Mortal Kombat stories

Light Balance's electrifying Mortal Kombat-themed routine will send shivers down your ripped out spine

Mortal Kombat's techno theme from the 90's was certainly one of the easiest to fight or dance along with for fighting games, and its spirit has been channeled over 20 years later in a one-of-a-kind dance routine that pictures alone will never do justice.

The creative group Light Balance has finally revealed their full Mortal Kombat 11-themed performance in complete darkness as they normally do. What makes it special is the fact that their costumes are made up of light strips that allow them to create truly unique visual effects with loads of references to the series.

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WWE Superstar and voice of Sonya Blade Ronda Rousey makes Mortal Kombat 11 'effort noises' on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

Mortal Kombat 11 is making the rounds not only within the fighting game community, but in the public eye as well. Not long ago, we saw Saturday Night Live's Pete Davidson appear on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon to advertise the game — as he noted he was paid to do.

This time WWE Superstar and voice talent in Mortal Kombat 11, Ronda Rousey, has brought the game to the public eye once again by being a guest on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

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NetherRealm Studios responds to allegations of toxic environment and crunch time conditions from workers involved with Mortal Kombat and Injustice

Recent reports of toxic work conditions at NetherRealm Studios — the company behind major fighting titles like the Mortal Kombat series and Injustice — surfaced online as former employees and contractors shared experiences on social media.

Inappropriate behavior, mandatory crunch periods (extreme overtime), and low pay were among the issues cited, and these are recurring problems that the gaming industry has been seeing and hearing more about through the years.

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Who are the strongest characters in Mortal Kombat 11? MK_REO shares his tier list to help us come to some initial conclusions

It's still a bit early but we have had more than a full week with Mortal Kombat 11 and thus hot takes on which characters have the hardest and easiest times beating down their foes are starting to emerge.

One of the first to offer an opinion is none other than MK_REO, a competitor with multiple EVO top 8 placings in NetherRealm Studios titles such as Mortal Kombat 2011 and Injustice.

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Arya Stark as Scorpion, Dennis Smith Jr. as Sub-Zero, Pikachu as Raiden... BossLogic is at it again

We weren't in the least surprised to hear that Australian digital artist BossLogic has been involved in a collaboration with Marvel/Disney for some amazing Avengers: Endgame art, as we've seen his ridiculous talents more than a few times here on EventHubs before.

When he's not helping titans of popular culture make their products look even better, Boss tends to show his love for fighting games via celebrity/character crossovers as well as original creations depicting some of our favorite fighters.

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How Geras' time-altering moves in Mortal Kombat 11 could break new ground and possibly affect future fighting game design

Mortal Kombat 11 hasn't been too big on newcomers (yet) but the ones that have joined the MK universe here in 2019 have had a particular impact, none arguably as much as the time-manipulating Geras.

A servant to the game's big baddie, Kronika, Geras's abilities to alter time spill into his actual move set as players can (given they're using the proper load outs) alter the game clock or fix a mistake. First reactions are probably "this sounds broken," but content creator Stumblebee has a big picture observation that, if accurate, could see a fairly major change in the future of fighting game development.

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Not only do jump scare monsters return in Mortal Kombat 11's Krypt, you can actually get some really good loot from them

I remember perusing the graves of The Krypt back in Mortal Kombat 9 (MK 2011) when what looked like a cardboard cutout of a demonic, humanoid, shaven cat suddenly popped up on my screen for a second to scream at me. I almost didn't return to The Krypt after that.

NetherRealm Studios has never been above a bit of friendly trolling of its fans, and Krypt jump scares are back here in Mortal Kombat 11. We haven't spoiled the specifics for you yet, but will be spoiling them below. If you want to be surprised, turn back now.

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Have Mortal Kombat 11's Krypt and Towers of Time been fixed? Maximilian breaks down the changes from the most recent patch to find out

Despite a myriad of successes, Mortal Kombat 11's launch was a bit undermined by the fact that the in-game economy had some rather frustrating issues. NetherRealm Studios jumped on the problem immediately, and have rolled out a few fixes in hopes of keeping fans happy.

In addition to a care package that grants players a good fist full of in-game currency, alterations have been made to both the game's Krypt and Towers of Time modes. Maximilian has spent plenty of time exploring both modes before and after the recent fixes were implemented and has come to some interesting conclusions.

