coming to Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, PS4, and PC in 2015.


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