Mortal Kombat Fans Aren’t Happy With The New Pre-Fight Banter

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The recent Mortal Kombat games are full of personality, and Mortal Kombat X adds some pre-fight banter. Unsurprisingly, Mortal Kombat 1 is no exception, as fighters take advantage of the time before the arena fills up to trade punches with each other. Well, “trade” might be a strong word because now they actually only get one line each before the fight starts.



This has disappointed fans who feel like the few lines before the fight to the death just don’t have the edge we’re used to. Many are saying that so far Mortal Kombat 11’s dialogue still seems to be better, as what we’ve seen in gameplay demos just doesn’t have the depth of the previous two games.

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“Does anyone else think the dialogue system was much better in MKX and 11?” asks Reddit user SixEightAKS. Many fans agree, saying that cutting the pre-fight dialogue from three lines to just two is a mistake.

Fans are also using this as an opportunity to share their favorite exchanges from previous games, fearing that we won’t be treated to this level of banter with the limitations of Mortal Kombat 1. However, none of them have singled out the actual best bit of dialogue from Mortal Kombat 11, which it is obvious:

Mileena: Koin for your thoughts, Erron? Erron Black: I’m just trying to figure out why the hell you’re back. Mileena: A million souls have been clamoring for my return.

Because let’s be honest, he’s not wrong one bit.

The three-line pre-fight dialogue also allowed some plot details to be explained if they couldn’t make it into the main campaign. For example, the fate of Mileena’s Mortal Kombat X allies has been reported in various jokes, with several mentioning that her team has disbanded and one even claiming that Kotal Kahn executed Tanya. It’s hard to see how this will be accomplished in just a few lines, but it won’t be impossible.

So far, what we’ve seen doesn’t go into the same depths as Mortal Kombat 11, but it does tell us something about these new interpretations of the characters. For starters, it confirms that Mileena has the throne, not Kitan, and certainly not Shao Kahn. Still, judging by the discussions since this clip was shared, it sure looks like fans would rather get the full conversations we had before, especially since most of the prequel is now taken up by mostly silent animations.

We’ll find out if the dialogue will be extended in the final game when it launches on September 19th.

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