1) Konquest mode will feature Taven and the plot will revolve around him and his brother, Daegon. To unlock them both you have to complete Konquest mode. Hopefully Taven won't be a complete idiot like Shujinko was.
2) The Krypt unlocking system is going to be replaced by something called the Vault. No information about that has been leaked yet except that it only uses one type of kurrency. If I had to predict, I would say that it is just going to be a simplified version of the Krypt.
"When a person can no longer laugh at himself, it is time for others to laugh at him." - Thomas Szasz
Post by The Tikal who had no Toes on Sept 3, 2006 8:22:50 GMT
We don't know much about the plot, except that Taven and Daegon are brothers, and they get sent to Earthrealm to take part in a contest which involves tracking Blaze down and defeating him with a weapon from their dad's temple (Taven and Daegon's dad is some kind of Edenian god). Also, apparently Taven doesn't work for other characters like Shujinko did, he just fights them. The only other part of the plot that came out was
the bit about Sektor, and how the Tekunin were so powerful they had their own warship. Sektor wants to rob Taven's dad, so he kidnaps Taven and interrogates him, but then Sonya saves the day and blows up the warship.
Chuck Norris invented foxes.
My pubes are longer than the hair on my head. One day I shall weave the two together and strum it like a harp.
Post by The Tikal who had no Toes on Sept 10, 2006 16:03:25 GMT
The MKA site has been updated - as well as the question mark in the dragon's eye, there's also a gallery, reviews, an Unchained bit (which isn't up yet) and Trading Cards (similar to the Deception ones) for Li Mei, Havik, Liu Kang and Kintaro. There's some lovely bits of artwork showing characters with their rivals or enemies standing behind them - Kitana and Mileena (and if you look carefully, you can see her teeth through her veil), Sub-Zero and Scorpion, and Shang Tsung and Liu Kang. Speaking of Mr Screechy, it would appear that he is still very very dead. Also, I saw a clip of Scorpion defeating Blaze (the uber-boss) on YouTube, and
Blaze - who's the big boss of the game - gives whoever the winner is some kind of magical ability - Kano becomes a dragon, Havik transforms all the realms into chaotic places, Liu Kang becomes a god, Mileena swaps faces with Kitana, and so forth. And I have to say that I feel a bit sorry for poor old Kenshi, not being able to deal with having his eyesight back or, indeed, enhanced senses, and becoming a recluse. And Kira and Kobra's endings sound a bit like slashfic gone wrong.
Checking out the MKA forums at Midway, it seems the Kreate A Fatality has mixed reviews, as does the Kreate A Kharacter. I'm a bit annoyed you can't make Shokan characters (the Shokans are the four-armed monsters - Goro, Kintaro, Sheeva etc.), but you can make a Tarkatan (the monsters like Baraka who have blades coming out of their arms and big nasty teeth). Shokans > Tarkatans any day. Are any of yous actually going to get MKA? It's coming out for the Wii next year, btw.
Post by Juliett. Bravo. Alfa. on Feb 19, 2007 21:27:14 GMT
They never released the Xbox Version of MK:A for PAL regions. Midway blame Microsoft for not supporting the Xbox enough to make it profitable.
The funny thing is MK:A is supposedly backwards compatible with the 360. (its on the list) But it isn't. After a bloody [censored] on the internets started saying MK:A Xbox is region free, I rushed out and imported it. I found out, it isn't. To make it backwards compatible you need to chip your Xbox. Which is naughty.
I ended up getting the PS2 Version of Armageddon. Its fun. I can sell you the MK:A Xbox if you want...
There is a Wii version coming out as well. Its going to have motion controls and Khameleon. More details at: www.mortalkombatonline.com
Unchained is PSP Deception with some extra characters. Jax, Blaze, Frost and Kitana. As well as Goro and Shao Kahn from the Gamecube port of Deception (Which was never released in PAL territories). Apparently the loading is quite long though.
Post by Juliett. Bravo. Alfa. on Feb 20, 2007 12:56:06 GMT
No, Chameleon is in MK:A already. He was in the PS1, Saturn and PC version of Trilogy. He has no back story.
Khameleon was in the N64 version of Trilogy only and was a grey Kitana with the ability to swap between Kitana, Mileena and Jade. Because she was a bit poo, (She didn't change colours so it was impossible to tell who she was at the time) they gave her a bit of a story. She was the last female of Reptile's race and she is looking for Reptile so they will start their race again.
There was a major uproar when the MK Community found out that Khameleon was snubbed. There was much swearing, Ed Boon was told he sucked. Oh yes.
