The Mortal Kombat 10 characters revealed at E3 2014 were indeed odd. Alongside series staples Scorpion and Sub-Zero fighting yet another round, with Sub-Zero losing again, two new “kombatants” showed up to give us a taste of things to come.
It appears that the new game might not only bring back running, but even give us combo breakers and counters. The X-Ray attack has even been upgraded to look a little more realistic and brutal than even last time, showing gristle and muscle alongside dislocated and shattered bones. Never mind these are injuries so severe, it should be impossible to keep fighting, this is Mortal Kombat!
NetherRealm even seems to bring back the environment weapons, leaving swords and possibly other weapons stuck in the ground for players to pick up. The environment even looks like it’s interactive, and in the first trailer, Sub-Zero grabbed a branch and whacked Scorpion in the face with it.
Two new Mortal Kombat 10 characters have also been revealed and fans are split over them. One appears to be an enhanced version of Master Blaster from Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome, with a smaller character riding on the back of a larger and more powerful humanoid mount. The other new character appears to be a woman with insect wings, reminiscent of Wasp from Marvel’s Avengers comic book series.
It appears there are pre-fight taunts now, something first seen in Street Fighter IV, so we might get a taste of the story between rounds now.
Is NetherRealm attempting to reinvent the game after its hit comeback in 2011? They might want to avoid changing too much, too fast or they might alienate their original fan base and turn the series into something only a small percentage of the gaming population is actually interested in.
Mortal Kombat X, as they are calling it, is looking a little less like the gore-fest we saw two decades ago and more like another experiment. With the odd new Mortal Kombat 10 characters ushering in an era of change, NetherRealm might have either a winning combination or an experimental flop in the works.
[image via gamezmentor]