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Kano's aesthetic comparison, new in-game screenshot, and Raiden's Mortal Kombat X Variations detailed

The official Mortal Kombat Facebook page continues to upload Mortal Kombat X related images on to their wall. In today's assortment we have breakdowns of Variations, visual comparisons, and a fresh in-game screenshot.

First up, we have three images detailing each of Raiden's Variations: Thunder God, Displacer, and Master of Storms. What follows is an aesthetic comparison of Kano's different looks based on which Variation is selected.

Lastly, NetherRealm Studios has uploaded a new in-game screenshot that shows Kano slicing into Raiden's chest with a giant hunting knife. If you're hankering for a quick Mortal Kombat X fix today, we've got you covered.

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Source: Mortal Kombat on Facebook.

Will Brutalities return in Mortal Kombat X? 'Mmhmm, it's definitely a possibility *big grin*' - Boon hints at Sonya, says netcode has been optimized

In a recent interview with The Kombat Tether at Gamescom, NetherRealm Studios' Ed Boon discussed the upcoming next-gen fighter, Mortal Kombat X. The MK creator touched on a variety of different subjects such as the game's netcode, the MKX roster, and even dropped a couple of cryptic hints at past features/characters we may see make a return.

We have heard previously that a certain "-ality" -- other than the Fatality, of course -- would make an appearance in Mortal Kombat X. Since Brutalities were originally intended to return in MK9, but did not make the cut due to time constraints, Boon was asked if we could expect to see them featured in the 10th installment of the Mortal Kombat series. His response leads us to believe that Brutalities may be back.

"Mmhmm. It's definitely a possibility. Yeah. *big grin*"

5 characters that should make guest appearances in Mortal Kombat X

In a recent interview, NetherRealm Studios' own Ed Boon confirmed that there will be console-exclusive guest characters in Mortal Kombat X.

Mortal Kombat 9, released back in 2011, had its own cameo fighter -- Kratos from God of War -- however, he was exclusive only to PlayStation 3 as Sony owns the rights to the franchise. We also saw the Dream King himself, (no, not me), Freddy Krueger enter the ring as post-release DLC, although he was available across all platforms.

NetherRealm kept with the motif in their next fighting title, Injustice: Gods Among Us, as Mortal Kombat's fiery ninja Scorpion guest starred as a playable character in the DC Comics brawler.

Since we'll be seeing more guests in NRS' upcoming Mortal Kombat X, we here at EventHubs have selected 5 different characters that we'd like to see make an appearance. Some of the following content may be considered NSFW, so proceed with that in mind.

Mortal Kombat X to receive console-exclusive guest characters, Boon says roster will have more new characters than any MK game

With Gamescom having taken place this past week, quite a few new details about NetherRealm Studios' upcoming fighter, Mortal Kombat X, have surfaced.

In an interview with IGN, Boon discussed the thought process behind designing the the title's roster. The Mortal Kombat creator stated that the previous installment in the franchise, Mortal Kombat 9, was a "complete fan service title" because it had so many returning faces that players have known and loved for years.

Boon says that many classic characters will not return in Mortal Kombat X, however, and the company feels that it's time for some fresh fighters to enter the arena -- more new combatants than ever before.

"It was more important we did introduce new characters," Boon explained. "We're probably introducing more in this game than in any other MK title ever."

Kano slices your abdomen open before burning a hole in your head: Mortal Kombat X impressions of Kano's fatality, overall character balance, and more

A lot sooner than expected by most fans, a playable build of Mortal Kombat X actually appeared at Gamescom. The Kombat Tether, a fan website dedicated to all things Mortal Kombat, got a chance to view new fatalities and play the latest entry to the gory series.

After witnessing a new Jungle stage, panel attendees were treated with seeing Kano's fatality in full. According to the writers, "It was amazing... Kano unsheathes one of his knives and swiftly cuts into the opponent's abdomen which casues intestines to spill out onto the ground. As the character begins to drop to their knees, Kano grabs them from behind and hoists them up in front of him as he proceeds to burn through their skull with his laser eye."

But the fun didn't stop with new footage. The audience was then directed to Mortal Kombat X stations to play builds for both the Playstation 4 and the Xbox One.

Read below to find out their discoveries and first impressions of Mortal Kombat X.

'Mortal Kombat vs. Street Fighter is a possibility, but not a probability', Ed Boon on crossover potential and new finishing moves in Mortal Kombat X

Mortal Kombat director Ed Boon was present at GamesCom this year, and while at the event, he talked not only about his own desire to make a Street Fighter and Mortal Kombat crossover, but also one of the Mortal Kombat series trademark finishing moves, besides Fatalities, returning in the new installment, Mortal Kombat X.

Throughout the years, Mortal Kombat has had all manners of bizarre finishing moves, even though the Fatality is the most well-known one. At times, moves called Brutality, Animality, Babality and Friendship, among others, have existed within the series. Boon stated that one of these old classics will be returning in the new installment - but couldn't unveil which. Below, you'll find a snippet of what Boon had to say.

Ed Boon: For those who are familiar with the Mortal Kombat, we’ve first had the Fatality and we added a Babality. We had the Friendship moves, Brutality moves and all of these crazy things over the years... We are going to be reinstating an ‘Ality’ from a previous game into Mortal Kombat X. And I can’t wait to be able to talk about it but at the moment I can’t.

Hit the jump to hear what Boon had to say about the dream crossover between his own franchise and Capcom's fighting game juggernaut.

Megan Fox plays Mortal Kombat 9 and sets her opponent ablaze in this MTV interview

Every so often we get wind of celebrities and professional athletes indulging in the competitive fighting games we know and love. We've seen everything from a WWE superstar to a Major League Baseball outfielder, and now it seems we've got an actress joining the bunch.

