Mortal Kombat X, the newest gruesome fighter game from NetherRealm is coming to current and next-gen and looks truly beautiful. The scenery is amazingly detailed and the animation is by the far the best I’ve seen in a Mortal Kombat game. Accurately portraying the characters, their physical movements and even their emotions have been executed brilliantly.
The demo we saw displayed 6 characters, Scorpion and Sub-Zero returning, but also 4 completely new characters; Cassie Cage, Kotal Kahn, Ferra and D’vorah. Each one had traits similar to their predecessors (a note that Mortal Kombat X is set 25 years after the previous installment) but this game introduces play styles for each character.
These aren’t the standard stances that can be changed in-battle but 3 different variances that each character can take. For example, Scorpion has 3 play styles, the first gives him the ability to surround himself in fire which adds greater damage to his basic attacks, the second lets him summon fiery demons to hold the enemy in place and the third gives him the use of his swords for a more brutal close quarters game. Every character varies with their play styles and not only does it affect the special moves available but also changes the appearance of the character, which is pretty sweet.
During the demo I noticed 24 character slots on the selection screen, which can be multiplied to 72 if you take into account each play style. Mortal Kombat X, based on looks, reminds me a lot of Injustice, mainly because the characters can now make use of the scenery; either for quick evades or as weapons. For example, characters can jump of trees to make hasty escapes, or snap off branches to use as a blunt weapon.
Although I’ve always been a fan of Tekken I couldn’t be more excited for this game’s released. Being offered the chance to try out a brand new fighter game, on next-gen, with some of the most recognisable gaming characters will be fantastic. I enjoyed Injustice but missed the simple punch, kick, punch combos that Tekken so brilliantly delivered. Here’s hoping that Mortal Kombat X will be as in-depth and detailed as the pre-release demo suggested.