Mortal Kombat X: Jason Lives!

Posted in DLC, Fan Service, Fantasy, Fighting Games, Game Advertising, Game-related Events, Gaming, Mortal Kombat, Mortal Kombat X, PC Gaming, PS4, Xbox One on May 5th, 2015 by thelonegamer


Today, May 5, sees the classic horror icon Jason Voorhees unleashed in Mortal Kombat X. Netherrealms released the trailer above some hours ago, and it is spot-on perfect for this psychotic slasher. The new Kombatant has been featured by NR themselves in the latest Kombat Kast, revealing his three variations- Slasher, Relentless and Unstoppable.

Jason’s gameplay revealed!

Even more so than Freddy Kreuger was done in MK9, I think Netherrealm pretty much nailed Jason for the game, down to his walk, his attacks and even the occasional horror music highlights during some of his moves/attacks. If you ‘love’ this maniacal madman, you’ll adore using him to gut into the competition in MKX.
Jason will be available today for owners of the Kombat Pack, but he will be made available as standalone DLC on May 12. Happy Hacking!

Mortal Kombat X Launch Trailer

Posted in Fan Service, Fantasy, Fighting Games, Game Advertising, Game-related Events, Gaming, Mortal Kombat, Mortal Kombat X, PC Gaming, PS4, Xbox One on April 7th, 2015 by thelonegamer

It has begun. Well, in about a week.

Netherrealms just recently posted the launch trailer to their just-around-the-corner sequel, Mortal Kombat X, and it is looking EPIC. The spot shows off scenes from the sure-to-be-awesome Story Mode as well as tons of in-game action, most of which looks just as good as the cinematics. This is truly a nextgen-looking fighter, and I can’t wait to get my hands on it. Just little more than a week left of waiting. Heck, you can probably spoil yourself rotten on info and cinemas right now. Anyways, check out the trailer above if you haven’t already.

Mortal Kombat X: Erron Black Debut Trailer!

Posted in Action Adventure, Fan Service, Fantasy, Fighting Games, Game Advertising, Game-related Events, Gaming, Mortal Kombat, Mortal Kombat X, PS3, PS4, Xbox One, Xbox360 on March 28th, 2015 by thelonegamer

John Marsten is reborn in Outworld…

A Stranger Appears! Netherealm finally revealed the badass Cowboy Gunslinger Mercenary Erron Black in their latest Kombat Kast, the hour-long episode also revealing returning characters Lui Kang and Shinnok. But of course it’s Black who gets his own personal trailer. I have to admit, I LOVE the gunplay, the sounds of his six-shooters and overall feel, without it becoming too gun-kata. I wish they could give this guy a Revolver Ocelot skin. Or maybe even Billy Lee Black from Xenogears (any relation, I wonder..?). This guy obviously has a story and a big part in the plot… he’s being painted as a guy who is playing both sides, but with still a bit of a good guy leaning. Hoping they don’t kill him off anytime soon- he’s freakin’ awesome.

Netherrealm goes through Erron’s Good, Bad and Ugly Variants…

Mortal Kombat X is looking X-cellent!

Posted in Fan Service, Fighting Games, Game Advertising, Game-related Events, Gaming, Mortal Kombat, Mortal Kombat X, PC Gaming, PS4, Xbox One on March 24th, 2015 by thelonegamer

One hour of Kombat Awesomeness.

As a fighting game fan, I’ve always been more of the bloodless, realistic and graceful martial arts enthusiast type- which explains why my absolute favorite fighting games are Virtua Fighter and Tekken (yes, I know Tekken straddles the line between real and fantasy). But still, Mortal Kombat is a guilty pleasure of mine. I’ve always kept an eye on the series since the original in the arcade. Even if the quality of the gameplay has varied wildly (the first 3D MKs were especially clunky), one thing that has kept me interested was the story- the characters, the saga and the mythos behind all the blood and the entrails. The GUTS of the saga, if you will. But with 2011′s Mortal Kombat re-boot/remake, the series finally approached the greatness of the best fighting games in terms of gameplay, fighting action and animations, while also upping the ante in terms of Beat ‘Em Up Storytelling.

