To generate hype for Mortal Kombat X, NetherRealm Studios has been hosting hour-long Kombat Kast Twitch streams on a weekly basis for months. Each episode highlights one or two fighters and offers a behind-the-scenes look at their special moves and variants. With only a week left before Mortal Kombat X’s release date, viewers have seen an episode for just about every character (Jax and Jacqui Briggs are left for this week’s finale). Over the weekend, Kombat fans got an extended look at the franchise’s most iconic villain (arguably), who is a playable character this time around.
The special five-hour long Twitch stream was Goro-tastic and featured tons of screen time for the bonus character. Goro will be free to all players who pre-order Mortal Kombat X, but if you miss the boat there, the four-armed fighter will be available for purchase via DLC at a later point. As players might expect, the fighter’s special attacks are just as brutal as everyone else’s. The Fatalities and X-Ray moves aren’t for the weak of stomach, so be warned before checking out the highlights from the stream.
In addition to revealing the limb-shredding Fatalities, the stream also gave a preview of Goro’s three variants. Just like each of the playable characters in the full Mortal Kombat X roster, Goro has three unique fighting styles that players can opt for to better suit their own play styles…
Tigrar Fury: This is the ranged option for players who want to stay a few feet away. Lots of fire-breathing attacks, such as Flame Ball and Dragon Breath will be used to take out foes.
Kuatan Warrior: This is the grapple-based variant that favors brute strength. Goro uses powerful ground pound and chest charge attacks.
Dragon Fangs: This is the melee weapon option for players who don’t want to rely 100% on muscles. Goro will use attacks utilizing bladed gauntlets.
Although there is the Tigrar Fury variant, Goro looks like he’ll be the most fun for players who want to use brute force to control the match. Both the Kuantan Warrior and Dragon Fangs variants offer players the opportunity to stay right on top of their opponents and never give them the chance to back away and land a ranged attack.
Those who are familiar with Mortal Kombat lore and are wondering how Goro has all of his limbs and appears to be in perfect health are probably aren’t alone in your confusion. The character’s revival is thanks to Kintaro and Quan Chi, but playing the game’s story mode (or reading the prequel comics) should help shed some light on that.
Since this was a five-hour stream, the hosts obviously had to talk about some non-Goro related gameplay. An attempt was made to showcase the ‘Test Your Might’ feature, but the build wasn’t cooperating and the stream had to go in a different direction. The tail-end of the episode also features a short peek at Jax and Jacqui Briggs, who will both be featured in next week’s episode. Viewers didn’t see a ton of action out of the two fighters, but did learn the names of the variants for each player:
- Full Auto
- High Tech
- Pumped Up
- Heavy Weapons
At this point, no details have been released about when Goro will be available to purchase via DLC or how much he will cost. To guarantee access to the fighter, consumers will want to secure a pre-order while they still can.
Mortal Kombat X releases April 14, 2015 for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.