I really don't talk about the Mortal Kombat series that often, which is only quite surprising now that I think about it. Just like with Tekken, MK was always a fairly big part of my childhood and I could never get enough of the fatalities. While I did lose interest overtime after the disappointments that were Armageddon and Vs DC Universe, the 2011 Mortal Kombat game was what got me heavily interested once again... and then for whatever reason I lost interest again. Maybe it's because I was starting to get into other fighting game franchises at the time like Blazblue, Guilty Gear and the Capcom Vs series, and it may also have to do with the fact that whole R18+ ban in Australia bullshit didn't go away until some time later and by then I didn't bother with MK 2011. It really is odd considering that it definitely looks borderline perfect in terms of gameplay, where there's actually focus on making the fights interesting and having tons of cool new modes, and the story that really is a step up from the previous games. Since I'm going back to University soonish (albeit with even less classes than last semester) I may wait until the next holidays to get it alongside Injustice: Gods Among Us, which looks just as awesome despite me being not that big of a DC fan either.
With all that being said, I'm gonna talk about my thoughts on the new Mortal Kombat X. First off, I'm give my thoughts on the characters confirmed so far. For veterans we got fire, ice and lightning returning as good ol' Scorpion, Sub-Zero and Raiden; I mean of course they're gonna be here, they're more iconic than freaking Liu Kang! Ermac has been rumoured to come back which is awesome, as I always though he was an interesting character. Judging by the ending (from what I've read) Quan Chi and Shinnok seem like fairly big possibilities. As for the newcomers we got:
- Kotal Khan AKA Ogre from the Tekken series who has now learned how to speak
- D'Vorah AKA A significantly less attractive Sarah Kerrigan from StarCraft
- Ferra & Tor AKA Master Blaster from Mad Max: Thunderdome or whatever, with Master being genderbent
- And finally we have Cassie Cage; daughter of Johnny Cage and Sonya Blade, and one of the very few Mortal Kombat characters to ever dress sensibly
Personally I find these new characters to be welcome additions to the Mortal Kombat, and their originality will be far more appreciated than most of the characters that debuted in the games following the original MK trilogy (seriously, who the fuck thought Kobra was a good idea?!). As for gameplay features, it seems to be not too different from MK 2011 (why fix what isn't broken?), with a little touch of Injustice thrown in. The most interesting addition however is the Character Variations. I've always loved this kind of thing; giving characters different ways to fight and making the best of all the abilities they have to offer. It's in the new Super Smash Bros., and I'm damn glad it's gonna be here as well; I think other fighting game franchises should start adopting this idea, especially the Capcom Vs series. As for the fatalities, they certainly ramped up the gore very high and I think the presentation of them is what really sells it, like how Kotal Khan basically does the heart-ripping fatality we've all seen a million times and puts just enough unique style into it to make it good.
Overall I'm super hyped for this game, and it's just one more fighting game to add to the list of my "WANT SO BAD" wishlist, alongside Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, Guilty Gear Xrd and Tekken 7 (even though I couldn't get into Tekken 6 or Tag Tournament 2 for some reason). Let me know what your thoughts on Mortal Kombat X or the series in general are. Until next time, take care everybody <3