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Watch every Fatality from all ten Mortal Kombat games right here

What are you doing for the next two hours? Wait, don’t answer that yet. First, I want to draw your attention to the video embedded above, which features a replay of every Fatality ever performed in a Mortal Kombat game.

Compiled by YouTube user IZUNIY, the video includes hundreds of blood-soaked finishers, like Sub-Zero’s controversial “Spine Rip” from 1992’s Mortal Kombat, from the very beginning. From there, we jump through the many sequels, and all the Stage Fatalities, Animalities, Friendships, and Brutalities that were added to the franchise over the years. The compilation even includes the much gorier Fatalities from the four newest kombatants from the Mortal Kombat XL re-release.

So I ask again, what are you doing for the next two hours?

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Broforce, Mortal Kombat XL, Heavy Rain on PS4, more added to PlayStation Store

It’s time to bro wild with this week’s PlayStation Store update as the uber-American side-scrolling shooter Broforce is now available to download for the PS4. Developed by Free Lives, a South African-based team, Broforce is also available this month as a free download for PlayStation Plus subscribers. That’s a good deal, bro!

Also new to the PlayStation Store this week, and just as violent as Broforce, is NetherRealm’s Mortal Kombat XL. A super-sized re-release of a fighting game that everyone loved on the PS4 last year, the XL version adds nine new characters, a ton of costume changes, and the return of “The Pit.”

Finally, Quantic Dream’s interlocking serial killer story, Heavy Rain, will make the jump from the PS3 to the PS4 this week. The remake will include improved visuals and more realistic lighting. And NIS America will put out their own upgraded re-release with The Witch and the Hundred Knight: Revival Edition, a PS4 remake of an action RPG originally released for the PS3.

More information on all of these games can be found after the break. And a complete rundown of this week’s new game add-ons and discounts can be found at the PlayStation Blog. (more…)

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Mortal Kombat XL and Kombat Pack 2 are now available… so here’s a Launch Trailer

Beginning today, NetherRealm Studios will super-size 2015’s Mortal Kombat X with four new characters and the return of “The Pit.” The expanded re-release will be known as Mortal Kombat XL and it’ll include the original game, along with all the additional content available in the Kombat Pack and Kombat Pack 2. A brand new (and brutally violent) Launch Trailer for the game has been embedded above.

And in case you missed it, here’s everything you’ll get if you upgrade to Mortal Kombat XL (or purchase both Kombat Packs through the PlayStation Store or Xbox Games Store):

  • Pre-Order Character: Goro
  • Kombat Pack Characters: The Predator (from Predator), Jason Voorhees (from Friday the 13th), Tremor, and Tanya
  • Kombat Pack 2 Characters: Xenomorph (from Alien), Leatherface (from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre), Tri-Borg, and Bo Rai Cho
  • Never-Before-Released Costume Pack: Apocalypse Skin Pack
  • Previously Released Costume Packs: Klassic Pack #1, Klassic Pack #2, Predator/Prey Pack, Ultimate Horror Pack, Samurai Skin Pack, Brazil Skin Pack, Kold War Skin Pack, and Kold War Scorpion Skin

Finally, NetherRealm also pushed out a free update to Mortal Kombat X’s online multiplayer today, promising a smoother online experience. So even if you’re skipping Mortal Kombat XL (or Kombat Pack 2), you’ve got something to look forward to.

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New Releases: Zelda: Twilight Princess HD, Mortal Kombat XL, Far Cry Primal (PC), More

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It’s a big week for re-releases as Nintendo, NetherRealm, Ubisoft, and NIS America are all giving some of their biggest games a second shot at the spotlight.

Nintendo is likely on the verge of another console transition, but the jump from the GameCube to the Wii felt unique in that players were given two chances to experience latest Legend of Zelda game. The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princes was available for both platforms back in 2006, but now it’s back for its tenth anniversary as The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD on the Wii U. In addition to the enhanced graphics implied by the “HD” branding, Twilight Princess HD will include a new Challenge Mode, a harder Hero Mode, and a beautiful Wolf Link Amiibo figure.

Another game getting an expanded re-release this week, though less than a year after its original launch, is Mortal Kombat X. Available this week for the PS4 and Xbox One, Mortal Kombat XL will add in all of the previously released downloadable content as well as the four new fighters from “Kombat Pack 2” (Alien‘s Xenomorph, Leatherface, Bo Rai Cho, and Tri-Borg).

NIS America will also jump onto the re-release train with The Witch and the Hundred Knight: Revival Edition, a PS4 remake of an action RPG originally released for the PS3.

And finally, after making its PS4 and Xbox One debut last week, Ubisoft’s Stone Age adventure, Far Cry: Primal, will be released for the PC this week.

The rest of this week’s new releases can be found after the break. (more…)

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Fallout 4 wins “Game of the Year” at 2016 DICE Awards

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The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences held their annual DICE Awards ceremony last night, and Bethesda’s Fallout 4 emerged from The Vault to take home “Game of the Year” honors. The expansive open world RPG also won in two other categories, “Role-Playing/Massively Multiplayer Game of the Year” and “Outstanding Achievement in Game Direction.” However, it wasn’t a sweep for the post-apocalyptic adventure.