A couple of years later, Mortal Kombat X looks to even leap further onward, with the fighting action looking every bit as fluid, brutally graceful and violently gorgeous as any of the competition. I can honestly say that I am really wanting to play MKX as much as watch the inevitably epic and cheezy Story mode so much.
I applaud Ed Boon and Netherrealm‘s rather daring steps to go with a roster that is populated both with returning favorites (Johnny Cage and Sonya, looking good even after 25 years) and all-new Kombatants. It’s testament to pretty slick design that characters like the still not completely revealed Erron Black, a cowboy ninja gunslinger, already has a large number of fans. The redesign of veterans like Mileena- my main, actually- is pretty amazing and I am gobsmacked impressed by the quality of this game in terms of look and style.

All this plus the game is looking more loaded with content, modes and stuff to do like the old beat ‘em ups of old. The Faction War mode looks fun as heck, and the Kombat Towers, the wild guest characters and the tantalizing promise of more returning faves just makes the MK blood in me race. In just a few more weeks, we may just see one of the biggest fighting games this year on our HD consoles, and I can’t be happier. Damn, this is going to be bloody awesome.

Mortal Kombat X’s Story Trailer Kicks ASS!

Posted in Action Adventure, Fan Service, Fantasy, Fighting Games, Game Advertising, Game to Movies, Game-related Events, Games to Comics, Gaming, Mortal Kombat, Mortal Kombat X, PC Gaming, PS4, Xbox One on February 27th, 2015 by thelonegamer

Netherrealms continues to show everyone how to do the Story Mode…

When the previous Mortal Kombat (MK9) came out a few years ago, it came with something pretty revolutionary- a Story Mode that was actually EPIC. Long but engrossing to watch and having the right balance of watching and playing, MK9 pretty much set the standard that every fighting game would probably need to try and top from there on in. Well, NR raises the bar yet again with the sequel. Just the trailer is pretty much blockbuster movie quality, promising a quite impressively scaled saga starring both returning favorites in the franchise and the new blood descendants and all-new additions to MK’s ever-growing lore. I am really stoked to see what happened at the end of the previous game coming into MKX, how and why previously-deceased fighters like Kitana and Kung Lao are back, and from where the series goes from here. Damn, Ed Boon and company have their act together and then some. I want this movie- er, game, NOW.

Mortal Kombat X Character Reveals!

Posted in Fan Service, Fantasy, Fighting Games, Game Advertising, Game-related Events, Gaming, Mortal Kombat, Mortal Kombat X, PC Gaming, PS3, PS4, Xbox One, Xbox360 on January 30th, 2015 by thelonegamer

‘Snake’ returns to MK.

This week has been pretty exciting for fans of the Mortal Kombat series, with not one but two character revealed via streams and new trailers. The first new fighter is Reptile, MK’s original secret fighter whose latest incarnation has him more lizard-like and beastly than ever before, sporting an even more inhuman look and bony armor. He’s still got his trademark tricks like the acid spit and the force ball, and he’s not afraid to use them.

We are Legion! Ermac is back.

The second character revealed (and just today!) is Ermac. A collection of souls given physical form, this telekinetic ninja was first seen as intriguing new concept art some time ago (which might show up as his alternate looks) but now has been fully shown off. A lot of gamers called it that Ermac would be the second reveal, and they called it right.

Bits of the new narrative may be culled from this video.

Maximillian on Youtube also posted a vid above showing off the new intros and fatalities, the former giving hints on the ongoing story. So far, we know that the new MK is set 20++ years after the end of the last tournament’s story. The new fighter and conqueror, Kotal Khan, has taken Outworld’s throne, upon which he is/was opposed by Mileena (still unrevealed as a playable or not). Several characters who died in the previous game- such as Kung Lao and Kitana- have returned, though it is still unknown how they escaped from being Quan-chi‘s thralls. It’s all very intriguing, which may lead to yet another awesome story mode in the upcoming MKX. Can’t wait! Mortal Kombat X is set for release this coming April.

Mortal Kombat X E3 Stage Demo, New Characters!

Posted in Fighting Games, Game Advertising, Game-related Events, Gaming, Mortal Kombat, Mortal Kombat X, PC Gaming, PS3, PSOne, Xbox One, Xbox360 on June 11th, 2014 by thelonegamer

Mortal Kombat shows off some of the goods to come.

