Mortal Kombat X announced, first trailer shown

Mortal Kombat X was officially announced this morning, with a trailer that shows a fight between Sub-Zero and Scorpion.

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Update: Warner Bros has now officially announced the platforms: PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One.

After plenty of teasing, Mortal Kombat X has officially been officially announced. NetherRealm creative director Ed Boon gave the name this morning, followed promptly by the first trailer. Also, be sure to check out what we think the new Mortal Kombat game should include.

The trailer shows off one of the most classic MK match-ups possible: Sub-Zero vs Scorpion. We see both fighters brawling despite broken limbs, use of environmental weapons, and a particularly nasty-looking fatality. It's slated for release in 2015. Check out the trailer below.

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    June 2, 2014 6:30 AM

    Steve Watts posted a new article, Mortal Kombat X announced, first trailer shown.

    Mortal Kombat X was officially announced this morning, with a trailer that shows a fight between Sub-Zero and Scorpion.

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      June 2, 2014 6:37 AM

      If this is in game, sign me up. Looks awesome!

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        June 2, 2014 8:33 AM

        I was hoping for that too... looks a bit CG though.

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      June 2, 2014 6:39 AM

      Looks great. Looks like 9 but with environmental weapons and damage. I am good with that.

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      June 2, 2014 6:44 AM

      I hope we get to see more at E3.

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      June 2, 2014 6:45 AM

      Excellent. Muhahahaha

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      June 2, 2014 6:58 AM

      I'm on board. Looking forward to seeing more at E3.

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      June 2, 2014 7:10 AM

      God that looks good. Of course it won't be like this in game...but if they could move the camera like that it would be amazing.

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        June 2, 2014 7:23 AM

        Gotta be a target render. The counters looked fantastic though, quite different to before.

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      June 2, 2014 7:25 AM

      Is this in-game?
      HOLY SHIT!

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        June 2, 2014 7:35 AM

        Not a chance.

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          June 2, 2014 8:01 AM

          We are in "next gen". I don't see why that wouldn't be. At least most of it.

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          June 2, 2014 8:11 AM

          The only thing that looks like it's not possible is the fluid animation.

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        June 2, 2014 8:27 AM

        In-engine or in-game? The use of cinematic camera in-game can make it look incredible since a better story can be told.

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      June 2, 2014 7:25 AM

      I swear it's like Ed Boon uses Scorpion as a surrogate for himself and Sub-Zero as a surrogate for John Tobias. I get that Scorpion is his favorite, but it's always Sub-Zero getting his ass beat.

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        June 2, 2014 7:35 AM

        Well the reason Scorpion and Sub-Zero always fight is because Sub-Zero killed Scorpion and his family so he's out for revenge or something.

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          June 2, 2014 8:22 AM

          They should make a new version of Scorpion pre-death. Won't work with the story but who cares..

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            June 2, 2014 8:28 AM

            could simply be an alternate costume. i would like that actually, maybe put him in more traditional ninja garb. he was a master assasin after all.

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              June 2, 2014 8:31 AM

              I meant a diffenrt set of moves actually. He probably had different power before death just like Sub-Zero.

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                June 2, 2014 8:35 AM

                yeah probably. i always got the impression that all the fire based stuff came from his time in hell, but who is to say that is so? plenty of other characters can utilize elemental forces.

                thats just for arguments sake though because i agree that his fire based powers probably come from some sort of embodiment of his rage/hatred and the influlence of being a spirit in hell for years.

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      June 2, 2014 7:36 AM

      Oh wow. Me wants.

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      June 2, 2014 7:40 AM

      That is how you announce a game! Sweet

      One could hope if that is in-game gameplay \m/

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      June 2, 2014 7:51 AM

      Must buy.

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      June 2, 2014 8:02 AM

      awful music. but this is a guaranteed preorder right here motherfuckers. MK9 is one of the best games of last gen, and ill x-ray denut anyone who argues this point

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        June 2, 2014 11:00 AM

        Yeah really odd choice that doesn't sync up with the action at all.

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      June 2, 2014 8:03 AM

      Time to finally pick up a ps4!

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        June 2, 2014 8:26 AM

        i hope this is next gen only, i worry it wont be though. id put a PS4 on my xmas list if it was announced as next gen only, and i really dont give 2 shits about anything in the next gen future. t MK10 would change all that.

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          June 2, 2014 8:45 AM

          I'd say it's likely UE4 so all consoles + PC. Just a hunch.

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      June 2, 2014 8:12 AM

      Cool. I hope they put as much effort into their net code as MK9 and Injustice have been pretty bad as far as online play :(.

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      June 2, 2014 8:16 AM

      I never liked that they made Sub-Zero and Scorpion demons or some shit with glowing eyes and zombie skin, instead of being human. It makes them less personable and not as cool as they are being human ninjas.

