Standard Strategy Guide preview

Kelsper

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Someone claims to have the guide on GameFAQS by the name of CajunShooter. It's not confirmed, but I will post what he said.

I have the guide, and I thought I would go ahead and give an overview of everything you can expect to find in this guide. This way people can decide if they want to spend the $19.99 on the guide or not. The Kollector's Edition is $34.99 and from what I can recall will include everything in this guide with the inclusion of a song download, a behind the scenes visit of Netherrealm Studios and I think edition concept art as well as being Hard Back.

This will contain spoilers as I will give a preview of one character to give people an idea of how the writer lays out the character pages so you are warned!

Part I: 4 pages of tear out quick references cards containing all fighters 2 finishing moves plus stage fatalitiy.

Part II: A Brief History of the Mortal Kombat games. Not story history, but just the history of game releases with some interesting information about trounaments and Mortal Kombat's relevance in the fighting genre.

Part III: Basic button presses as well as general strategies that all fighters can utilize. How to start combos, pop up attacks, overhead attacks, special move cancels, etc.

Part IV: A very brief listing of the different chapters of story mode and which Mortal Kombat storyline they come from and who you will play as. No information just a list. For examples: Mortal Kombat 1 is Chapter 1-5. Mortal Kombat 2 is chamter 6-12, and Mortal Kombat 3 is Chapters 13-17. It also includes a list of all arenas and which ones have stage fatalities.

Part V: Challenge Tower tips on 22 of the hardest challenges. There is also a table of all 300 challenges, the name, player you use, partner if they have one, and opponents as well as the reward for completing the challenge.

Part VI: Full Krypt table revealing everything that each krypt contains and the price to unlock.

Part VII: Kombatant Overviews. I am going to run through Baraka's to give people and idea of what is included in each fighter's bio. Each character has an artist drawn picture of the fighter. Most look pretty awesome.
Bio - A brief paragraph explaining who the character is and a little history as to why they are in the tournament.General Strategies - This is another brief overview of some strategies to use while playing this character. For example: Baraka's attack style if best suited for close attacks. Blade attack is effective anti air as well as chop chop. Baraka has to remain on offensive warpath due to his lack of long range quick moves.

Part VII Bio continued:
Quick reference chart as to how each character fares against another. For example if two expert players did a match of Baraka vs Cyber Sub Zero then Baraka would win 6 out of 10 matches, etc.Basic Moves with PicturesChain Combos with PicturesFast Tags with picturesTag Combos with PicturesSpecial Moves with picturesEnhanced Moves with picturesWake-up moves with picturesIntermediate combos with picturesExpert combos with picturesX-ray attack with picturesFinisher 1 with pictures. Finisher 2 and stage fatality are just the inputs listedBest match up overiew. Example: Baraka would fight best against someone using Cyber Sub Zero. They give a brief description of how to attack and what to look for as far as counters.Worst Match up Overview - similar to above

Parts VIII: Kombat Codes: These are the codes to put in at the versus screen. For example P1 and P2 input of 4,6,6 is Unlimited Super Meter

Part IX: Trophy Achievement List - No tips how to unlock them, just the list and description.

Part X: Bigger table of Character Tier chart including every figther and how they match up with every other fighter.
 
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Zephna

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I wonder what kollector's will have. Wow they got a tierlist shown.. I can see people tierwh**** day 1 LOL. Thanks for sharing~ ;p
 

Kelsper

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He added to this that characters have different uppercut speeds as documented in the guide

Fastest:
Sonya Noob Kratos

Fast:
Sektor Jax Cage Liu Kang Nightwolf Kung Lao Stryker Quan-Chi

Average:
Scorpion Sub-Zero Shang Tsung Kano Reptile Ermac Kabal Cyrax Sheeva Kitana Cyber Sub-Zero

Slow
Sindel Baraka

Slowest
Mileena Raiden Jade Smoke
 

Gud

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I wish I could get a copy of the mag that didn't have Kratos in it. ;-;

Oh well, this had what I hoped it would for the most part - so I am content.
 

Kelsper

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Some more info on how they tiered characters, courtesy of GameFAQS user Boomon:

These are based on a point system where characters have points based upon their match-ups with other characters.

-The match-up with themselves is not scored.
-A winning match-up (i.e. this person has a natural advantage in the fight) is typically a higher score in the match-up.
-A bad match-up (i.e. this person has a natural disadvantage in the fight) is typically the lower score in the match-up.
-Some people have general higher scores than others.
-The more good match-ups, the overall higher score.
-The more bad match-ups, the overall lower score.

