E3 2014: Mortal Kombat X’s Gruesome Display at the Sony Press Conference

Two new characters unveiled at Mortal Kombat X’s first official public showing.

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Mortal Kombat X was officially unveiled recently, but we had to wait until today’s Sony 2014 E3 press conference to get our first glimpse of gameplay for the upcoming brawler. And yes--what was shown certainly looks like Mortal Kombat of old, except it was a much prettier, squishier, and more gruesome Mortal Kombat than we’ve ever seen before.

Of course, that’s probably not surprising, given this is Mortal Kombat’s debut on current-gen consoles (in this case, obviously being shown on a PS4). A battle between perennial enemies Scorpion and Sub-Zero showcased the duo’s classic moves, but what really stood out was the added ick factor of seeing all this brutality running on a beast like the PS4. X-ray moves such as spines breaking, eyeholes being ruptured, or rib cages splintering were wince inducing, as were the various fatalities showed off during the brief gameplay look. Scorpion and Sub-Zero’s fight also showcased some environmental abilities cribbed from the Injustice series. At one point, Scorpion used a branch to swing around and launch an attack, while a little further on, Sub-Zero grabbed a much larger branch from a nearby tree and used it as a club.

But perhaps the most interesting thing about our first look at Mortal Kombat X was the unveiling of two new characters. The two characters--who were unnamed during the demo--were shown fighting on a dock near the seaside. One was a female character who seemed to have some affinity with bugs given the amount of critters flying and crawling around her, while the other newbie fought as a duo--one was a hulking brute, while the other was a little person who rode on his larger buddy's back (think the duo from Master Blaster from Mad Max 3). Check out our video above to see both of these new additions to the Mortal Kombat X in action.

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The trailer I saw had my hopes a little too high, sadly I look back on it realizing the trailer was nothing but all CGI.

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Day one purchase for me and if liu kang,kano and shang tsung are in,flawless victory.

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@awolfamongyou dude FUKKKKKK thiss tupid game i HATE this mortal combat an all western macho man games an i hate MACHo manly STUPID scorpion -__-

my dead or alive games sell more than this crap, dead or alive 5 ultimate looks 1000 times better than mortal crapbat x and my yosuke hayashi hayate kasumi ayane haauybsua would all DESTROY scorpion an the entire mk cast

Ronan from murdered soul suspect would BEAT your stupid macho man main character scorp an the rest in seconds RONAN can kill everyone in mortal crapbat

MKX will fail and my japanese games dead or alive 5 ultimate dead or alive 6 and murdered soul suspect and my devil may cry games will sell more than stupid MKX -__-

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@doahayatekasumi @awolfamongyou obsessed much?

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@doahayatekasumi @awolfamongyou Why would you care, this is PG-13.

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@miser_cz @doahayatekasumi @awolfamongyou HAHHAHA seee mortal kombat is pg13 hahhahahahahaa

my dead or alive 5 ultimate an murdered soul suspect and Scalebound are all MATURE GAMES and are much cooler than your western macho mortal combat trash games an all your other western junk games like assassin creed middle earth batman call of crappy battlecrap field HAHAHA YOU WESTERNERS SUCK AT MAKING GAMES

dead or alive RULES scalebound RULES AN ROOCKS YEAHHHHH MY MAIN PROTAGONIST LOOK AWESOME HAYATE KASUMI AYANE HAYABSUA an scalebound has MY DANTE<3 an murdered soul suspect has MY RONAN<3

what do your crap macho western games have STUPID MACHO HEROES -_-

i prefer soft skinny slim pretty pure looks with FULL HAIR an perfect looks like my hayate hayabsua in dead or alive, my school girl hot chicks kasumi ayane of dead or alive DANTE with beautiful thin body beautiful blonde hair from devil may cry an scalebound an ronan from murdered soul suspect my protagonist rules ^_^

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@doahayatekasumi @miser_cz @awolfamongyou what are you talking about? It doesn't matter which game you prefer. If somebody likes them, then all games are good. It doesn't matter if they're "dead or alive."

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New Goro-like character :D CAN'T WAIT!!!

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@SoulxReaperx366 dude shut up mortal kombat SUCKS

my scalebound, murdered soul suspect an dead or alive 5 ultimate ARE ALL SELLING MILLION COPIES more than your macho western style crap mortal kombat games an other stupid western macho games


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To those crying this isnt a 3d game, the best balanced fighters are 2d.

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The little guy in combination with the large brute and the way it was sitting on his back, made me think of the alchemist from doto.

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i don't like the bone crushing moves. let me clarify that, it doesn't make sense to have them break skulls and arms and the opponent keeps on like nothing ever happened .

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@donmega1 It's called suspension of disbelief. You have to lose yourself in the fantasy. Elbow and knee breaks are cool and it wouldn't make any sense to have them as fatalities. Although maybe at the end of the match with 1 long round instead of 2, would probably make more sense. Anyway, you can't get too serious about a game where the fighters have super powers and rip each others hearts out.

