You should all know by now that Freddy Krueger was recently added to the roster of playable characters in the latest Mortal Kombat game. Talk about something that's loooooong overdue. If there was anybody worthy of being in a deadly fighting game, it has to be Freddy. I'm sure you remember seeing him pulling all kinds of martial arts moves on Jason Voorhees in their showdown towards the end of Freddy vs. Jason, so Mortal Kombat character purists be damned... this makes perfect sense to me.
What doesn't make sense is why they chose to use Freddy from the remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street to base the character model on, instead of the classic Robert Englund version that we all love. Hell, at the very least, they could offer a free downloadable "Classic Freddy" costume for those of us who want to play him that way since they have a variety of custom costumes for every other character in the game. Freddy also now has two gloves instead of his traditional one, but that's a very minor gripe... and a nitpicky one at that.
Once you look past the complaints that any hardcore Freddy fan would make, playing as him is a blast. He gets super bloody with all the slashing going on in each round, they gave him his own storyline for the challenge ladder, his Fatalities are amusing as hell to watch, and you haven't lived until you've seen a Babality performed on Freddy. Not bad for a five dollar download.
Obviously, the one thing every horror and gaming fan wants now is for them to add Jason Voorhees to the game so we can finally take control of them both and have our own gory 2-player battles. Frankly, they'd be absolute fools not to put Jason (and other horror film characters) in the game. With Halloween right around the corner, they're sitting on a goldmine if they'd just give us fans what we really want.
Speaking of fans, I have to mention that there is a fan-made horror fighting game called TerrorDrome and it's an absolutely fantastic project that some annoying film studio lawyers sadly put the kibosh on. Still, the screenshots and videos from the project are on the official site and it's really worth checking out. I'm dead serious when I say that it is the one game that every horror fan has always dreamed of: a fighting game that allows you to pick your favorite horror icon and go head to head with all the other big horror movie baddies including Michael Myers, Chucky, Jason Voorhees, Pinhead, Leatherface and even the Tall Man. I still hope they fine a way to "leak" the game onto the web, because too much work has been put into it to never see the light of day. It's a labor of love and they're not trying to profit from it.
SURVEY: What are some other horror characters that you'd like to see in Mortal Kombat and what would their Fatality be?
Also, hit the jump to see a video of all the Fatalities that Freddy Krueger can perform in Mortal Kombat...
Freddyfan (Guest) on 09/19/2011 4:32 am
Gotta love Freddy! I am a little disappointed that it's not the Classic Freddy we all know and love/fear, but the JEH version is pretty damn sweet, too! As for other characters? Definately Jason Voorhees, not only for the classic matchup possibilities with Freddy, but to see his unique brand of mayhem in MK. Fatalities? I'd say a 'Chop-in-half' with the machete like in F13 3-D, and for his other, I'd say go with something showing off his brutal strength and do a heart punch from the front similar to Kano's Fatality. For an X-Ray move, go with a head crusher move and finish with a neck breaker!
The only other one I could see being used is Pinhead, have his story as him being pissed off about the Chaos that Shao kahn has brought to Hell since he prefers cold unwavering Order in Hell. Lots of keep-away moves with the flesh hooks and for up close use some of the weapons he has sewn into his abdominal belt. Fatalitys would be using the flesh hooks and chains to utterly rip apart his opponent for one. The other? Have him give them a puzzlebox, which they fiddle with, and open, releasing the chains and hooks which tear the skin off and the body flops to the floor as you hear Pinhead whisper, "Welcome...to Hell!"
saturnknight on 09/19/2011 7:02 am
hmmm well Jason for sure, then Leatherface, andd Tar Man from the first return of the living dead... while he's be more like Meat from the game, immagine if the only purpose was to eat his enemies
Nick on 09/19/2011 7:48 am
I thought Freddy being in MK9 was hella funny. The MK fans that felt upset by it were hilarious. I still wonder about the decision to allow Freddy to use babtalities, though. I think Freddy should be as far away from babies as possible.