Post by The Tikal who had no Toes on Feb 22, 2007 13:37:45 GMT
The character endings for MKA are pretty damned lazy, IMO. I know there's 60-odd characters, but considering this is supposed to be the OMGBESTGAMEEVAR in the MK franchise, it seems a bit of a let down, particularly as the last 2 games were more story-focused. And yes, there was a huge outcry on the Midway forums over Khameleon not being in the game.
Chuck Norris invented foxes.
My pubes are longer than the hair on my head. One day I shall weave the two together and strum it like a harp.
Post by Devo DrakeFox on Feb 22, 2007 20:29:51 GMT
Here's the MK character roster. Let us see who should live... and who should DIE.
Johnny Cage - Popular character, but brings nothing to the storyline. Kill him. Kano - As cool as he is, I think his time is up. Raiden - Oh, keep him alive, certainly. For one, he's a god. Gods are meant to be immortal. Liu Kang - Ahh, the champion. Hmmm... Let him live for now, but maybe kill him off in the next game. Scorpion - Scorpion's presence is mandatory, it's not MK without him. Sub-Zero - Like Scorpion, he's too popular to kill. Sonya Blade - Maybe kill her. Goro - Not sure. I think at least one of the Shokan should survive, but not necessarily him. Shang Tsung - He's lived long enough. Kung Lao - I'd kill him, I never thought he was that great. Reptile - KEEP THE MAN-LIZARD! Kitana - Let her live... for now. Jax Briggs - Keep him. Awww, yeah... Mileena - Kill her. Baraka - I'd like him to live, but he hasn't really brought all that much to the series... Kintaro - Not sure. Shao Kahn - Kill him. In fact, I think we can do without a fair few of the villains. There'll be new, better ones... Smoke - Kill him. Jade - Kill her. Sindel - Kill her. Kurtis Stryker - Definitely kill him. Cyrax - Kill him. Sektor - Keep him. Nightwolf - Maybe keep him? Sheeva - Keep her and have one of the male Shokan as her mate, then kill the other one. Kabal - Keep him, he's the future of the Black Dragon. Ermac - Keep him. Rain - Kill him. Noob Saibot - Not sure. Motaro - Keep him only if he turns back into a centaur, none of the minotaur schtick from Armageddon. Sareena - Keep her. Shinnok - Keep him. He's practically the Satan of MK. Kai - Kill him. Reiko - Keep him. He could be the new Emperor of Outworld. Jarek - Kill him. Tanya - Keep her. Quan Chi - Keep him. Fujin - Keep him. Chameleon - You can't even call him a character, kill him! Khameleon - And her too! Bo Rai Cho - Not sure. Li Mei - Maybe keep her. Blind Kenshi - Keep him, he's made of win! ;D Mavado - Kill him. Nitara - Vampires rock, keep her. Drahmin - So do demons, keep him. Moloch - Him too. Hsu Hao - Kill him. Frost - Kill her, we only need one ice ninja: The original and best! Mokap - What was the point of him? Destroy him! Blaze - He's dead canonically, anyway. Onaga - Kill him. Shujinko - Kill him twice. Kira - Well, we need one of Kabal's Dragons to live. According to her backstory, Kira was already a terrorist. Kobra was just a street punk. I think we'll keep Kira. Kobra - Kill him. Dairou - Kill him. Darrius - Keep him. Hotaru - Not sure. Havik - Not sure. Ashrah - Not sure. Taven - Not sure. Daegon - He's already dead, Taven killed him.
There, I think that's everyone from the main games. What say all of you?
