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E3 2014 – Mortal Kombat X is going to bust your nuts

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Mortal-Kombat-X-(7)

It’s been several years since Mortal Kombat burst back into our lives, like a fist through your chest cradling your delicate heart. With a new game set 25 years after that soft reboot, Mortal Kombat X takes another step forward with enhanced moves, detailed environments and X-Ray attacks that will have you wincing in pain.

On the surface, it’s not too dissimilar from 2011’s Mortal Kombat. It’s 2.5D action, the combos are fast and fluid and there’s enough blood scattered around to stock a hospital during a crisis.  power meters are back, X-ray attacks are deliciously devastating and fatalities are gruesome enough to warrant that 18 age restriction.

Solid, but clearly something more is needed to move the game forward. And that’s where the new variations come in, with each fighter having access to three distinct move-sets before kombat begins. For example, Scorpion can either focus on his dual swords in Ninjutsi mode, flame on with more Hellfire attacks or summon a NetherRealm demon to assist his attacks during a fight.

Mortal Kombat X (4)

It’s essentially a special moves version of the martial arts system from Mortal Kombats such as Deadly Alliance and Deception, but it’s going to add a ton of intricate possibilities to the core gameplay. And hot damn, the game looks good. Real good. Characters move fluidly, environments boast plenty of details and the fatalities look possibly too gory. Expect some politicians to go on the attack with this game.

In addition to the upgraded Kombat system, the environment now also plays a part in the action. Think Injustice: gods Among Us, and you’ll have a very good idea what to expect as you flick the right bumper and smack some Lin Kuei ninja in the face with a tree.

Mortal Kombat X (1)

I got to play with five characters. Here’s a short summary on each one.

Sub- Zero

Ice ice baby. Along with his usual ice projectile attacks, Sub-Zero can still create quick-freeze clones and his expanded arsenal allows him to move in for the kill with unique ice-sword attacks, while his Grandmaster skills give him further tactical options for ice-clones.

Scorpion

The NetherRealm spectre is back, and as Warner Bros explained to me, no Mortal Kombat game would be complete with either the hellfire ninja or the tundra shinobi. Scorpion has his classic moves, such as spear attacks to reel in players, hellfire teleports and a fatality that introduced me to new “tongue waggle” physics. His expanded moves give him the aforementioned dual-sword attacks, self-immolation abilities and a devilish companion that can be a right pain in the arse.

Cassie Cage

cassie cage

The daughter of Johnny Cage and Sonya Blade, Cassie plays like a hybrid of her two legendary parents. She can channel her inner cage with close-range devastating attacks, lay down long range air strikes and go Hollywood with a set of attacks that can only be described as the entire nutcracker suite in your pants. Cassie also possesses what must be the most incredible X-ray attack ever, with a combination that will quite literally make your nuts explode when she’s done.

D’Vorah

Mortal Kombat X (3)

Another new addition, D’Vorah is an insect queen from an otherwise unspecified realm that got me a smug “no comment” from the WB chaps. She’s got a hell of a design, and utilises attacks and styles that call on insect swarms to devastate opponents or go for the kill with vicious appendages that appear from nowhere.

Kotal Khan

Mortal Kombat X (2)

A hulking brute with an Aztec design, Khan is slightly slower than your usual kombatant, but he makes up for it with brutal attacks that draw on his demigod status to inflict high damage on players. Simple, but effective move-sets, expect this new character to dominate the tournament scene when Mortal Kombat X is released.

Ferra/Torr

Mortal Kombat X (6)

Another new fighter, and a bit of an odd one. Ferra/Tor is two characters in one, with the duo utilising each other as weapons. They even have different modes where one of the two is omitted from the action, content to watch from the sidelines instead.

Mortal Kombat X is a giant leap forward, but the addition of new play-styles and environment attacks is going to form something that will have fighting game genre fans busy for ages as they analyse strengths and weaknesses. It’s no longer a case of which fighter has the best all-round stats, as one style may trump the other easy with pretty much any character in the game.

Mortal Kombat X is out next year on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.

Lazygamernominee

Last Updated: June 13, 2014

123 Comments

  1. I’ve been a fan of Mortal Kombat since I was young enough to think that you really spelled Combat with a “K”, but I would really like to see a RPG-type Mortal Kombat. I know it goes against everything that is Mortal Kombat, but I do think that it could really work.

