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Mortal Kombat
Mortal Kombat

PlayStation 3 | Xbox 360
Genre: Fighting
Developer: NetherRealm Studios Official Site: http://www.themortalkombat.c...
Publisher: Warner Brothers Interac...
Release Date:
April 2011
Mortal Kombat

Genre: Fighting
Developer: NetherRealm Stud...
Official Site: http://www.themortalk...
Publisher: Warner Brothers ...
Release Date:
April 2011
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Thursday, 4 July 2013
Post by Eorl @ 10:31am 04/07/13 | 1 Comments
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment has today announced that NetherRealm Studios arcade fighter Mortal Kombat is now available in a Komplete Edition for PC through Steam and other digital stores.

Those purchasing the title on PC will find the edition includes all previously launched DLC, including the fearless warriors Skarlet, Kenshi, Rain, and the nightmarish Freddy Krueger, as well as the 15 Klassic Mortal Kombat Skins and three Klassic Fatalities (Scorpion, Sub-Zero and Reptile).
Mortal Kombat Komplete Edition for PC delivers action-packed single player gameplay through the full feature length story mode and the Tag Team and Challenge Tower modes. Multiplayer modes, including traditional 1 vs. 1 matches and King of the Hill mode, allow players to choose from an extensive lineup of iconic warriors from the Mortal Kombat legacy and challenge their friends to intense competitive showdowns.
For the competitive scene, the Mortal Kombat Tournament Edition Fight Stick is also supported in the PC title, alongside usual gamepad support. Players looking to access their stats and leaderboards online can also check out the Mortal Kombat website, which will offer up-to-date informatin for all to see.

Thursday, 23 May 2013
Post by Dan @ 09:36am 23/05/13 | 7 Comments
Better late than never! Warner Bros Interactive has revealed that their acclaimed 2011 Mortal Kombat reboot, previously only released on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, is headed to PC:
Players enter the realm to face the Kombatants in Mortal Kombat Komplete Edition for PC , delivering all of the downloadable content, including intrepid warriors Skarlet, Kenshi and Rain, as well as the notorious dream stalker Freddy Krueger. Additionally, the game offers 15 Klassic Mortal Kombat Skins and three Klassic Fatalities.
The PC version is reportedly being ported for Windows by High Voltage Software, with a digital launch (presumably Steam) due on July 4th, followed by boxed retail release in Australia on August 7th.
Wednesday, 10 April 2013
Post by Eorl @ 02:49pm 10/04/13 | 3 Comments
A recent update to the Steam registry has spotted what looks to be the 2011 fighting title Mortal Kombat, further pushing rumours that NetherRealm Studios and Warner Bros could be gearing up a PC announcement soon. According to DSOGaming, all of the achievements for the PC title have been transferred over, with a recent update to the database suggesting something is in the works.
We’ve also contacted Ed Boon about this whole thing, who did not comment at all. As we all know, Steam’s registry rarely lies and Warner Bros could easily take that directory down. Instead, the publisher has updated the directory, further proving that something is going on in the background.
Hopefully we'll have more solid information if and when the title is officially revealed, but until then we can simply wait and see.
Monday, 25 February 2013
Post by Dan @ 10:22am 25/02/13 | 4 Comments
The R18+ rated expansion-bundled re-release of Mortal Kombat appears to have an Australian release date, with leading local retailer EB Games confidently displaying a May 29th 2013 arrival for pre-orders, at a budget price point (for EB, at least) of AU$48 (via Kotaku):
Interestingly, on the EB pre-order page there is still a notification that the game will not be available for purchase in Queensland, and directs consumers to a customer hotline. That’s probably just a precaution because, by that time the Governor in QLD will almost certainly have signed off on recent legislation passing R18+ in the state.
As Kotaku notes, it is quite an old game, but a local release holds significance to Australian gamers as evidence that the new R18+ rating offers relaxed censorship for videogames created for adults.
Monday, 18 February 2013
Post by Dan @ 12:05pm 18/02/13 | 4 Comments
Warner Bros has dropped the trailer for the upcoming second season of the popular Mortal Kombat: Legacy live action web series, teasing an assortment of scenes from the next round of shorts and introducing the characters that will be appearing this time around.
The Mortal Kombat Legacy continues in Season 2 as Liu Kang, Kung Lao, Kenshi, and Ermac join the ranks. The rivalries and histories of these fierce warriors will unfold as Raiden and his recruits clash against the dark forces of Outworld. The epic battle for Earthrealm has finally begun.
A start date has not yet been confirmed for the new season, which is still expected to debut exclusively on Machinima Youtube channel. The trailer only mentions that it is "Koming Soon", watch it below.

