Mortal Kombat - Xbox 360

Game Description:The newest chapter of the iconic fight franchise marks a triumphant return to the series’ mature presentation and a reinvention of its classic 2D fighting mechanic. Driven by an all new graphics engine, the fan favourite Fatality is back and presented in more gory detail than ever before. In addition, Mortal Kombat introduces a number of new game-play features including tag team and the deepest story mode of any fighting game. Players can choose from an extensive line up of the game’s iconic warriors and challenge their friends in traditional 1 vs. 1 matches, or take on several new game modes.
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Gamescom 2010: Mortal Kombat Hands-On Preview

Gamescom 2010: Mortal Kombat Hands-On Preview

By Jake Gaskill - Posted Aug 23, 2010

Mortal Kombat Hands-On Preview

What We Know:

Franchise creator Ed Boon and his team at NetherRealm Studios have taken the long-running and famously violent fighting franchise back to its plasma-spewing roots in the latest iteration due out in spring 2011.

What We’re Seeing Now:

The last time I went hands on with MK was during E3 2010, and while I was only able to play a few matches, I still found the fighting to be fast, brutal, and satisfying. For Gamescom 2010, the developers showed off two new characters--the dreadlocked cyborg Cyrax and the curvaceous, killer-fan wielding Kitana, as well as two new environments—the Desert and Bell Tower.

Mortal Kombat Hands-On Preview

Because the MK developers see the newest installment very much as “fan service,” it should come as no surprise that the character moves, and the controls that pull them off, are the same as they have always been. The “best of” moves list will instantly be familiar to anyone who has ever spent even the slightest bit of time with the series, and the result is a much-appreciated pick up and play feel. For both Cyrax and Kitanna, this meant easily pulling off a number of their signature moves like the energy net/chest bomb combos for Cyrax and Kitana’s hover-inducing fan wave and fan toss.

The new levels helped show off the game’s fantastic lighting effects and depth of field. Since the developers deciding to stick to the traditional 2D fighting plane, as opposed to the 3D approach found in previous titles in the series, a lot more detail can be dedicated to the environment, as well as the character models, animations, and, obviously, the gore. In addition, each character has custom animations, which means each fighter has a totally unique look and feel.

Mortal Kombat Hands-On Preview

In action, this attention to detail makes the fighters pop off the screen, and thanks to the real-time damage and dynamic blood (blood will not only coat floors but fighters as well), you can’t help but cringe a little as you watch fighters rip each other apart before your eyes. The new three-tiered special attacks meter adds a welcomed bit of strategy, and the X-ray inducing third portion takes the intensity of fights even further by showing you every bone being broken during the appropriate attack. When Ed Boon and company say this game is a love letter to the fans, you better believe they mean it.

The tight controls, polished visuals, and highly creative violence seem to be in line, and if the developers keep this promise alive throughout the rest of the game, then MK fans are going to be in for one bloody good time when the game ships next year.

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  • Wozman23

    I can't wait for this to come out. Not because I want to play it, but because its completion offers a glimmer of hope that NetherRealm could begin to work on Psi-Ops 2.

    Posted: August 25, 2010 10:41 AM
  • The_Big_Badd

    I'm very excited for this. I've probably spent hundreds of hours on these games back in the arcade days

    Posted: August 25, 2010 8:56 AM