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Rain's newly revealed Mortal Kombat 11 Brutality is an homage to his infinite combo in Mortal Kombat Trilogy

Ed Boon and his team seem to be up to their usual cheeky antics as it seems NetherRealm Studios has payed homage (as they tend to do) to an old infinite combo from the Mortal Kombat Trilogy days with the latest sneak peek at Rain, Mortal Kombat 11's next DLC character.

The purple prince is known for a handful of trademark moves, most of which concern the weather in way or another. He was also given a somewhat curious roundhouse kick that sends the opponent all the way around the world and sees them reappear on the other side of the screen. This was ridiculous not only because of the optics, but also because it made for an easy infinite combo back in the day, and has returned as Brutality in MK11.

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There's more to Rambo than just guns, here are a few moves that we can probably expect from the war veteran in Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate

Along with Mileena and Rain, it was announced that Rambo would be joining via Kombat Pack 2 when Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate is released on November 17, 2020. Although we haven't had an opportunity to see Rambo in action during gameplay, it's expected that a lot of his moves will revolve around the usage of firearms.

However, there's more to Rambo than just being "yet another gun character" in Mortal Kombat 11. Let's consider some possibilities outside of gun gameplay for Rambo.

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Here's Rain's character art and new introduction video for Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate, which shows a sneak peek at another Brutality

The flood of sneak peaks of Rain in Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate continues right along as the game's official Twitter account has shared a few new fun looks at the Edenian newcomer via a side profile character art and an introduction video.

The former is fairly self explanatory and we have it waiting for you to check out below, but the latter gives us some insight on Rain's backstory as we learn about humble beginnings and some intense revelations that promoted the warrior from nobody to demigod status.

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Why Mileena's Kiss of Death Fatality is so important to who she is as a Mortal Kombat character

Mileena isn't the most recognizable Mortal Kombat character, but within the fighting game community she has a fan base that exudes a passion (sometimes disrespectfully and therefore inappropriately) like few other characters can boast. The controversy surrounding her lack on inclusion in Mortal Kombat 11 has been surprisingly potent, and with her now officially en route to the game as DLC, I find myself wondering exactly why and how she's struck such a chord and garnered such a rabid following.

I find a lot of significance in the duality of her identity as she's simultaneously sexy bae and the horrific monster under your bed. Juxtapose these two themes in the right way and you have yourself a figure who fans clearly can't get enough of, and it just so happens that Mileena has one move in particular, her Kiss of Death Fatality, that stands as a perfect manifestation of the combo of sex and violence that the character represents.

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Rain turns his foe into a fire hydrant in his newly revealed Mortal Kombat 11 Brutality

We've got three new combatants on the way into Mortal Kombat 11 but it seems NetherRealm Studios has chosen to first shed light on Rain, the Edenian demigod with water and weather-related abilities.

The official Mortal Kombat Twitter recently shared one of Rain's Brutalities (sudden kill moves that trigger when certain requirements are met) that sees him turn his opposition into something of a fire hydrant.

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One of Rain's most iconic moves returns in Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate but you might have missed it in the trailer

NetherRealm Studios pleased ninja fans everywhere with their gameplay reveal of Rain in Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate earlier this week. The purple palette swap is far from a simple Scorpion or Sub-Zero alternate here in 2020, boasting an updated look, a new weapon, and some fresh tricks up his sleeves.

A lot of things come to mind when one thinks of Rain in the Mortal Kombat series, but when it comes to iconic moves for the character there aren't many more mainstay than his Super Kick. The big roundhouse special move makes its return here in Mortal Kombat 11, but you might have missed it on your first viewing of the gameplay showcase.

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Rain's face fully revealed in Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate and yes... he's hot

We got our first good look at Rain in Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate today as NetherRealm Studios posted his character trailer showing off a handful of the demigod's beautiful maneuvers and weather-related powers, but a follow up joke post from the official Mortal Kombat Twitter gave us even more still.

The Rain trailer hits its climax with one of the newcomer's two Fatalities as we observe him finishing off a foe by manipulating water into deadly weapons. The post features this Fatality edited together with a funny meme from back in 2007 that came from a very enthusiastic surfer's interview with FOX 11. While the joke works really well with Rain's Fatality footage, we also happen to get a full view of the character's unveiled face at the end.

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What looks like a new delayed wake up animation spotted in Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate Rain trailer

There's already plenty to be excited about when it comes to Mortal Kombat 11 as we just got our first character trailer for the three "Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate" newcomers, but while Rain looks absolutely amazing in his MK11 debut, our focus was simultaneously pulled in an unexpected direction.

Those of us who recall the trials and tribulations of Street Fighter 4's "vortex chapter" know just how crucial a role defensive options and indicators can be when it comes to okizeme (the crucial situations that occur while a character is standing up from being knocked down) and NetherRealm Studios developers appear to be tweaking things in this department for Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate.