.....For the sake of understanding it better, it sounds as though good match-up = natural advantage, and the highest on the list has the most natural advantages, whereas bad match-up = natural disadvantage, and the lowest on the list has the most natural disadvantages.

Best:

-----Highest (most good matchups/natural advantages)-----
Shang Tsung (Score of 165)
Raiden
Kung Lao
Nightwolf
Smoke (Score of 151)

everyone else (most balanced, it seems)

Baraka (Score of 111 or 112...I forget)
Kratos
Quan Chi
Sheeva
Cyber Sub-Zero (Score of 101)
-----Lowest (most bad match-ups/natural disadvantages)-----


Didn't get a screenshot, but here's the information:

What they did is they did is this:

-Assume players of equal skill
-Each character fought each character 10 times
-Players aren't scored against themselves
-10 fights X 27 matchups (28 characters-your own character=27 matchups)=Score out of 270
-The average number of wins is the number that listed (i.e. Ermac, on average, won against Baraka 7 times)
-Scores of 4-6 indicate no significant difference in the number of wins (aka no strong advantages/disadvantages in the matchup)
-Score of less than 4 indicates a significant disadvantage for the character in that matchup
-Score of more than 6 indicates a significant advantage for the character in that matchup

Example:
Ermac, against Baraka, has a score of 7. So, when fighting Baraka, Ermac has a significant advantage, and Baraka, against Ermac, has a score of 3 (won 3/10 against Ermac), is at a natural disadvantage when he fights Ermac.

Note: Total of 101-115 have most natural disadvantages, total of 148-165 have most natural advantages

OK, here's the list:

Baraka:

Total: 112

Baraka: -
CSZ: 6
Cyrax: 3.5
Ermac: 3
Jade: 5
Jax: 4
Johnny: 3
Kabal: 4
Kano: 4
Kitana: 3.5
Kratos: 5.5
Kung Lao: 3.5
Liu Kang: 3.5
Mileena: 4
Nightwolf: 3
Noob: 5
Quan Chi: 6
Raiden: 3
Reptile: 5
Scorpion: 4
Sektor: 5
Shang Tsung: 2.5
Sheeva: 5.5
Sindel: 4.5
Smoke: 3
Sonya: 4
Stryker: 4.5
Sub-Zero: 4.5

Cyber Sub-Zero (CSZ)

Total: 101 (ouch)

Baraka: 4
CSZ: -
Cyrax: 4
Ermac: 2
Jade: 4
Jax: 4
Johnny: 3
Kabal: 4
Kano: 4
Kitana: 3.5
Kratos: 5
Kung Lao: 3
Liu Kang: 3.5
Mileena: 4
Nightwolf: 2
Noob: 4.5
Quan Chi: 5
Raiden: 3
Reptile: 4
Scorpion: 4
Sektor: 4.5
Shang Tsung: 2
Sheeva: 5
Sindel: 4
Smoke: 3
Sonya: 4
Stryker: 4
Sub-Zero: 4

Cyrax

Total: 125.5

Baraka: 6.5
CSZ: 6
Cyrax: -
Ermac: 4
Jade: 5.5
Jax: 6
Johnny: 4
Kabal: 4.5
Kano: 4.5
Kitana: 4.5
Kratos: 5
Kung Lao: 3
Liu Kang: 4.5
Mileena: 5
Nightwolf: 3
Noob: 5
Quan Chi: 6
Raiden: 3.5
Reptile: 5
Scorpion: 4.5
Sektor: 5
Shang Tsung: 3
Sheeva: 6
Sindel: 4
Smoke: 3.5
Sonya: 4.5
Stryker: 4.5
Sub-Zero: 5

Ermac

Total: 154

Baraka: 7
CSZ: 8
Cyrax: 6
Ermac: -
Jade: 6
Jax: 6
Johnny: 5.5
Kabal: 5.5
Kano: 5.5
Kitana: 6
Kratos: 6
Kung Lao: 4.5
Liu Kang: 5.5
Mileena: 5.5
Nightwolf: 5
Noob: 6
Quan Chi: 7
Raiden: 4.5
Reptile: 5
Scorpion: 5.5
Sektor: 6
Shang Tsung: 4
Sheeva: 7
Sindel: 6
Smoke: 5
Sonya: 5
Stryker: 5.5
Sub-Zero: 5.5