Ed Boon showed off his latest baby on stage at E3, revealing a ton of tidbits for this spectacular-looking gorefest. Mortal Kombat X will feature a bunch of all-new characters, some of which made their debut on the previously-seen trailer. The so-far shown newcomers include D’Vorah (‘Ladybug’), a half-human/half-insect female combatant, Ferra and Torr are the Master-Blaster combo character and Kotal Khan is the male fighter shown squeezing blood into his face from a crushed heart (Eew).

But there’s MORE! The vid above also gives a first look (character portrait only) at Cassie Cage- yep, the daughter of vets Johnny Cage and Sonya Blade (yep, they hook up some time after the previous tournament). Cassie will fight using a combination of both her parents’ styles.
Some other bits from the game- each character will have 3 Variations which will effectively be very different versions of the character, each with exclusive moves or weapons. This may pretty much triple the roster in a way- awesome.
The story of MKX is set up to 25 years after the first game (the story may happen in stages throughout that time lapse), allowing for both older and newer characters to appear. This still doesn’t answer whether we’ll see any of the fighters killed off in the last game though… Lastly, the game’s Final Boss will be a returning character, though it may be a ‘surprise’.

Man, Mortal Kombat X is looking darn intriguing and awesome. The graphics look amazing, the fighting looks solid, the character designs are wild, and I can’t wait to see more of this one. Sadly we still have to wait a while- the game is set for release in 2015 on pretty much every console. Color me excited. Hit me with your best shot, Nether Realm! I want your game now.

Cassie Cage makes her debut in this demo video.

UPDATE: Added in IGN’s Stage Demo vid from Day 2. This new vid shows off action with new characters Cassie Cage and Kotal Khan, along with their pretty cool new fatalities. I have to say I am loving the fatality/victory screen layout, with the victor standing in the background, the loser’s body in the fore. Really nice. They really are impressing me with this one.

Mortal Kombat X E3 2014 Trailer Reveal!

Posted in Fan Service, Fighting Games, Game Advertising, Game-related Events, Gaming, Mortal Kombat, PS3, PS4, Xbox360 on June 10th, 2014 by thelonegamer

Vicious ang gory action with some (nasty) new faces in this trailer…

The latest and even more gory trailer for Mortal Kombat X has just debuted in E3, and boy, does it rock. Aside from the two ninja poster boys, there are two (or is that two-and-a-half?) new characters shown- a female with insect-like features apparently named ‘Ladybug’ and a two-in-one fighter ala Master Blaster from Beyond Thunderdome. The fighting is VICIOUS and pretty impactful, and I really like the feel of it. The new stuff like how the tandem character attacks look pretty cool, so I’d really like to see what else is in store. Looks like this new MK is going to go above and beyond just bringing back the oldies. Awesome.

Oh and damn those new X-rays and Fatalities are gruesome. Love it! Heheh.

Mortal Kombat X Revealed in New Trailer!

Posted in Fan Service, Fighting Games, Game Advertising, Game-related Events, Gaming, Mortal Kombat, PC Gaming, PS3, PS4, Xbox One, Xbox360 on June 3rd, 2014 by thelonegamer

Can’t these two ever get along?

After some teasing on Twitter, Ed Boon and Netherrealm finally revealed their latest game- none other than Mortal Kombat X.
The debut trailer (above) is yet another confrontation between mortal foes Scorpion and Sub-Zero, with the fight showing off expected elements and ending quite, um, decisively. Well, what can I say? The scene didn’t particularly strike me as that impressive, nor did the graphics (it is speculated the whole thing was in real-time) or any of the gameplay elements. Also quite tired of the whole Sub-Zero and Scorpion thing. I was hoping for more of the continuation of the story that ended with quite a cliffhanger in the last game.

Anyway, we’ll get to see more of this upcoming game surely in next week’s E3. The game is set for a 2015 release on PS3, PS4, XBOne, 360 and PC.

Mortal Kombat Legacy II: Second Season Review

Posted in Action Adventure, Arcade, DLC, Fan Service, Fantasy, Fighting Games, Game Advertising, Game to Movies, Game-related Events, Gaming, Mortal Kombat, Mortal Kombat Legacy, TV on October 5th, 2013 by thelonegamer

Behind the scenes with MK Legacy 2.

