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Mortal Kombat 11's crushing blows are like Soul Calibur 6's lethal hits but can only be used once per match

Many of Mortal Kombat 11's mechanics have been revealed to us today. It seems that the developer wanted Mortal Kombat 11 to feel very different from its predecessors.

One of the game's most interesting mechanics is its "crushing blow" system. For those that are familiar with Soul Calibur 6, it's actually very similar to the lethal hit system.

According to the developers, many attacks that have the crushing blow property will trigger upon a counter hit. However, other attacks that will enact this effect requires a completely different condition to be met.

For example, it was stated that Skarlet's throw will trigger if the opponent techs it incorrectly. In other words, throwing the opponent out of the corner is usually not preferred but it will deal a ton more damage thanks to the crushing blow mechanic.

Another example is Geras' overhead. If the opponent is hit by this attack while crouch blocking, the crushing blow will be triggered. Meanwhile, he has another move that can be cancelled into a low that can condition the opponent.

The part about the new mechanic that is the most interesting? Each crushing blow can only be landed once per match.

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Mortal Kombat 11's current character select screen revealed

We're still reeling in our FINISH HIM animations from the impact of today's Mortal Kombat 11 reveal event, and though we're still processing all of the footage, characters, mechanics and amazing visuals, we're also intrigued by what wasn't there, namely 18 blank character select slots.

We knew only about Raiden and Scorpion before today, but got to see Baraka, Sonya Blade, Sub-Zero, Skarlet and the all new Geras during our first look at general gameplay.

It was amidst some exciting exhibition matches that the cameras captured footage of the character select screen, which currently features 25 total spaces.

We still have just over three months until the game's April 23rd release and the build we saw today is obviously not the final, so we wouldn't be too surprised to see changes to the character select organization between now and then. That said, it's certainly fun to start speculating what and who we might be seeing in the coming weeks.

We do know that Shao Kahn will nab one of the remaining 18 spaces as NetherRealm is offering him as a bonus for pre-ordering MK11. Also, the somewhat subtle Kabal hint likely implies the inclusion of the fast-footed former member of the Black Dragon criminal organization.

Beyond that, we're all guesses as to which other kombatants will be joining the latest and bloodiest dance. You can see the character select screen for yourself in the images here:

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First Kombat Kast to debut on January 30th, likely going to reveal Kabal's moves and more

The Mortal Kombat 11 reveal event gave us looks at Baraka, Skarlet, Sub-Zero, Liu Kang, Kung Lao and Sonya Blade in addition to the already revealed Scorpion, Raiden, and Shao Kahn. Geras was also revealed as a newcomer grappler.

We also received confirmation that Rhonda Rousey is the voice actress behind Sonya. It seems that Mortal Kombat 11's story mode is going to pick up right after the events of Mortal Kombat X. A character known as "Kronika" isn't too pleased with Raiden's meddling with the timeline.

If you blinked, you might've missed the Kabal tease that had him speeding across the screen when Tyler Lansdown appeared on the stage. Unfortunately, Lansdown was unwilling to talk about what had just transpired.

It seems that no announcement is complete without the announcement of an announcement. It was revealed that the first Kombat Kast will be taking place on January 30th.

Tyler Lansdown and Derek Kirtzic have been hosts to the Kombat Kasts and Watch Tower streams that revealed information about upcoming Mortal Kombat and Injustice games.

It's very likely that we'll be getting our first look at the new Kabal during the January 30th stream. There are sure to be a few surprises during the event as well.

Kabal teased at Mortal Kombat 11 reveal event but you might've missed it if you blinked

Quite a lot of information was dumped on us during Mortal Kombat 11's reveal event. It seems that NetherRealm Studios is bringing back a number of fan favorite Mortal Kombat characters.

So far, Baraka, Skarlet, Sub-Zero, Liu Kang, Kung Lao and Sonya Blade have been revealed to be returning in Mortal Kombat 11. Newcomer Geras will function as a grapler of sorts. In the story prologue, another new character known as "Kronika" also made an appearance.