Thursday, 14 February 2013
Post by Dan @ 02:29pm 14/02/13 | 14 Comments
Signifying a huge victory for adult videogame consumers in Australia, Mortal Kombat: Komplete Edition has been classified with the new R18+ stamp by the Australian Classification Board.

The original release of Mortal Kombat's 2011 reboot, had seen the game refused classification under the previous guidelines, which only went up as MA15+ for computer game content. The Komplete Edition is said to contain all of the comedic exaggerated gratuity of the original, with the addition of the various downloadable content expansions.

The ACB's rating overview, cites violence as the only "high impact" element, with "moderate" themes, and language, and only "mild impact" sex and nudity (presumably owed to some of the more scantily-clad characters).
Tuesday, 15 January 2013
Post by Dan @ 02:20pm 15/01/13 | 15 Comments
With the recent implementation of an R18+ rating for videogames in Australia, Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment has revealed that they will be submitting Mortal Kombat: Komplete Edition to the Australian Classification Board, offering the following statement:
Warner Bros Entertainment Australia will be submitting the Mortal Kombat: Komplete Edition for classification under the new R18+ classification category.
The outcome of Komplete Edition's ratings submission will be a real test for the new R18+ classification guidelines, as the original release of Mortal Kombat in 2011, when the highest rating available was MA15+, received a Refused Classification stamp due to "explicit depictions of dismemberment, decapitation, disembowelment and other brutal forms of slaughter".

Komplete Edition is not a censored version of the game, but rather a compilation release that includes all previously released DLC, and the Mortal Kombat film. It is understood that this modified reissue sidesteps the requirement of a two year waiting period before a formerly refused title is able to be resubmitted for re-classification.
Friday, 30 September 2011
Post by Dan @ 11:16am 30/09/11 | 13 Comments
It looks like the recent Mortal Kombat: Legacy live action web episodes were enough to convince Warner that a new movie would be worthwhile as WB subsidiary New Line Cinema have today announced that they are targeting a 2013 release for a feature length film to be written by Oren Uziel and directed by Kevin Tancharoen -- the pair behind MK: Legacy episodes and the unlicensed short that started it all Mortal Kombat: Rebirth.

Film blog deadline reports that the new movie will be a reboot and unrelated to the 1900s films, but it's not clear whether they intend to use any of the actors from the recent web series or not.

With the recent successful revival of Mortal Kombat video game (even if it was refused classification in Australia), it seems like a no-brainer to have another run at the big screen. Let's hope it's at least as good as the 90s films.

Update: LATimes has some more in-depth info, reporting that as the movie is being co-produced by New Line and WBIE, it is likely to be coordinated with the launch of the next (unannounced) Mortal Kombat videogame. However, they also mention that production is currently stalled pending a resolution of litigation with a producer of the first two films involving royalties.
Friday, 22 July 2011
Post by Dan @ 09:14am 22/07/11 | 14 Comments
In a move not many saw coming, At Comic Con 2011, Warner and NetherRealm studios have announced the fourth downloadable character for the acclaimed Mortal Kombat as Freddy Krueger, the scissor-handed, dream-invading villain from the Nightmare on Elm Street movies.

Of course Mortal Kombat is still refused classification here in Australia, but we know that plenty of you have imported the game from less-censored shores so look out for Freddy in August at a US$5 price point or as part of the season pass bundle.