      Mortal Kombat 2 > all other Mortal Kombats.

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        June 2, 2014 8:20 AM

        I thought Scorpion has always been a spectre in the series (not backstory)?

        Am I making that up?

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          June 2, 2014 8:22 AM

          Yeah, story wise, but he only featured white eyes. His skin was still human until he did a fatality. Sub-Zero looked like a normal human ninja.

          http://i.imgur.com/IyAxUWv.jpg

          I just think they're cooler as human-like ninjas rather than some demon bullshit.

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            June 2, 2014 8:24 AM

            Depends on which Sub-zero it is.

            http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sub-Zero_(Mortal_Kombat)
            The character possesses the innate ability to control ice in many forms. In his first return appearance in Mortal Kombat II, it was revealed that the original Sub-Zero had died during the events of the first game and was replaced by his younger brother. In subsequent games, the younger brother remained as Sub-Zero, while the elder brother became Noob Saibot. The most defining trait of the character is his fierce rivalry with Scorpion.

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            June 2, 2014 8:28 AM

            Ahh probably just got more detailed with "icey" eyes. Gucci Mane would be proud.

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          June 2, 2014 8:25 AM

          Never mind, watching the trailer again, it's mainly Sub-Zero's look that I have a problem with. Scorpion is mostly the same - white eyes with human skin.

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          June 2, 2014 8:28 AM

          Scorpion yes but Sub Zero looked human in the first games.

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        June 2, 2014 8:25 AM

        scorpion is a revenant. he was human before he died, but the fact that he is, you know, operating in the mortal realm is because he was able to leave hell to get revenge. the glowing eyes work just fine i think, because he is most certainly not just a human ninja.

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      June 2, 2014 8:34 AM

      My penis is ready

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      June 2, 2014 8:40 AM

      OMG! Holy Shit!!!! That was beyond EPIC Mortal Kombat X is now my most anticipated game, that trailer was the best trailer I have ever seen my mind is blown.

      That is exactly how I think the next MK should look like and play like it is like they got inside my brain that was a FLAWLESS VICTORY seriously HOLY SHIT my body is READY \m/

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        June 2, 2014 8:51 AM

        That is in game footage:

        "“Mortal Kombat is our acclaimed, world-renowned franchise and we are now advancing the fighting genre with Mortal Kombat X,” said Martin Tremblay, President, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. “NetherRealm Studios is best in class at delivering games fans love and they are taking their iconic brand to the next level with Mortal Kombat X."

        “Mortal Kombat has always been about over-the-top, visceral fighting and with Mortal Kombat X we wanted to utilize the power of new-gen consoles to give players our most intense game yet,” said Ed Boon, Creative Director, NetherRealm Studios. “The team has worked hard to make sure Mortal Kombat X delivers everything fans expect along with new characters, new game modes and an all new graphics engine.”

        Mortal Kombat X combines cinematic presentation with all new gameplay to deliver the most brutal Kombat experience ever, offering a new fully-connected experience that launches players into a persistent online contest where every fight matters in a global battle for supremacy. For the first time, Mortal Kombat X gives players the ability to choose from multiple variations of each character impacting both strategy and fighting style. Players step into an original story showcasing some of the game’s most prolific characters including Scorpion and Sub-Zero, while introducing new challengers that represent the forces of good and evil and tie the tale together."

        Sounds awesome -> http://www.marketwatch.com/story/warner-bros-interactive-entertainment-announces-mortal-kombat-x-2014-06-02

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          June 2, 2014 8:54 AM

          " multiple variations of each character" You may get that OG Scorpion razlebol.

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          June 2, 2014 9:23 AM

          where does it say this trailer is in-game footage again?

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        June 2, 2014 8:53 AM

        It looks sweet as hell. I bought Injustice on the 360 and again on the PS4, and I played a ton of MK9 on my Vita. I went like a decade with no MK playing and now they are back and making the most fun fighting games again.

        I was on a field trip for a drafting and CAD class I took in high school where we were at a conference out of town staying at a hotel. The first day we were there, they rolled a Mortal Kombat machine into the arcade there. None of us had ever played it, and I wound up spending every second I could sneak away pumping all my food and expense money into this thing a quarter a time. fuck lunch, get me a bag of combos and a Diet Coke from the machine (maybe a dollar back then) and just jamming quarters into it. I got busted the last night we were there for sneaking out past curfew to play some more.

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          June 2, 2014 9:01 AM

          Cool they both own, you know what is crazy apparently they are going to show Injustice 2 @ E3 and the word is it has been massively upgraded like MKX, man can you freaking imagine that.

