Since the first Mortal Kombat game released in 1992, its developers have continued weaving an elaborate web of characters and stories. They have focused on video game development, producing sequel after sequel. They have also produced films, television shows, and comics. With that much time and material, you can be sure that the history of the Mortal Kombat universe is rich and complex. Whether you are new to the world of Mortal Kombat (MK) or you have been playing since the beginning, you are probably in it for the characters just as much as the fighting gameplay.
GENUINELY GREAT GAMES
Mortal Kombat can be simply described as a fighting game, but its consistent, fanatic base will tell you that it is so much more. The strength of this fighting game, keeping it alive and popular since 1992, is the strong storyline and the depth of its characters. With a well-woven universe, where you can dive into pools of stories, it’s easy to find solid entertainment.
The original game started with just 10 warriors and has grown to include 74 complex characters. With development like this, playing a world so thoroughly developed is like reading a classic book that the author has been adding to for more than 25 years. That’s a lot of history and you really get to know the characters. They completely pull you into the story.
Mortal Kombat has again and again been a favorite among gamers because its developers have built a solid universe where gamers feel included. They have built characters that add depth and reality to that world. The characters are the link between you and the story because you identify with those characters and understand some of their needs and wants.
Let's say you love the gore of the game, but maybe you think it is a stretch to identify with a warrior that shears the face off an opponent. Is it? Your inner battle is similar, even though the outer battle is not as extreme as in gaming. Some traits and values cross over to the world of the user, and if they did not, who would want to play the game? You understand good, evil, honor, betrayal, loyalty, control, independence, and so many more human traits that you find in the realm of Mortal Kombat. You understand the connection to something greater, such as the importance of helping others and saving Earthrealm. You understand the need to act with complete autonomy, like ruling as the emperor of Outworld.
CHARACTERS YOU LOVE
The latest in the series of games, Mortal Kombat X, packs in the character details with three variations for each warrior in the game. The variants usually include a special name, some costume and weapon changes, and alternate abilities. (It’s important to share here that Mortal Kombat XL is essentially the same game as Mortal Kombat X, but with the downloadable extras bundled together for convenience in Mortal Kombat XL.)
Don’t be concerned about a favorite character dying. In this universe of meddling gods and powerful weapons, death isn’t forever. Thirteen combatants were killed in the 2011 release of Mortal Kombat, including Kung Lao, Sub-Zero, and Kitana. If you don’t see one of your favorite characters back from the dead in Mortal Kombat X, just give it time.
Meanwhile, enjoy the special guest characters and find some fresh favorites from the nine new characters. There are some interesting relationships between old characters and new.
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Mortal Kombat fans feel the love from the developers with the gift of guest characters. Paving the way in Mortal Kombat 9 with Freddy Krueger and Kratos, guest characters return in force for Mortal Kombat X. Four special guests can be enjoyed, including Alien, Jason Voorhees, Leatherface, and Predator. Like the other characters in Mortal Kombat X, each of the guest characters has three variants. Each variant has a different look and some different abilities.
True to MK style, traditional horror characters are back. Jason hails from the "Friday the 13th" series of films, and Leatherface, from the "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" movies, continues to search for the perfect meat. Their costumes and abilities are inline with the films that brought these killers to you originally.
Adding new treats from the science-fiction-horror genre, Alien and Predator join the game. You can’t have a battle arena for the greatest warriors in the universe and expect Predator to sit it out. Looking for sport and trophies, Predator finds both in Earthrealm during Mortal Kombat X. Having burst forth from a Tarkatan’s rib cage, Alien currently dominates Outworld where Kotal Kahn has been unsuccessful at defeating the species. The Xenomorph brings some great moves to the game, not forsaking acid blood, a spiky tail, and an extra set of chops. Be warned, the Alien can initiate a Brutality that leads to its own death.
In Mortal Kombat X, nine new characters were introduced: Cassie Cage, Triborg, Takeda Takahashi, D’Vorah, Kunj Jin, Erron Black, Kotal Kahn, the Ferra and Torr duo, and Jacqui Briggs. Some of these characters are linked to classic warriors in earlier Mortal Kombat storylines.
For example, Cassie Cage has a familial link to earlier Mortal Kombat characters as she is the daughter of Sonya Blade and Johnny Cage. Trained by her parents and following their lead, she protects Earthrealm as a member of Special Forces.
While they aren’t all family ties, some connections bind characters in a powerful way. Triborg is the result of some shenanigans that began with the Lin Kuei’s grandmaster and were completed with a Special Forces experiment that went terribly wrong. Smoke, Cyber Sub-Zero, Sektor, and Cyrax have all been merged together as one powerful warrior, retaining all the powers of the individuals that collectively make this super-cyber-fighter.
Takeda Takahashi is the son of Scorpion, who took him in for training after Takahashi’s mother was killed by Red Dragon. He defends Earthrealm with the other Special Forces warriors including Cassie Cage, Kung Jin, and Jacqui Briggs. The latter of the three, Jacqui Briggs, is his romantic partner.
A new character with a critical role in the storyline of Mortal Kombat X is D’Vorah. Though she has no ties to any prior characters, she can’t be overlooked. She is a powerful Outworld character with unique origins. As one of the Kytinn, she has both humanoid and insect qualities, and this is apparent in her fighting style, Fatalities, and Brutalities. A minister for Kotal Kahn, her own sneaky ambitions unfold and reveal her as a true follower of Shinnok.
With the death of his cousin Kung Lao, Kung Jin became angry and resentful. His own misfortunes and his cousin’s death were catalysts that led to his living as a thief until meeting the Thunder God. From then on, he followed his cousin’s path, being trained by the White Lotus Society and fighting to protect Earthrealm.
Erron Black is a dark cowboy with excellent grappling and gunslinging skills. An Earthrealmer that turned into a servant of Kotal Khan, he’s a hard-fighting mercenary loved by fans for his simple motives and style.
Kotal Kahn plays a key role in Mortal Kombat X, being emperor of Outworld after defeating Mileena. He is the last of his kind, an Osh-Tekk, with strength far superior to any human. He draws all his power from the sun and can be weakened without it. Fortunately for Kotal Kahn, wielding the power of the Kamidogu proves useful to counter any attacks that block out the sun. He is the only character in Mortal Kombat X who can get multiple damage bonuses, and one of just two characters in Mortal Kombat who can die from his own Brutality move.
Ferra and Torr fight as one, with Ferra perched atop Torr’s giant back. They fight with brute strength, have different throws for each variant, and yield higher damage from the X-Ray move than any other character.
Jacqui Briggs is the last of the new characters and related to a Mortal Kombat classic, Jackson “Jax” Briggs. Following in her father’s footsteps, she joined Special Forces to protect Earthrealm. Her father was not keen on her joining the fight, hoping for her to lead a better life, but what warrior can sit idly by and let the world fall to pieces? Not Jacqui Briggs.
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With so many characters on the Mortal Kombat X roster, you are sure to find a few favorites. The Mortal Kombat franchise is going strong and continues to be favored by gamers for quality of gameplay and story development. The next time someone tells you to get off the computer or put down your controller and go read a book, you can feel good as you ignore them, knowing that Mortal Kombat gives you in-depth stories all while fulfilling your deep psychological needs for connection, competence, and autonomy. It’s so satisfying.
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