Ashrah – No. Visually? Not bad. Could use some more character, however. Baraka – Undecided. Baraka is one of the more iconic MK guys, but really lacks anything in the way of a personality or motive aside from being a monster with big teeth. If they were to make him a cool outlaw kind of character, he’d have much more to bring to the table…well, aside from bloodlust and saliva. Blaze – No. An utter waste of space. Make sure he stays dead. Bo Rai Cho – No. Vomit does not equal funny. Jonny Cage – No. Eviscerate the useless [censored]. Chameleon – No. It was nice of them to make an attempt for MK:A, but his ending is the ultimate cop-out. Cyrax – Yes. He’s earned his keep, I’d say. Could use a new design, however. Daegon – He’s already dead; what luck! Dairou – No. Darrius – NO. Drahmin – No. Ugly design is ugly; bad movelist doesn’t help, either. Still…better than Meat. Ermac – Yes. His new design is his saving grace. Frost – No. Just a bad idea from the beginning. Fujin – Undecided. Seems very lackluster. Goro – Undecided. At least ditch the stupid speedo 'costume' for something a bit more intimidating, and perhaps have him function as something other than a tool. Havik - Wow...they cloned Skeletor. Hotaru – No. His premise is very boring, which doesn’t help his case. Give his armour to someone else, however. Hsu Hao – No…just, no. Jade – Undecided. Jarek – No. Jax – Yes. Ah, Jax; another staple character to MK, at least for a while. Sadly, they’ve begun making his 3D models resemble gay porn stars more than anything else, and thus make it impossible to take him seriously. At all. Kabal – Yes; he’s a keeper. Kai – Undecided. Awful name and outright naff backstory are countered by a pretty good design, by Midway standards at least. Kano – No. He was cool back in the day, now he just makes me laugh. Kill him. Kenshi - Undecided. He's very cliche, but makes for a better hero than most. Kintaro - No. Don't see the point, really. Kira – Undecided. Leaning towards keeping her. Kitana - Undecided. She doesn’t offer much in the way of character, as her “daughter’ aspect/motive ran dry a long time ago. Iconic weaponry, though. Kobra – No. The battle for the worst character design ever continues… Kung Lao – No. Li Mei – Undecided. Liu Kang – No. He’s Mr. Generic, either give him a revamp or kill him off...again. Meat - No. Proof that Midway can't even do a zombie right. Good for a laugh, though. Suprised he made it into MK:A Mileena – No. Mokap – No. Kill him. Moloch – No. Far too generic. Motaro – No. Unoriginal all the way. Mavado – No. Okay, Kenshi's a tad cliche. But this guy is a WALKING cliche from top to bottom. And an uninspiring one at that. Nightwolf – No. T.Hawk and Wolf Hawkfield can kill him for us. Nitara - Undecided. Leaning towards keeping her. Noob Saibot – No; kill him. Utterly. Onaga – Undecided. Its nice to have another heavy-hitter on the side of evil, as it was growing kinda stale. His design could use work… Quan Chi - Keep him. Raiden – Yes. One of the few characters to have maintained his deceny. Definitely a keeper. Rain - Undecided. His presence as a reference to 'Purple Rain' is immensely stupid. But his new costume and backstory at least give him some degree of personality. Reiko - Undecided. Leaning towards killing him. Reptile – Yes. Keep him, providing they make him more unique. Right now Soul Calibur's Lizardman trumps Reptile every which way. I like how they’ve been changing the degree of his transformation as each game goes on, however. Nice touch. Sareena – Yes, she can stay. Scorpion – Yes! Keep him, no question. MK wouldn’t be worth bothering with if Scorpion wasn’t present. Sektor – No. His naff name doesn’t help his status as a clone, either. Shang Tsung – Yes. However, they may want to try and inject a bit more life into him as opposed to just "Smarmy git". Shao Kahn – No. He lost his edge a long time ago. The Tekken character ‘Ogre’ evoked in one game what Shao Khan has been trying to do since the franchise began. Ogre looks far better, too. Sheeva – Yes, as they improved upon her design for MK:A. Shinnok – No. Redesign desperately needed if he is to stay. Otherwise, death for him. Shujinko – No. MK is bad enough as is without any generic old men who lack movelists of their own. Sindel – No. Smoke – Undecided. I’d like to keep him, but he just lacks something. Make him a metahuman and emphasise his abilities more. Otherwise, kill the clone trash. Sonya – Undecided. Leaning towards killing her. Stryker – No. Kill him. Better yet, rip his spine out then kill him. Sub-Zero - [see: Scorpion] Tanya – Undecided; pending a redesign, she can stay. Otherwise, kill her off. Taven – No. Off to the dustbin with ye.
New character total : 26
You know what I think Mortal Kombat needs? Well, aside from a new design team, that is. I think it'd be wise of them to pursue the route of Shaolin Monks, since giving the franchise a free-roaming edge could really work in their favour.
