This trailer looked very promising. Kratos looks like he was transported just straight from God of War III into the Mortal Kombat universe. While his moves are based on the weapons and accessories he had in God of War III it still feels somehow right, like a good crossover should be. It is not out of place, Kratos fits somehow in this world, whereas he definitely does not fit in the story, however NRS made the right decision to put him only in the VS mode.
I was very, very amused about the inclusion of the Quick Time Events (QTE). It is a fitting addition for the character of Kratos and gives the Mortal Kombat X God of War III “Crossover” a nice very nice touch, indeed. I am wondering what will happen if the QTE is performed wrong. In the God of War series there were always nice “failure animations”, I hope that they included them there as well. Maybe the Opponent will have the opportunity to perform a counter, if a QTE fails.
To be honest, in my eyes Kratos will not be a powerful "uber character". Maybe I am a little bit optimistic but I honestly do not think he will be to overpowered, it seems that he will be a very technical character and looking at the fact that he is only accessible in the two player versus mode, even if he might be an overpowered character. I seriously do not think that true players would use him infinitely and with the option of DLC there could be updates which might improve an unfitting balance.
About the new pet from Shao Khan, which can be first seen at about 0:28. This thing looks very dangerous and it could be that there is a Stage Fatality involving this monster in this stage. I have never thought of a stage fatality in the arena “The Street” before and yet it happened and it is there. So having such an element in an arena is like a big sign, which says “Stage Fatality involving this element, right there”,
In my humble opinion, Kratos’s stage is a very fitting one. It contains and emits the feeling of God of War III and has some decency in it, which fits in the scheme of the Mortal Kombat arenas. Choosing the realm of Hades or the Place where the battle with Chronos was held or maybe other places which were just too epic in the God of War series, would be just over the top in my humble opinion, by choosing such stages as Kratos’s arena would somehow reduce the impact those stages had in the God of War series and therefore would create an “out of the place” feeling. Even if Kratos stage was the place where he battled Zeus, but seeing that Zeus is absent and only the place remains with it's ancient look gives it a feeling of decency and dignity thus making this arena a perfect choice in my eyes.
Kratos X-ray move involves the usage of his Cestus, which I find very appropriate for his character and is quite nice. While his Fatality has not been reveled yet and leaves room for guessing and imagination, according to his character from the God of War series, it will something very remarkable fitting his character. In addition, I am looking forward to play with him
Although the trailer was very nice and showed us more game-play and arenas a small, the arena “The Courtyard” seems to lack the feeling it had in the older times. It could be the fault of the build, and btw. How old is this build anyway?
Seeing those masked guards, which finally show some interaction with the player in the ring, makes, me fell excited to play this game more and more but at the same time it shows me that this arena lacks something, it has not the luster anymore which it had in the very first Mortal Kombat Game. It is a very small detail and while I do not think many people have noticed it and many people will probably not care about it, furthermore this detail doesn't make the game less playable, or even less enjoyable or likable yet makes it worse, nevertheless it seizes a small portion of the feeling of this arena.
I am talking about the lack of swords that the masked guards have. Since the very first Mortal Kombat game, their sword was a kind of trademark also included in Mortal Kombat Deception and Shaolin Monks. Here are some pictures which shows what I’m talking about (Sources can be directly seen in the links)
A picture of the very first courtyard arena: http://mkw.mortalkombatonline.com/mk1/arenas/thecourtyard/01.png
A render image of the masked in Mortal Kombat Shaolin Monks, they also have their swords in game: http://images.wikia.com/mk/images/e/e4/Mksm_masked_guard_render_tn.jpg
Having a sword a second weapon gives the masked guard the feeling that they are somehow more than just mere guards and that they should be threaten with respect and reverence. Just having their spear transforms, the Masked Guards in my humble opinion just in generic guards who do not seem dangerous and dignified. Moreover they appear so, that they can be taken lightly. In the very first Mortal Kombat game they gave the tournament a feeling of importance and seriousness. Although it may be an old build and in the final version the guards will have their swords it may not happen. If this happens than it will not be the end of the world but seeing the guards having their swords as well as their spears would be the icing on the cake on a already great game.
Maybe I am a person who is in love with very small details, however I think that these small details makes a very good game.