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@donmega1 Would actually be awsome if it would have an impact on the long run, since the pros don't even get to use those x-ray abilities, most just use the tag combos or x-bilities :D

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This would almost look cool, except that it's yet another lazy 2D fighter again. Pass!! What happened to 3D? I guess people want their depth of fighting not coming from moving your character and doing stuff, but instead trying to master insanely dumb combos in a shallow 2D environment.

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2D is the core of MORTAL KOMBAT and when they tried to make the chars circle around like in desception , deadly alliance or armageddon it was anything but MORTAL KOMBAT and it failed big time

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@t_c_o_m @spacecadet25 I actually quite liked armageddon, it had an interesting change of pace.. especially in the single player campaign. Atleast it still had that old feel of the MK1-3 games, the modern ones don't imo. I miss the old announcer for example

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@t_c_o_m @spacecadet25 I thought those games were awesome, a great step forward. 2D is living in the past, and great for lazy developers and lazy fighters, who just BS combo people to death instead of actually fighting.

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@spacecadet25 @t_c_o_m

Well i'm not a game developer but making a 2D game with such details i think is way harder than a 3D fighting game and don't try to compare MK to other fighting games like tekken for example coz every game got it's own essence and MORTAL KOMBAT is a 2D fighting game since day 1 and when they tried to tamper with it they just ruined it in most of the MK past series till they got it back to it's former glory in MK9 (2D) and that was MORTAL KOMBAT not just a tekken based fighting game and for the combos well i don't think combos will make a big difference if it's a 2D or 3D fighting game but trust me 3D MK was nothing like MK should be it was a hybrid of tekken and soul calibur lol

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For me it was the first time ever a tv show made me feel bad, but I mean really bad

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This is Horrid for the weak mind.!!!

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MK9 was a day one buy...loved it. It reminded me of MK2 I didn't play it much though. MKX will be a day one buy as well...and i probably won't play it as much as i want as well. no regrets though

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I want! :p

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I really hope they will bring back Tremor and Fujin.

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@ujiosangi I really hope they bring back 3D, instead of this 2D crap.

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My favourite characters are still Scorpion and Noob Caibot.

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@pokatalk it's Saibot. Don't you dare misspell my fav char. After smoke... and Reptile...

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@DonGibon @pokatalk Sorry, my bad. :)

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I will without a doubt be picking this one up as well. Dammit E3, you make my wallet cry. Glad it looks good, though. I'm a big, big fan of MK, and some gory next-gen combat will more than make me happy.

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Does anyone know the name of the aztec warrior dude?

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@Mrod1212 kotal kahn

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@Mrod1212 Some viewers think it is Shinnok.

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@simonbelmont2 @Mrod1212 He is not shinnok.

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I just hope that SubZero eventually wins a fight!

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Same here and heaps of people are just like you and me but hope that goes through ed boon's thick head and he realizes that he won't force everyone to love scorpion just coz he does lol

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@t_c_o_m @GamerX-treme Sub-Zero killed Scorpion before the first game even began. Scorpions just spent his whole life trying to get that revenge. Meanwhile Sub was in MK3 and Scorpion wasn't until UMK3 where Sub got a 2nd version added. Sub got his own game. And in MK9 he had a Cyber version.

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@GlaciusXL @t_c_o_m @GamerX-treme

That 2nd version of SUB-ZERO you mentioned was the younger brother (the new SUB-ZERO) "the one with the scar" who had one goal but to avenge his elder brother ..that's what i was looking for in a trailer but ed boon's fascination with SCORPION is beyond limits and i can't believe he is taking this on the BIGGEST fighting game ever

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I hope for better net code.

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@world4games buy it for 'da cloud'

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Heheh... Gotta love those Scorpion vs. Sub Zero fights! :D

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This game looks badass.

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I'm very excited about the upcoming Mortal Kombat and the combat system was satisfying - despite its moderate learning curve.

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i am upset that NETHEREALMS is showing LAMESTATION preference over the more powerful xbox brand!!! just like how we were robbed of an exclusive character on MK9!!! OUTRAGE!

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@xbox360tk1387 We all know how powerful the X1 is. Thats why they favor the PS4.

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@xbox360tk1387 Looks like you were misinformed.

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@xbox360tk1387 Lamestation ? LOL.. Kid ps4 a lot more powerful than your shitbox.

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@xbox360tk1387 Your user name is showing preference.. oh noes!!

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Sweet, it has been confirmed for PC! Great news, very excited for this!

Even of the combat is similar to injustice/ MK9 I'll still be happy as long as it's somewhat balanced out of the gate and NR doesn't ruin it with patches.

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@Richardthe3rd That is good news for PC players.