A trio of other games took home three awards last night including Moon Studios’s Ori and the Blind Forest (“Outstanding Achievement in Original Music Composition,” “Outstanding Achievement in Animation,” and “Outstanding Achievement in Art Direction”), Psyonix’s Rocket League (“Sports Game of the Year,” “Outstanding Achievement in Online Gameplay,” and the “DICE Spirit Award”), and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (“Outstanding Achievement in Game Design,” “Outstanding Achievement in Story,” and “Outstanding Technical Achievement”).

While the ceremony featured plenty of revelry and merriment, last night’s DICE Awards were also a bittersweet affair as Satoru Iwata was posthumously awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award for his distinguished business leadership of Nintendo. And Hideo Kojima, who recently parted ways with Konami after more than three decades with the company, was named to the AIAS’s Hall of Fame.

A complete list of this year’s winners (which also includes Super Mario Maker, Mortal Kombat X, Star Wars: Battlefront, and many more) can be found after the break. (more…)

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See Tri-Borg’s variations (including Cyber Sub-Zero) in the latest MKX Kombat Kast

The second season of ESL Pro League competition for Mortal Kombat X came to a close yesterday with Dominique “SonicFox” Mclean tasting victory, and more importantly, retaining his championship belt. But in between matches, NetherRealm’s Tyler Lansdown and Derek Kirtzic held a special Kombat Kast (beginning at 7:17:00 in the video embedded above) to introduce viewers to Tri-Borg.

Tri-Borg is an amalgam of Sektor, Cyrax, and Smoke, so it’s not surprising that the kombatant splits neatly into “Sektor,” “Cyrax,” and “Smoke” variations. And don’t worry, it loks like players who honed their skills with these characters in 2011’s Mortal Kombat will feel right at home with Tri-Borg. Sektor returns with his missiles, Tele-Punch, and a brand new air dash. Cyrax gets his bombs, a teleport, the Buzz Saw, and the awesome Energy Net. And Smoke wafts into view with his trusty Trident Spear, Smoke Bombs, teleport, Smoke Away/Smoke Towards, and invisibility.

Best of all, these practice fights all take place in “The Pit,” giving viewers a closer look at the rebirth of the famed MK arena. Actually… I was wrong… the best part of the Kombat Kast is the reveal that Tri-Borg will include a special fourth variation based on “Cyber Sub-Zero.” Lansdown only teased the cold steel of Cyber Sub-Zero for a few seconds, but it was enough to make the crowd go bonkers.

Tri-Borg will be available as part of Mortal Kombat X’s Kombat Pack 2, which will be available to download for the PS4 and Xbox One on March 1. And if you’re new to the game, the character will also star in Mortal Kombat XL, a retail re-release that’ll include the 2015 game and every downloadable character and costume.

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Mortal Kombat XL will bundle together base game and both Kombat Packs on March 1

NetherRealm Studios has always asserted that Mortal Kombat X is pronounced with an “Ecks,” and they’ve provided further proof with today’s announcement of Mortal Kombat XL. This stacked re-release will include the full base game, as well as all of the additional content released through the Kombat Pack and Kombat Pack 2

  • Pre-Order Character: Goro
  • Kombat Pack Characters: The Predator (from Predator), Jason Voorhees (from Friday the 13th), Tremor, and Tanya
  • Kombat Pack 2 Characters: Xenomorph (from Alien), Leatherface (from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre), Tri-Borg, and Bo Rai Cho
  • Never-Before-Released Costume Pack: Apocalypse Skin Pack
  • Previously Released Costume Packs: Klassic Pack #1, Klassic Pack #2, Predator/Prey Pack, Ultimate Horror Pack, Samurai Skin Pack, Brazil Skin Pack, Kold War Skin Pack, and Kold War Scorpion Skin

Mortal Kombat XL will be released for the PS4 and Xbox One on March 1.

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Call of Duty: Black Ops III is the best-selling game of 2015; CoD franchise sells more than 250 million copies since 2003

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The numbers have been tabulated and the Call of Duty franchise once again reigns supreme over all other video games.

According to The NPD Group’s yearly report of retail releases, Call of Duty: Black Ops III was the best-selling game in 2015, besting EA’s Madden NFL 16 (#2) and Bethesda’s Fallout 4 (#3). The Call of Duty franchise also controlled the back end of the list with Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare taking the #10 spot. Activision’s Scott Lowe added (by way of the Activision Games Blog) that the entire franchise has sold more than 250 million copies since the release of Call of Duty in 2003.

Believe it or not, games outside the Call of Duty franchise found success in 2015 as well, though most of them were released after July 1st including Star Wars: Battlefront (#4), NBA 2K16 (#6), and FIFA 16 (#9). The only game to break that trend (aside from a few 2014 stragglers like Advanced Warfare) was Mortal Kombat X (#8), which was released in April. The game-playing public may not always like it, but this does explain why publishers constantly strive to release their games in the back half of the year.

On the hardware side, console sales surged in 2015, as the PS4 and Xbox One continued to outpace the PS3 and Xbox 360. The PS4 was the overall winner in 2015, but NPD analyst Liam Callahan told GamesIndustry.biz that both platforms did well: “After 26 months of sales, the combined cumulative sales of Xbox One and PS4 exceeds the 26 month total of the PS3 and Xbox 360 by 47 percent,”

The NPD’s list of the top ten best-selling games for 2015 can be found after the break. (more…)

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