Summer Game Fest presents the first hard-hitting, high-flying Mortal Kombat 1 fight footage.
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Street Fighter 6 is he fighting game right now, but another highly anticipated entry in the genre is just around the corner. In mid-May, Warner Bros. and NetherRealm Studios revealed the odd name for Mortal Kombat 1. Following that sneak peek, the collective fighting game community was eagerly awaiting gameplay footage. It finally arrived during the opening day of Summer Game Fest, and it reminded us of a very different and wonderful fighting game.
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Technically the 12th entry in the franchise, this reboot once again rewrites the Mortal Kombat continuity after the time travel antics of Mortal Kombat 11. Liu Kang has risen from kung fu hero to kung fu god, and he seems to be assembling his own champions just like Raiden before him. In fact, a young Raiden appears as a playable character.
Despite the ancient setting seen in the initial teaser (opens in a new window), the footage suggests that time travel will once play some sort of role, as Jean-Claude Van Damme himself stars as Johnny Cage in his extremely modern looking celebrity apartment.
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NetherRealm Studios puts a lot of effort into the narrative of the Mortal Kombat series, but it remains a fighting game first and foremost. Newly revealed gameplay footage highlights new mechanics along with familiar violent deaths. In addition to your main fighter, you also select a Kameo Fighter. Tag the fighter during a fight, and they will either attack or extend a combo.
Director Ed Boon explains that the meter prevents you from abusing these assists, but the Kameos are still powerful tools. Kameo Fighters also expands the roster with the likes of Jax, Sonya Blade, and Stryker. Scorpion can even team up with Scorpion.
Although not a full team fighter, Mortal Kombat 1 reminded us of Marvel vs. Capcom due to his assist attacks. Thanks to his work on the DC Injustice fighter, NetherRealm Studios is quite familiar with combat from the comics.
Likewise, the series Marvel vs. Capcom is known for its high-flying dogfights. we didn’t see anything quite That’s ridiculous in this Mortal Kombat 1 video, but there was a lot more juggling and jumping in the air compared to previous entries. Is this the closest we’ll get to a DC vs. Marvel? We’ll find out soon enough when Mortal Kombat 1 launches on Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 5, and Xbox Series X/S on September 19.
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