One of the biggest games of next month, if not the year, will be released April 14, 2015.  NetherRealm Studios’ fighting game is highly anticipated and seems to be returning with it usual cast of characters along with a number of special guest characters that fit perfectly into the Mortal Kombat universe.  This game marks the tenth in the series and is why it is called Mortal Kombat X (“X” being the roman numeral for 10).  The game is being developed for Playstation 4, Xbox One, and Microsoft Windows.  It’s being ported to the Playstation 3 and the Xbox 360 by High Voltage Software.  A mobile version for iOS and Android devices is also being developed through NetherRealm’s mobile team.

Gameplay

Just like in previous entries in the series, Mortal Kombat X is a fighting game where two players fight against each other using a variety of attacks, special moves, and gruesome fatalities.  The energy meter, which was first introduced in Mortal Kombat 9, will make a return which will slowly build up through a match and allow players to execute “X-Ray Special Moves.”  The environment will be interactive, similar to NetherRealm’s previous title, “Injustice: Gods Among Us,” where fighters will be able to use the environment as a weapon or to help them moves to a new position during the fight.  New to Mortal Kombat X will the the addition of three different fighting styles that each fighter will have.  Each fighting style can be chosen before the fight begins and has their own unique moves and weapons.  For example, the character Scorpion has a “Ninjutsu” style where he wields dual swords, a “Hellfire” style that relies on fiery special moves, and an “Inferno” style that allows him to summon hellspawn minions that will help him during the fight.  “Brutalities” will also be making a comeback.  These finishing moves are enhanced versions of certain moves that are triggered when they are used to give the opponent the last attack in the round.

The game modes that have been announced so far include “Story,” “1 vs.1 Ranked,” “King of the Hill,” “Survivor,” and “Test Your Luck.”  A new mode that will be included is called “Living Towers,” which will be an evolved version of Mortal Kombat’s “Challenge Tower” where the play conditions will change every hour.  Another new mode that was announced was “Faction War,”  where players will have to choose from one of the five factions, (Black Dragon, The Brotherhood of Shadow, The Lin Kuei, Special Forces, and White Lotus), to align with and join a persistent online cross-platform competition with others, winning points for their faction to contribute to the conflict between them, ranking up personally, and earning special rewards such as faction-specific finishing moves if the player’s faction wins at the end of any given week.

Plot

The game is said to include a new, original, non-linear storyline “showcasing some of the games oldest characters including Scorpion and Sub Zero, while introducing new challengers that represent the forces of good and evil and tie the tale together,” according to Kotaku.com.  The story will begin at the end of the previous game and then eventually transition 25 years into the future.  This leap in time will place emphasis on aged veterans, new characters, and even next-generation offspring of the previous fighters.  DC Comics is also publishing a tie-in prequel comic book series to fill in more of the background story.

Characters (Announced So Far)

Mortal Combat X will include many of the games original favorites such as Scorpion, Sub Zero, Quan Chi, Jax, Kitana, Kano, Raiden, Reptile, Mileena, and Kung Lao.  It was unclear who else would be a part of the cast, until a confirmed character list was revealed.  Other characters that were confirmed on this list include, Johnny Cage, Ermac, D’Vorah, Ferra/Torr, Goro (through pre-order), Jacqui Briggs, Kenshi, Kotal Kahn, Kung Jin, Shinnok, Sonya Blade, Takahashi Takeda, and today the first guest character was officially reveal to be Jason Voorhees (through DLC Only).

It has also been rumored that The Predator, may be another guest character, but nothing has been confirmed so far.

Overall

I am very excited for this game.  The previous Mortal Kombat did not disappoint, bringing new sleek graphics and gameplay that was reminiscent and fun like the first original Mortal Kombat.  If the trailers are any indication of how this game will be, I am confident that NetherRealm Studios will deliver again.  The graphics looks sleek as ever on the next-gen consoles and the inclusion of three different fighting styles for each character is interesting and makes me curious how they will effect gameplay.  Not to mention that Jason Voorhees from the Friday The 13th film series will be an excellent fit into the Mortal Kombat universe. I can wait to get my hands on this game but for now I’ll just have to make due with the announcement trailers that have been released so far.  Check out all of the trailers that have been released for the game so far below and be sure to pick up Mortal Kombat X when it is released on April 14, 2015.

Sources: Info: Wikipedia – Videos: YouTube – Mortal Kombat X – Pictures: Google Images

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