          Dude that is such an awesome story I bet you love thinking back at those days. Man MK1 was a massive turning point for me as well the game was just so awesome I alsol spent so much cutting grass money on it when ever I could I will never forget the first time I saw both MK1 and especially MK2 in the arcades my body was not ready I practically froze and just said holy shit my mind was blown.

          Damn you sure where living the dream back then that sounds like a vacation :) cool story man \m/

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        June 2, 2014 11:25 AM

        I feel like this is a parody post of the real valcan_s.

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          June 2, 2014 11:43 AM

          eonix MK is my favorite fighter of all time(MK1, 2, 3, U3 and MK9 to be precise) I really think that video was amazing it is really what I want a new MK game to look and play like. I am MEGA juiced up for MKX.

          The only negative thing I can say is where is the blood when they are hitting each other and I want it spraying on the environment and staining the ground etc. Other than that it is perfect to me. But most MK trailers do this and they don't show the blood, so I am not worried.

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            June 2, 2014 12:17 PM

            What was amazing about that video?

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              June 2, 2014 12:30 PM

              - the level of detail
              - you interact with the environment
              - weapons are back
              - Xray real time and color
              - new cinematic camera system
              - Mega detailed environments
              - Use environment as weapons as items to power up your attacks
              - mega realistic graphics
              - Mega detailed models
              - massive particles
              - Everything blends and is a = high quality not just say the chars
              - Super moves look way more detailed
              - way more animation and detailed
              - No fighter to date is at this level of detail
              - Lighting is insane
              - texture quality is insane
              - dam,age quality is very detailed
              - new fatality looks amazing
              - the new freeze looks amazing
              - new harpoons look like snakes very fluid
              - The ice and fire from the chars that effect the backgrounds is a epic idea

              Any ways not point going on I love MK and if this is really how it will be I am going to be very happy.

              What you think it sucks? There is no fighter to date that is at this level of detail if it is real it be the first.

              Maybe I see something else than you guys.

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                June 2, 2014 12:33 PM

                I don't think it sucks, I'm also not convinced this is in-game. Though I wouldn't be surprised to hear that it was. This looks like a video created to indicate the final result, not the actual result.

                I must be jaded, as I look at this and think to myself, "Same old shit". I'll get it, and play it, but nothing stood out to me as being extraordinary.

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                  June 2, 2014 5:24 PM

                  Dude for someone who's job is in the game industry and doing what you do you must then really hate your job since I am sure the majority of games you work on are sequels. Maybe that is why you said you are jaded :(

                  I don't get how you can say "Same old shit" after watching that trailer. Does that mean you this Dark Souls 2 is crap or Mario Kart 8, Super Mario 3d world, Forza 5, DOTA 2, Diablo 3, SF4 etc etc etc I could name a hundreds of games that people think are incredible and are all refreshes of the game before it with subtle updates and a new paint coat.

                  Odd I remember you said Assassin's Creed Unity that you are working on will blow our minds your telling me that game has bran new gameplay never before seen and it doesn't play anything like all the Assassin's Creed games before it and is the next best thing? I doubt that I bet it plays just like all the Assassin's Creed games but better just like every other game sequel in general. So in that case I better not even bother with it "Same old shit" right.

                  Man I don't get it? how could that video not impress you, I am sorry that MKX video kills the ACU video -> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SQng7EkJHOI no question.

                  Anyways different opinions I guess, but still what would you do to the next MK that is not like that video and it would be extraordinary in your opinion I really like to know what that would be or look like?

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                    June 2, 2014 5:36 PM

                    I didn't mean for this to turn in to a pissing contest.

                    The video for MKX didn't show me anything new to the series that had depth, other than the new break locations. Everything you mentioned is 'flavor'. Where's the substance? Why am I buying this game? Because its pretty and uses some new presentation styling? The trailer is Scorpion and Subzero fighting in a forest. A beautiful forest, with nice effects, but that's all this was. I'm excited for it visually, but nothing in this video showed me any innovation in the series that wasn't 'on the surface' (visual).

                    You said MK is your favorite, so clearly we're at odds with what impresses us. As a casual MK fan I didn't see anything new that wasn't visual. Thus, same old' shit. Which to me, isn't bad.

                    I'm not sure why you decided to bring up Assassin's. Its irrelevant to this conversation. At the very least I was able to say what you saw in our trailer was in game. Can't say that for certain here. Let's hope it is; everyone wins

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                      June 2, 2014 5:40 PM

                      Also, I love my job. I'm jaded because I've been looking at beautiful games from an artist perspective for years, which let's me view teasers like this for their substance.

                      Was the MKX trailer pretty? Sure was. Did I see anything substantially new? Only a couple things, which for MK are new but for many other games are common.

                      I have a differing opinion than you: Everything I saw was good, not amazing. Can we leave it there?

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                        June 2, 2014 7:40 PM

                        Dude I am not going to dig in it. Sure all good, case closed.