Josh Horowitz over at MTV News recently sat down with esteemed actress Megan Fox in order to play Mortal Kombat 9.

While the level of play here isn't near a tournament level, the Transformers/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles star does seem to know quite a bit about the MK franchise based on some of the terminology she uses throughout the video.

It's always interesting to see popular actors and athletes taking the time to play some of our favorite fighting titles, even if they aren't competing at a hardcore level as many of us do. If only Alison Brie actively played Ultra Street Fighter 4... *sigh*

Eye lasers, grenades, high/low counters, and enhanced attacks: A quick breakdown of Kano's Variations in Mortal Kombat X

Just yesterday, NetherRealm Studios revealed that Kano will be joining Mortal Kombat X's playable roster.

In the official trailer, Ed Boon, creator of Mortal Kombat, explained what each of Kano's Variations do for the character. The returning MK warrior gets access to all sorts of goodies, including eye lasers, counters, grenades, and more.

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Below you can find a quick breakdown of what Kano's Variation (Commando, Cybernetic, and Cutthroat) are all about in Mortal Kombat X.

Kano officially revealed as playable in Mortal Kombat X, gameplay and new stage shown off

The folks over at NetherRealm Studios have officially revealed the next playable character in Mortal Kombat X.

Kano makes his return to the world of Mortal Kombat in this brand new trailer. The video shows gameplay of the newly announced fighter, along with a fresh, new stage.

We have added a handful of screenshots for you to check out.

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You can view the trailer below.

Blind player competes at Evolution, says, 'If you're playing me... don't hold back'

Polygon recently ran an article titled "Why Game Accessibility Matters." Part of the text discusses blind Mortal Kombat player Carlos Vasquez. A huge fan of the series at its release, Vasquez's vision slowly faded due to closed-angle glaucoma.

But that didn't stop him from becoming a tournament competitor at the game. "I decided to go back and start paying attention more to my hearing and kind of realizing, 'Hey, this game actually emphasizes every single hit as you play!'" While the sounds may have been for atmospheric effect, they actually gave Vasquez an auditory landscape to become a tournament challenger.

Read below to find out how far this fighter was able to go on sound alone at Evolution 2014.

Amazing Mortal Kombat fan art re-imagines and fuses Mortal Kombat characters

Artist Sergey Svistunov has created an incredible collection of Mortal Kombat art that includes a mix of Sub-Zero and Shao-Kahn from Mortal Kombat X, Ed Boon himself as Ermac, and a ghastly Smoke.

Despite his creative take on the iconic characters, Svistunov's pieces never lose the grittiness commonly attributed to the series. If you like his work on Mortal Kombat shared below, I highly recommend you visit his DeviantART page.

Mortal Kombat X announcement trailer among top 3 most viewed YouTube trailers in Q2; beats Ninja Turtles, Hercules, and more

Mortal Kombat X, NetherRealm Studios' upcoming next-gen fighter, made a big splash in the fighting game community when it was first revealed. It seems, however, that the initial announcement trailer was enjoyed quite a bit by those who find themselves outside of our hardcore fighting game niche.

Last week, Variety posted a list of the top 10 most viewed YouTube trailers for Q2 of this year. Among the multitude of trailers uploaded between April 1 and June 30, 2014, Mortal Kombat X came in as the third most watched video with 11 million views.

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare and X-Men: Days of Future Past were the only two trailers to land more hits than Mortal Kombat X's in Q2. MKX even beat out other blockbuster movies trailers such as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Hercules.

You can check out the top 10 most watched list below, along with the total number of views each trailer accumulated.

New Raiden trailer discusses all three Variations for the thunder god; Boon hints at Sektor and Cyrax in Mortal Kombat X on Twitter

A new Mortal Kombat X trailer has hit the internet this morning that features the most recently announced returning fighter in the upcoming next-gen title, Raiden. NetherRealm Studios' Ed Boon jumps in to explain what the thunder god can do in this installment.

The NRS representative covers each of Raiden's Mortal Kombat X Variations: Thunder God, Displacer, and Storm Lord. Each Variation grants Raiden with different attributes, including increased damage, mobility, and even the ability to produce lightning traps that control the flow of battle.

You will find the new trailer below, along with Ed Boon's latest cryptic hint at more returning warriors in MKX.

Is Kano a playable character in Mortal Kombat X? German magazine may have leaked the Black Dragon leader's return ahead of official reveal

Kano, leader of the Black Dragon crime cartel in 2011's reboot of Mortal Kombat and who was last seen being frozen by Sub-Zero, may be returning as a playable character in Mortal Kombat X, if these two images -- allegedly from a leaked copy of an unidentified German magazine -- are to be believed.

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If these images are true, then one of Kano's three variations in the game will be Wrestling-Kano, who possesses a Flying Knee special move, according to the German text in one of the images.

The evolution of Kitana from 1993-2011, Ed Boon hints her possible return in Mortal Kombat X

The Twitter-verse has been abuzz lately with numerous eager fans requesting characters for NetherRealm Studios' upcoming fighting title, Mortal Kombat X. It seems as though the game's developers continue to send out cryptic hints that may point to upcoming reveals.

A couple of days ago MK creator Ed Boon tweeted out a fan-made image that shows the evolution of Kitana from 1993-2011. The picture below gives us a cool look at how the character has changed over the years, and this particular request is a bit more elaborate than the usual text-based tweets.

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The hint at Kitana's possible return comes from a response to a follower's tweet made by Mr. Boon. Pointing out that Kitana is no longer living in the Mortal Kombat cannon and thus, cannot be in MKX, Ed simply replied, "Ha! You realize this is Mortal Kombat, right? ;)"

You can check out the tweet below.

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