There was one more reveal that you might've missed if you happened to blink at the wrong moment. Specifically, a character sped across the screen with super speed.

Flash from the Injustice series comes across as unlikely despite the fact that Mortal Kombat fighters have guest starred in the Injustice before. Fatalities on super heroes probably wouldn't go over too well.

Upon closer inspection of the blurred character, the character boasting super speed looks like Kabal. Notably this character was a top tier in Mortal Kombat 9 but did not return for Mortal Kombat X outside of cinematic story elements.

We'll likely learn more about who we assume to be Kabal on January 30th during Mortal Kombat 11's first Kombat Kast.


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Update: Mortal Kombat 11 first professional exhibitions featuring SonicFox, Rewind, Grr, Scar, Dragon, HoneyBee, Hayate, and Tweedy

Update: We're in for a treat as NetherRealm Studios will be showing us the first glimpse of professional gameplay for Mortal Kombat 11 featuring FOX|SonicFox, Noble|Rewind, Simplicity|Tweedy, Scar, PG|Hayate, Dragon, DR|GRR and BC|HoneyBee. This will start at 12:45 p.m. PST.

The day is finally here for us to learn more about the future of the Mortal Kombat franchise with new information about how the newest title will look and play along with what characters and features will be coming to MK11.

Mortal Kombat 11 The Reveal is scheduled to begin at 10:30 a.m. PST today, January 17, in two separately live streamed locations with different events going on in Los Angeles, California and London England.

Although the game was initially announced at last month's Game Awards, today's event will be the first time we'll get to see the fighter in action with the gameplay reveal. Mortal Kombat 11's story mode is also confirmed to be unveiled during the presentation which will also likely feature some new characters in tow as well.

Body Count Fighting will be holding special pro exhibition matches in the new Mortal Kombat following the reveals with FOX|SonicFox, Noble|Rewind, Simplicity|Tweedy, Scar, PG|Hayate, Dragon, DR|GRR and BC|HoneyBee in attendance. Celebrity exhibitions and interviews plus a new song drop for MK11 from Dimitri Vegas are also in the cards.

A number of pro wrestlers from the realm of WWE will be in attendance at the event including Ronda Rousey, who has been rumored to be involved with the new fighting game as the new actor for Sonya Blade.

The bloody fun is set to begin at 10:30 a.m. with the pre-show before the full reveals for Mortal Kombat 11 kick off. You can watch the event with us since we have both streams for NetherRealm and WB Games embedded below with full line-up schedules included.

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Mortal Kombat 11's story picks up right after X's in the new cinematic prologue trailer

Expectations are high for Mortal Kombat 11's story, as the franchise has set itself apart from others in the fighting game genre for consistently having some of the most enticing and well-told narratives.

NetherRealm Studios and Ed Boon revealed the opening scene of Mortal Kombat 11's story mode which takes place seemingly minutes after the end of MKX's with Raiden torturing Shinnok after his defeat — though before the prior game's credit scene.

The official description for the video states, "Raiden has upset the balance of history with the death of Shinnok. Tired of Earthrealm’s defiance, Kronika, The Keeper of Time will bring order to the universe through any means necessary."

It's very likely that Kronika was the mysterious character we saw at the very end of the game's initial reveal trailer back in December. She and all new Geras look fairly similar and both seem to have powers to manipulate time.

It seems traditional good guy Raiden will be a bit of a wild card in this entry of the series, as while he's fighting for Earthrealm, his policies don't seem to be as moral and pure as you'd expect from the usually upright god.

You can check out the first four-and-a-half minutes of Mortal Kombat 11's story in the trailer after the jump with NSFW content ahead as always.

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Geras, an all new character, revealed for Mortal Kombat 11

The Mortal Kombat 11 content just keeps on coming as an all new character by the name of Geras was revealed at today's event in Los Angeles.

