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Ed Boon Talks Freddy Krueger in Mortal Kombat, Secret Origins of DLC Characters

Sid Shuman's Avatar + Posted by Sid Shuman on Jul 22, 2011

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You’ve seen the video. Now read what compelled Mortal Kombat co-creator Ed Boon to bring 80s horror icon Freddy Kruger to Mortal Kombat as a downloadable guest character this August. In discussing the news with the PlayStation.Blog, Boon shed light on the long, sometimes tangled genesis of Mortal’s Kombat’s other DLC characters — namely Rain, Skarlet, and Kenshi. One began as a joke, one was an incorrect rumor, and one…well, you’ll see.

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Mortal Kombat: How to Dominate With Kratos

Sid Shuman's Avatar + Posted by Sid Shuman on Apr 20, 2011

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If you watched our recent video Q&A with Ed Boon and Stig Asmussen, then you know that NetherRealm Studios and Sony Santa Monica Studios collaborated closely to ensure that God of War’s ultra-violent antihero was faithfully recreated for his highly anticipated (and PS3-exclusive) Mortal Kombat debut. Now that the shrink wrap is off the game, my hands-on experience has yielded some powerful tactics. First, a few observations:

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Mortal Kombat: Komposing Cinematic Audio and the Origins of Toasty!

Dan Forden's Avatar + Posted by Dan Forden on Apr 14, 2011

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This time around, we’ve made an effort to create a cinematic game audio experience. While we definitely wanted to keep and enhance the bone-crunching audio design of the past, we also wanted to create a dynamic experience, so that big events really stand out but we can also hear things like the rustling of the fighter’s clothes and details in the fighting arenas like branches creaking in the Living Forest, insects buzzing in the Courtyard, and people screaming in the distance in the Dead Pool. With nearly two hours of cinematic cut-scenes, we really wanted the player to have a cinema-quality audio experience throughout the story mode, yet still get the in-your-face game experience during the fights.

A lot of people ask me about where “Toasty” came from…

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Kratos vs Mortal Kombat: Ed Boon and Stig Talk Fatalities, Weapons, Ending

Sid Shuman's Avatar + Posted by Sid Shuman on Mar 24, 2011

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“The first time we saw him we thought, ‘Oh my God, what a great Mortal Kombat character he would make.’”

Ed Boon is very excited. The Mortal Kombat creative director and co-creator can finally spill his guts regarding one of the most anticipated video-game crossovers of all time: Kratos’ exclusive guest appearance in the PS3 version of Mortal Kombat. “We kind of felt it was meant to happen,” he says. “We think we’ve done Kratos justice.”

Ed Boon and God of War III director Stig Asmussen don’t remember who made the first phone call, but both recall the Kratos crossover talks starting early in Mortal Kombat’s development cycle. “I remember somebody saying, ‘‘hey, there might be this possibility of Kratos appearing in Mortal Kombat,’” Stig remembers. “I said, ‘ You gotta be kidding me, we gotta make this happen! Let’s get on the phone.’”

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Why It’s an Honor for Kratos to Appear in Mortal Kombat

Stig Asmussen's Avatar + Posted by Stig Asmussen on Mar 15, 2011

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Hey everyone! I just wanted to give a shout out to Ed Boon and Netherrealm Studios for getting close to wrapping up Mortal Kombat! From what I have seen and played, I think everyone is going to be really happy once they get their hands on it.

I remember interviewing at PlayStation eight years ago and seeing Kratos in the very early stages of God of War 1 and thinking, “This guy looks like he was pulled straight from MK!” Which to me, was a good thing. One of the things that I always felt separated Mortal Kombat from other fighters was its character design. When you combine this with Kratos’ attitude and tendency for violence, it’s a match made in heaven!

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Under the Hood: Mortal Kombat: Tournament Edition Fight Stick for PS3

Sid Shuman's Avatar + Posted by Sid Shuman on Mar 11, 2011

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Designed as a tribute to the gory glory days of 1990s-era arcade fighters, this authentic American-style fight stick will ship with Mortal Kombat: Tournament Edition on April 19th for a cool $149.99.

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Mortal Kombat Demo 3D Hands-On: What You’ll Get On Tuesday

Sid Shuman's Avatar + Posted by Sid Shuman on Mar 04, 2011

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Sometimes, life is about the simple pleasures. The contented cooing of a sleepy puppy. The smell of freshly baked cinnamon rolls. The sickening crunch of Scorpion stomping your rib cage while an X-ray view displays the internal damage in real time. In 3D. Yes, friends. I have played the Mortal Kombat PSN demo, and it […]

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FINISH HIM: How to Make a Killer Fatality for Mortal Kombat

Steve Beran's Avatar + Posted by Steve Beran on Feb 15, 2011

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Fatalities are back and better than ever in the new Mortal Kombat! Ever since 1992’s Mortal Kombat, fatalities have gotten a HUGE fan reaction. The new game’s fatalities are the most lethal, elaborate, and quite simply the best we have ever made. We are sure that the fans are going to love what we have […]

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