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Rain gameplay trailer released for Mortal Kombat 11: Ultimate

After waiting close to a decade since the last time he was a playable member of the roster, Rain makes his grand return to Mortal Kombat 11 along with Mileena and John Rambo as part of the Ultimate update and Kombat Pack 2 next month, and now we have a good idea of what he can do.

NetherRealm Studios released the first gameplay trailer for Rain which showcases almost two minutes of unfiltered kombat.

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Why the new netcode update for Street Fighter 5 might especially benefit PS4 users, how Capcom looks to be evolving the game in Season 5, and... more

We've got three major topics for this week's episode of the EventHubs Podcast, the first of which delves into Capcom's fancy new Street Fighter 5 netcode update.

Such changes have been heavily requested by fans for a long while now, but what exactly are the resulting effects of Tuesday evening's patch? Catalyst and I break down our experiences playing as well as examine the patch notes to see where we can shed light.

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Ed Boon reveals answers to his 'klues' leading up to the Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate reveal including one very obscure solution

Rain, Mileena and Rambo were recently revealed to be part of Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate's Kombat Pack 2. Leading up to the big info drop, Ed Boon was leaving clues about what was coming to Mortal Kombat 11.

In total, the NetherRealm Studios creative director left us with four hints to unravel. Solutions to the puzzles were recently revealed over Twitter.

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Kronika and Cyrax, two characters you can't normally play, have some of the coolest combos in all of Mortal Kombat 11

The creators of Mortal Kombat have been putting fully designed but unplayable characters in their franchise since inception as boss figures like MK1's Shang Tsung and Goro boasted impressively powerful tools that, save for gaining access to a hacked or modded version of the game, none of us ever got to utilize.

Though developers have slipped in cheat codes that allow users to take control of non-roster members over the years, we've yet to see anything like that for Mortal Kombat 11's non-player combatants. In the current age of PC modding, however, it's become fairly commonplace for those with the proper skills to call such fighters out from the modes they're usually restricted to and place them in the hands of players. That's exactly what we're seeing for both Cyrax and Kronika in Mortal Kombat 11 thanks to some Twitter uploads from EVO 2019 and Final Kombat 2020 finalist Deoxys.

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'We had no idea it would be this intense' - NetherRealm hit pause on Mileena in Mortal Kombat 11 to build appreciation says Ed Boon

The "when's Mileena" crowd might have been the most vocal group of fans in the FGC the past few years after she was left out of Mortal Kombat 11's main roster, but fans finally got their wish recently with the reveal of the MK11 Ultimate update featuring her, Rain and John Rambo as new playable characters in Kombat Pack 2.

Mortal Kombat co-creator Ed Boon appeared for an interview during New York Comic Con where he revealed NetherRealm Studios 'hit pause' on the classic fighter temporarily when he was asked about the push and constant comments about Kitana's evil sister.

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How might Mileena and Rain play in Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate upon release?

It was recently announced that Mileena, Rain and Rambo were coming to Mortal Kombat 11 via the Kombat Pack 2. Going forward, the game will now be referred to as Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate.

Although we briefly had the opportunity to see these characters in action during the cinematic trailer reveal, we were not provided a look at how they'll ultimately function during gameplay. However, considering that Mileena and Rain are two returning characters from previous Mortal Kombat titles, we might have a few ideas on how they might play.

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The biggest scrub killers in Mortal Kombat games tend to have four arms... here's why Shokans Sheeva and Goro score easy wins at low levels

Nothing so conspicuously highlights the depth of fighting games the way using cheap stuff at lower levels to frustrate greener players does, and there seems to be a theme in NetherRealm Studios' Mortal Kombat games when it comes to the kind of characters who are best at doing this.

Three Mortal Kombat titles have released during NetherRealm's lifespan thus far and all three feature Shokan characters who tend to be exceptionally infuriating with seemingly unbeatable tactics... until you learn how to counter them properly.

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Mortal Kombat 11: Ultimate cross platform play will only include PlayStation and Xbox versions

NetherRealm Studios finally delivered on their promise to showcase what's coming next to Mortal Kombat 11 with the Ultimate update and Kombat Pack 2 featuring Mileena, Rain and Rambo though it also produced some confusion and questions too.

One big thing that caught fans' attention at the end of the trailer was the listing of crossplay and cross-gen which had some hopeful that the developers had expanded the ability to play against any version of MK11. That's not the case, however.

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Mortal Kombat 11 screenshots show newcomers Rambo, Mileena, and Rain on the character select screen as well as amid the action

We're still reeling from the news yesterday that Mortal Kombat 11 Aftermath will upgrading to Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate and getting three new characters in Rain, John Rambo, and the one and only Mileena.

The official Mortal Kombat Twitter has been sharing a handful of screen shots depicting these newcomers both as they'll appear in their ready stance on the character select screen as well as how they'll look during actual combat.

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