‘Mortal Kombat’ fans rejoice – with just a few short weeks until its release, NetherRealm Studios has uploaded footage for ‘Mortal Kombat X’s’ story mode.
So far, most updates and trailers for the fighting game ‘Mortal Kombat X’ have understandably focused on showing off combat, such as character’s fighting styles and variations, so it’s good to see an update that focuses on the game’s story.
The cutscene is from the first chapter of the story mode and follows the point of view of Johnny Cage who, alongside Sonya Blade and Kenshi, is taking a helicopter over to Raiden’s temple to go up against the elder god Shinnok. Along the way, the helicopter is attacked by two other Mortal Kombat favorites, Scorpion and Sub-Zero.
Story mode is not just a combination of cinematic cutscenes and gameplay – the two are so hand-in-hand that the player will not be given much warning when a cinematic piece suddenly requires their input to survive. Players will have to maneuver through quicktime events for characters to make it out of staged fight scenes, and a cinematic piece can transition into a traditional fighting stage abruptly. Each scene bleeds into the next quite seamlessly, allowing the player to feel like they are directly involved within the cinematic story.
There isn’t too much details about the story itself, but the brutal and over-the-top action sequences combined with it’s humor allows ‘Mortal Kombat’ to get away with its overly dramatic and completely unrealistic violence without becoming too ridiculous. Or, at least, its a ridiculousness that ‘Mortal Kombat’ knows full well is there and wears with pride.
You can watch the whole Twitch stream here – if you want to watch the seven minute cutscene from the story mode then skip to 14:38. If you want to see how they used Motion Capture to create those cutscenes you can find it at 27:50.
‘Mortal Kombat X’ will be out on April 14th 2015 on the Playstation 4, Xbox One, and Windows PC, while the Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 editions have been delayed until June 30th 2015. A companion mobile game will be released as well.