Take A Street Fighter Approach to the Cast
Yeah I know — Mortal Kombat should take a page from Street Fighter? Blasphemy! But still, Street Fighter is very good at introducing new characters. Most Street Fighters give you the classics, your Ryus, Zangiefs and Chun Lis, then mix a small, carefully selected group of new fighters in. These new characters get to bask in the credibility of the old fan favorite fighters, without overwhelming the cast.
Most Mortal Kombat games don’t do this. They either go with an entirely classic cast like they did with the last game, or they throw the Kombatants out with the bath water and load the cast up with new characters, which end up lost in the crowd of new faces. Mortal Kombat X should stick to the classics with maybe four to six well-crafted new additions.
The discovery that Reptile was real was the most important thing to happen during the 90s.
One of the most entertaining parts of classic Mortal Kombats were all the secrets and oddities hidden away in the dark recesses of the games. Of course fans made half of this stuff up themselves, but Mortal Kombat X should tap into that. Have a secret character or two that are as difficult to unlock as Reptile was in the original MK. Have characters randomly change color during fights, or have bits of code pop up on the screen from time to time. This stuff doesn’t even have to lead to anything, just toss it in to get folks talking.
Come on, how ’bout a smile Sub-Zero?
Lighten the F*ck Up
Classic Mortal Kombat games were goofy as sh*t. They have been rated Mature, but the general tone was “this was created by a hyperactive 10-year-old”. The Mortal Kombat X teaser trailer was visually impressive, but it was smothered under a dark cloud of self-seriousness. Ripping out spines and choking people with their intestines is fun if it’s all a joke, but it gets a little off-putting if it’s not.
Well, that’s what I’m looking for in a new Mortal Kombat. What about the rest of you Kombatants? What would you like to see?