"A powerful and loyal servant of Kronika, Geras wields the power to manipulate time," reads the trailer description, and indeed Geras looks fairly similar to the character we saw at the end of the initial MK11 reveal trailer.

The character manipulates the sands of time to pull off a vast array of techniques. He forms sharp and blunt objects with which to punish foes, but can also teleport about by projecting a sand version of himself to another place on screen, then appearing in its place.

Geras can freeze foes in mid air, send them through portals and plenty more. He is also able to rewind time a bit during certain move animations, staying in step with MK's notable reputation for jaw-dropping visual sequences.

We've included a handful of stills from the footage so you can observe some of the finer details about the character's appearance.

You'll see the full trailer, which is extremely violent and NSFW below. Be sure to chime in with you reactions in the comments after you watch.

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Ronda Rousey confirmed as voice actress behind Sonya Blade in Mortal Kombat 11; Sonya's official character trailer shown

Rumors have been circulating about the internet the past few weeks that former UFC and current WWE star Ronda Rousey would be behind the vocals of Mortal Kombat mainstay Sonya Blade. We got confirmation of that today at the MK11 reveal in Los Angeles.

Blade was officially revealed in the trailer included below, with commentary from Rousey to accompany the stellar and gory visuals as we watch Sonya pummel, shoot, toss and break opponents left and right.

The connection between these two goes way back as Rousey explains that Sonya was one of the very first "kick ass girls" she recalls inspiring her.

We get some snippets of the WWE Women's Champ in the recording booth as she lends her pipes to the long time Mortal Kombat character.

As far as Sonya goes, it seems she's still all about military gadgets and wild throws as she utilizes plenty of drones, guns, head-scissors takeovers and more in her fight style.

Check out the trailer below, which includes plenty of extremely violent NSFW content.

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Fatalities and Fatal Blows are even bloodier and gorier than they've ever been in Mortal Kombat 11's latest trailer

Of all the iconic staples that make the Mortal Kombat franchise what it is, fatalities are probably the most recognizable. We've now gotten to see a handful of these finishers from Mortal Kombat 11, and they're bloody brilliant.

During the Mortal Kombat 11 reveal live event, series co-creator Ed Boon showed off a collection of fatalities that can be used in the game along with the brand new Fatal Blows that appear to replace the previous X-Ray attacks.

These moves are absolutely devastating as character break, crunch, stab, rip (you can pretty much insert any brutal attack verb and be safe here) each other apart both before and after the rounds are over.

Though we didn't really believe it to be possible, the standard has been set even higher as this visually beautiful game shows off some of its most intense sequences.

As an example, Baraka forcefully removes his opponent's face, then breaks the front of their skull away... and then things get really violent.

You can check out the new Mortal Kombat 11 Fatalities trailer after the jump plus some bloody examples in the clips below for Baraka, Skarlet and Sub-Zero. NSFW content ahead.


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First Mortal Kombat 11 gameplay revealed; Baraka, Skarlet, Sub-Zero, Liu Kang, Kung Lao and Sonya Blade shown

The Mortal Kombat team kicked off today's reveal off with a bang as we immediately got to see the official gameplay reveal.

This includes footage of Baraka, Skarlet, Sub-Zero, Liu Kang, Kung Lao and Sonya Blade all looking better than ever in what might be the most beautifully brutal MK game yet.

The new footage highlights a handful of fighting arenas, some of which look brand new with others retaining some recognizable aspects of stages in MK titles past.

As expected, gameplay looks very fast-paced as characters leap on, over and past their foes while pulling off some of the most gruesome attacks we've seen in any fighting game to date.

We're also somewhat surprised to see Skarlet, one of the more recent roster members (she joined as DLC for MK 2011) making a return along with some long time favorites.

Here are a handful of images straight from the trailer, which is waiting in its entirety after the jump. As always with Mortal Kombat content, a good bit of this is NSFW due to violence.

