New Mortal Kombat Game: This Could be the Revival We’ve Been Waiting For Since 1996

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As cool as the fake Mortal Kombat movie trailer was that circulated the ‘Nets a couple days ago, this is even more worthy of your excitement, as it could well change your life. This morning, Warner Bros. announced a new Mortal Kombat game, and from the looks of the trailer, this has the potential to be the best Mortal Kombat game since 1996.

Here’s why:

Most importantly: It’s a classic 2D game again. Finally. Unlike the recent Mortal Kombat console games, which have tried to do the newfangled 3D arena-style fighting that games like Tekken do better anyway or add distractions like “Puzzle Kombat” and the terrible lifeless RPG in Mortal Kombat: Deception that I am ashamed to say I played through in its entirety, the new Mortal Kombat is the fershlugginer 2D fighting game we all wanted back in the first place, though there is some of that rotation-type stuff; not sure if these are sidesteps that let you dodge projectiles or merely ways to make the 2D levels look cooler and more up-to-date.

And from the looks of the trailer, it looks like its retained lots of the characters that made 1996’s Mortal Kombat Trilogy the best Mortal Kombat game ever. In the space of the trailer, we see:

  • Raiden
  • Shao Kahn
  • Johnny Cage
  • can’t tell if that is Smoke or Noob Saibot, as he is being viciously juggled
  • Reptile
  • Nightwolf!!!
  • Mileena
  • Sub-Zero
  • Kung Lao
  • Sektor, hell yeah, and this time he has a flamethrower thingie

A few other extremely exciting things: 60 FPS gameplay, an extremely promising-looking tag team-style gameplay which allows for support attacks a la Marvel vs. Capcom, and a return to the original Mortal Kombat logo. This and the fact that the game is simply called Mortal Kombat bespeaks a supreme confidence that this could be the Mortal Kombat revival we’ve been waiting for.

The game is slated for release in 2011 for XBox 360 and PlayStation 3. (Sorry, Wii owners.)

Here’s the amazing-looking trailer:

(via Joystiq)

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