Mortal Kombat X is one of the most hotly-anticipated games of 2015. The title is the follow-up to the impressive reboot of the Mortal Kombat series - a reimagining so successful it made our list of Top 5 Arcade Game Reboots - and it looks set to pack even more of a punch. After creator Ed Boon's long run of teasing fans with cryptic clues, Mortal Kombat X was finally revealed with a suitably gory launch trailer in June.
It's not just clever trailers and a love of Ed Boon's playful side that has fans excited, though; Mortal Kombat X looks to live up to the fine precedent set by its predecessor. The title is set to build upon what made Mortal Kombat so successful - the brutal gameplay, vicious fatalities, and an army of iconic characters. We've already had a close-up look at the return of thunder god Raiden, and we now have the reveal of another classic Mortal Kombat character.
In the latest character trailer from NetherRealm Studios, Mortal Kombat fans are treated to an in-depth look at the return of cybernetic crime lord Kano. Although this version of Kano is noticeably different from those in past games. He's older, but just as powerful.
The trailer focuses on Kano's three play styles, those being 'Cutthroat,' 'Cybernetic,' and 'Commando.' In the 'Cutthroat' variation, Kano can pound on his cyborg heart to increase the power of his attacks, as well as giving access to a range of devastating knife attacks. Meanwhile, the 'Cybernetic' play style grants Kano the power to unleash eye laser attacks and the ability to use grenades. According to Ed Boon, this mode will also help Kano protect himself against aerial attacks. Finally, the 'Commando' style improves Kano's grappling ability, allowing him to get up close and personal with enemy combatants.
Speaking of those contestants, Kano will have the unique opportunity to fight Cassie Cage - the daughter of fellow Mortal Kombat tournament veterans Johnny Cage and Sonya Blade. Given Kano's prior rivalries with Sonya Blade throughout the Mortal Kombat series, it will be interesting to see if there is any friction between the two fighters.
We had the chance to sit down with Mortal Kombat X at E3 this year, and it's safe to say we were impressed. Although there were a few issues, the game felt smooth and crisp. The fighters on display also had showed real potential, in particular the hybrid fighter Ferra/Torr. With these interesting new tournament contestants, plus the potential addition of guest characters as DLC, it will be interesting to see just how an old-timer like Kano shapes up.
Mortal Kombat X will be released in 2015 for Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, PS4 and PC.