It should come as no surprise to anyone that Mortal Kombat X is likely going to be the goriest installment in the fighting franchise's history. 2011's Mortal Kombat definitely upped the ante on cringe-worthy fatalities and the team at NetherRealm has no intention of shying away from that same kind of blood and gore in the upcoming sequel. The game's marketing has put a spotlight on the gore from the earliest footage revealed, but a new batch of Fatalities takes the violence to another level. Queasy readers be warned, these clips are more than a little nasty...
Some lucky E3 attendees had the chance to see plenty of MK X action behind closed doors, but now it's finally time for the rest of us to get a look at the brutal finishers for Scorpion, Sub-Zero, Quan Chi, and a few of the other new fighters. NetherRealm shared around 45 minutes of gameplay on Twitch yesterday and you can watch the whole thing on their channel.
If you don't have time to watch the entire stream, you can catch the highlights right here. The above clip shows Scorpion's devastating bisection Fatality. The game's finishers have certainly come a long way since Scorpion's original fire-breathing, haven't they? Scorpion's new Fatality is quite possibly the most disturbing one to date, and that's including the gem from Quan Chi featured below. Again, gore warning for any queasy readers.
Much like Scorpion's attack, the telekinetic finisher takes the franchise's trademark brutality up a few notches from 2011's reboot. The ridiculously brutal finishers are a part of Mortal Kombat's legacy, but there will certainly be some people out there who think MK X pushes things just a bit too far.
Although the war on Mortal Kombat has died down quite a bit since the censorship controversy its original console release caused, we'll be interested to see if the new game's heavy focus on gore makes it an easy target once again. We've seen plenty of research on video game violence in the last year or two and for those on the anti-violent game's side of the fence, Mortal Kombat's love of in-game violence and excess (similar to Grand Theft Auto's) makes it an easy property to wage war with.
Whether you dig the over-the-top Fatalities or not, there's no denying that the new game looks amazing. NetherRealm seems to have the franchise back on the right track and we look forward to finding out more details about the new fighters and their abilities as the April release date approaches.
Other highlights of the stream included more information on some of the character variation options. Sub-Zero's Cryomancer will allow the fighter to channel his ice powers to increase defense and form weaponized ice sculptures like shivs and hammers. The stream also gives an extended look at Scorpion's Hellfire and Ninjustu variations.
If you managed to stomach the whole 45 minute livestream, which new feature or move are you the most excited about? Do you have a favorite Fatality? Let us know in the comments.
Mortal Kombat X releases April 14, 2015 for PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One.
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