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Birdie very high, Kage super low and 'it's like Rashid took Cammy's spot' - Vesper Arcade shares his early tier list for Street Fighter 5 Season 4

We've yet to see any competitive play from the Capcom Pro Tour yet, but the Street Fighter 5 community has been intensely investigating the game's updated balance for Season 4 for a full month now.

As such, we're starting to form early ideas of what the tier list might look like for 2019, and Vesper Arcade is ready to offer up his.

Right from the get go Vesper acknowledges that we don't have all the data and that this list will likely change in coming months. That said, he does have some pretty thoughtful explanations as to why M. Bison, for instance, didn't quite make the top three, and why Birdie is much higher than most would think.

We also get a good amount of commentary on Abigail, perhaps the most nerfed character from Seasons three to four. He finds himself in the largest tier group, but it isn't in the top 15.

Unfortunately for newcomer Kage, extremely weak neutral and low health offset his powerful damage and mix ups to the point that he's one of the absolute worst characters in the game according to the prominent FGC streamer.

You'll catch the video with details and specific breakdowns after the jump, but those that don't want to wait can check out the image here to see Vesper's list in full:

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Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid reportedly leaks online as a new console fighting game coming in 2019

Power Rangers as a franchise has been going on for more than 25 years with a handful of fighting games already under its belt, and now it appears as though we're about to get a new one on current consoles in the very near future.

A trailer has reportedly leaked online for a game called Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid which is a new fighting game from the developers behind the Legacy Wars mobile game that will be coming to PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One and PC.

Battle for the Grid appears to be a 2D fighter molded in a similar fashion to its predecessor though we get no indication as to how the game will play or its in-game elements. Only three characters are shown off in the trailer with the classic red and green Mighty Morphin' rangers alongside the yellow Super Megaforce ranger, who looks to be possibly an assist or tag-in character.

Jason David Frank, who is best known for playing Tommy Oliver / the original green ranger, makes an appearance towards the end of the trailer holding a Nintendo Switch controller which does lend more credence to this trailer being legitimate.

An allegedly leaked press release was also posted with the trailer that states that nWay, the developers behind Power Rangers: Legacy Wars, has once again teamed up with Hasbro and Lionsgate for the new fighting game that will be released digitally.

If these posts are correct, Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid will be coming to consoles in April 2019 for $19.99 though the PC release will release at a later time. A 'Digital Collector’s Edition' will be available to pre-order for $39.99 which includes a season pass with additional characters. You can check out the reported trailer and full press release after the jump.

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Jump Force adds four new Naruto characters with Boruto Uzumaki, Gaara, Kakashi Hatake and Kaguya Otsutsuki

Jump Force's open beta begins tomorrow, January 18, and we're less than a month away from the game's initial release though character reveals are showing no signs of showing down for new fan favorite Shonen Jump fighters.

In the latest edition of the Weekly Jump magazine in Japan via Ryokutya2089, four new characters were revealed to be on their way to Jump Force's base roster, and they all hail from the Naruto series this time around.

Naruto's son from the popular spin-off series, Boruto Uzumaki, leads the charge here along with other series mainstays in Kakashi Hatake and Gaara along with essentially the final boss of the original manga / anime, Kaguya Otsutsuki.

More story details were shared in the magazine as well confirming what the previous narrative trailer suggested that Vegeta is fighting for the villain team once again thanks to some handy mind-control.

Mami Koyama will be reprising her role as Kaguya in Jump Force though she's actually listed as having two roles in the game on her website. This means that we could see another previously Koyama-voiced character like Arale from Dr. Slump, Saint Seiya's Shaina or possibly even Launch from Dragon Ball — that last one is highly unlikely however — as Siliconera has reported.

No images or scans have been released for the characters as of the time of publishing this, but there are some new trailers for Jump Force showing off its battle system and pre-order bonuses which you can find after the jump.

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Mortal Kombat's story is better told than most every other fighting game franchise; get ready for MK 11 with this full recap in just seven minutes

It was back in 2011 that the Mortal Kombat series was revamped and featured a cinematic story mode that instantly set the standard for fighting games, but the gory franchise has actually been doing a pretty stellar job of telling its tale since its beginnings back in the 1990's.

