Freddy Krueger joins Mortal Kombat

Nightmare on Elm Street boogeyman revealed as mystery DLC character for NetherRealm Studios' fighting game.

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Some might have considered 2008's Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe to be a dream match, but the famously violent fighting franchise is getting a nocturnal crossover of another kind. Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and NetherRealm Studios today revealed that big-screen bad man Freddy Krueger will be the fourth downloadable character for the recently released Mortal Kombat on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

His puns will kill you with laughter. Then he'll kill you with knives.

Krueger is best known as the child-murdering maniac from A Nightmare on Elm Street who was burned to death by an understandably angry group of neighbors. In the films, Krueger stalks and kills teenagers in their dreams, which causes them to die in real life. This is not his first crossover, having previously had a run-in with Friday the 13th icon and fellow adolescent slasher Jason Voorhees in Freddy vs. Jason.

Krueger will appear in Mortal Kombat with his trademark knife glove, as well as his familiar red-and-green-striped sweater and tattered hat. He'll also be outfitted with his own moveset, two unique fatalities, and a story ending for the game's arcade ladder mode.

Gamers will be able to add Krueger to their Mortal Kombat rosters August 9 for $5, or 400 Microsoft points. For more on Mortal Kombat, check out GameSpot's review.

Discussion

296 comments
maester334
maester334

WHY??? XD lol jk hes awesome ~_~

osmanalefi
osmanalefi

i love how freddy is in this game. now we need jason, and leatherface!

rigzzsy
rigzzsy

you know why he has 2 gloves? because he WANTS 2 gloves

supertom221
supertom221

@LordBaphomet Not really. I see it as justice :). Besides, it's also available for 360, so quit your yappin'! If you fanboys are STIL ranting about Kratos, which is VERY stupid and immature, I say this: Not SONY's fault they rather have franchises that appeal to all genre's unlike Microsoft that focuses on Shooters and lousy kinect games. When you'll have a character as badass as Kratos, THEN rant, although that will never happen, nothing beats Kratos. Until then, You can at best wish for Phoenix or Chief to try to shove themselves in. :)

Ultra_Crusader
Ultra_Crusader

I'm glad Freddy is in here, one step closer to getting Jason as a playable character on a side note if Freddy was only using 1 glove you'd have people upset about how the glove switches hands when he gets on different sides of his opponent, like Vega with his claw in Street Fighter.

LordBaphomet
LordBaphomet

How come PS3 gamers get an extra exclusive character and 360 gamers don't? That's BS!

FiendGamer85
FiendGamer85

But Kung Lao dies in Story Mode before Motaro.. Why is he in the Arcade portion of the game and not Motaro then?

FiendGamer85
FiendGamer85

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Shorttx
Shorttx

If you don't like the new character, DON'T BUY HIM! Personally, as an older gamer, I like that Freddy Krueger is in this game. The person asking for Kratos must have a XBOX 360. The person asking for Motaro must didn't play the story mode. Spoiler...he is the first to die in story mode. The fatality on Scorpion is actually a part in his movie (the original Freddy, I think N.O.E.S 2). Two gloves threw me off! Forget the story...All these DLC characters were added for fighting purposes (On or offline)

ziproy
ziproy

Do you wanna why he has two gloves?? It's because when he switches sides with a character he'd be using a different hand

ziproy
ziproy

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jdog68
jdog68

When I heard the last character was gonna be Freddy I thought it might be pretty cool. Then I looked it up and thought WTH this is retarded! #1)They decided to use this sh!tty awful looking Freddy from the remake. 2)Why in the he!! does he have two frickin gloves...FAIL!!!! 3)The fatality at the end with Scorpion burning to death...even more retarded!!!! If youre gonna be ripping us off by charging us $5 per character atleast make them Fn right and somebody that makes sense!!!!

chroniclehobbit
chroniclehobbit

I really don't think that Freddy Kreuger fits in MK at all. But I will still download him and play as him, because he looks fun from the game play. It could be worse! He could be doing butterfly twists and cartwheels as special moves or throwing vomit balls at his opponents. And he could be delivering one liners after every combo or special move. So, there it is. It could be worse! Just one question!!! Why does he two razor gloves?

rodman1
rodman1

Um ok, not really who I had hoped would be the last DLC fighter and will not main him for sure. I take it Warner Bros has the rights to the movies. I cant take this guy seriously as a fighter just as I could not take Kratos. The 2 odd balls in the game IMO and a waste of time. I would have thought the dude at the end of story mode talking to Quan Chi would have been the 4th fighter.

