The Mortal Kombat X launch trailer has arrived, even though the current generation versions aren’t due for over a week. The question you may be asking is whether the trailer manages to blow you away, or simply leave you wondering why you cared.
There are reasons supporting both sides of the hype fence as to what reception NetherRealm‘s latest fighting game will receive. If you’re like me, you probably won’t be convinced until you’ve had a chance to play the game and get surprisingly addicted. Others, especially Injustice: Gods Among Us fans, may embrace it with open wallets much like Philip J. Fry in Futurama (“Shut up and take my money!”).
From the opening scenes of the Mortal Kombat X launch trailer, we’re treated to the opening chords of System of a Down’s “Chop Suey” as scenes of rioting and army activity from two different worlds clash. As the video advances, we see various sides of the struggle between factions begin to face off with some relatively impressive rendering and particle effects.
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When we finally see the fighting previews begin, the music is comically timed with impacts from gameplay, such as punches, ground slams, and more. The creators of the video certainly had the featured song in mind when they cut the scenes together, even slowing it down for the more melancholy parts.
When the music speeds up again, we once again find the action doing likewise. Most fan-made videos do the same thing, syncing things like Dragonball Z fights with Static-X songs, but that doesn’t always mean the source of the video is worth watching. It only makes it look interesting for the few minutes that the song lasts. Hopefully the Mortal Kombat X launch trailer isn’t showing us all of the best parts of the game.
The trailer even tells us it’s very aware of how many characters in the game are descendants of previous “kombatants” (Cassie Cage, Jacqueline Briggs, Kotal Kahn, etc.) when the following words from the System of a Down song play.
“Father, into your hands, I commend my spirit. Father, into your hands, why have you forsaken me?”
While the amusing approach to emulating the fan-made method could grab some, the Mortal Kombat X launch trailer could have tried something more original.
What do you think? Does this video make you want to buy the game on April 14 for PC, PS4, and Xbox One, or June 2 for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3?
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