We love our fighting games mostly for the actual game, but it’s always nice when we can explore a little bit of the back story and mythology too. That’s why the Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist series was so darn good. It’s not like we didn’t already know about Akuma (Gouki), Gouken, Ken and Ryu, but to see to dramatized is just so satisfying. What about the other characters?
A couple of utterly fantastic “documentaries” are on YouTube that take a look at two of the more iconic Street Fighter boss characters. Balrog: Behind the Glory made its debut back at Evo 2011. We learn about Boxer’s childhood, his rise to fame, his connection with Shadaloo and even about the “Mike Bison” name.
Balrog: Behind the Glory
And at Evo 2014, the same guy debuted a second short film. It’s called Matador, and it looks at the childhood and back story for Vega (Claw), again including how he may also be called Balrog.
I’d say that both films are pretty dark, but they also offer a lot of great insight into why the boxer is so concerned about his fight money and why the Spaniard has such a disdain for “ugliness” in the world.
Matador (Vega Short Film)
If Balrog’s movie was in 2011 and Vega’s was in 2014, does that mean that we should expect to see a Sagat documentary at Evo 2017? I guess we’ll have to wait and see.
At E3 2014 in Los Angeles last week, NetherRealm Studios and Ed Boon dropped the bomb on us with the unveiling of Mortal Kombat X. Given the commercial success of Mortal Kombat 9, it’s not exactly a surprise that they’re back for another installment in this ultra-gory fighting game and this new version is looking pretty sweet. The multiple versions of each fighter can make for some interesting matchups and the stamina meter adds a new dynamic. The fatalities are looking pretty badass too.
We’ve already got new characters — D’Vorah strangely reminds me of Killer Instinct’s Sadira, Ferra/Torr is pretty the same as Master Blaster from Mad Max, and Kotal Kahn looks like he belongs in War Gods for the N64 — but there are still plenty of roster spots still open.
Sub-Zero and Scorpion are back, of course, but what other old kombatants are going to return? We have Cassie Cage, daughter of Johnny Cage and Sonya Blade, so does that mean mommy and daddy are present or absent? What about the whole cyber-ninja thing with Sektor and Cyrax? Or some four-armed madness with Kintaro and Goro? Well, SRK has put together a poll for our wishlist of Mortal Kombat X characters.
As of this writing, with just under 4000 votes cast so far, the most popular choices include Ermac, Frost, Fujin, Noob Saibot, Reptile, Smoke and my man Kenshi. Who do you want to see?
In the meantime, here’s a video compilation with a bunch of fatalities and X-ray moves, followed by a gameplay demo from E3. Mortal Kombat X runs on Unreal Engine 3 and will launch on PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One some time next year.
Freddie Wong and Brandon Laatsch are back with another awesome video this week, paying homage to the fighting game genre. I think we can all identify with this… Wait, what are the buttons again?