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    • Hammersteyn

      June 13, 2014 at 08:38

      Shaolin Monks was an awesome game though not really an rpg

      Reply

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      June 13, 2014 at 08:53

      Dude. Jade Empire/MK mash-up. O_O Why has no one thought of this?

      Reply

  2. Greylingad

    June 13, 2014 at 08:38

    I wonder why they gave up the chance to make a parody of this game called “Mortal Wombat Eggs”….

    Reply

    • Sith JJ

      June 13, 2014 at 08:42

      That makes me think, for some unknown reason, of Ben Wa….Balls.

      Reply

      • Hammersteyn

        June 13, 2014 at 08:48

        Archer FTW

        Reply

  3. Hammersteyn

    June 13, 2014 at 08:40

    One of the ground rules of MK was that combatants are immortal, that they never age. Congrats to Johnny and Sonja but are they dead or something? If not even though they are older than Cassie they’d probably look the same age.

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    • Greylingad

      June 13, 2014 at 08:44

      Hehehe, Can you imagine playing with an 80 year old Johnny Cage/Charlie Sheen character, essentially Cage was the rockstar actor that got him the role in the game in the first place?

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      • Hammersteyn

        June 13, 2014 at 08:46

        His fatality would probably be snorting the other guy up through a straw

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        • Greylingad

          June 13, 2014 at 08:47

          Hahahaha!! Screaming: “Winning!”

          Reply

          • Hammersteyn

            June 13, 2014 at 08:48

            Or when he throws a projectile “Tiger Blood!”

          • Greylingad

            June 13, 2014 at 08:49

            Bwaaaahaaahaaa!!! even a hot shots two chicken through the bow would be quite entertaining!

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      June 13, 2014 at 08:51

      I thought they were just random humans who got drafted into the overall conflict. Admittedly my MK knowledge isn’t that great.

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      • Hammersteyn

        June 13, 2014 at 09:04

        Well not that random, if Raiden selected me I would probably die of anxiety before the tournament even started

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        • Sith JJ

          June 13, 2014 at 09:05

          I would probably think Raiden is a drunk bergie if he approached me.

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          • Hammersteyn

            June 13, 2014 at 09:07

            Till he charges/shorts out your phone with his hands

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            June 13, 2014 at 09:14

            Hopefully charges. Android battery life isn’t the greatest.

          • Hammersteyn

            June 13, 2014 at 09:19

            HAI!

        • Dutch Matrix

          June 13, 2014 at 09:46

          It was dark, cold night.
          Dutch Matrix was slowly picking his way through the forest, unsure of how he ended up there to begin with. He was hungry. His nerves were on edge. Did that tree just yawn?
          All of a sudden, thunder crashed! Lightning struck. And in a small clearing there appeared a man with a basket for a hat.
          “Dutch Matrix!” he bellowed, “You have been chosen to represent your Lazygamer brethren in Mortal Kombat and… Eeeewwww! Dude? Did you just poop your pants??!!”

          Reply

          • Hammersteyn

            June 13, 2014 at 09:57

            That and the fact that I couldn’t fight my way out of a card board box never mind taking on Quan Chi

  4. Rince&exhale

    June 13, 2014 at 08:41

    “Come over here!” Tehehehe

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    • Hammersteyn

      June 13, 2014 at 08:43

      Johnny sure did. All over Sonja

      Reply

      • Admiral Chief Cyber Commando

        June 13, 2014 at 08:43

        O_O

        Reply

    • Sith JJ

      June 13, 2014 at 08:43

      Come hither!

      Reply

      • Admiral Chief Cyber Commando

        June 13, 2014 at 08:43

        HAI!!!

        Reply

        • Hammersteyn

          June 13, 2014 at 08:44

          HAI!

          Reply

          • Sith JJ

            June 13, 2014 at 08:47

            The Gentleman’s Mortal Kombat, which includes lines such as…
            Come Hither!
            End him!
            Impeccable Triumph

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            June 13, 2014 at 08:58

            Proceed with fisticuffs!

        • Sith JJ

          June 13, 2014 at 08:47

          Hai!

