Mortal Kombat (PS3)
Gamescom 2010: Mortal Kombat Preview - Bloody Hell!
Written Friday, August 27, 2010 By Lee Abrahams
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Mortal Kombat has had a spectacular fall from grace in recent years. Once considered the only real rival to Street Fighter’s dominance, it has since gone on to be something of an also ran, with a string of sub par games that gradually veered away from what the series is all about. Luckily the folks at NetherRealm are dead set on bringing the title back to its former glory and Senior Producer, Hans Lo, was on hand to give us the low down on the reboot of a formerly great franchise. Don’t call it a comeback!

First and foremost, there will be no more of that 3D fighting nonsense; Mortal Kombat has gone back to its 2D roots to allow for speedier combat, fluid combos and over the top action. Even after just watching the game for a few minutes it was obvious that this was the kind of fighter people would instantly know and love; no gimmicks, just straight up brutality. The fighters themselves are all 3D character models and have all been given plenty of loving treatment. Each of them has been uniquely motion captured and that means there will be no repeat animations or shared moves. Every single member in the twenty-eight-strong roster will have their own unique look and move set.
The pace of combat is as fast and frenetic as you would expect, though it is easy to string together combos and the like. The added bonus is the fact that the balancing at the moment seems to be spot on, with no one character seeming overly powerful and the range of moves having clearly been carefully considered. Hardcore fans will also be pleased to hear that the series' signature moves have made a comeback too – say hello to gruesome fatalities galore. Each character will have multiple fatalities with which to finish off their battered opponents, and there was even a subtle hint that the outlandish Friendship and Babality finishers might make a return. Expect the traditional level-specific fatalities as well, which allow you to smash your opponents into spikes and the like. Some of the moves really have to be seen to be believed and I don’t think anyone will be disappointed. Hans Lo was keen to stress, when pressed, that they would still require a modicum of skill to pull off, so be prepared for a ludicrous amount of button presses if you want to see Cyrax blow his opponent into ten pieces and then blow those pieces into a thousand more.

Another addition is the power bar that gradually charges as you fight and allows access to a variety of super moves. It is a feature that has cropped up in a number of other games, but the MK team have put their own unique spin on proceedings. At level two you will gain access to breaker moves which are powerful counters when you are caught up in an enemy combo; handy for getting out of a tight spot. The real fun comes at level three though and the cunningly (or not) titled X-ray moves. You can unleash some true carnage and up to 40% damage depending on the move, and get to witness a lovely close up of bones shattering and blood vessels popping. We are truly back to old school, gore filled, Mortal Kombat at its finest, which is exactly what everyone has been crying out for.

The series' trademark secret Easter eggs will also return in all of their crazy glory, and you can expect a complicated chain of random events to be required in order to find hidden stages and characters. Just like old times. There will also be new characters available via the magic of DLC, and it was hinted that fans might well get a say in who makes the cut. So even if your favourite misses out initially, there may still be a chance for redemption. Plus, you can expect new modes, such as two-on-two battles featuring tag assist for the first time in the series’ history. However, the core gaming here is going to be focused on fluid single player and online action, so if you are hankering after some of the ludicrous mini-games and such that have graced other entries, then prepare to be disappointed.

In a nutshell, Mortal Kombat is looking and sounding like a return to older – and far more superior – form and that is nothing but a good thing. The action is fast and furious with some superb looking visuals, and the uber violent blood filled combos that you’ve come to expect over the years make a triumphant return. The emphasis here is most definitely on over the top violence and all of the classic moves and finishers that helped to make this such a hit back in the day. The real question is whether or not it can topple the recent Street Fighter entries and the upcoming big hitters like Marvel Vs Capcom 3 and Street Fighter X Tekken. Time will tell, but on this showing, it could well be a serious contender in the fighting genre.

Expect some blood-splattered fighting action to hit your shelves in spring 2011.


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Comment #1 by g-unit-p
Friday, August 27, 2010 @ 10:32:10 AM
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P.S Damn thats awesome

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Comment #2 by ally
Friday, August 27, 2010 @ 10:33:45 AM
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I hope it's good cos MK vs DC Universe was terrible. (in my opinion)

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Comment #3 by freddie1
Friday, August 27, 2010 @ 10:35:59 AM
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sweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeet :)

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Comment #4 by freddie1
Friday, August 27, 2010 @ 10:37:32 AM
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@2 i thought it was reli good. trophies were impossible but who cares about trphies that much 2 let it ruin an awesome game

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Comment #5 by Evolution
Friday, August 27, 2010 @ 10:37:41 AM
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Back to the old school. 1 word. Sweet.

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Comment #6 by Old Papa Shack
Friday, August 27, 2010 @ 10:53:00 AM
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was looking at a lot on youtube etc. trophy and achievement what was mentioned u need respect ratings from other gamers. sooo if someone wants to screw u over this cud be a bastard to get

tho this does look awesome after so many disappointments since mk3 i can get a lil excited on this

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Comment #7 by Blood_Runs_Cold
Friday, August 27, 2010 @ 11:17:31 AM
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Street Fight is in trouble.

Bring back Kabal!!!

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Comment #8 by gazzer09
Friday, August 27, 2010 @ 11:38:53 AM
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another 1 v 1 fighting game.

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Comment #9 by NeoXenosyde
Friday, August 27, 2010 @ 12:09:09 PM
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@8 nope sir your wrong, I've seen video's with a tag team mode so I think this is trying to contend against MvC3 and KOFXIII, lets see how it works out for them, there is a 12 minute video on boobtube that shows some tag team action and in one scene a tag style x-ray move on poor johnny cage, hahaha!!!