                        I am looking forward to E3 I hope it is there, should be an awesome show, so many cool games are going to be there. There better be a tone of videos of gameplay on all the new games.



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      June 2, 2014 8:48 AM

      The only real reason why I didn't pick up the last two MK engine based titles (9 and the DC title) were the excessive use of juggling. It wasn't that you could juggle forever (bad), it was that juggle was the main method to really keep combos going. Even *with* scaling, you needed juggle to keep up the highest levels of damage.

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      June 2, 2014 8:49 AM

      hnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnngggggggggggggggggg

      what music is that? i like it

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      June 2, 2014 8:52 AM

      I realize it's a rendered trailer, but the animations are janky as fuck in it, IMO.

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        June 2, 2014 9:00 AM

        probably cos your used to attacks passing through and knocking back characters. not actually connecting realistically in the actual fighting games

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          June 2, 2014 11:27 AM

          Bending like a noodle, showing the bone breaking, then going right back in to a state where your knee wasn't broken isn't exactly what I'd say is 'realism'.

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            June 2, 2014 11:52 AM

            you know what i mean, they actually react to individual hits to the stomach etc.

            In fighting games they just play a stagger animation, fly back a bit and a hit effect flashes across the contact point

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              June 2, 2014 12:17 PM

              Yeah, I can dig that. Assuming this isn't one long canned animation from a cinematic.

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        June 2, 2014 9:04 AM

        It is that way because apparently that is in game, E3 is going to be INSANE

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          June 2, 2014 9:35 AM

          I'm with you, brotherman. I think that's all in game.

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        June 2, 2014 12:35 PM

        Janky animations are a hallmark of Netherrealm games.

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        June 2, 2014 2:35 PM

        Their animations have always been crappy. That stilted mocap look has become a trademark for them.

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      June 2, 2014 8:56 AM

      That is totally unrealistic, subzero wouldn't lose to scorpion.

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      June 2, 2014 9:40 AM

      the game will look nothing like that when you actually play, how have people not learned yet haha

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        June 2, 2014 11:09 AM

        Seriously. We JUST went through this with Watch Dogs.

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          June 2, 2014 11:38 AM

          This is a fighter with one AI char, one area that is mostly static that maybe is bit over 5760 in width, a few triggers for environmental effects/animation triggers etc, etc etc this is not a massive open world game with tones of AI, objects etc etc it is a big difference the two games not even in the same league of complexity and demands on the CPU and GPU.

          I know what you mean though Far Cry 3 and WD looked totally different when they where completed, while they did not look like shit they where nothing like the original game when shown at E3.

          MK9 looks really good if they just ported it to UE4, used the new particles, and effects it look pretty close to this. As for the added detail that is what fighters should be pushing now it doesn't seem unreasonable.

          I guess you guys don't doubt the technical and hardware side but more if the companies will not bull shit us and really provide the goods in the end as shown in the orig vids.

          What fighters to date have done bull shots or fake vids and they turned out to be shit though? I can not think of any?

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            June 2, 2014 11:59 AM

            Yes, I'm aware of the differences between an open world and fighting game. That wasn't my point. Everyone was up in arms recently over Watch Dogs not looking anything like their E3 2012 demo, so maybe we should show down a bit on the "best trailer ever" nonsense.

            Not trying to dampen the excitement for this game, either. I'm super pumped for this as both 9 and Injustice were GREAT. But until I see demonstration that's in game, I'm going to be skeptical.

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              June 2, 2014 2:01 PM

              I'm sure the game will terrific, better than any other fighting game has looked up until it now. It will not however look like that trailer. Sorry.

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      June 2, 2014 11:18 AM

      Weird and bad music choice for that trailer, couldn't go much more wrong than that.

      Excited that this is coming out!

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      June 2, 2014 11:50 AM

      I will play this hard.

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      June 2, 2014 12:22 PM

      Shitty music but looks awesome.

      THIS is proper MK music:

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EAwWPadFsOA

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      June 2, 2014 12:37 PM

      fuck it, looks awesome but what is it with the awful track !!

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      June 2, 2014 1:15 PM

      not a bad looking rendered trailer that doesn't represent final graphics or gameplay. that said, my interest is piqued.

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      June 2, 2014 2:09 PM

      If I was promised each match was just like this (no UI, camera changes for combos, cinematic special moves), I would pre-order it without hesitation. Either way I'm kinda excited for the next Mortal Kombat. I like the presentation, and I'm hoping they continue to market it this way. Remove the weird meta-parody, and let the violence happen without commentary.

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      June 2, 2014 6:11 PM

      When you think about it, Sub-Zero's breath shouldn't fog.

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      June 2, 2014 6:21 PM

      Dan forden is still doing the music right? I hope so cuz this track sucks

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