It's somewhat surprising to see a Warner film character in the game as the DC Comic characters (Superman, Batman and co) featured in the previous game were largely criticised due to the absence of the franchises signature fatality moves. Obviously WB doesn't have the same qualms about letting poor old Freddy get eviscerated.

The bad news is that Freddy is reportedly the final DLC character for the game. If more Warner licenses could make the cut who would you like to see? Beetlejuice, Shrek, Bugs Bunny?

Wednesday, 1 June 2011
Post by Dan @ 11:30am 01/06/11 | 23 Comments
The game is still refused classification in Australia and Warner can't legally market the product to us but that doesn't stop the rest of the Internet. A new trailer for upcoming DLC for Mortal Kombat has found its way online and introduces the first new downloadable character, Skarlet.

As was revealed in a recent interview, Skarlet's inclusion is something of a fan service -- a reference to an old glitch in the original arcade version of Mortal Kombat that caused the Jade/Katana/Milena character to pallete shift to a red costume.

With the latest Mortal Kombat offering no longer resorting to cheap palette shifting, Skarlet has now become a wholly-realised, unique character -- a scantily-clad femme-fatale who appears to like blood... a lot of blood.

Australians looking to get a hold of this upcoming DLC will likely have to resort to registering (and funding) international Xbox Live or PlayStation Network accounts to gain access, but if you're one of the many people that have gone to the effort of importing the game in the first place (as described in this article by our friends over at GamePron) that's probably not going to present much of a challenge.

Watch Skarlet's trailer below or click here for the HD option

Monday, 28 March 2011
Post by Dan @ 12:12pm 28/03/11 | 10 Comments
In a recent interview with CVG, Netherrealm Studios has detailed a couple of the DLC characters for Mortal Kombat. Kenshi and Scarlet are reportedly the first two additional characters to be made available for download some time after the game's launch when it is released everywhere except Australia next month.

Players of 2003's Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance will remember Kenshi as the blind kendo swordfighter, whereas Scarlet is a (kind of) all new introduction to the series.
"Anyone who knows the history of Mortal Kombat will tell you that back in the days of the arcade - when they did just palette swap characters to come up with multiple fighters in the game - there was a glitch in one of the old arcade machines that caused the Jade/Katana/Milena female ninja to glitch and turn red.

"People always thought it was a hidden unlockable character and it wasn't, it was purely a programming glitch. They've always speculated and in fact it was the fans who named her Scarlet to begin with. She's no longer a glitch - she's an actual character, and she'll be coming pretty soon post-launch."
Also mentioned in the article is another rumoured DLC character, Mortal Kombat 2 sub-bos Kintaro.

Due to Australia's lack of an 18+ category for video games, Mortal Kombat remains in refused classification limbo here and unless anything happens to change that, will not be available for purchase or importing into the country.

Additionally, another new gameplay trailer has been released. Titled "Ninja Takedown" the new clip features a tag team of the cyborg characters vs the more human ninjas. Watch it embedded below or click here for HD.

Mortal Kombat is due on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 in North America on April 19th 2011 and everywhere else except Australia on April 21st.

Monday, 14 March 2011
Post by Steve Farrelly @ 02:12pm 14/03/11 | 61 Comments
Warner Bros. reappeal of the refusal of classification for NeverRealm's Mortal Kombat reboot has been unsuccessful, according to Kotaku AU, who also have a statement from Warner Bros. on the game's RC status.
We’re obviously extremely disappointed that the refused classification decision has been upheld by the Classification Review Board. We want to thank the thousands of Mortal Kombat fans in Australia and around the world who have voiced their support during the appeal process.
Given the game's high profile, this could be seen as a win for the need for an R18+ rating here in Australia, which will be finally decided upon in July.

In the meantime, however, Mortal Kombat will obviously be sitting by the sidelines; out of legal reach for adult gamers here in Australia.
Tuesday, 8 March 2011
Post by Steve Farrelly @ 03:17pm 08/03/11 | 53 Comments
Intrepid Kotaku AU editor, Mark Serrels, had a chance to chat to Mortal Kombat associate producer, Erin Piepergerdes, out at GDC last week and, amidst his own take on the game, asked Piepergerdes about his and the team's take on the game's refusal of classification here in Australia.

