Batman: Arkham Knight and Mortal Kombat X get some glossy new trailers


Warner Bros. Interactive, you’ve been biz-AY! Batman, Scorpion and Sub-zero have things to show you…

You know it’s almost time for E3 when you’re getting brief cinematic teasers of games most of the world has yet to see in motion. And although I won’t be attending the Los Angeles festivities for the first time in over half a decade, it doesn’t mean I don’t feel like sharing every time the blood flows into a giant geeky hard-on. Like say… THIS!

I’ve heard some folks criticize this trailer for its slick, cinematic presentation likely containing little to no actual gameplay. Seriously… so fucking what?! Even if you’re so cynical as to overlook the very clearly written word “TEASER” emblazoned everywhere you’ve seen it, these characters have been a part of our lives for more than twenty years. Does that not merit a Gore-geously stylized piece of animation to you? You know we’ll see more at E3, and for me, it’s enough to know that these characters are back. And yeah, I think that’s beyond worthy of a little reverence.

Let’s see if Sub-Zero can turn this fight around!

As for what we can discern from the trailer, I dunno, I didn’t play a ton of what I’m guessing is now called “Mortal Kombat 9.” MK IX?! The X-ray animations look to be back, Scorpion does a fiery flash kick, and Sub-Zero looks to have a blunt weapon of icey death to wield. You tell me! All I honestly care about is Fatalities, and that MK is unsettlingly macabre and I’m happy boy! (Plus I can’t wait to see how many White Knighty Game Journos call into question the moral issues of the game’s brutality as they unwittingly turn into the whiny, frizzy-haired mainstream news media of the early 90s. Grab some popcorn and let’s all enjoy the irony!)

Boo-hoo, Batman: Arkham Knight has been delayed until 2015. But I’m okay with that. Get it right, and all that. However, in terms of this here trailer, I’m fucking stupid excited to ride around in THE GODDAMNED BATMOBILE, easily Bruce Wayne’s greatest sidekick of all-time (Suck it, Grayson!) If I wasn’t, this trailer might’ve been a little on the boring side. I prefer the more focused detective story focused Arkham Asylum to the open-worldy Arkham City.

Anybody remember that game Rollcage? Just sayin…

While Batman isn’t exactly what you call slow, I still found zipping and gliding around Gotham to a bit on the “sloggy” side. Not a terrible game sin by any means, and at worst, it made Arkham Origins less than compelling for me. However, the opportunity to ride around in Bruce Wayne’s famous whip has me more than enthused for Rocksteady’s (final) return to The Dark Knight.


But my absolute favorite thing about the trailer in the screenshot above. Batman’s “I don’t kill” mantra becomes less believable whenever his vehicles come into play. Badass though it be, are we really supposed to believe that this fire-spewing tank shooting endless explosive, armor-piercing rounds of military grade ammunition are gently knocking Gotham criminals, usually clad in little more than khakis and wife beater, into sleepy submission. Furthermore, this is a game, so I can’t imagine a couple goons aren’t going to find their way under my wheels as I carelessly careen towards a fucking Riddler trophy. Shit, I’ll probably it a point to do that! So how can you not love Arkham Knight’s ridiculous deflection in the trailer? Yes, that mobile piece of armament, with a longer barrel than weapons killing dozens in third-world turmoil every day, fires “Non-Lethal Slam Rounds” of peaceful understanding. Fucking hilarious.

What say you? Let us know what you think and we might read your thoughts on an upcoming episode of Vidjagame Apocalypse and/or Cape Crisis!


15 thoughts on “Batman: Arkham Knight and Mortal Kombat X get some glossy new trailers

  1. I still think having the bat-mobile is a step backwards, zipping and gliding around the city was way more original and fun than having YET ANOTHER goddamn car in an open world game. Then again, I’m not a racist like Chris is, (Meaning I don’t like racing games) so perhaps I’m just biased.

  2. Hate to sound like a graphics whore, but if MKX looks anything like that when it comes out, that’s crazy! Love the lighting, effects and animation looks fluid. Bringing in elements from Injustice, like interactive environment pieces will be a great addition.

  3. So, the X in Mortal Kombat X is for ten, right? Mortal Kombat, Mortal Kombat 2, Mortal Kombat 3, Mortal Kombat 4, Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance, Mortal Kombat: Deception, Mortal Kombat: Armageddon, Mortal Kombat (reboot)… that’s only eight games. What am I forgetting? Or is the X not for ten and it’s just to sound cool?

      1. And lastly Jax and Sonya had a psone game that was soon relegated to the bargain bin at my local warehouse music store. Back then seeing a video game at a warehouse was like huh? And a psone game back then for 20 bucks was a must buy. I honestly believe that game caused warehouse to go under. It was really that bad and I consider it the Ring of psone games. Seven days later Michael Jai White shows up and rips your arms off.

        1. Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3, Mortal Kombat Mythologies: Sub Zero and Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe were considered canon pre-reboot. Now, not so much.

          Also, I am a DC fan but when adapted to games and movies, I find my suspension of disbelief stretched fairly far with DC’s insistence that their heroes don’t kill. In comics, it’s more believable due to special comic-only martial arts and pressure points working differently from how they are in real life. In movies and games, not so much. It doesn’t mean Batman should go around murdering everyone he can, but when your vehicle has anti-armor ordinance and armor piercing bullets, you kind of lose your non-lethal designation.

  4. I’ll be into the batmobile if it is handled(and handles) well. What I’ve always dug about the batmobile in the movies are the interior shots. I’d be into a first person option in the view settings.

  5. Anybody from Riverside Ca knows about Dons lock and key off Indiana Ave. The dude has a Tim Burton life size Bat-mobile inside his store for no reason relating to picking locks. Maybe he is the real Batman? Don Wayne????

  6. I’m not mad about the inclusion of the Batmobile to be honest, I always loved how densely packed City and especially Arkham were, there’s barley spot of wasted space in those games, and they’re probably going to lose that in spacing everything out to accommodate a vehicle.

    On the bright side, if it spaces out the Riddler stuff that’s a plus. I found it pretty immersion breaking when every single area of the world is caked was giant green question marks.

  7. All I could think while watching that trailer was how lethal everything looked in contrast to Batman’s code… and then you beat me to it! Glad we’re on the same page. Let’s see how it takes turns.

    Also we need to start a campaign for Jason X to be in MK X. I don’t see any reason why this wouldn’t be perfect considering the DLC for MK9 and Warner Bros. owning both properties.

    1. Yup, like I said above, I can suspend my disbelief with that shit in the comics but when things look realistic or appear in movies, that starts looking decidedly non-lethal lol

  8. Oooooo! New Mortal Kombat! I don’t care what Mike Grimm says, for me it’s the most fun fighting game series!

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