DarkPhoneix85
DarkPhoneix85

@Yourgor I totally agree. Robert's Freddy in my opinion visually, wouldn't be taken as seriously as a fighter as Jackie Earle Haley's Freddy. well, now that Australia has finally agreed on implementing an R18+ classification, maybe in a couple of months i can finally get Mortal Kombat, get Freddy and master him. l'd probably tag him up with Skarlet.

Yourgor
Yourgor

@DarkPhoneix85 Well my point is the new Freddy fits right in this new MK game game cause its a very dark game, the old Freddy wouldnt feel right cause the old Freddy is just to comical for this game.

nate1222
nate1222

Not a bad addition to the series.

DarkPhoneix85
DarkPhoneix85

I personally think both Robert Englund's Freddy and Jackie Earle Haley's Freddy are awesome. They both take a different aspect of Freddy's character and personality and focus that for their interpretations. Robert had a more comical sadistic appeal, whereas Jackie focused on pure viciousness and cold calculation. Both versions rock. as for the whole two gloves and how he fits into the MK universe business, Firstly, i like the two gloves look. he should have had two gloves in the movies in my opinion! makes him triple menacing. secondly, reading off the mortal kombat website, apparently Freddy is pissed that Shao Khan is stealing human souls, souls Freddy feels he has the right to torture, not Shao Khan! so he challenges him, loses, is made mortal. So then essentially he must face in Mortal Kombat to regain his power to return to the dream world. sounds like a plausible plot to me.

DP1130
DP1130

"Every town has an Elm Street". -Freddy Krueger

Yourgor
Yourgor

And who cares about the two gloves, and makes since they have the new Freddy anyway cause this game has a new look to it with new costumes on the MK guys, they made the classic costumes a download maybe they will do the old Freddy maybe.

Yourgor
Yourgor

I like the new Freddy better then the old, the new is more of a crazy scary like the Joker Heath Ledger did compared to Jacks Joker which was more comical, Englands Freddy would be to stupid now in 2011 it was great back in the early 80s. Hey food for thought read below Jackie is not big, and I think that Jackie’s size is gonna really work. One of the metaphors, I’ve used for Freddy is a little rabid dog that just bites your ankle and holds on. And I think Jackie brings that, with his own physicality, to the role, without ever having to work it a little bit. He brings that naturally with who he is, which I think is really part of the way I see it." Heres the kicker Robert Englund on Jackie Earle Haley as Freddy Krueger.

DP1130
DP1130

@Pilz-E_Uk Ummm....I cant think straight right now, still trying to sort out all the fail here.Once I figure out why the devs did a Jackie Earle Haley 2 gloved Freddy, I'll get to work on Scorpion burning to death.

DP1130
DP1130

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DP1130
DP1130

Jackie Earle Haley, two gloved Freddy? really? /shaking head facepalm I'm sooooooooo sorry Robert.

DP1130
DP1130

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RATM_fan_1
RATM_fan_1

:"( it should have been mataro ... hes way better than freddy and why a movie character anyways they should have said screw it and gave us kratos or marcus fenix if not mataro but not freddy krugger thats just lame

Zero_resistance
Zero_resistance

Freddy only has one glove. 1. uno. and, it should be England's Freddy not that dumbass thing we saw in the reboot.

spoonybard-hahs
spoonybard-hahs

@ babyboy9680 How does one make since? Anyway, considering that this Mortal Kombat pretty much changes EVERYTHING about the story of the series, putting in a DLC character that has no connection to MK isn't that big of a stretch. Kratos is in the PS3 version for Christ's sake. Also, it's not like they are doing updates to the story mode. Plus, each character still has their own, separate ending like the previous three DLC characters. If story is being the gauge for relevance here, technically speaking Kenshi, Rain, and Skarlet make no SENSE, since they were added in as characters but not players in the story mode (which is now the new, official canon for the series). I don't think anyone put any ideals into Boon's head (which is impossible to begin with). It may have been something he always wanted to do in the first place.