“Well we’re disappointed,” he told Serrels. "We’re making a game that we want as many people to play as possible – but we knew what we were getting into. We’re designing it to be M-rated here in the States and that isn’t necessarily going to fly in Australia. We knew it might happen, but the reality is that we can’t really remove features from the game without giving people a game that we feel is not complete.”

There's no word yet on the resubmission of the game, but we do know Warner Bros. Australia aren't taking this one lying down and want the game, unscathed, to be playable here in Australia.

Stay tuned for an update as soon as we have it.
Friday, 4 March 2011
Post by Dan @ 02:42pm 04/03/11 | 13 Comments
The fate of the game's Australian release remains undetermined, but the rest of the world won't stop without us and a new trailer for Mortal Kombat has found its way online. In the latest clip, some of the NetherRealm Studios developers give us an overview of the game's Challenge Tower mode which consists of 300 levels of challenges with some very innovative new concepts to spice up the fighting game formula a bit.

Check out the trailer below or click here for the HD option.

Wednesday, 2 March 2011
Post by RUSTA @ 01:59pm 02/03/11 | 17 Comments
Warner Brothers Interactive Entertainment Australia have issued an official statement confirming that they will appeal the recent decision to refuse classication of the upcoming Mortal Kombat.
"After careful consideration Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment Australia have decided to appeal to the Australian Classification Review Board against the RC (Refused Classification) decision given to Mortal Kombat.

After reviewing both the game play and the Board’s original decision WBIE Australia believe the violence in the game is on par with numerous other titles readily available for sale in the Australian market. As such the company wants to exhaust all options to make the game available to Mortal Kombat fans in this country. An identical version of the game will be submitted for appeal"
I was just about to preorder from the UK. I still think I will have to though.

Promoted/Edited forum item.
Friday, 25 February 2011
Post by Dan @ 04:38pm 25/02/11 | 92 Comments
Duke Nukem Forever might have made it through unscathed, but it looks like Warner Bros is having a little more trouble with the latest revamp of Mortal Kombat as the game has been rated Refused Classification by the Australian Classifications Board.

Unfortunately it looks like the game's staple "Fatality" finishing moves are the culprit in this instance and the official report (which the folks at Gamepron have gotten a hold of) describes several in detail:
Examples include but are not limited to:
  • Kung Lao throws his metal hat into the ground and it spins like a buzz saw. He grabs his prone opponent by the ankles and drags their body through the saw, explicitly slicing them vertically in half. Copious bloodspray is noted. Kung Lao then holds up both halves of the corpse as blood pours out.
  • Jade explicitly kicks an opponent into the air and plants her fighting stick into the ground. The opponent falls backwards onto the stick and is explicitly impaled, with the stick protruding from their chest. Jade then explicitly tears her opponent's head off, with bloodspray noted, and explicitly plants it on the stick.
  • Stryker tasers his opponent and then explicitly shoots their head off with his gun. Blood and gore is noted.
  • Quan Chi explicitly rips his opponent's leg off, accompanied by copious bloodspray. As they lie on the ground, he explicitly beats them with the severed leg for a prolonged period of time.
  • Scorpion explicitly slashes an opponent horizontally in two at the waist, with blood and wound detail noted. He then explicitly decapitates them and kicks their body over. As the severed head falls through the air, he explicitly slices it vertically in two.
  • Mileena throws two blades at an opponent, which explicitly lodge in their chest. She slowly approaches and explicitly rips their head off, causing their severed neck to spray blood as their body topples. She then explicitly bites into the severed head before throwing it to the ground.
  • Kabal uses long hooks to explicitly pull out an opponent's Intestines before explicitly impaling the opponent on two spikes.
  • Shao Kahn uses his hands to explicitly rip an opponent's body vertically in two.
  • Baraka explicitly lodges a blade (attached to his wrist) in an opponent's stomach and hoists them above his head. He spins them round and explicitly decapitates and dismembers them, accompanied by copious bloodspray.
  • Kitana uses her 'folding fan' weapon to explicitly dismember then decapitate her opponent, with copious blood flow noted.
The game includes over 60 fatalities (some of which are noted above) which contain explicit depictions of dismemberment, decapitation, disembowelment and other brutal forms of slaughter. Despite the exaggerated conceptual nature of the fatalities and their context within a fighting game set in a fantasy realm, impact is heightened by the use of graphics which are realistically rendered and very detailed. In the opinion of the Board, the game contains violence that exceeds strong in impact and is unsuitable for a minor to see or play. The game should therefore be Refused Classification pursuant to item 1(d) of the computer games table of the National Classification Code.
Mortal Kombat titles have not previously had any trouble scraping in under Australia's MA15+ bar so it begs the question: have NetherRealm amped up the gore with this one, or is graphic-fidelity just getting to a point where the realism achieved in video-games now makes it cross the line?