          Reply

  5. Rince&exhale

    June 13, 2014 at 08:43

    “Excuse me, pardon me. Uhhh, perchance, could you find it in your heart to come hither?” Teheheh (Umar, where are you?)

    Reply

    • The Fires of Suzaku Burns!!

      June 13, 2014 at 08:44

      I’m not gonna comment on this :P. Clearly I said this before I was this cool person standing before you now

      Reply

      • Rince&exhale

        June 13, 2014 at 08:45

        You came hither! ‘Now, GET OVER HERE!’

        Reply

        • The Fires of Suzaku Burns!!

          June 13, 2014 at 08:48

          Hehehe, Kom heer jou bliksem!

          Reply

          • Hammersteyn

            June 13, 2014 at 08:48

            *hier

          • Badass Eyepatch Man

            June 13, 2014 at 08:50

            Hehehe Ek kan nie Afrikaans praat nie

          • Rince&exhale

            June 13, 2014 at 08:55

            Me too 😉 I can however, speak lacist ??rincethis!

          • Sith JJ

            June 13, 2014 at 08:59

            You monster!

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            June 13, 2014 at 09:00

            Hai!

          • Rince&exhale

            June 13, 2014 at 09:05

            In Kill Bill she says ? SHI!

          • Hammersteyn

            June 13, 2014 at 09:05

            HAI!

          • Hammersteyn

            June 13, 2014 at 09:05

            En ek nie Japanees

          • Hammersteyn

            June 13, 2014 at 09:23

            Badass Eyepatch Man, your NUUUUCLEEAAAAAAARRRRR

          • Hammersteyn

            June 13, 2014 at 09:23

            Badass Eyepatch Man, your NUUUUCLEEAAAAAAARRRRR

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        June 13, 2014 at 08:56

        You’re not Snake Plissken. FAKE!

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        • Rince&exhale

          June 13, 2014 at 08:57

          Agreed! I call fake girl gamer!

          Reply

  6. Her Highness the Hipster

    June 13, 2014 at 08:46

    i LOVED this game. it was AMAZING!

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    • Rince&exhale

      June 13, 2014 at 08:46

      Was it you busting balls? 😛

      Reply

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        June 13, 2014 at 08:49

        AMAZEBALLS!

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        • Sith JJ

          June 13, 2014 at 08:51

          Ben Wa

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          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            June 13, 2014 at 08:51

            Is that the Sith equivalent of Obi Wan?

          • Sith JJ

            June 13, 2014 at 08:53

            Archer dude. Watch Archer. But yes. I believe it is. 😉

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            June 13, 2014 at 08:56

            I do, was just being obtuse ;P

          • Rince&exhale

            June 13, 2014 at 08:56

            Coffee number?

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            June 13, 2014 at 08:57

            One. One really big one of filter coffee.

          • Sith JJ

            June 13, 2014 at 08:58

            Number one for me too. But you can bring me my second so long, thank you slave.

          • Rince&exhale

            June 13, 2014 at 09:00

            You want a third blackeye? 0-o0

          • Sith JJ

            June 13, 2014 at 09:02

            Stop confusing me!! I’m frail enough as it is.

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            June 13, 2014 at 09:13

            I thought your slave was offering to do the make-up for your 3rd eye. Really well trained.

          • Sith JJ

            June 13, 2014 at 09:18

            He likes to practice on OVG

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            June 13, 2014 at 09:20

            bwhahaha

          • Sith JJ

            June 13, 2014 at 08:58

            Oh. I just realised now only that Monday is a public holiday. So…that’s the kind of alertness you are dealing with today when talking to me.

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            June 13, 2014 at 09:00

            lol – I found out less than an hour ago too.

          • Exalted Overlord Geoffrey Tim

            June 13, 2014 at 08:58

            And that’s how you get ants.

          • Sith JJ

            June 13, 2014 at 08:58

            lol

    • oVgeeeeee Comet Drop

      June 13, 2014 at 08:53

      FATALIZING

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    • Sir Rants A Lot Llew. Jelly!!!

      June 13, 2014 at 09:20

      HAI!

      Reply

  7. Alien Emperor Trevor

    June 13, 2014 at 08:49

    D’Vorah looks awesome. The fact it’s coming to ye olde PK makes my pants happy.

