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Mortal Kombat: The Basics

Everything a good gamer needs to Finish Him.

The Mortal Kombat series has been around the gaming scene for years. Bloody and brutal, this fighter has garnered just as much controversy as it has fans. The developers at NetherRealm Studios are bringing the series back to its roots with the latest Mortal Kombat. If you enjoy gruesome battles and ninjas with ice powers, you've come to the right place.

What is Mortal Kombat?

You don't know what Mortal Kombat is? Are you crazy?!

Mortal Kombat is a long-running series with more blood and gore than any other fighting game franchise out there. The latest Mortal Kombat is a reboot for the series. Mortal Kombat creator Ed Boon has compared this Mortal Kombat reboot to the classics, including Mortal Kombat II and III. Expect lots of blood.

Is there a story in Mortal Kombat?

Yes, but for the newcomers out there it's pretty confusing. All you need to know is that there's a God of Thunder named Raiden and he's trying to save mankind from some bad guys. This involves participating in a pan-dimensional tournament where lots of people die.

Which characters are in the roster?

A full roster has yet to be confirmed. But some of the fighters we'll see include:
  • Scorpian

  • Sub-Zero

  • Reptile

  • Mileena

  • Liu Kang

  • Shao Kahn

  • Raiden

  • Cyrax

  • Nightwolf

Gruesome Mortal Kombat Screenshots

What's new?

There isn't so much "new" stuff in Mortal Kombat as "classic" stuff. Unlike the last few Mortal Kombat games (including Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe), Mortal Kombat's combat engine will take place on a 2D plane and reintroduce you to the gory Fatalities of the past. Combos can be created on the fly by chaining together normal and special attacks.

The newest additions to the combat are the X-ray attacks, which give you a look at the internal damage you're dealing to an opponent. It's brutal and adds to the savage nature of the series.

What kind of multiplayer support will Mortal Kombat have?

We've been told that Mortal Kombat will feature both local and online multiplayer. There will also be tag-team options available.

Are there mini-games? Tell me now.

Yes, Mortal Kombat will feature plenty of goofy mini-games to give you some fun distractions outside of battle. "Test Your Might" returns, as well as special, rule-based challenges for those that want a real test of skill.

When's it come out?

Mortal Kombat will hit store shelves on April 19th, 2011.

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