Jade

Total: 130.5

Baraka: 5
CSZ: 6
Cyrax: 4.5
Ermac: 4
Jade: -
Jax: 4.5
Johnny: 4
Kabal: 5
Kano: 5
Kitana: 4.5
Kratos: 6
Kung Lao: 4
Liu Kang: 4.5
Mileena: 4.5
Nightwolf: 4
Noob: 6
Quan Chi: 6
Raiden: 4
Reptile: 5
Scorpion: 5
Sektor: 5
Shang Tsung: 4
Sheeva: 6.5
Sindel: 5
Smoke: 4
Sonya: 4.5
Stryker: 4.5
Sub-Zero: 5.5

Jax

Totak: 131

Baraka: 6
CSZ: 6
Cyrax: 4
Ermac: 4
Jade: 5.5
Jax: -
Johnny: 4.5
Kabal: 4
Kano: 4.5
Kitana: 4.5
Kratos: 6
Kung Lao: 4
Liu Kang: 5
Mileena: 5
Nightwolf: 4
Noob: 6
Quan Chi: 6
Raiden: 4
Reptile: 4.5
Scorpion: 5
Sektor: 5.5
Shang Tsung: 3
Sheeva: 6
Sindel: 4.5
Smoke: 4.5
Sonya: 5
Stryker: 5
Sub-Zero: 5

Johnny Cage (Johnny)

Total: 155

Baraka: 7
CSZ: 7
Cyrax: 6
Ermac: 4.5
Jade: 6
Jax: 5.5
Johnny: -
Kabal: 5
Kano: 5.5
Kitana: 5.5
Kratos: 8
Kung Lao: 5
Liu Kang: 5.5
Mileena: 6
Nightwolf: 5
Noob: 6.5
Quan Chi: 6
Raiden: 5
Reptile: 5
Scorpion: 5.5
Sektor: 6
Shang Tsung: 4.5
Sheeva: 7
Sindel: 6
Smoke: 5
Sonya: 5.5
Stryker: 6
Sub-Zero: 5

Kabal

Total:145

Baraka: 6
CSZ: 6
Cyrax: 5.5
Ermac: 4.5
Jade: 5
Jax: 6
Johnny: 5
Kabal: -
Kano: 5.5
Kitana: 5
Kratos: 7
Kung Lao: 4
Liu Kang: 5
Mileena: 5.5
Nightwolf: 4
Noob: 6
Quan Chi: 6
Raiden: 4.5
Reptile: 5
Scorpion: 6
Sektor: 6
Shang Tsung: 4.5
Sheeva: 6.5
Sindel: 5.5
Smoke: 5
Sonya: 5.5
Stryker: 5.5
Sub-Zero: 5

Kano

Total: 140.5

Baraka: 6
CSZ: 6
Cyrax: 5.5
Ermac: 4.5
Jade: 5
Jax: 5.5
Johnny: 4.5
Kabal: 4.5
Kano: -
Kitana: 5
Kratos: 6
Kung Lao: 4
Liu Kang: 5
Mileena: 5
Nightwolf: 4.5
Noob: 6
Quan Chi: 7
Raiden: 5
Reptile: 5.5
Scorpion: 5
Sektor: 6
Shang Tsung: 5
Sheeva: 6
Sindel: 5
Smoke: 4.5
Sonya: 5.5
Stryker: 4.5
Sub-Zero: 4.5

Kitana:

Total:139

Baraka: 6.5
CSZ: 6.5
Cyrax: 5.5
Ermac: 4
Jade: 5.5
Jax: 5.5
Johnny: 4.5
Kabal: 5
Kano: 5
Kitana: -
Kratos: 6
Kung Lao: 4.5
Liu Kang: 5.5
Mileena: 4.5
Nightwolf: 4
Noob: 6
Quan Chi: 6
Raiden: 4
Reptile: 5
Scorpion: 5
Sektor: 6
Shang Tsung: 4
Sheeva: 6
Sindel: 5
Smoke: 4
Sonya: 5.5
Stryker: 5
Sub-Zero: 5

Kratos

Total: 107 (sadness)

Baraka: 4.5
CSZ: 5
Cyrax: 5
Ermac: 4
Jade: 4
Jax: 4
Johnny: 2
Kabal: 3
Kano: 4
Kitana: 4
Kratos: -
Kung Lao: 3
Liu Kang: 4
Mileena: 4
Nightwolf: 3
Noob: 5
Quan Chi:5
Raiden: 3
Reptile: 4
Scorpion: 4
Sektor: 4.5
Shang Tsung: 3
Sheeva: 5
Sindel: 4
Smoke: 4
Sonya: 4
Stryker: 4
Sub-Zero: 4

Kung Lao

Total: 159 (wow, just wow)