Jonathan Passow (Guest) on 09/19/2011 1:46 pm
I want to see the necronomicon from the Army of Darkness as a playable character. How hilarious would that be? Floating in the air, biting other characters....a fanboy can dream....
Billy Chapman’s Friend on 09/19/2011 3:57 pm
(Billy) from "Saw". He would have a laugh that would explode the opponents head.
(Dr. Giggles) - He would knife the other person to death with large swoops. When the opponent is laying there dead, he writes them a perscription and throws the piece of paper on their corpse.
(Count Pop) - Atomic nut shot. The enemy explodes into a million pieces, after squeeling like a girl.
Captain Seamus on 09/19/2011 4:44 pm
I read an interview with Ed Boon wherein he said that they were going for a general image of Freddy, not an exact copy of Robert Englund or Jackie Earle Haley.
As for characters I want to play as (I like playing as Freddy but his playstyle isn't for me), Predator all the way. I like slower, powerful characters, and Predator has so many gadgets to tinker with. I can't think of a Fatality for him, though, mostly because all his signature moves have been done in some way.
That Other Guy on 09/19/2011 4:46 pm
They did throw us classic Freddy fans a bone with his combo names; such as "Skin the Cat" and "Playing with Power".
For all the disappointing things about MK Armageddon, the Kreate-a-Fighter let you make some cool mash-ups. I made a pretty good likeness of Crono (re-named "Krono", of course) from Chrono Trigger.
Patrick Campbell (Guest) on 09/19/2011 4:50 pm
Freddy and MK. Genius.
DRey (Guest) on 09/19/2011 6:07 pm
It has taken this long for someone to finally make a game that allows people to play as a horror icon and disembowel other players, it's about time we can use Freddy though the claws don't gel with me either.
Shame about Terrordrome if the suits were actually smart they would have granted the rights and funded it they would have made a killing.
ColdFusion (Guest) on 09/19/2011 6:53 pm
Call me weird, but I'd like to see the The Ring girl. She'd fit into their motif pretty well, kinda like color-inverted Sindel.
Obviously the infamous Jack Frost.. he'd use his carrot for the fatality..
If we can tweak the definition of 'horror' a bit, Sammael from Hellboy would also be bitchin..
Hugglebump (Guest) on 09/19/2011 7:20 pm
I would personally like to see the Tall man from the Phantasm movies, sending orbs after the other fighters! And for his finishing move, One would hit the opponents head with the drill, draining the juices from his head. Once it finished Instead of saying "fatality", Jack Lalane would pop up in the corner and say "That's how you JUICE!"
Shadowdancer21b on 09/19/2011 10:10 pm
I would like to see "the Master" from Manos: Hands of Fate. He could dominate the opponent into offing themself, and he could set their hands on fire.
stoffhimel (Guest) on 09/20/2011 2:12 am
Frankenstein monster, or the leprechaun. nothing like extremely underestimated amounts of force or dodgy little being who would gladly gut you with a belt buckle.
Flashman on 09/20/2011 6:13 pm
The Godmonster of Indian Flats
Joe (Guest) on 09/20/2011 10:46 pm
I've always thought it would be a great idea to make a game of horror villains like Freddy and Jason.
Pinhead would be kinda like Scorpion in MK, hooked chains, the box. His fatality would be something flesh ripping. Like a mess of chains coming forth from the box, hooking into his victim like what happened to Frank at the end of the first film.
Jason's brute strength would be have to be featured, a fatality move where he stabs so hard that his victim's body just folds in two.
Leatherface's fatality would be obvious, chainsaw, cannibalism. Do the math. He carves off a chunk of victim and then takes a bite.
Frankenstein's monster would also be about brute strength, and I could see some sort of fatality where he's pulling a victim's body limb from limb like flower petals "she loves me, she loves me not..."
Ash from Evil Dead could be another possible character. Chainsaw, boomstick, and you have to have some foil for all these monsters.