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    • Greylingad

      June 13, 2014 at 08:50

      Yap!! PK Master Rake!

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      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        June 13, 2014 at 10:01

        I’m sad to say I spent way more hours on SF2 than MK2. But that’s why we invented MAME ROMS. Now I’m lus to play some Tiger Heli.

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        • Greylingad

          June 13, 2014 at 10:51

          Jislaaikit man!!! The nostalgia is starting to flare like a blush from a child who had stolen sweeties out of a jar… Maybe I should rock some old ROMs this weekend, with a few glasses of sherry just to add effect…
          Edit: That said, I’m starting to feel quite old right now…

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    • Sith JJ

      June 13, 2014 at 08:50

      Emotional clothing. Must be an alien thing.

      Reply

  8. CAE9872

    June 13, 2014 at 08:50

    Game is looking tremendous (new word for the day!). I saw 15 min clip of Ed Boon playing it yesterday and all good!

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    • Hammersteyn

      June 13, 2014 at 09:06

      Tremendous > Amazing

      Reply

      • VampyreSquirrel

        June 13, 2014 at 09:16

        HAI!

        Reply

  9. oVgeeeeee Comet Drop

    June 13, 2014 at 08:51

    Jack who?
    Objection Your Honor, That’s Irrelevant! The man has been barred.
    Violence, sex, blood and gore has been imprinted in every child’s brain thanks to a thing called a cell phone.
    To think that Nintendo censored my Mortal Kombat game to have GREEN blood and toned down Fatalitys in the 90s.

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    • Hammersteyn

      June 13, 2014 at 09:06

      LOL! Sega had the blood kode you could enter. Ludicrous gibs!

      Reply

      • oVgeeeeee Comet Drop

        June 13, 2014 at 09:14

        That spine rip was RAW in the 90s and made the White House spend millions on court cases trying to ban the game. In only 20 years not only have the graphics become real but the violence is indescribable.

        What the hell are we in for 20 years from now?

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        • Rince&exhale

          June 13, 2014 at 09:14

          The oculus rift? tehehe

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          • oVgeeeeee Comet Drop

            June 13, 2014 at 09:17

            I think SEX is going play a huge role in that device and future gaming.
            Like how the BETAMAX scoffed at VHS for allowing sex videos. Guess who won that fight.

            Virtual sex is the future. Its in our reptilian brains. Time to give violence a rest.

            Make love not war. But we all know how scary sex can be to the Americans and the ESRB.

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            June 13, 2014 at 09:22

            All politicians hate sex. Because old people hate sex. And old people vote more than young people. The irony of whoring themselves out for easy job security.

          • oVgeeeeee Comet Drop

            June 13, 2014 at 09:28

            Does her hair stand up like that without some super human gel ;P

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            June 13, 2014 at 09:32

            Depends. Is her name Mary? 😉

          • oVgeeeeee Comet Drop

            June 13, 2014 at 09:28

            Does her hair stand up like that without some super human gel ;P

          • Rince&exhale

            June 13, 2014 at 09:26

            Agreed. If people want the oculus to take off, start creating virtual porn. I mean, I don;t know about you, but I’ve always wanted to deliver a pizza and get an extra large TIP 0-O

          • Sir Rants A Lot Llew. Jelly!!!

            June 13, 2014 at 09:27

            You want to receive tip???? Eish dude

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            June 13, 2014 at 09:29

            I saw that too. Just let it go.

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            June 13, 2014 at 09:29

            I saw that too. Just let it go.

          • Sir Rants A Lot Llew. Jelly!!!

            June 13, 2014 at 09:30

            That’s what she said……

          • Sir Rants A Lot Llew. Jelly!!!

            June 13, 2014 at 09:30

            That’s what she said……

          • Sir Rants A Lot Llew. Jelly!!!

            June 13, 2014 at 09:27

            You want to receive tip???? Eish dude

          • Rince&exhale

            June 13, 2014 at 09:26

            Agreed. If people want the oculus to take off, start creating virtual porn. I mean, I don;t know about you, but I’ve always wanted to deliver a pizza and get an extra large TIP 0-O

        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          June 13, 2014 at 09:16

          Choking on pollution while moving to higher ground & fighting over resources?

