Stewart 'Grave' Gibson is the fighting game loving, Doomguy worshipping, Motorhead listening maniac of DarkSpawn Gaming. When not ripping and tearing Stewart can be found riding the open roads or at the nearest Lucha Libre event.
With the Mortal Kombat Hype Train squarely on the tracks after the recent reveal event I sat down and went through it all with a fine tooth comb to give you all the information I could squeeze out of it. So, I won’t waste time building hype, let’s get to it.
The show opened to a packed house of fans, press, pro-gamers and even a few celebrities in full Mortal Kombat get up. Our host for the reveal was a gentleman called Josh Gray, he seemed okay but the real star soon appeared on stage after a quick look at the game.
The first look was a mixture of gameplay and a few story scenes. Immediately the crowd were whipped into a frenzy with the amount of spilled blood and broken bones. The hype only grew after the trailer showed the return of fan favourites Baraka and Skarlet, and I must confess I let out a yelp of happiness upon seeing the bladed tarkatan once again. The trailer also showed the new boss character, explained by Boon to be a time manipulating elder god of some sort. It also showed the shaolin monks, Liu Kang and Kung Lao and would go on to include footage of long term Mortal Kombat veterans Sub-Zero and Sonya, looking better than they ever have.
Upon being joined on stage by Ed Boon, the main man of NetherRealm studios quickly took hold of the show and got straight down to business. Loading up the character select screen to show a real time fight I took quick notice that there were 28 character slots in total, though this could change by the time the full game is released. Showing a fight between Scorpion and Raiden he went onto explain that there a several meters that now separate offensive and defensive moves, something that I personally have wanted from the franchise for a while now. Next we given a demonstration of the new fatal blow, a move similar to the X-Ray move from previous games but it can only be used once your fighter is below 30% health to help bring you back into the fight.
(Baraka has never looked so handsome)
Next Mr. Boon would go on to discuss the new and very exciting Kustomisation system, something that is very in line with NetherRealms previous Injustice 2. Mortal Kombat 11 seems to be adding to it further as it allows players to not only create their own bad ass Kostume for their fighter but also Kreate and name their own variations. Anyone paying attention would have noticed the Scorpion variation was called Boon’s Main in this case.
Not quite ready to ‘finish us’ just yet (I’m sorry I’m a big fan) Ed would then go on to break down some small details about the story of the game. We were then shown the events that happen immediately following the final battle of Mortal Kombat X and the mood straight away was that Raiden was very angry and not going to take any more crap from the other realms. After giving Shinnok a very clumsy haircut, the fallen and very decapitated Elder God is visited by our new time powered enemy to explain that Raiden has caused her problems for the last time. After the video Ed would go on to explain that time travel was a big part of the story and that some characters would be meeting their younger selves. This also explained how certain characters who were supposed to be dead are now back in the series; you have to love it when that happens.
Next we were introduced to the celebrity voice behind Sonya Blade, Rhonda Rousey. Not being a UFC or WWF fan (I prefer Lucha Libre myself) I was sceptical about this decision as I really enjoyed the performance for Sonya in MKX. That being said, I’m willing to give it chance as she did look genuinely happy to be playing the part.
After Miss Rousey left the stage Tyler Lansdown came out to tell us about the first upcoming Kombat Kast and hinted at another fighter. I think it was a Kabal hint but I guess we’ll find out on January 30th. He also went onto show the Mortal Kombat 11 Kollectors edition which comes with a lift size bust of Scorpion’s mask. Now normally I’m a sucker for Kollectors editions, in fact as I write this the Kollectors edition MKX Scorpion statue is staring me in the face. This one however, has not tickled my fancy and so I think I will be pre-ordering a standard edition this time around.
(Damn, he’s so cool! I’ll see myself out.)
To wrap up they revealed a new fighter, Geras, who looked suspiciously like our new time travelling boss. His attacks also featured a lot of teleporting and stone manipulation, with lots of heavy punches and faces being smashed against stone walls he looks as if he could be a new heavy hitter.
All this information has me very excited for the game as it looked fantastic and I just don’t mean the graphics. Yes, graphically the game looks absolutely stunning as NetherRealm are well known for at this stage but in terms of gameplay Mortal Kombat 11 looks to eclipse the competition with high speed and impactful looking fights as well as its tight controls and fantastic combo systems. To say that excitement is high for Mortal Kombat 11 is to say that Shao Kahn hurts you a tad with his hammer, and his awesome insults.