Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Good Thing Cheetor NEVER Became Cheetorus Prime!

When I remembered Beast Wars, I always wanted to draw inspiration of the Beast Wars cartoon with the Transformers G1 cartoon.  Although the Maximals and Predacons are a new generation of Transformers, not the original Transformers modified, you cannot deny how there's some inspiration of characters were quite similar.  Both Hotrod and Cheetor were pretty similar in terms of personality - young, boastful and impulsive.

If you remembered the Transformers movie, the newbie character Hot Rod starts off as a joke character but in the final scene, he becomes the new Autobot Commander, Rodimus Prime with the power of the Autobot Matrix of Leadership.  The very act also destroyed Unicron's body only leaving a living head.  I always expected the same to happen to Cheetor... becoming Cheetorus Prime but I guess writers had learned from the mistakes of the original Transformers.  It's unknown if Beast Wars is a sequel to Transformers (Hasbro) or the Japanese Animated series.  In Beast Machines, Optimus Primal eventually sacrificed himself just like his predecessor, Optimus Prime (who died twice).  Optimus Prime was killed  off in the movie, revived in the Hasbro series (perhaps due to Rodimus' lack of popularity) and killed again in the Japanese cartoon, Transformers Headmasters.

Well I guess the whole jump between Transformers (a late 80s cartoon) and Beast Wars (a late 90s cartoon) may have actually given writers and producers time to see what went right and what went wrong.  I guess nobody wanted to attempt to turn Cheetor into Cheetorus Prime aka Rodimus Prime 2.0. otherwise it'd probably meet a lot of bad reception as Rodimus Prime did.

Sunday, 28 June 2015

Mortal Kombat X And More Stage Brutalities!

While I'm waiting for my PS3 version of Mortal Kombat X (which I assume Netherrealm will focus on PS4 soon which is quite understandable), I have observed the existence of Stage Brutalities.  I don't really know if this will really appeal to everyone but let's take a look at what we've gotten as of late.  I think the delay has to do with trying to make sure PS3 owners will get a proper send-off before they will inevitably have to buy the PS4 but hey, I am in no hurry!  Just me crossing my fingers for the release of Mortal Kombat X which I hope will happen with Fall as the latest because the delay got too long and Ed Boon wasn't happy with it either.

The Stage Brutalities are an instant kill on the stage which instead of waiting for "Finish Him/Her", you can kill an opponent the moment the life bar is flashing like the Ultra Combo in Killer Instinct.  Unlike Killer Instinct, you don't need to do a heavy hitting combo to send them to their deaths but rather, these finishers require you to do certain tasks like use stage interactables and end the FINAL HIT with that part of the stage.  So far here's what we have for Stage Brutalities that have been revealed.  

The following stages are where you can execute a Stage Brutality namely The Kove, Quan Chi's Fortress, Kuatan Jungle, Lin Kuei Temple and Outworld Marketplace from what is currently known.  There are requirements like having at least two-three interactables and use a certain element to finish the opponent when their life bar is at critical condition.  Some stages have two Stage Brutalities like Outworld Market (Blanche will either die together with the opponent or she kills the opponent) and in The Kove, you may uppercut your opponent (but hold Flip Stance while doing an uppercut) to throw them into the violent waters for a watery grave death or use a corpse to finish off the opponent as a final hit.  Each one of them has its own charm though I personally prefer it took more of Killer Instinct's flavor in a more bloody fashion right?

Friday, 26 June 2015

The Darker Side Of Liu Kang!

Playing through Mortal Kombat Deception up to Mortal Kombat (2011), I started to think of how Liu Kang ended up becoming like...

That's right, Evil Ryu!  During the time he appeared in Mortal Kombat Deception as a vengeful corpse (other half) and his soul (other half), I always felt like there was some inner evil in him.  Unfortunately this struggle would soon be carried over even to the next life.  I was thinking did him beating Shinnok way back in his past life also create the taint in the next life?  It's not yet known nor confirmed if his encounter with Shinnok really destroyed his soul.

During Mortal Kombat (2011), the reincarnated Liu Kang showed a darker side.  I always felt like that while Liu Kang started as a Bruce Lee inspired character, he instead became a Chinese version of Ryu.  After he saw Kung Lao die at Shao Kahn's hands during the Outworld Tournament, he revealed inner rage which continuously built up.  Heck, he even soon went against Raiden, going crazier no thanks to the latter's blunders.

In Mortal Kombat X, it's not a bit surprising that he is a Revenant warrior.  IMO my beef with the storyline was that, they could have at least explored more the dark energy with him.  I mean, he practically died with the most grudges in him.  He grows incredibly bitter and I mean, he practically gave in tot he dark energy that's within him.  But I wish the story explored he had the Evil Ryu type of problems.  In that game, he IS really the game's Evil Ryu!  Only if they gave him gorier fatalities using dark energy!