Post by The Tikal who had no Toes on Feb 24, 2007 10:01:46 GMT
Ashrah - undecided. A good concept, but she's got some competition... Baraka - yes, if it means more about the Tarkatan race. The Shokans get lots of attention, why not the fanged munters? Blaze - undecided. Bo Rai Cho - yes. MK needs a comedy character who isn't Jonny sodding Cage. Jonny Cage - no, he's a useless waste of space. Chameleon - no, he can [censored] off. Khameleon should stay, though, if Reptile does. Cyrax - yes. Because he could return as a half-human, half-robot character now that he's got his free will back. All the Outworld Investigation Agency lot should be kept, IMO. Daegon - no. As someone else said, isn't he dead anyway? Dairou - no. He never really had that much of a storyline and doesn't fit in with the other characters. Darrius - hell no. Someone on the MK team said he reckoned Darrius would be a popular character. Ha! Ha! Ha! Oh wait, he was serious. Drahmin - no. Apparently he wasn't very good to play as, so unless they improve the gameplay, there is no point keeping him. Ermac - yes, because the revamped version is better than the old one. Frost - no. She should have stayed dead / frozen. Fujin - yes. Why not have another god? Another underused character. He would have been in MKD if the fans hadn't complained about Raiden not being in it. Goro - maybe, for the reasons Devo stated, ie one of the Shokan should stay in the game, but maybe not him. Havik - yes. Interesting character. Hotaru - nah. Again, I don't really see how he could fit into the game. Hsu Hao - no. Dull as ditchwater. Jade - yes. She's underused, IMO. Jarek - no. Another uninspired and dull character. Kano was crap, we don't need another one of him, Jax - yes. He's awesome. Kabal - yes, he should stay as leader of the Black Dragon. An underused character. Kai - no. Rubbish character, terrible storyline, boring. Kano - no. Crap character. Got too much attention. Kenshi - yes. He's pretty cool. Kintaro - see Goro. Kira - yes. I'd like to see where the Black Dragon goes under her and Kabal. She needs more original moves, mind. Kitana - maybe. She's a bit boring, but she has awesome moves. Kobra - no, he's just a crap Ken ripoff. We don't need loads of Black Dragon members, he should stay dead. Kung Lao - no. He's had his day. Li Mei - no. I don't really see the point of keeping her. Too fanservicey. Liu Kang - I personally think he should go, he's a boring cliche. But the fans will all cry, so Boon will keep him. Mileena - yes. One of my favourite evil characters. Mokap - no, the useless waste of space. Moloch - undecided. Could he be in the game without Drahmin? Motaro - nah. The Shokan are cooler. Mavado - no. What can they do with him, really? Nightwolf - no. Lame. Nitara - yes, because it's been said the vampire race might have an important role in future games. Noob Saibot - undecided. What can they do with him? Is he going to stay mates with Smoke? He could become the king of the Netherealm or something. Onaga - undecided. Quan Chi - yes please. Another excellent baddie. Better than Shang Tsung. Raiden - yes, the guy is a legend and I'd like to see if he gets his brain back. Rain - no. He looks pretty cool these days, but he was never really anything more than a joke. Reiko - no, unless he gets a better storyline. Most of the MK4 characters were terrible, IMO. Reptile - yes, if it leads to the creation of more Zaterrans. Sareena - yes, especially if Quan Chi's staying. Will she stay loyal to him, or bugger off to the Li Kuei? Stay tuned... Scorpion - oh G-d YES. Everyone loves Scorpion. Me included. Sektor - yes, if only to see what happens with the Tekunin. Maybe they could introduce a Frost-like robot who wants the leadership of the clan for his/herself? Shang Tsung - no. He's been in the game for too bloody long, and Quan Chi is a better villain. Shao Kahn - yes. Best MK baddie EVAR. Sheeva - see Goro. Shinnok - no. Crappest MK baddie ever. Shujinko - no. So he can steal moves? Wow. He was always a [censored]e character to be honest, and didn't have much going for him except the move-stealing. Sindel - undecided. Good moves, but I don't see where her storyline is going to go. Yes, I know some of you will say no-one cares about the story, but MK HAS become increasingly story-focused. Smoke - yes, because I want to see what happened post-Noob, and he's one of the more interesting ninjas. Sonya - yes. Although I'm biased cos I love her. Stryker - oh dear me, NO. No-one likes him anyway. Sub-Zero - undecided. I don't see where they can go with him now, but he's a popular character. Tanya - maybe. Interesting character, but she hasn't been used much. Taven - no. No need for him, really.