Baraka: 6.5
CSZ: 7
Cyrax: 7
Ermac: 5.5
Jade: 6
Jax: 6
Johnny: 5
Kabal: 6
Kano: 6
Kitana: 5.5
Kratos: 7
Kung Lao: -
Liu Kang: 6
Mileena: 6
Nightwolf: 5
Noob: 6
Quan Chi: 7
Raiden: 5
Reptile: 5.5
Scorpion: 5.5
Sektor: 6
Shang Tsung: 4.5
Sheeva: 7
Sindel: 5.5
Smoke: 5.5
Sonya: 6
Stryker: 5.5
Sub-Zero: 5.5

Liu Kang

Total: 142

Baraka: 6.5
CSZ: 6.5
Cyrax: 5.5
Ermac: 4.5
Jade: 5.5
Jax: 5
Johnny: 4.5
Kabal: 5
Kano: 5
Kitana: 4.5
Kratos: 6
Kung Lao: 4
Liu Kang: -
Mileena: 5.5
Nightwolf: 4
Noob: 6
Quan Chi: 7
Raiden: 4.5
Reptile: 4.5
Scorpion: 5
Sektor: 6
Shang Tsung: 4.5
Sheeva: 7
Sindel: 4.5
Smoke: 5
Sonya: 5
Stryker: 6
Sub-Zero: 5

Mileena

Total: 136.5

Baraka: 6
CSZ: 6
Cyrax: 5
Ermac: 4.5
Jade: 5.5
Jax: 5
Johnny: 4
Kabal: 4.5
Kano: 5
Kitana: 5.5
Kratos: 6
Kung Lao: 4
Liu Kang: 4.5
Mileena: -
Nightwolf: 4
Noob: 5
Quan Chi: 6
Raiden: 4.5
Reptile: 5
Scorpion: 6
Sektor: 5.5
Shang Tsung: 4
Sheeva: 6
Sindel: 5
Smoke: 5
Sonya: 5
Stryker: 5.5
Sub-Zero: 4.5

Nightwolf

Total: 158.5 (OMG)

Baraka: 7
CSZ: 8
Cyrax: 7
Ermac: 5
Jade: 6
Jax: 6
Johnny: 5
Kabal: 6
Kano: 5.5
Kitana: 6
Kratos: 7
Kung Lao: 5
Liu Kang: 6
Mileena: 6
Nightwolf: -
Noob: 4.5
Quan Chi: 7
Raiden: 5
Reptile: 5.5
Scorpion: 5.5
Sektor: 6
Shang Tsung: 4.5
Sheeva: 6
Sindel: 6
Smoke: 6
Sonya: 5.5
Stryker: 5.5
Sub-Zero: 6

Noob Saibot (Noob)

Total: 124.5

Baraka: 5
CSZ: 5.5
Cyrax: 5
Ermac: 4
Jade: 4
Jax: 4
Johnny: 3.5
Kabal: 4
Kano: 4
Kitana: 4
Kratos: 5
Kung Lao: 4
Liu Kang: 4
Mileena: 5
Nightwolf: 5.5
Noob: -
Quan Chi: 6
Raiden: 4
Reptile: 4
Scorpion: 5
Sektor: 4.5
Shang Tsung: 4.5
Sheeva: 5
Sindel: 4
Smoke: 4.5
Sonya: 5.5
Stryker: 5
Sub-Zero: 5.5

Quan Chi

Total: 103.5 (yeouch)

Baraka: 4
CSZ: 5
Cyrax: 4
Ermac: 3
Jade: 4
Jax: 4
Johnny: 4
Kabal: 4
Kano: 3
Kitana: 4
Kratos: 5
Kung Lao: 3
Liu Kang: 3
Mileena: 4
Nightwolf: 3
Noob: 4
Quan Chi: -
Raiden: 3
Reptile: 4
Scorpion: 4
Sektor: 4.5
Shang Tsung: 3
Sheeva: 5
Sindel: 4
Smoke: 3
Sonya: 4
Stryker: 4
Sub-Zero: 4

Raiden

Total: 161 (electricity hurts)

Baraka: 7
CSZ: 7
Cyrax: 6.5
Ermac: 5.5
Jade: 6
Jax: 6
Johnny: 5
Kabal: 5.5
Kano: 5
Kitana: 6
Kratos: 7
Kung Lao: 5
Liu Kang: 5.5
Mileena: 5.5
Nightwolf: 5
Noob: 6
Quan Chi: 7
Raiden: -
Reptile: 6
Scorpion: 6
Sektor: 6
Shang Tsung: 6
Sheeva: 6.5
Sindel: 6
Smoke: 6
Sonya: 6
Stryker: 6
Sub-Zero: 6

