With so much teased about Mortal Kombat 1 since its first unveiling by Netherrealm Studios, many have been anticipating a first look at its gameplay. During the Summer Game Fest presentation, the show had a strong opening with a world premiere trailer that showcased Mortal Kombat 1 gameplay, as well as what characters will appear on the roster. But that wasn’t all for the game. Geoff Keighley brought Mortal Kombat creator Ed Boon onto the stage to talk about the game and show off more of the gameplay for Mortal Kombat 1, much to the delight of viewers who have been waiting to see more.
The best parts of the new trailer for Mortal Kombat 1 revealed how exactly fights would look like in the game. While most things are visually similar to the previous game, there is a lot of detail in the backgrounds, as well as fresh new looks for many characters we see. As Ed Boon and Netherrrealm Studios discussed previously, this is an entirely new look at many characters we’ve seen in the series up to this point. The trailer shows Sub-Zero, Scorpion, Raiden, Sonya Blade, Kung Lao, Johnny Cage, Kenshi, Jax; and even Striker, Kitana, Millena, and Goro in combat. Every character sports a new look that still feels like their original versions from previous games but with a younger energy on display.
The matches featured in the trailer and in the short demo afterward gave everyone a glimpse at how the new Kameo fighters would work. After picking a fighter from the Character Select screen, each player will be able to choose a Kameo fighter that can assist them in the fight. These fighters can do anything from following up attacks to helping defend against incoming attacks from opponents.
In some spots of the trailer, we’re able to see Kameo fighters jump in to do X-Ray moves that deal massive damage, as well as what appears to be Fatalities. Some reactions to the trailer during the presentation compared the use of Kameo fighters to that of the Assists from games like Marvel vs Capcom or Dragon Ball FighterZ. In essence, Kameo fighters work very similarly but with a more brutal presentation that is fitting for Mortal Kombat 1.
The story of Mortal Kombat 1 is given a bit of shine in the new trailer with some cutscenes from what may be the game’s story mode. Fire God Liu Kang is going around to gather champions from throughout Earthrealm, which includes many warriors we see fighting. One fighter we don’t see in the trailer is Shang Tsung, who was prominently shown in the previous reveal trailer. Shang Tsung is a preorder bonus for the game, so it’s fair to think he will function as a playable and Kameo fighter much like the rest of the cast.
The discussion during Summer Game Fest after the reveal of the trailer allowed Ed Boon to talk more about Kameo fighters and what to expect in the final release. Not only will the roster of fighters be larger than what was shown, but Ed Boon mentioned that Jean Claude Van Damme will appear in the game as an alternate version of Johnny Cage. The original inspiration for the first Mortal Kombat was Jean Claude Van Damme, and things have finally come around full circle with his involvement in the game.
For fans of Mortal Kombat, there are a lot of great things to look forward to with Mortal Kombat 1. Technically and visually the game promises to be a great time that will not only move the series forward but remix what many love about Mortal Kombat games. Hopefully, a beta and demo are in store for the nearby future before Mortal Kombat 1 releases on September 19th, 2023 for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X, and Nintendo Switch.
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