The Mortal Kombat franchise has a protracted, storied historical past within the fighting-game house (and for good reason). Nevertheless, when it branches out to different genres, issues are inclined to fall flat. Whether or not you are speaking Mortal Kombat Mythologies: Sub-Zero or Mortal Kombat: Particular Forces, the collection’ action-focused titles have not precisely been – how ought to I put this? – good. Nevertheless, in 2005, because the mainline collection was ramping up for its huge (on the time) finale within the type of Armageddon, a workforce led by collection co-creator Ed Boon tried to do what nobody had been in a position to at that time: Launch a very good Mortal Kombat motion sport.
The outcome was Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks, a title that places you within the footwear of both Liu Kang or Kung Lao as you battle by means of an action-packed story starring the wide selection of recognizable characters from the combating video games. When you definitely wipe out your fair proportion of faceless and anonymous minions alongside the best way, you additionally encounter the adversaries you had come to know over the past decade-plus of combating video games. Along with working alongside the likes of Raiden and Johnny Cage, gamers additionally have interaction in over-the-top showdowns with Scorpion, Sub-Zero, Goro, Shang Tsung, and Shao Kahn. Whereas the usual trappings of the beat-’em-up style persist all through the sport, every boss battle is distinct, sure rooms include puzzle-like parts, and an ever-building Fatality meter helps the motion title really feel distinctly Mortal Kombat. Shaolin Monks wasn’t the best sport ever created, nevertheless it was a enjoyable spin off and a singular option to expertise the always-entertaining story of the franchise.
Within the time since Shaolin Monks, the Mortal Kombat collection has leaned even heavier into the narrative parts of the franchise; the climactic “conclusion” of Armageddon and the underwhelming crossover of Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe set the stage for the collection to undergo a renaissance in 2011 with Mortal Kombat, a title that rebooted the collection from each a story and gameplay perspective. Generally known as Mortal Kombat 9 to many, the sport course corrected the collection again to 2D combating after a a number of 3D entries. The outcome was a convincing success and has spawned quite a few sequels which have solely upped the ante, together with Mortal Kombat X, Mortal Kombat 11, and the enlargement Mortal Kombat 11: Aftermath. This new trilogy of Mortal Kombat video games has possessed an unmistakable high quality past something the collection has seen earlier than, and I proceed to play and love each single entry. Nevertheless, I am unable to assist however yearn for Ed Boon and the Mortal Kombat workforce to take one other crack on the motion style.
Whereas a sequel called Fire & Ice starring Scorpion and Sub-Zero was underway, the undertaking was canceled within the early phases of improvement as a result of studio not having the ability to do it in time or beneath funds. Whereas the attract of ripping by means of ranges as the 2 most well-known characters and their opposing suite of powers is plain and thrilling, there are different instructions a sequel may go; Mortal Kombat is stuffed with rivalries, friendships, and enemies with difficult relationships.
Sonya taking over Sindel in Mortal Kombat 9
We have seen Jax step into the highlight with the much-maligned Particular Forces, however what a couple of fashionable tackle Jax and Sonya searching down Kano and the Black Dragons? As we have seen, their quest to trace the gang is rarely simple and at all times leads the dynamic duo to intersections with different iconic Mortal Kombat mainstays. Jax and Sonya would additionally play very completely different from each other, with Jax serving as extra of a tank, whereas Sonya could be quicker and nimbler in her strategy to fights.
What a couple of three-player co-op journey starring Kitana, Mileena, and Jade? The three have a protracted historical past of working collectively for nefarious Outworld functions earlier than Kitana and Jade defected to the Earthrealm facet of the combat. An action-driven story centered round additional exploring the backstories and relationships of those fan-favorite ninjas could possibly be an superior time for gamers who wish to dig deeper.
You might even go the Lethal Alliance route and put us within the footwear of two of Mortal Kombat’s most evil sorcerers as Shang Tsung and Quan Chi workforce as much as defeat Earthrealm as soon as and for all. Out of all the opposite concepts pitched right here, this one is likely to be essentially the most enjoyable from a gameplay perspective, whereas additionally giving gamers essentially the most alternatives for crossing over with the opposite main characters of the Mortal Kombat universe. Not solely will a number of characters wish to unite in stopping these two from methodically murdering the heroes of Earthrealm just like what occurred in Lethal Alliance and Deception, however the ambitions have far-reaching implications and penalties for fighters apart from these combating alongside Raiden. Marquee characters galore would litter the storyline, and with their mixed powers, you can anticipate some really thrilling and over-the-top battles. Additionally, Shang Tsung’s skill to seize the souls of characters he defeats would permit him to repeatedly develop his moveset, making him a singular character to play over the course of the marketing campaign.
Scorpion as he seems in Mortal Kombat 11
After all, if all else fails, why not default again to the unique thought? Scorpion and Sub-Zero proceed to be essentially the most recognizable characters within the Mortal Kombat franchise practically 30 years later, and having an journey starring the 2 mortal enemies may show thrilling. Think about the co-op combos you can pull off with the fireplace and ice powers, and the way the story would go figuring out the tenuous truce that might exist between the 2 may (and doubtless would) disintegrate at any minute.
Whereas the Mortal Kombat combating video games have solely gotten higher within the time since Shaolin Monks, I am able to see what a rejuvenated strategy the motion style may imply for the franchise. Within the meantime, although, I suppose it is again to begging Warner Bros. to make Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks and Mortal Kombat 9 backwards appropriate on fashionable techniques.