Reptile

Total: 136

Baraka: 5
CSZ: 6
Cyrax: 5
Ermac: 5
Jade: 5
Jax: 5.5
Johnny: 4.5
Kabal: 5
Kano: 4.5
Kitana: 5
Kratos: 6
Kung Lao: 4.5
Liu Kang: 5.5
Mileena: 5
Nightwolf: 4.5
Noob: 5.5
Quan Chi: 6
Raiden: 4
Reptile: -
Scorpion: 5
Sektor: 5.5
Shang Tsung: 4
Sheeva: 6
Sindel: 5
Smoke: 4
Sonya: 5
Stryker: 4.5
Sub-Zero: 5.5

Scorpion

Total: 135.5

Baraka: 6
CSZ: 6
Cyrax: 5.5
Ermac: 4.5
Jade: 5
Jax: 5
Johnny: 4.5
Kabal: 4
Kano: 5
Kitana: 5
Kratos: 6
Kung Lao: 4.5
Liu Kang: 5
Mileena: 4
Nightwolf: 4.5
Noob: 5
Quan Chi: 6
Raiden: 4
Reptile: 5
Scorpion: -
Sektor: 6
Shang Tsung: 4
Sheeva: 6
Sindel: 5
Smoke: 4.5
Sonya: 5
Stryker: 5.5
Sub-Zero: 5

Sektor

Total: 123

Baraka: 5
CSZ: 5.5
Cyrax: 5
Ermac: 4
Jade: 5
Jax: 4.5
Johnny: 4
Kabal: 4
Kano: 4
Kitana: 4
Kratos: 5.5
Kung Lao: 4
Liu Kang: 4
Mileena: 4.5
Nightwolf: 4
Noob: 5.5
Quan Chi: 5.5
Raiden: 4
Reptile: 4.5
Scorpion: 4
Sektor: -
Shang Tsung: 4
Sheeva: 6
Sindel: 4.5
Smoke: 4
Sonya: 4.5
Stryker: 4.5
Sub-Zero: 5

Shang Tsung

Total: 165 (top score)

Baraka: 7.5
CSZ: 8
Cyrax: 7
Ermac: 6
Jade: 6
Jax: 7
Johnny: 5.5
Kabal: 5.5
Kano: 5
Kitana: 6
Kratos: 7
Kung Lao: 5.5
Liu Kang: 5.5
Mileena: 6
Nightwolf: 5.5
Noob: 5.5
Quan Chi: 7
Raiden: 4
Reptile: 6
Scorpion: 6
Sektor: 6
Shang Tsung: -
Sheeva: 7
Sindel: 6
Smoke: 5.5
Sonya: 6
Stryker: 6
Sub-Zero: 7

Sheeva

Total: 105 (no need for Shokans)

Baraka: 4.5
CSZ: 5
Cyrax: 4
Ermac: 3
Jade: 3.5
Jax: 4
Johnny: 3
Kabal: 3.5
Kano: 4
Kitana: 4
Kratos: 5
Kung Lao: 3
Liu Kang: 3
Mileena: 4
Nightwolf: 4
Noob: 5
Quan Chi: 2
Raiden: 3.5
Reptile: 4
Scorpion: 4
Sektor: 4
Shang Tsung: 3
Sheeva: -
Sindel: 4
Smoke: 3
Sonya: 4
Stryker: 4
Sub-Zero: 4
 
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Luxus Nights

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hey kelsper can you ask that guy what the guide says about the klassic alternate costumes.

are they unlockable some how?
 

ToferBooboo

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Lol the tier list in the strategy guide reminds of when Brawl tried to do the same thing.
It was kind of accurate but also just terrible, I wonder how this one will work.

And lol I know who I am playing now.
High Tier whore status
 

TheTuninator

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kratos looks like an upper teir fighter from what ive seen thats not true at all

Tim Static, the guy in the know on the MK part of the Shoryuken forums, also claimed that Kratos was lower tier. And he likely knows what he's talking about.

Kinda pissed Smoke is high tier, I'm already getting sick of seeing him, and now he's even more likely to be picked. :p
 

AMES32

God of War Fanboy
ya i am going off of what he told me in a pm that he sent me

he wont be every body know's that
 

AMES32

God of War Fanboy
cool dude ask him how is kratos so high on the list

KratosTotal: 107

Johnny: 2

Kabal: 3

Kung Lao: 3

Nightwolf: 3

Raiden: 3

Shang Tsung: 3

I have seen kratos vs shang tsung and shang kicked his ass so many times and kratos would win but not be for getting his ass kicked with almost all his life gone he would have to spam airows just to go to round 3.
dont really believe he is as strong as they claim
 
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