Mortal Kombat 11 and the Evolution of Scorpion’s Spear

“Come here!”

One of the genre’s most iconic special moves, Scorpion launches a spearhead attached to a chain directly at his opponents. If it successfully makes contact, he yells out one of his two signature catchphrases as he reels in his now-stunned opponent. From there, his opponent is left standing in a dizzy state, primed for Scorpion to smack them any way he so chooses. In the old games, my go-to follow-up was the classic uppercut.

In most Mortal Kombat games, this is how the spear works. It’s not quite so in Mortal Kombat 11.

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Overwatch with Randy

Randy joins me for another Overwatch session! We talk about my time playing the Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire VR experience, Mother’s Day, musical instruments, and more!

Shout-outs!

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Overwatch With the Family

Due to technical difficulties, the stream fell apart towards the end, forcing me to split this into two. However, it was a lot of fun playing Overwatch with Randy while discussing a number of topics, including the new Overwatch workshop, the new Ted Bundy movie starring Zac Efron, the Sonic the Hedgehog movie, PlayStation Classic, the Marvel Cinematic Universe, LGBT+ support in schools, and more!

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Shout-outs!

I appreciate everyone who supports my work, especially those that go above and beyond! Going to try out a shout-outs section to thank those special people! If it feels right, I’ll continue to thank those who supported me during the stream with something like this!

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Mortal Kombat 11 – Story Mode Chapters 1-3

Due to some time manipulation tomfoolery, everything old is new again in the world of Mortal Kombat 11! I play through the first three chapters and get a sense of how everything got weird!

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Mega Man 11, 20XX, and Their Similar Approaches to Difficulty

Over the past few days, I’ve been obsessed with 20XX. Clearly inspired by the Mega Man series of games, 20XX puts its own twist on the run-and-gun gameplay by housing the game in a Roguelike framework. While I gave heavy praise for the ways it stands out, it’s similarities with the most recent Mega Man game run even deeper than I thought.

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How Mortal Kombat’s Dial-a-Combo System Impacts the Initial Learning Curve

Starting with Mortal Kombat 3, the franchise has used a dial-a-combo system for multi-hitting strikes. Quickly dial in the predetermined sequence of moves into your controller and watch your character rattle off each move in succession. Can’t speak to how the games between Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 and Mortal Kombat 9 handled it, but all of the modern games in the series use the dial-a-combo system as its foundation.

While this is a dramatic departure from most fighting games, where combos are usually created through links and cancels, the benefits of this system are clear. For one, players don’t have to worry about spending weeks in the lab trying to get the feel for that one-frame link that allows you to connect a standing medium punch from a standing light punch. The system is loose enough so that as long as you hit the buttons in quick succession, the combo will complete itself. Two, it allows characters to perform more unique moves without having to add extra buttons to your controller.

Even within such a rigid system, there’s a lot of room for creativity. Between the modern Mortal Kombat and Injustice games, I can easily spend hours in training mode, stringing together combos that seemingly juggle forever. As fun as it can be, the dial-a-combo system is not without weakness.

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Join Me at 8pm EST for Mortal Kombat 11!

Come here! With the Toronto Raptors winning their series in 5, I’ve got time today to stream some Mortal Kombat 11! Let’s dabble in the story mode and maybe play a few matches online?

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Mortal Kombat 11 on Nintendo Switch and the Choice Between Performance vs. Convenience

Mortal Kombat 11 is out now on PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch. I bought the PS4 version, but not without giving the Nintendo Switch version serious consideration. While the graphical degradation is clear when you view them side-by-side, it looks like the Switch holds up where it matters most. Both games appear to play equally well, and I think trading graphical fidelity for portability in this case is a reasonable exchange.

This is not a new phenomenon for the Nintendo Switch. While we would all love to see more third parties jump on the Switch bandwagon, we’ve already seen a number of titles complete the journey successfully, such as Rocket League, the NBA 2K series, Doom, PaladinsSkyrim, Warframe, and more. It’s just still a surprise to me to see that we’re in a world where portable gaming is much closer to its console counterparts than ever before.

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Overwatch – Storm Rising and Quick Play with Jason!

Jason from downstab.com walks me through the Storm Rising content as well as the previous story missions from Overwatch. We also talk about the PlayStation 5 news, Capcom Home Arcade, and the struggles of being a video game content creator! Apologies in advance for our putrid performance when we competed online!

Highlights

Your Balls What?!

Jason’s Thoughts on the Capcom Home Arcade

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Join Jason and I at 8pm EST for the Overwatch Storm Rising Event!

The tide is high but Jason and I will continue rolling on! The Storm Rising event has just begun in Overwatch and we’ll be there to try out the new content! See you soon!

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