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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.
We are less than a month away from the launch of Tekken Tag Tournament 2. You may have already seen the preview trailer or the gameplay video from E3. Maybe you’ve already ordered the Hori Arcade Stick too. Now, you can get you first look at the official opening cinematic trailer for this upcoming fighting game. It doesn’t really do anything in terms of reveal gameplay elements, but it’s still fun to watch.
We’ve already heard about a new Canadian character named Rig, but what’s going on with the rest of the Dead or Alive 5 universe? You’re probably not as involved with the DoA universe as you might be with Street Fighter or Tekken, so this little chart from Team Ninja should help clear a few things up.
You can see the different relationships between the Dead or Alive 5 characters. You’ll be reminded that Kasumi and Ayane are half-sisters, for example, and that Ryu Hayabusa is friends with Hayate. Click on the image above to get the higher resolution version.
If you click through to the Team Ninja website, you’ll also find that they’ve summarized “the story so far” in each of the four previous Dead or Alive games. Each plot for each title is described in a few short paragraphs, so you’ll get caught up in no time. Or, you know, you could just play the game and forget about the story altogether.