IGN takes us back on a very quick, seven minute trip through the Kombat history books to give us a recap on all the happenings since MK1 as we prepare for Mortal Kombat 11.

Things start with a fairly straightforward plot as the bad guys of Outworld plan to assimilate other realms around them by beating them in 100 years worth of tournaments.

Liu Kang and the gang repeatedly foil said plans, so Shang Tsung, Shao Kahn and Shinnok start breaking the rules in attempts to back door Earthrealm and take over that way.

The events are actually pretty intriguing as characters go through some darcs. The story of Sindel is quite intense as she serves as a key for Kahn to invade Earthrealm after his successful invasion of Edenia. She commits suicide in order to stop Outworld's emperor, but winds up being resurrected and brainwashed for her troubles.

It's well worth the watch as IGN informs and reminds us of all that's gone on leading up to MK11. We know very little about the newest entry, but are aware that it deals with time travel... which might make things extremely murky going forward.

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One change you should know for every character in Season 4 of Street Fighter 5 — part two

The second half of the Street Fighter 5 cast is under the microscope today as we reveal the findings of our Season 4 research for characters Karin-Zeku.

Just as with last week, Steven "Dreamking" Chavez joins Catalyst and I to offer at least one (we almost always have more) significant change for each character under the game's new balance.

Things are looking especially good for Zangief these days as he's gained some pretty great tools in his neutral, damage and okizeme. The same cannot be said for Vega, however, as it seems that Capcom has given him some buffs that are nice, but won't likely move him up the tier charts.

You've likely heard that M. Bison is a candidate for top competitor in the game right now, and we really don't disagree. Catalyst explains why the evil dictator will be even more of a headache than in years past.

Ryu and Sagat both became better zoners, but were their improvements enough to bump them up to the next tier brackets? You'll have to listen to hear what we think.

Of course, if you haven't already heard part one, you should probably do that at some point as well. There we cover the first half of the cast up to Juri.

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'Perfect... let's kill each other' — Kage has unique intro dialogue against Ryu, Akuma, and himself in Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition

In Season 2 and Season 3, a few characters received some interesting quirks that really highlight their personalities. While these don't actually do anything for gameplay, these details are still pretty fun.

For example, when Menat scores a perfect round against an opponent, she'll incorporate a unique dialogue that showcases her mimicking her master — Rose — while accidentally bonking herself on the head with her crystal ball.

In the case of Kage, he actually has unique intro dialogue with Ryu, Akuma, and himself. Strangely, the subtitles are all wrong in these scenarios.

Kage will mock Ryu for stating that the "answer lies in the heart of battle." He'll state that "the answer lies in destroying everything."

To Akuma, he claims that he is the "one true Hado." This is most certainly in reference to Akuma's usage of the Satsui no Hado.

When facing himself, the first Kage will just say the normal dialogue that he does with the rest of the cast. The second Kage will say "perfect... let's kill each other."

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With Mortal Kombat 11's reveal event tomorrow, what surprises are we in store for?

Mortal Kombat 11 was only revealed back in December during the Video Game Awards ceremony. Considering that the game will be released on April 23, 2019, there is only a small window of time where information about the title can be teased and revealed.

For tomorrow, we're expecting quite the information dump for the big "reveal event." NetherRealm Studios has been hyping up this event and inviting many to show up.

Our very own Steven 'Dreamking23' Chavez will be in attendance to collect as much information about the upcoming game as possible. Mortal Kombat fans will surely have something to look forward to.

What exactly could we be in store for tomorrow? The official Mortal Kombat Twitter page has given us a few ideas of what we should expect.

Not surprisingly, we'll be getting our first look at the gameplay. This will also be a great opportunity to see how the game's story mode will unfold.

It was also said that we will "maybe" be getting some character reveals. Here's hoping this isn't an "announcement of an announcement" scenario.

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