Ever since the first official Mortal Kombat X trailer hit the interwebs yesterday I can’t stop thinking about all the things I want from that game.
Since every other gaming news outlet ran an article breaking down their Mortal Kombat X wishlist I figured I should weigh in as well. It is one of my all-time favorite video game franchises after all. Feel free to leave a comment below letting me know what you think of my list or if there’s anything I didn’t mention that you would like to see as well.
It’s no secret that I wasn’t a huge fan of Injustice when it first came out, but after spending a year with the Injustice iOS game and then re-visiting the console version I have a new appreciation for NetherRealm Studios’ other fighting game. The one aspect I really want to see brought over from Injustice to Mortal Kombat X is the interactive environments. Sure, we’ve all seen multi-tiered fighting arenas before (hell, even Mortal Kombat 3 had them back in 1995), but Injustice really made each stage feel unique. Mortal Kombat is already known for its memorable environments, but I want them to feel like actual characters themselves, just like in Injustice.
A Completely New Story
I loved the last Mortal Kombat game for a lot of reasons, mainly though because it retold my three favorite MK stories (Mortal Kombat 1, 2, and 3) in one complete tale. I know some people don’t care much about the Mortal Kombat story, but for me its what got me hooked on the franchise to begin with. Sure, I loved the blood as much as the next kid, but the characters and the story are what kept me playing long after I had seen all the fatalities.
What I would like to see from Mortal Kombat X is a completely new story. It can be a reboot or a re-telling, I don’t care- I just want sometime brand new.
A New Art Direction
With a new story, I want to see a whole new art direction for the game. I love the classic characters, but give me something new. As someone who frequents DeviantArt and sees artists draw amazing re-designs of Mortal Kombat characters it makes me hope Ed Boon and his team take the game in a new direction visually. Judging by the way Sub-Zero and Scorpion look in the Mortal Kombat X trailer, it seems like they are going that route and I couldn’t be happier. I love what the art department did with those two, now I can’t wait to see the rest of the roster.
Less Manly Women
Ok, here’s something that’s always bothered me- Mortal Kombat women have always hit or miss. Either they look ok or they look like dudes. Come on, you know I’m right. Even Wonder Woman in Injustice looks manly. It’s time for NetherRealm Studios to take a page from Dead or Alive and make hotter female character models. I don’t care if they have to fire the lead designer or hire someone who just draws women, they just need to do something. I want to see a truly sexy Sonya Blade in Mortal Kombat X.
A Little Nudity
It’s time for Mortal Kombat to become truly mature. I’m not talking about full-on sex scenes or anything, but if you’re going to have, lets say, Kitana’s outfit get destroyed to the point of barely hanging on, then give us a little nip-slip or something. Mortal Kombat is supposed to be a celebration of camp and exploitation yet it never goes all the way when it comes to nudity. We live in a post God of War world, people are OK with a little sex with their violence. It’s time for video game’s M rating to be like a movie’s R rating- gimme those nips!
Agree or disagree with my list? Leave a comment and let me know.
– Corey Stevenson aka “Geist01″ ~ Bio