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Here's how to earn some quick, guaranteed gear for your favorite characters in Mortal Kombat 11

I'm not sure if it's just me, but it feels like unlocking gear for specific characters in Mortal Kombat 11 is annoyingly difficult. Snagging equip-able items for your favorite fighters seems to be locked behind a lot of randomness right now, with no real streamlined way of acquiring gear for particular fighters — unless I'm missing something big here.

Fortunately, there does exist a way to score a handful of pieces for the kombatant of your choice, and it can be found in the Towers of Time. Playing through it is tedious, but at least you'll walk away with gear you actually want.

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Here are all 16 kombatants fighting their way to Mortal Kombat 11's Summit of Time

Beyond the Summit has been running events within the fighting game community and competitive video games as a whole for a number of years now by bringing the best competitors from around the globe under one roof for a weekend filled with tournaments and fun events.

Mortal Kombat is finally getting their chance at the spotlight in the Summit of Time which is scheduled to go down May 10–12. Last night's Wednesday Night Fights and Next Level Battle Circuit held the Last Chance Qualifiers for the final two players to make it in, so we now know all 16 kombatants coming together next week.

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Job application requirements, Mike Ross makes an FGC appearance, G wins another CPT event and Daigo picks him up, MK11 one week later, and more

You've probably heard by now that we're hiring a new staff member, if not because you saw the post then because you saw the social media backlash about the fact that one stage in the application process requires potential new hires to play us in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. We have a few words of response on that front.

We also got a rare sighting of Mike Ross during Tuesday night's episode of Cross Counter's The Untitled Esports Show. Catalyst and I speak to the way the community seems to be reacting.

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Update: Mortal Kombat 11 update Version 1.03 patch notes, now live on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC

May 1 Update: The latest update for Mortal Kombat 11 is now available on Xbox One and PC as well as PlayStation 4. Patch notes for all three versions of the fighting game actually differ from each other, so you can find all of them in full after the jump.

Mortal Kombat 11 has been out in the wild for a week now, and while most players have been having fun with the core gameplay and aspects of the title, many — including the developers themselves — were quick to take notice of problems with its Towers and gear unlocks.

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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate still sits on top while Street Fighter 5 falls back down to third in May's EVO registration rankings

We're still a good three months away from EVO 2019 though thousands of players are already gearing up to face off in the nine mainstage titles represented this year with dozens more side tournaments to be hyped for.

EVO's Joey "Mr. Wizard" Cuellar has posted the monthly updated registration rankings for May where we appear to be shaping up to have three different number one titles over the past three years at the largest fighting game event in the world.

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Kotal Kahn has a Brutality tied to his cat transformation that is particularly unsettling in Mortal Kombat 11

More and more finishers continue to surface as fans spend more time with Mortal Kombat 11. Each fighter has a hidden second Fatality and several Brutalities that aren't divulged up front, and we're seeing these end of the match spectacles on social media frequently now.

Footage of one of Kotal Kahn's Brutalities was shared on Twitter recently and it involves his large cat transformation, which is one of his new tools in Mortal Kombat 11. I must warn you that the following clip is obviously NSFW.

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Log into Mortal Kombat 11 before May 6 to receive 500,000 Koins, 1,000 Time Crystals and more free goodies on PlayStation 4 and PC

Mortal Kombat 11's new Version 1.03 update is now available to download for players on PlayStation 4 and PC which largely aims to make earning rewards more fun and engaging with a nice bonus perk included.

NetherRealm Studios is giving away bonus Koins, Hearts, Time Crystals and Soul Fragments to spend in The Krypt and on premium skins to make up for the difficulty and low payouts of the Towers of Time mode as they were before the latest patch.

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What would Mortal Kombat 11 be like if it always ran at 60 FPS even during Fatalities and Krushing Blows?

Mortal Kombat 11 tends to run at 60 frames per second during most of its gameplay. However, there are times when the game intentionally drops itself to 30 FPS.

The game specifically runs at 30 FPS during menus, Fatal Blows, Krushing Blows, the Krypt, and Fatalities. At one point, Ed Boon mentioned that they did this so that NRS can do more with the graphics. Recently, a PC mod has come about that removes these restrictions.

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You can change the victory pose of Sub-Zero's Ice Klone in Mortal Kombat 11 after performing Brutalities

There are plenty of fun Easter eggs in Mortal Kombat 11. One of these Easter eggs was recently discovered by Thanh Tran.

After performing a Brutality with Sub-Zero, he will create an Ice Klone in his image that performs a certain victory pose. Did you know that this Ice Klone can actually take up one of three different poses? It's not a random variable that determines this, however.

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