10 Disgusting Mortal Kombat X Fatalities

Because never before has a brain quivered so convincingly.

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Mortal Kombat has evolved significantly from its arcade beginnings. The original Mortal Kombat was little more than palette swaps of the same character, with some different special moves thrown in to distinguish one fighter from the next. But fast forward close to 25 years later, and the franchise has evolved into a 3-dimensional fighter with deep gameplay strategy. Mortal Kombat X combines the best of the games that came before it: the 2D perspective of I, II, and III, the 3D models of Deadly Alliance and Deception, and the Counter/X-Ray Meter from IX. Also, there’s a badass Faction Mode online (although the developers still have to balance this - everyone joined the Lin Kuei, because who wouldn’t want to roleplay as a mystical ninja?

But for most casual players (who don’t care about things like frame data and canceling attacks), the question is simple: Does the gore and blood deliver? And the answer to that? Oh yes. And too well at times, to be truthful. Back in 1992, it was much easier to shock people with violence. Sub-Zero ripped out his opponent’s spinal cord, and parents were up in arms. But remember; it was still a 2D sprite with fake looking blood. Today, the Fatalities have to look so much worse in order to elicit the same outrage. Blood squirts. Bones crack. Inner organs glisten in crisp HD.

Here are 10 Disgusting Fatalities In Mortal Kombat X. Because never before has a brain quivered so convincingly.

10. H-e-e-e-e-r-e-’s Johnny Cage!


Mortal Kombat's best bro is back, and he's more of a douchebag than before. And this time, he's backed up by his ex-wife, Sonya, and his gum smacking, lethal daughter, Cassie. Clearly, she's inherited some of that signature, Cage cockiness.

The ripping apart on this Fatality looks a Jigsaw experiment gone wrong. On top of that, Cage delivers a one-liner from "The Shining" while performing it, which kind of makes him a sociopathic monster. And the most graphic part is at the end, when the opponent is lying on the ground, all stretched and distended, as his or her guts spill out.


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