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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 r…

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 crazi…

Mortal Kombat X: Throwing Back To Mortal Kombat 4/Gold!

While I'm waiting for Mortal Kombat X to come out for the last generation consoles, now it's time for me to do some analysis on Mortal Kombat X's throwback to the very classic games Mortal Kombat 4 and the upgrade (and sadly Dreamcast only) Mortal Kombat X.  Now it's time to take a look shall we?

Goro is the sub-boss (But come on Ed Boon, did you have to make it PRE-ORDER BONUS than just make him playable by a cheat code?!) and Shinnok is the final boss.  The whole plot is a remodified version of Mortal Kombat 4/Gold although you might notice, not everyone from Mortal Kombat 4 made it right into this game right?  Still, I cannot help but think that Goro as the sub-boss and Shinnok as the final boss is just overly predictable.

Batman as Frollo, Poison Ivy as Esmeralda

I always had my fetish for a Batman/Poison Ivy fan pairing of sorts where Batman must struggle against a lust on Poison Ivy. Batman is no self-righteous villain like Dom Claude Frollo. The whole setting would have Batman struggling with his role as a punisher of the wicked while Poison Ivy has truly cast a spell upon him. So it had me thinking what if Poison Ivy's kiss on Batman actually had cast a spell so dangerous, Batman fears the end of him has come because he's now lusting after Poison Ivy?

Batman is a vigilante and anti-hero. He keeps the city safe. He would be a righteous version of Dom Claude Frollo, but a much younger version of the villain. Like Frollo, he has fallen into the dilemma of falling for a woman he believes would bring to his doom. He is now in a dilemma unlike any before and it's Poison Ivy. Just one kiss was enough to bring Batman to a serious psychological dilemma.

I can view Poison Ivy as a twisted version of Esmeralda. Esmeralda in the novel was…

Ferra/Torr And Possible Inspirations?

When I think of Ferra/Torr the whole duo is not anything so new but it is among the list of unusual playable characters.  You might consider some past video game characters or two, Master and Blaster from the Mad Max movie.  For me, the duo reminds me of Luna and Amok in the Thundercats series considering Ferra is a female and Torr is a male.

Chang is a playable character in King of Fighters where he had his tiny partner Choi who he can use as an assist partner in Capcom vs. SNK 2 though back then, Choi was just a spectator.  The concept was also used in Marvel vs. Capcom where Megaman had Rush all the time in battle.  Though the whole similarity is with Chang and Choi since Choi was the the brain, Chang was the brute force and main player and the same can be said for Ferra/Torr.  Torr is the main player while Ferra rides on his back, she's not even killed during the time fatalities are done on the opponents.

The Ogre/True Ogre and Onaga/Kotal Kahn Similarities!

Knowing Ed Boon is a Tekken fan, it can be seen how Mortal Kombat developed throughout the years. Just think of how Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance entered into the 3D Plane like Tekken did. But the most blatant example of Ed Boon's favoritism for Tekken was in Mortal Kombat Deception with Onaga.

You might remember Onaga in Mortal Kombat Deception looked like... True Ogre. In Deception, Onaga had some moves similar to True Ogre like the flame breathe or both could fly. Ed Boon's favoritism of Tekken didn't really stop with the PS2... you might as well observe how Sonya Blade in Mortal Kombat (2011) looks more like Nina Williams. Or in Mortal Kombat vs. DC, notice how every character has a one button per limb attack system... which is taken from TEKKEN itself. When I was discussing with my friends, all they said was, "Woah he looks like True Ogre!"

The One Being in Mortal Kombat and Pangu

Mortal Kombat had the enigmatic character known as "The One Being" who was first mentioned in Mortal Kombat Deception. Although he was mentioned, he never became a full character and remained a background character like Jerrod (Sindel's husband and Kitana's biological father), King Gorbak (Goro's father) and the Elder Gods.

In Taoist cosmology, there is the first conscious being known as Pangu. In the ancient Chinese creation myths, Pangu was born from a giant cosmic egg. He saw the importance of splitting the Earth from the Sky. Later, his decayed body soon formed the Universe itself. The creation of the Universe and all the realms was a result of Pangu's death after 18,000 years. Out from his body were born the realms. Doesn't that sound like the One Being in Mortal Kombat?