Ashrah - Kill. She sounds like a cigarette brand for a start... Baraka - Keep. Great character, underrated. Blaze - Kill. Boring, has no real story. Bo Rai Cho - Keep. Like Tikal said, he's quite funny, and MK needs more comic relief in their characters rather than smegging staff references. Who cares if some geezer looks like John Vogel or whoever? Jonny Cage - Kill. Nuff said. Chameleon - Kill. Has no backstory to my knowledge. Cyrax - Keep. And Sektor too, MK needs more futuristic elements. Daegon - Dunno who he is, can't judge. Dairou - Keep. I liked the guy, but he needs more of a story. Darrius - Kill. Basically an attempt to replace Jax. Drahmin - Kill. Rubbish fighter, and pointless him appearing. Ermac - Keep. Ermac is cool. Frost - Kill. Fun, until you realise she's a female Sub-Zero clone. Fujin - Keep. They ousted him from Deception in favour of Raiden, who should've been wiped out anyway from the intro movie. Underrated. Goro - Keep. There shouldn't be so many sub-boss creatures. Goro was the original and best. Havik - Keep. Any character who actually enjoys getting beaten to death must be intiguing. Hotaru - Kill. He was a git. Hsu Hao - Kill. Reminds me too much of the Village People. Jade - Keep. A bit neutral, though, so this was close. Jarek - Kill. He lacks anything that makes him stand out. Too generic. Jax - Keep. Definitely a key character for the series. Kabal - Keep. He is pure WIN. Kai - Kill. His name is Kai. Kano - Kill. Was good in MK3, all other times he was crap. Kenshi - Keep. I like his fighting styles and temprament. Khameleon - Keep. But only if they feature her in a story with Reptile. Kintaro - Kill. See Goro for why. Kira - Keep. She's hot, and she works with Kabal. More story please. Kitana - Kill. Too overrated, got bored of her eventually. Kobra - Kill. My least favourite of all MK characters I know so far. Kung Lao - Keep. But only if this guy actually ages. Li Mei - Kill. She was fun for a while, but now seems fairly pointless. Not much of a story. Liu Kang - Keep. What would MK be without him? Just don't keep him as a zombie though. Meat - Keep. I so want this character to get a decent story. Mileena - Keep. Great personality, very creepy. Mokap - Keep. He would make a good character if the staff would take him seriously and not make him wear that daft suit all the time. We need more "normal" people anyway. Moloch - Kill. See Goro for why. Motaro - Kill. See Goro for why. Mavado - Kill. He looks like a dumb Mafia guy. Nightwolf - Keep. He'd make a neat advisor. Nitara - Keep. She's a vampire ferchrissake, we need her! Noob Saibot - Kill. Generic secret character with an in-joke for a name. Onaga - Keep. He's a Dragon guy, a fanservice himself. Quan Chi - Keep. He is my favourite of the villains. Raiden - Keep. He's one of the main characters, it would be a crime to lose him. Rain - Keep. But not for too long, I can see him getting killed off eventually. Reiko - Kill. What's with this guy, he looks like a gimp? Reptile - Keep. But he needs to make progress with his personal mission. Sareena - Keep. Way too underrated. Scorpion - Keep. Too popular to eliminate. Sektor - Keep. See Cyrax for why. Shang Tsung - Kill. He's been around long enough, the gimmick is starting to wear off. Shao Kahn - Keep. Pure evil squared, and this game needs that. Sheeva - Keep. Partner her with Goro. Shinnok - Kill. Stop trying to turn him into the devil. Shujinko - Keep. But only so far as to see him resolve his storyline, then get rid. Sindel - Keep. Have her waver between good and evil sides. Smoke - Keep. See Cyrax for why. Sonya - Keep. She's nice. Stryker - Keep. Contrary to what others think, I like Stryker from when I played MK3. He's only appeared in one game ex Armageddon, so don't palm him off. Sub-Zero - Keep. He's too popular to get rid of, plus he can freeze people which is always a bonus. Tanya - Keep. But on one condition: GIVE HER HER BLOODY EYES BACK! Taven - Dunno who he is, can't judge.
Overall, that's 38 characters I've kept.
There are three things I try to live by:
1) Never tell a bride the day before her wedding day that "there is a problem"
2) Nothing good happens after 2AM - just go to bed.
I felt cheated by Armageddon. EVerything it promised, yet was any of it delivered?
Every character ever: Khameleon missing. I mean, if you're gonna say "every character ever", DON'T MISS ANY OUT. Crap excuse for Motaro too, but I kinda understand it.
Create A Fatality: My arse. We all thought it'd be a menu system like in the Smackdown Vs. Raw games where you determine what will happen over a set period of time. Instead, what? ONE fatality chain for the whole game. Cheers.
ANSWERS: Piss off. There were more questions raised than answers. Stupid of me to believe that a beat-em-up these days would have an ending that wasn't vague in the extreme, of course.
Lazy endings: Deadly Alliance animations FFS.
And the rest. Piss off Boon, you pitiful waste of humanity, and take this piece of [censored]e with you.