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E3: Mortal Kombat

Mortal Kombat is back, and bloodier than ever. The developers have looked at the feedback for the last few games and given the fans what they want. The newest Mortal Kombat will feature classic characters, a 2D fighting plane and over-the-top gore and violence, but it utilizes modern graphics and gameplay.

Making a return all the characters you would expect including Sub Zero, Scorpion, Johnny Cage, and more. But be prepared for a new style of gameplay, because all the attacks are built to be linked together into custom combos. You will not have to always do the same sets of attacks to achieve the same combos, you can create your own favorites or simply improvise to lay down as much hurt as you can in any given situation. And this includes the super-moves, which will now require the use of three buttons or less.

When players receive damage, they will receive lasting, visible injuries. Characters can have skin torn off to reveal the bones and organs inside, lose an eye and more. This damage will last throughout the match, so even those who win will still look like they were put through a meat grinder. To accomplish this the artists modeled the characters inside and out, literally. And at no time is this better demonstrated than during the new special attacks called the X-ray moves. X-ray moves are the most powerful special moves in the game and spotlight the internal damage the characters take. When the super-meter is full and a player executes an X-ray move, the camera will zoom in and shown the opponent's ribs being broken, organs being pulverized, and so much more.

Players will also battle in some of the classic Mortal Kombat levels, re-imagined with fully 3D graphics and an active environment. On one battlefield, a living tree will grab and strangle one of the men in the background watching the fight. Also returning are environmental fatalities, allowing the victor to use the world around them to deliver the final, grisly blow to their weakened opponent.

With a mix of timeless features that you've come to expect from Mortal Kombat games and new  but simple combat styles, the newest entry in the series aims to please any gamer from the hardcore MK fan to the fighting game newbie.

 

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