And here it is. When Kevin Tancharoen first burst onto the MK scene with his revolutionary short, MK Rebirth, fans all over were hopeful that there would be a great resurgence in the franchise’s storytelling. In a way, that has certainly come to pass- the first web-series was well-received… at least, well enough to spawn a second season. Eventually, we expect a full movie, which hopefully will come within sight of the next actual GAME. Anyway, that’s still far into the future; the Second Season of Mortal Kombat Legacy, named Mortal Kombat Legacy II, is here now, released in its entirety online (at Machinima) on the first day of release. What can one expect from the sophomore outing of this subset of the MK mythos?

The first season was ten episodes long, and was composed mainly of single or two-episode character arcs, each one taking on one or two characters’ stories- such as Sonya and Jax, Raiden, Kitana and Mileena, Johnny Cage and so son. Each character arc was more or less a complete story, making the first season an anthology. The quality was overall good, in terms of production value it all looked slick and above your usual live-action fan flick. I even found myself really into the unusual treatment of some of the episodes, such as the quite disturbing episode starring Raiden, which put the thunder god in a mental institution where we all questioned his sanity. Some were by the numbers or expected, but it all came off as a good-natured, well-meaning MK romp. They were all prequels and served to enrich the existing mythology.

Now, MK Legacy II. The schtick here is, the second season is not an anthology anymore- all 10 episodes tell one linear story, and is set in the time of an actual, or in this series, the current MK Tournament. This IS the game, within this corner of the MK universe.
As expected, both the champions of Earth Realm and Outworld are being gathered- by Raiden (David Lee McInnis) and Shang Tsung (Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa) respectively. Of the fighters, there are changes to the casting from Season 1, with key characters Sonya and Jax missing in action during the actual Tournament. The good guys include Johnny Cage (newly-casted Casper Van Diem), Kurtis Stryker, the New Sub-Zero and Kung Lao (Mark Dacascos). On the Outworld side are Kitana and Mileena, a demonic and feral Ermac, Scorpion (returning Ian Anthony Dale) and Lui Kang (Brian Tee).

More on MK Legacy 2′s Behind-the-scenes.

Yep, Lui Kang. Perhaps following the events in the game, MKL2′s Champion of Earth Realm is a disillusioned, bitter and violent, given to drinking and brawling. Oh, and he apparently works as a paid assassin. Not quite the thing expected of a supposed Hero and former member of the White Lotus. Well, having your fiancee murdered can expectedly change you. The scene though where the fiancee is apparently killed is pretty vague (how did it happen and why couldn’t Lui Kang stop it?). Given as well that Kung Lao and the White Lotus have become Jedi-like in their intolerance of human love and relationships, you perhaps can’t blame him totally.

There are sadly glaring problems in MKL2. The first being the cast seems full of holes and ragtag, with no one to really root for. Lui Kang has turned evil, while Kung Lao is so vapid and cold in his purity that he is borderline unlikable. Johnny Cage remains clueless until it’s too late, and Stryker is… well, Stryker and Sub-Zero… well, he’s spineless. Heheh.

Aside from that, it’s readily apparent that each of the episodes is short on content. At about eight or so minutes for most, an episode seems to contain one main scene, a tease of the next scene and that’s it. Add to this padding of recap footage from the previous episode, or one of the various pace-slowing flashbacks and the final ‘Next Episode’ teaser footage at the end and you have just a very bit of actual real time action to chew on per ep. I think that’s the main reason why they released every episode of Season 2 all at once- watching just one episode a week is too lacking in content and oomph. There’s actually basically just barely enough for a feature film before us, and even then, it finishes with the main fight that was being built up for the whole time STILL not happening. On the bright side, at least we get quite a few fatalities, even if the fights themselves (and the tournament as a whole) seemingly feeling and looking… small.

Still, the series looks great, with good fight scenes and decent to very good performances from most of the onscreen performers. At no point is it ever too slow or boring. But I just want more.

On the one side, I guess it’s good that the season leaves us wanting more and expectant of the next installment. Do we have to wait another year till Season 3? MAN. On the other, I hope that director Kevin T. returns to making the eps. each more substantial and perhaps less seemingly by the numbers. I’ve seen better from this franchise, and I hope it gets even better from here.