The newest chapter in the Mortal Kombat franchise provides gamers with an innovative return to the popular fighting game. After several sequels and even a well-liked 3D version, the developers at NetherRealms have returned the franchise to its humble beginnings. This entry offers a more mature presentation and a reinvention of the classic 2D fighting platform. Mortal Kombat 9 includes vibrant new graphics, interactive melee attacks and the popular fatality option is back. The best aspect of the game also returns with more blood and gore than ever before. Additionally, the game includes an interactive tag team feature with the best story mode of any fighting game. Gamers can select characters from an all-encompassing Mortal Kombat lineup of the game’s iconic fighters. The original warriors such as Scorpion, Liu Kang, Kitana and Sub Zero all return. More importantly, there are new downloadable characters that enhance the game play. The newest downloadable characters offered by Mortal Kombat are Skarlet and Freddy Krueger.
Watch the Trailer
In case you have not seen the trailer for the release of these amazing characters, I will tell you that Freddy and Skarlet are vicious Mortal Kombat combatants. The trailer reveals that Krueger is a swift and agile fighter. More importantly, his legacy of viciousness and brutality seems to fit well within the Mortal Kombat universe. In this game, Krueger is equipped with two sets of claws; one on each hand. The trailer depicts Freddy creating an assortment of rapid attacks as well as fierce combos. Freddy’s fatalities are also original to his character. One fatality that is really graphic shows Krueger throwing his opponent into an ignited furnace. The trailer is a must see for any Mortal Kombat fan before the release of the character on August 9th.
Watch the trailer on www.themortalkombat.com
What Can Krueger Do?
Although Freddy isn’t a traditional martial artist, he includes a variety of kicks and attacks that are damaging to any opponent. Additionally, the two claws he possesses offer him many swipes at his opponent. Freddy can send his claws flying through the air or crawling on the ground too. Kruger can even dig his claws into the ground and the claws will come out under his opponent.
How Did Freddy Enter Mortal Kombat?
On the Mortal Kombat website, Freddy’s biography states that he is a malevolent spirit of the Dream Realm. Freddy Krueger preys on the souls of the living while they sleep. When Shao Kahn begins to steal the Earth Realm’s souls - souls Freddy considered his own - Freddy battled the emperor in the Dream Realm. However, Shao Kahn’s will was too strong. He pulled Freddy into the real world, where he was mortal, and defeated him. A badly injured, yet determined, Freddy fitted both his hands with demonically enhanced razor gloves. Once he has killed Shao Kahn he will find a way back to the Dream Realm, where he will torment the Earth Realm’s souls for all eternity.
What About the Dream Realm?
The developer of the game makes a few references to Freddy’s Dream Realm in Mortal Kombat. Krueger’s entrance story and ending story depict the realm too. There are also plenty of dream realm related sequences in his victory stance, during his introduction animation and during his fatalities.
Freddy Kruger fits well as a character in the Mortal Kombat universe because he is commonly recognized for his acts of brutality and violence. There were many other selections for a new DLC character; however, Freddy Krueger was the most relevant.
Look for the download to hit PSN on August 9th for $4.99!
Who is Skarlet?
Skarlet was a rumored secret character from Mortal Kombat II that developers finally created after consistent fan request. Skarlet never physically existed until now. She was born out of the rumor that there was a glitch in Mortal Kombat II that turned Kitana red. However, that glitch never really existed. After fans continued to push the rumor, developers wanted to make the dreams of their fans come true.
How Was Skarlet Created?
Skarlet was created by Shao Kahn. This is primarily because Shao Khan trusts only the fighters he creates. Skarlet is created from the blood of warriors gathered on the battlefield. She is a combination of blood and sorcery.
What Can Skarlet Do?
Skarlet is an excellent tracker for Shao Khan. Skarlet is commonly referred to as Shao Khan’s enforcer. During her fight sequences, Skarlet gains her strength from her opponent’s blood. Skarlet absorbs the blood through her skin. Skarlet is also a deadly martial artist that uses two swords placed on her back. Shao Kahn created Skarlet to discover Quan Chi’s true purpose. Skarlet has been instructed to kill Quan Chi if he plans to betray Shao Khan.
Skarlet is currently available on PSN for $4.99!
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