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Comment #10 by DCPrince
Friday, August 27, 2010 @ 12:51:19 PM
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@2 and 7 AGREED

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Comment #11 by Dinky_Binks
Friday, August 27, 2010 @ 01:00:22 PM
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Noob Saibot!

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Comment #12 by crotchbuffet87
Friday, August 27, 2010 @ 01:26:52 PM
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Comment #13 by Lord Doomstorm
Friday, August 27, 2010 @ 02:34:14 PM
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definatly buyin this on openin day!!! now as for people in the game...
kaba,baraka,and meat!!!!!!!!

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Comment #14 by Ryuichinull
Friday, August 27, 2010 @ 02:56:58 PM
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mk vs dcu was ok but i like when it is 2D

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Comment #15 by Gerg0061
Friday, August 27, 2010 @ 03:53:56 PM
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I would love it if they brought brutalities back but there is one thing that makes absolutely NO sense to me: they are bringing back the violence and gore that made MK great, but they are talking about bringing babalities back???? PLEASE DON'T DO THAT!!!
And I want the old Shang Tsung back. The one that could take the form of any other fighter. There was nothing better than playing at the arcade and changing characters 2 or 3 times on someone while you were handing someone his ass and then turning into another one to do a cool fatality.

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Comment #16 by kingbigums
Friday, August 27, 2010 @ 04:16:27 PM
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sweet i hope kabal is in this game he was my favorite

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Comment #17 by Grizant
Friday, August 27, 2010 @ 08:37:07 PM
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Comment #18 by Grizant
Friday, August 27, 2010 @ 08:37:31 PM
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Finish Him!!

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Comment #19 by VandalHeart383
Friday, August 27, 2010 @ 11:05:12 PM
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It looks promising. As long as Mileena is in the game, I'll be satisfied. No not really. Mortal Kombat Vs. DC was chock full of ass. It took Mortal Kombat, kicked it in the balls and spit on it's face. In my oppinion, Deception was the best, after that came a downfall of horrible games bearing the Mortal Kombat name. Deception had 2 fighting styles and 1 weapon per character. Then Armageddon came and decided to give 1 fighting style and weapon to everyone, just so they can spread the moves out to the other characters. Now Rain or whoever the hell is using Shang Tsung's moves. Then MK Vs. DC comes out and wipes it clean of any style and weapons and just says FUCK IT! Let's try to compete with Marvel Vs. Capcom and Make a Shitty game with DC characters and MK characters. If we compete with S

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Comment #20 by VandalHeart383
Friday, August 27, 2010 @ 11:08:09 PM
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And another thing, stop making the fatalities a secret. It's way to childish to keep hiding the moves like a kid hides candy. Add it to the moves list like the way every fighting game adds the best moves to the list when they pause the game (Street Fighter Ultra Combos).

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Comment #21 by VandalHeart383
Friday, August 27, 2010 @ 11:10:38 PM
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Part 2: If we compete with Street Fighter like Marvel competes with DC, Then we can mix the same too. Yeah let's make some bullshit story that Superman is weak against magic just so we can put him in the game as a vunerable character. After all, no one else in the game is gonna have a pocket full of kryptonite. It failed, and sucked. The game should have never left it's main roots. Lets hope they can redeem themselves with this new version.

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Comment #22 by VandalHeart383
Friday, August 27, 2010 @ 11:11:08 PM
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Part 3: And for God's sake, please don't just call it Mortal Kombat. That's the same as Rocky being the first and Rocky Balboa being the last. Call it 6 or whatever number you guys were on before you made Deadly Alliance. Damn I feel good to get that off my chest.

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Comment #23 by jbrist
Saturday, August 28, 2010 @ 08:36:10 AM
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A number wouldn't look right on it now, maybe call it something like Mortal Kombat: Rebirth, you know, give it a subname atleast, but not a number, it'd look odd.

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Comment #24 by freddie1
Saturday, August 28, 2010 @ 12:51:17 PM
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mortal kombat: FATALITY
mortal kombat: ps3 is better than xbox (i vote this name)
mortal kombat: requiem


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Comment #25 by IIICCCPIII
Saturday, August 28, 2010 @ 01:14:25 PM
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Na, I'm cool with MK9.

I think this'll be better than MVC3


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Comment #26 by Arcane Paradise
Saturday, August 28, 2010 @ 01:25:04 PM
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I think fighting games are a dying genre, they had their day in the sun, but it seems like its fading, honestly they're all the same with very few differences, you play one you played them all, I liked them for a time, but got bored.

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Comment #27 by Sin-City-Big-Boy
Saturday, August 28, 2010 @ 03:30:33 PM
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@26 I agree with you on that. But lets hope MK will bring it back a little. :0

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Comment #28 by adin75
Saturday, August 28, 2010 @ 05:36:07 PM
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Can't wait for this game, looking fukwin! Makes me all tingly in the pants region.

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Comment #29 by milankid45
Tuesday, August 31, 2010 @ 07:58:08 PM
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hope it tops the last one

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Comment #30 by VandalHeart383
Wednesday, September 01, 2010 @ 10:51:39 PM
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It's funny how it said every character is now full motion and won't share the same moves anymore, but in the image above, it shows Kung Lao doing the same sweep kick you've seen in EVERY MK game. Mmm??? Makes me wonder.

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US April 19, 2011
Europe April 21, 2011

Resolution: 480p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1
Players: 1-4
Online Players : 2-8
ESRB: Mature
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