          Reply

        • Hammersteyn

          June 13, 2014 at 09:18

          Subzeros fatality from MK1 was the first one I ever saw. The machine was next to a Ster Kinekor. I don’t know what movie we saw but I remember that, that was the day I became a Subzero fanboy.

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          • oVgeeeeee Comet Drop

            June 13, 2014 at 09:19

            lol Our parents generation remember where and what they were doing during the Moon landing. We remember the day we watched the spine rip for the first time 😛

          • Hammersteyn

            June 13, 2014 at 09:28

            Ive got tons of first time gaming memories + zero regrets

          • Hammersteyn

            June 13, 2014 at 09:28

            Ive got tons of first time gaming memories + zero regrets

    • Rince&exhale

      June 13, 2014 at 09:09

      Explains why you and I are both psychotic killers bro. Blame it on Mortal Combat, fuck it, blame Killer Instinct while you’re at it too. I mean, what else explains our ability to morph into raptors and go on killing sprees?

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      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        June 13, 2014 at 09:10

        Cocaine.

        Reply

        • Rince&exhale

          June 13, 2014 at 09:13

          Not in Claremont there isn’t… 0_0

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          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            June 13, 2014 at 09:15

            lol

      • CAE9872

        June 13, 2014 at 09:14

        And heavy metal…

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        • Sith JJ

          June 13, 2014 at 09:20

          I’d already drank the blood of two babies before 7 when I listened to metal this morning on the way to work.

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          • Hammersteyn

            June 13, 2014 at 09:21

          • Sith JJ

            June 13, 2014 at 09:23

            Delicacy!

          • Sith JJ

            June 13, 2014 at 09:23

            Delicacy!

          • Sir Rants A Lot Llew. Jelly!!!

            June 13, 2014 at 09:26

            THE CUTENESS! THE CUTENESS!!!!!

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            June 13, 2014 at 09:31

            Tastes like chicken though.

          • Sir Rants A Lot Llew. Jelly!!!

            June 13, 2014 at 09:26

            THE CUTENESS! THE CUTENESS!!!!!

      • Hammersteyn

        June 13, 2014 at 09:21

        If playing Mortal makes you a murderer what does Goat Simulator make you?

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        • Sir Rants A Lot Llew. Jelly!!!

          June 13, 2014 at 09:21

          Australian? Oh wait… That’s sheep. Sorry

          Reply

          • Sith JJ

            June 13, 2014 at 09:24

            That’s New Zealand though, too.

          • Sir Rants A Lot Llew. Jelly!!!

            June 13, 2014 at 09:27

            Right… So where the heck do goats fit in?

          • Sith JJ

            June 13, 2014 at 09:28

            I don’t know? Darryn?

          • Sith JJ

            June 13, 2014 at 09:28

            I don’t know? Darryn?

          • Sir Rants A Lot Llew. Jelly!!!

            June 13, 2014 at 09:28

            Probably.

          • Sir Rants A Lot Llew. Jelly!!!

            June 13, 2014 at 09:28

            Probably.

          • Sir Rants A Lot Llew. Jelly!!!

            June 13, 2014 at 09:27

            Right… So where the heck do goats fit in?

          • Sith JJ

            June 13, 2014 at 09:24

            That’s New Zealand though, too.

  10. VampyreSquirrel

    June 13, 2014 at 09:12

    Mortal Kombat X looks freaking amazing… can’t wait to actually give it a try… somehow… some where.

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  11. Consumer of Little Rabbits

    June 13, 2014 at 09:44

    Ill go with best at E3 easily. Im not more excited for anything else. Spent millions of hours on MK. I foresee this will not change in the future.

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  12. oVgeeeeee Comet Drop

    June 13, 2014 at 09:48

    These kids are like, “screw this shit, I want to play Moratl Kombat X” 😛

    Reply

  13. Dutch Matrix

    June 13, 2014 at 09:57

    Cassie Cage… I see no resemblance to either Johnny or Sonya. Are you sure that Baraka did not take a stab at Sonya at the MK9 survivors party?

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    • Gareth L (That eXCheez Guy)

      June 14, 2014 at 00:22

      They’re still struggling to give their female characters pretty, non-male faces I see. =/

      Reply

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