Baraka re-imagined as a man with knives implanted in his wrists? Reptile is now a mutant with a taste for human flesh? Jax and Sonya Bladework for the cops andare apparently played by actors Michael Jai White and Jeri Ryan? What in the world could this lengthy trailer be teasing? New game or new movie? A bit of both?
Either way, this marks a drastic change for the wayward franchise. Once upon a time it was revered nearly as much as Street Fighter, which has now seen a powerful resurgence. The time is right for Mortal Kombat to make a stunning, must-play comeback, and if this is the direction they're taking, it's already got our attention.
Above: Jax (now Jacks) Briggs
Above: Reptile, now a human mutant, chowing on some man meat
Above: Baraka is no longer from outworld - now he's a self-mutilating maniac
Above: Sonya Blade pops in briefly, played by Jeri "Seven of Nine" Ryan
Above: Johnny Cage is still a cheesy action star, though he's laterkilled by Baraka
Above: The split-second cameo from Sub-Zero
Above: Scorpion's clearly in here too, referenced here by his spear
Above: ... and is apparentlyhunting down Sub-Zerofor Jacks
Whaddya think? "Damn interesting" is our take, especially the prospect of a no super-moves fighter from a series known for its inhuman cast.Hugely curious to see what happens during E3 next week.We'll know one way or the other, whether this is a new game or something else, by this time next week.
June 8, 2010