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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.
So, the new Killer Instinct was revealed to the world at E3 2013 earlier this year as an Xbox One exclusive that will be ready at launch and more details have slowly been revealed to us. We now know about Jago, Sabrewulf and Glacius, but at Gamescon in Germany, Double Helix is showing us two more characters: Chief Thunder and a new character named Sadira.
Before we get to that, you’ll want to watch this video with Ken Lobb as he clarifies the pricing structure. Basically, you’ll get the “season one” eight characters with their eight stages for $20, you can buy individual characters for $5, or you can get the premium pack for $40 that includes a port of the original KI. Six of these characters will be ready at launch with the other two coming shortly after. Then, they’ll have a similarly-sized season two with more characters, more stages and hopefully some No Mercy (fatality) action.
And here is an epic double ultra combo by Thunder. I was never a huge fan of him in the original game, but maybe he was more your thing.
And here is the first original character for the new Killer Instinct. She’s also the first female. She’s named Sadira and it seems like she has some Spider-woman properties going on, but it’s such a short teaser trailer that we’ll have to wait until the next big reveal to learn more about her.
As you may have already heard, ComboFiend and the rest of the team at Capcom are now collecting suggestions from the fighting game community for what changes they want to see in the newest version of Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition. We’re not really sure if it’s going to be Version 2013 or Version 2014, but we know that they are working on it. And we’re already getting a sneak peek via the video embedded below.
It’s possible that some new characters could be introduced — Capcom did have that poll for our “favorite” characters a little while back and Karin seems to be a very popular choice, particularly in Japan — but we’re definitely going to see some rebalancing. Some characters will get nerfed and others will get buffed. Many people have complained that Cammy is too OP and she needs some changes to balance her out. And that’s what this video is showing.
Her backdash is too good, her EX cannon strike is too good, her quick spin knuckle had not enough risk… the list goes on. Enjoy the video.