As far as Mortal Kombat characters go, Kabal has always felt like the product of a nine-year old’s imagination. Just look at the fella, he has everything. He wears a wicked-cool mask to hide a face that looks like it was moisturised with a belt sander, he has hook swords, can fire plasma blasts and he’s apparently connected to the Speed Force.
Kabal is basically the Flash, if Barry Allen were a homicidal martial arts maniac. So naturally, I freakin’ adore the dude. He’s a fan favourite as well, having first popped up in Mortal Kombat 3 during the Outworld invasion of EarthRealm, but he has been used sparingly since then. Popping up in most Mortal Kombat games in the original timeline, the current version of the character has had a rough time in the reborn continuity.
With time fractured, Kabal’s appearance in Mortal Kombat saw him eventually defeated and killed by Sindel, resurrected as a revenant by Quan Chi and forced to do the bidding of the nefarious sorcerer. He may have been out of action as a playable character in Mortal Kombat X, but you can’t keep a good speedster down as the quickest feet in EarthRealm is racing back into the ring for Mortal Kombat 11. Here’s what Kabal brings to the table:
Damn son. Damn. A glance at the gameplay makes Kabal look like a hell of an offensive character, one who can close gaps and leave opponents baffled by his speed. Here is a character who makes the most of quick reflexes, and I’ve got a feeling that the strategy for fighting Kabal, is going to be based on reactionary offense and solid defense as opposed to rushing in and tackling the warrior head on.
Mortal Kombat 11 arrives on April 23. We can’t wait.
Last Updated: February 6, 2019