Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Plugged In: Mortal Kombat 2011

I've downloaded the demo for the new Mortal Kombat video game for Playstation 3 and it is hot damn fucking amazing.

It only includes two levels, the Forest and the Bridge(Both stages that first made their debut in MK2). You get to use Sub-Zero, Millena, Johnny Cage and of course Scorpion.
I've used each character and each one has slightly a different feel, for instance Millena seems to be a little slower than the others.
What struck me immediately was damage from the first round on the character's appearance continues to the next round. You see bits of brain and muscle and blood as the fight rages on.
A new feature is the X-ray attack where once you charge up a meter at the bottom of the screen you can unleash a slo-mo up close and personal attack where you see organs ripped out and bones cracking in great detail. What you notice is that each character has different look about them in X-ray again using Millena as an example you see her sharpened teeth protruding from her jaw when her face gets smashed unlike Sub-Zero who has normal human set of teeth when the same move is applied to him.
The difference in body make up carries over to fatalities as well. The fatalities are extra gory and just what you'd expect from the Mortal Kombat series. Maybe even more-so.
In the full version there will be a classic "test your might" mini-game as well as a Tag Team mode. I'm looking forward to exploring this mode once the full game is released which happens in full on April 19th.

Bonus Mortal Kombat news: according to IGN.com the webisodes that are to lead into a new movie based bringing the fantastical elements of the MK series to the real world, somewhat in the vein of what Christopher Nolan did to the Batman franchise. The webisodes will be directed by Kevin Tancharoen who shot a fan trailer now lovingly known as "Mortal Kombat: Rebirth" which I have included below.
The according to his twitter page he left this message... "To all that are asking. The first episode will premiere before the game Komes out...see what I did there?" Like I said above we get our grubby little mits on Mortal Kombat the video game April 19th so it looks like we will be seeing the first of the webisodes in a scant few weeks. If these webisodes live up to the "Rebirth" trailer, these are gonna be amazing. And if they fail to generate the same fanboy hard-ons as the trailer then this might be the closest we will ever get to a movie that can finally wash the stink of Mortal Kombat: Annihilation out of my memory.
Fingers crossed. Feast your eyes below

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