How I Felt Janperson Kept The Robocop Movies Spirit Better Than Jiban

I do acknowledge that Robocop came first before Jiban and Janperson, one can still think of how Robocop's spirit was kept in both shows. I'd discuss about Jiban which came in 1989 and Janperson which came in 1994.

First, let's discuss Mobile Cop Jiban.

I remembered how IBC-13 called him as the "Japanese Robocop" which it was partially right. The story of Jiban had its hero Naoto Tamura a rookie cop who got killed by the Biorons. Naoto Tamura like Alex Murphy gets revived as a cyborg by Dr. Kenzo Igarashi known as Mobile Cop Jiban. Unlike Robocop, he could actually revert back to his original identity and only a few people know the truth that he's really the cyborg hero known as Jiban.

Unlike Robocop, the sci-fi element was taken to a whole new level. Jiban only fought one organization known as the Biorons, which misused biotechnology for their selfish means. Its leader Dr. Giba was planning to take over Japan with his Bioron monsters. However there was more of…

What I Considered Were Incredibly Stupid Moves During Saban's Return IMO

When Toei had allowed Saban to do Power Rangers again (he bought Power Rangers' rights from Disney), it felt like woohoo goodbye Disney and good riddance.  Unfortunately, Power Rangers may have taken its turn for the worse.  However I could not deny that first Saban era was good, second Saban era has got to be the worst for me.   Now I do have my biases but I can write them a lot to let off my steam... and two, at least to offer constructive criticism for the well-being of Toei:

During Power Rangers Samurai:

Power Rangers Samurai is just one huge mistake.  No real originality, no flexibility.  Come on Tzachor, your cast has NO JAPANESE MEMBER IN IT, WHY WRITE THEM ALL AS JAPANESE?  I mean, no Asian Red Ranger equals it's time to adjust the script stupid!  Plus, the whole show is just so full of bad acting!

I coudl also start naming the return of Bulk and Spike.  I would admit it's not even funny although I do admit, imagining Spike chasing after Mako can be funny for me.  …

Mako Shiraishi vs. Emma Goodall For The Role As The New Kimberly!

I felt like writing this silly post because I really can't buy how Megaforce tries to recreate Kimberly into Emma but fails miserably mainly because of the actress Christina Masterson.  If I am to talk about a Mako vs. Emma battle, Mako wins... now I might be biased but note, Mako is one of my lesser favorites compared to most old school rangers in general.

For Emma, I would credit a combination of bad writing and inadequate acting that makes the character a terrible disaster.  Christina Masterson's acting is so bad it makes her the most intolerable person in the whole show for me.  Plus her chemistry with just almost everybody is so, so, SO fake.  For me, she's the worst disaster in PR acting history.  Now I don't like Rose in Operation Overdrive (but the hate is over, relax) but hey, at least Rose's actress Rhodissa Montemayor tried, no not Christina Masterson.  It's just ugh... the acting is so bad that she's a terrible Kimberly clone.  She just feels SO…

My Speculation Why Goro is DLC Only In Mortal Kombat X!

Goro is back and he's playable (via download) in Mortal Kombat X!  Now some people are saying, "Ed Boon caught Corporate Commander's disease!" when he made Goro DLC only.  Back in Mortal Kombat (2011), Goro was playable in Level 150 of the Challenge Tower and he can't jump and he was an incomplete character... but he was very hugely damaging.  Now let's go back to some Goro gameplay in the past.

Now do you remember Mortal Kombat Trilogy when you could play as Goro in Playstation 1/Sega Saturn/PC versions?  Goro was super cheap as a character but not as cheap as Kintaro (who can teleport stomp) while he didn't but he did render huge damage.  Motaro and Shao Kahn were also playable with super huge damage.  However in Mortal Kombat 4/Gold, Goro was basically powered down that while he was still a tough opponent, he wasn't all that tough nor were his damage points that big.  He wasn't all that difficult to defeat in Armageddon neither was his damage …