When Left 4 Dead was refused classification last year, a censored version was resubmitted and passed, whereas Aliens vs Predator proceeded unedited due to a resubmission adding more context to its gore (think: it's space aliens, not real). So it will be interesting to see what Warner's response will be for Mortal Kombat. Whatever the outcome, a high-profile game with a heritage such a as this will no doubt once again re-ignite the push to an R18+ rating for video games in Australia.
Thursday, 17 February 2011
Post by Dan @ 03:26pm 17/02/11 | 14 Comments
Warner have sent along another new trailer for the upcoming Mortal Kombat, showcasing Noob Saibot -- a shady character who was conceived long before his name was synonymous with e-leaners.
Noob Saibot was previously Sub Zero, a fallen warrior, resurrected by the Netherrealm sorcerer Quan Chi to fulfil a dark objective. A faithful servant and a recent addition to the Brotherhood of Shadow, he plays a key role in helping Shao Kahn in his acquisition of Earthrealm. This intense video focuses on Noob Saibot’s vicious fighting style as he steps closer to his own mysterious shadowy mission.
Watch the trailer embedded below or click here for the HD option.

Friday, 21 January 2011
Post by Steve Farrelly @ 10:09am 21/01/11 | 9 Comments
If you took Mortal Kombat's Mileena out on a date, you'd probably realise you made a huge mistake about the time she removed her mouth cover to devour her steak... and you.

Warner Bros. Interactive have given AusGamers a weekend exclusive trailer, showing off gameplay footage of the busty, monster-faced Mileena, and believe me, she's certainly no easy push over. The weekend's trailer also gives you a pretty good glimpse at the extent you can combo players in the game, and from all angles, it looks like Mileena is going to be one hard monster-lady to take down.

As usual, watch it embedded below, or click here to stream in HD.

Monday, 22 November 2010
Post by Steve Farrelly @ 12:20pm 22/11/10 | 9 Comments
Following their recent release of his story trailer, Warner Bros. Interactive and NetherRealm have released another new trailer for their forthcoming reboot of Mortal Kombat, which takes the series back to its more successful roots, showcasing some seriously awesome gameplay from the icy-cold fists of Sub Zero.

Old-school Mortal Kombaters will likely be very happy at the clear revival of classic moves, while advanced fighting game fans will be equally happy that there's enough depth here to perform difficult juggles, tag-ins and lengthy combos (considering the game wasn't initially designed with that much depth).

As usual, check it out embedded below, or download it right here.

Monday, 15 November 2010
Post by Dan @ 02:15pm 15/11/10 | 5 Comments
Warner have released another new video for Mortal Kombat over the weekend, featuring another fan-favourite character, the iconic Sub Zero.
Revenge is a dish best served ice cold. Today, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and NetherRealm Studios are sharing a new video giving fans insight into deadly assassin Sub Zero’s upbringing and why he entered the Mortal Kombat tournament to kill Scorpion.
Check it out right here on AusGamers.

Mortal Kombat is due in 2011 for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.