KaizerJinn
KaizerJinn

WoW....this is pretty cool! they should get all the scary movie characters, such as: Jason, Michael(Holloween), leatherface, chuckie (LoL), etc... that would be so AWESOME!!!! xD

mission76
mission76

I was never a fan of the series, and don't have any of the games...but this is very different and pretty cool

SaMB0Y
SaMB0Y

@ar6n1c actually all the dlc characters currently only have one costume.

godtony50
godtony50

@ ar5n1c I highly don't that Robert Englund is the secondary costume + it should be the other way around First costume Robert Englund,second costume Jackie Earle Haley. If I remember right nether of them have two gloves.

Pilz-E_Uk
Pilz-E_Uk

Can some1 educate me...how does Scorpion Burn to death...?

ar5n1c
ar5n1c

Guys remember, every character gets an secondary costume so maybe that's gonna be the Robert Englund version.

SuperSpicoli
SuperSpicoli

This is great!!!! Now with them dipping into WB movies and intellectual property I cant't wait for them to come out with a version with the Animaniacs, Thundercats, The Mask, Harold & Kumar, and let's not forget that they own the Tyra Banks show!!!!

erix43
erix43

@Zablicious I AGREE SIR, it was a total disgrace to Freddy (Robert Englund) and the new freddy SUCKS... Disgrace...

erix43
erix43

Oh my god, I just ..... in my pants... And I laughed.. God, this game is GONNA GET EVEN BETTER!!!!!! I bet they will have even more interesting characters in the upcoming future to keep the MK community loyal to the best requests. Good marketing this time ED BOON!! This one will be around for a while and live deep in our ....hearts.. LONG LIVE MK!!!!!!!! haha

SaMB0Y
SaMB0Y

@mister_scowl i think it's more a case of disappointment, because we all knew a 4th mystery dlc character was coming out, but most of us expected and wanted another MK character. i'm disappointed, but i'm such a fiend for this game that i'm still gonna download him.

leeko_link
leeko_link

Dammit I was hoping for it to be either Motaro or Tremor. Another opportunity wasted.

Zablicious
Zablicious

The only issue I have with this it's that they used that crappy Freddy from the remake, and not Englund. MK is not the kind of game that takes itself seriously in arcade mode (take any ending for example), and the character is optional, so it's not like they're shoving it down your throat. All in all, any new addition to the roster is good. (But please give me MK3 Sub Zero)

neosantana
neosantana

I was rooting for Centaur Motaro to make the game, but Freddy is a good "out of the box" choice.

neosantana
neosantana

Great Idea, but they should do Robert Englund. Using Neo-Freddy is just disrespectful.

parvie
parvie

This is so dumb. But I can see why NRS/WB did it: they know that Freddy will appeal to the casual players who make up a large (greater) portion of the demographic. They will undoubtedly make a HUGE profit out of him, maybe the highest out of all the DLC characters. Personally, I would have preferred an original MK fighter who is truly part of the MKverse and tournament viable rather than this p.o.s guest character who, sadly, will be allowed at future tournaments. I just cannot take this pedophile seriously.

godtony50
godtony50

this sucks it's not even the Freddy we all know and love, Robert Englund is Freddy not this!

thereal-15-cent
thereal-15-cent

This sucks for some people.... But being a Horror movie fan, I think this is awesome :D I would've prefered Jason... Oh well, this is still the best DLC character so far!

babyboy9680
babyboy9680

(@GOWzztrippinzz , I AGREE..).....and why in the F would some of you people want someone that has nothing to do with mortal kombat in this game,are you people tryin to F this game up...... if anything DLC should be MK characters or new MK characters that can actually make since in the story line...i just think instead of wasting there time on some horror movie Icon they should have put some time into making someone or something that has something to do with mortal kombat...nothing mostly but you young A fans , putting these ideals in Boons head

Blakarot
Blakarot

@ GOWzztrippinzz Yeah lets keep making new MK games with all the same old characters! Thats a great idea! [SARCASM]

GOWzztrippinzz
GOWzztrippinzz

Fujin? Tanya? Frost? Li Mei? Reiko? Shinnok? So many better choices....