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Which low tier character will I waste my time on in Mortal Kombat X? photo
Which low tier character will I waste my time on in Mortal Kombat X?
by Nic Rowen

They say you should never marry for love, but I always do. Every single damn time. I guess you could call me a romantic. If you felt like being less charitable (and possibly more accurate), you could call me a scrub. I couldn't say you'd be wrong. Sadly, that's never stopped me from picking my fighting game characters based on some whimsical, fuzzy, undefinable personal appeal rather than any practical consideration. I look at the character first and the frame data a distant second.

Coincidentally, I also end up always picking duds. Colorful jobbers who reside in the deep bottom third of tier lists, a gaggle of gold brickers who almost never show up in tournaments where people play for "real." I'm like a reverse talent scout with a keen eye for hamstringing liabilities and poor upper end viability. I've made a career out of consistently picking out which fighter will take the biggest, hardest dive and signing them up for a lifetime contract.

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Won't somebody think of the children? photo
Won't somebody think of the children?
by Nic Rowen

When I was a little boy, Mortal Kombat was a tough sell around my home. Like most pre-adolescents of the era, I was darkly attracted to the idea of ninjas and movie stars decapitating each other in bouts of gladiatorial combat. After years of family-friendly games, MK's edgy aggressiveness seemed like tantalizing forbidden fruit and I ate it up. I played it in the arcades every chance and I couldn't wait for a home version where I could practice fatalities in the privacy of our den.

Unfortunately for me and my desire to rip the beating heart from my opponent's rib cage, my mom watched the evening news. Night after night, MK was described by reporters and senators as a murder simulator; a malicious product designed by sick men for the express purpose of desensitizing and warping young minds. It all seems hilarious and idiotic in hindsight, but at the time the concern was real. These were respected authority figures after all, why wouldn't she believe them? Soon I was banned from playing MK at the arcade, and the notion of getting a home copy was dismissed out of hand. There was a dark period of time when it looked like I'd be doomed to never enjoy the simple pleasure of hurling another Kombatant to the spiked bottom of the the Pit ever again. Tragic.

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7:30 AM on 04.09.2015

LEGO Dimensions reveal trailer and release date

[Update: Since we posted this story LEGO has released an official trailer as well as announced a 27 September release date. The game is coming to PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Wii U, Xbox 360, and Xbox One.] The first images...

Laura Kate Dale





3:00 AM on 04.08.2015

Welp, Cassie Cage has a jaw-dropping (hah) selfie fatality in Mortal Kombat X

God damn millennials and their social media. Just last week a police officer was telling me how social media is incredibly helpful in solving local crimes (muggings, burglaries). What the hell do kids think they're doing pla...

Steven Hansen

7:00 PM on 04.07.2015

Mortal Kombat X Fatality and X-Ray montage

For those of you who prefer to watch from the sidelines or simply check out what moves are possible with your roster, we've got a cheery video showcasing seven minutes of Mortal Kombat X Fatalities and X-Ray moves. My poor delicate constitution. Mortal Kombat X: All Fatalities and X-Rays So Far in 1080p 60fps [IGN]

Claire Sharkey

10:30 AM on 04.07.2015

Remember, Goro is a Mortal Kombat X pre-order bonus

I don't remember unlocking Goro in the Mortal Kombat 4 N64 port and that's about as far as I got with the series. Well, aside from a weekend spent with a rented Mortal Kombat Versus DC, but I'm sure plenty of voi dig th...

Steven Hansen

12:30 PM on 04.06.2015

Hope you aren't sick of seeing Mortal Kombat X trailers

[Update: Added a "making of the trailer" trailer, because trailers.] The PR account executive slowly walked through his boss' door. His eyes were shifted down so as to avoid the unnerving gaze of the senior PR manager; his b...

Brett Makedonski

5:30 PM on 04.03.2015

Mortal Kombat's selection screen sure has changed over the years

Different people have wildly different experiences with fighting games. Someone who's unskilled won't have near the same involvement as someone who's mastered its systems. But, there is one constant across anyone who tries th...

Brett Makedonski

3:30 PM on 03.31.2015

Batman adds to his gadgetry with an Arkham Knight limited edition silver PS4

Sony knows the sales potential of Rocksteady's Batman: Arkham Knight, and it's using the highly-anticipated game to try to move a few more PlayStation 4s. A limited edition console was announced today that shines as brig...

Brett Makedonski

1:00 PM on 03.23.2015

Believable rumor: Remastered Arkham Asylum and Arkham City coming this year

Until many more people own Xbox Ones and PlayStation 4s, publishers will continue to put out remastered games, otherwise known as "safe bets." Even then, they'll probably continue. Here's another pair of 'em to start your wee...

Jordan Devore

11:30 AM on 03.17.2015

Mortal Kombat X has a giant spider and nope nope nope nope nope

Mortal Kombat X has simply gone too far this time. Look, we've put up with Scorpions and Reptiles for decades because they aren't actual scorpions and reptiles. They're just bipedal dudes fixin' to rip someone's spine ou...

Brett Makedonski

6:30 PM on 03.13.2015

Johnny Cage proves he can still do the splits in 7-minute slice of Mortal Kombat X's story mode

If you hate spoilers, you might not want to watch this clip. But, for anyone curious about Mortal Kombat X's story mode, this seven-minute chunk of decapitations and helicopter acrobatics should give you an idea of what to e...

Nic Rowen

7:00 PM on 03.12.2015

Mortal Kombat X doesn't lose any brutality in its mobile version

Just because it's running on devices that aren't as powerful as PC or consoles, doesn't mean that Mortal Kombat X tones down the violence for its mobile version. No, judging by this gameplay video, all the skull-crunchi...

Brett Makedonski



Mortal Kombat X brings back some familiar faces for Story Mode photo
Mortal Kombat X brings back some familiar faces for Story Mode
by Alessandro Fillari

It's been less than a year since its reveal, and we're already rapidly approaching the release of Mortal Kombat X. After its predecessor essentially rebooted the franchise with a return to 2D-style combat, many fans got a newfound love for the series. And though Mortal Kombat (2011) took some liberties with the lore, as it was both a reboot and sequel simultaneously, it left off in a place that had fans anxious to see what could happen next. Lucky for you, Destructoid just got a taste of what's in store.

During GDC week, Warner Bros. Interactive held a special hands-on session with the first chapter of Story Mode, along with a sampling of the versus mode and upcoming mobile game app. Though I've played quite a bit of this series in my time, I knew I could use some help discussing the franchise's lore and history. So I decided to bring along Dtoid's resident Mortal Kombat expert Abel Girmay, who's already played quite a bit of MKX, for a back-and-forth discussion about the game and how Johnny Cage has still got the stuff.

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4:30 PM on 03.11.2015

Dying Light just made surviving the zombie apocalypse a whole lot tougher

When it comes to zombie outbreaks, it'd be foolish to go looking for a challenge. The easier you have it, the better. Why make a mockery of fate and scream "Come at me, bro?" It may be ill-advised, but Techland's giving thos...

Brett Makedonski

12:30 PM on 03.03.2015

Mad Max is releasing the same week as MGS V

How unfortunate. Warner Bros. and Avalanche Studios announced the release date for Mad Max on PC, PS4, and Xbox One: September 1 in North America, the same as Metal Gear Solid V, and September 4 in the United Kingdom. Also, t...

Jordan Devore