Freddyfan (Guest) on 09/20/2011 11:58 pm
That would be a good idea for Ash, after all he can take a world-class ass-kicking and then come back to deliver one himself!
Hoverbored (Guest) on 09/21/2011 4:17 am
RoG- I think the reason they used the new version of Freddy is that the publisher didn't have the rights to use Robert Englund's likeness. Likeness rights are a pretty big issue in video game adaptions. These days, they probably lock those up in the actors' contracts.
Admittedly, I'm no big horror fan, but why not Gremlins? Have two or three of them acting as a team, kinda like the Ice Climbers in Super Smash Bros. For a fatality, they can stick the opponent's head in a microwave.
How about Diana from "V"? For a Fatality, have her rip off her fake skin, unhinge her jaw like a snake, and swallow the opponent whole.
Alan Bates on 09/21/2011 4:16 pm
Those were some pretty awesome fatalities. Sadly though, they really lacked a cheesy Freddy One-liner.
HowardC on 09/21/2011 5:44 pm
As a hardcore MK fan AND a hardcore Freddy fan I can tell you that you are incorrect in your assumption that people were mad over Freddy's inclusion in the game.
What they were mad over was the poor execution of the Freddy dlc... Using the remake Freddy, strike one... Having two gloves because the programmers are too lazy to make "non mirrored" animations... strike two... 90% of his animations and many of his moves lifted from other fighters.... three strikes your out!!!
And on the Mk fan side of things... Motaro hasn't been properly in a MK game since UMK3 and the MK9 roster is the enitre UMK3 roster, except Rain and Motaro. Once Rain was announced as a DLC fighter, we assumed that the "secret dlc" would be Motaro. Instead we got this piss-poor rendition of Freddy. If it would have been a GOOD version of Freddy then all would have been forgiven, but alas it's not.
monster_movie_night on 09/21/2011 10:21 pm
Inputting characters created in japan just wont work so why not the killer from Slaughterhouse sure he look like Jason Voorhees but he have his own ways of maiming people .
monster_movie_night on 09/21/2011 10:23 pm
OH speaking people what about Jigsaw puzzle? The fatality move are just going to be brutal.Giving the character to escape his or her own death with a bomb strap to their necks is just epic!
SewnonSmile on 09/26/2011 11:18 am
Wow...Terror Drome is awesome!!! I hope that they somehow are able to release that...I'll be 1st in line!!! As for Horror movie characters I'd say....
Peloquin (Night Breed) You would see him transform into the "Beast" & he would whip you in the face blinding you with his dreads..then pull you close and suck the skin off your face.
Shuna Sassi (also Nightbreed) She would do a sexy exotic dance to draw you close...then stab you to death with a 100 razor sharp quills.
With Nightbreed though...I could really go on & on....but another good character...& a classic could be "The Blob" I could see it's fatality being to suck you inside of it..then just spew out your blood n' bones like a volcano!!!
Puppet Master would also just be AWESOME,cause I could just see the fatality being where all the puppets just take the victim apart just like in the movie...
Inferno505 (Guest) on 09/29/2011 3:27 pm
They should really just make a dlc that is an entire new addition to the game, entirely themed on horror killers and monsters. So instead of just, "ooh, look for 5.99 I can play as Hacky McKillteenagershavingsex" there is an entire adventure mode based of of them. It could start with a few classic characters, maybe even back as far as Nosferatu and such, and work is way up the time line to the more current, such as Jason and Michel. Obviously, with how fun TerrorDrome looks, the first fighting game to pull this off will rule for years to come. Although the licensing would be a bitch.
Also, Jason's fatality should be he pulls a sleeping bad out of nowhere pulls it over his opponent, then a tree spontaneously appears, and the tree smacking proceeds.
Darklurkr23 (Guest) on 10/08/2011 12:43 am
Na no more. The ONLY one who we could do is Jason, any more then or other then the 2 of them and it's not special. I do hope for some more DLC though.
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