See a new gameplay trailer from the 2015 release of Mortal Kombat X.
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My first experience with Mortal Kombat was MKII. I was about 8 years old, in Cincinnati, Ohio with my cousins who are about 10 years older than me. I remember walking through the mall towards the arcade. A crowd spilled out, unable to fit within the confines of the room. Dozens of machines awaited the quarters in my pocket and as I looked around to see which machines weren’t already taken I was greeted to a bizarre situation; Almost every machine in the arcade was vacant. I could play any game I wanted with almost no wait. It was then I realized why this was happening, Mortal Kombat II had just been released, and this arcade just received the cabinet.
I managed to squeeze to the front of the crowd to sneak a peek. It was here I first saw the likes of Liu Kang, Baraka, Johnny Cage, Raiden, Mileena, Shang Tsung, Scorpion, and the character who would ultimately become my favorite, Sub-Zero. Never before had I seen a game that was so violent, so intense, and so real looking. I was blown away. I couldn’t fathom a game such as this existing. After watching players beat the crap out of each other I was greeted to my first Fatality. I was instantly hooked. I knew this game was important.
Ultimately I was right; MK is one of the most important games in the relatively short history of video games. The controversy it started, the technology it possessed, the movement it started. You can’t deny the franchise that is Mortal Kombat. Sure, over the years there have been some bad games, some very bad games, but lately they’ve been turning it around. Which brings us to 2015’s Mortal Kombat X. This game looks bananas. If Street Fighter 4 taught us anything, it’s that 2D-esque fighters are still a viable option and that they can be widely adopted. MKX looks like it’s returning to its brutal roots while retaining tight gameplay. Simply put, this game reminds me of MKII set in the year 2015.
I can’t wait.
Mortal Kombat X is set to be released on April 14th, 2015 and will be released for Windows, PS3/4, and Xbox 360/One.
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