The Ultimate Scientific Ranking Of Every Playable Mortal Kombat Character

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The Ultimate Scientific Ranking Of Every Playable Mortal Kombat Character

Mortal Kombat has been around for 11 fighting games and has added new faces each time. Do the math, and that means there are a ton of characters that have fought, died, been resurrected, died again, returned as a demon and/or cyborg, turned evil, turned good, then died all over again.

That raises the question: Which fighters are the best of the best? Through the powers of subjective science and opinionomics, we’ve ranked every character ever in our own personal list, from worst to best. We determined this order using an arbitrary combination of the following factors: fun factor, personality, legacy/impact, and overall coolness. Not being Hsu Hao also factors in. 

We’re not pretending that all (or even most) of you will agree with our ranking because opinions and stuff. Our advice: take a deep breath and don’t take this too seriously, because we only kind of are. We know you’ll be hot and bothered by this list anyway, which is why we’d love to hear how you’d rank these fighters in the comments! 

Super Replay Is Back With Bloodborne

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Super Replay Is Back With Bloodborne

Are you ready for more Bloodborne? Join us for part seven of the Bloodborne Super Replay today at 2 PM CT!

Are you ready for a chilling thrill ride through FromSoftware's masterpiece? Bloodborne is a dark horror action/RPG that tasks the player with navigating through haunted streets full of werewolves and shuffling, shambling ghouls – and that's just the first hour. Bloodborne showcases immaculate environments dripping with atmosphere, creative and cruel monster designs, and terrors ripped from the great beyond. And we're going to play through it! Super Replay, the legendary Game Informer series that pairs pro players with even more professional commentary, is back.

As the flagship revival title, Bloodborne is going to be live and uncut every Friday at 2 PM CST. So won't you come join us for a blood-tinged brawl? How many times will I choke during boss fights? Will I even remember how to use the parry guns? (Probably not).

Mortal Kombat Movie Review – A Strong First Round

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Mortal Kombat Movie Review – A Strong First Round

The Mortal Kombat franchise has had its share of highs and lows in various forms of media. From the soaring heights of 1995's Mortal Kombat to the below-sea-level lows of 1997's Mortal Kombat: Annihilation, MK movies have had a great disparity in quality. After several film adaptations, 2021's Mortal Kombat ushers the live-action films into the modern era, complete with a gritty-yet-campy tone, superbly choreographed fight sequences, and, finally, an R rating. The result is one that is largely positive, delivering a fun take on a familiar tale. 

Warning: While I try to remain as spoiler-free as possible, certain elements of the narrative and character appearances are mentioned throughout this article.

Ranking Every Mortal Kombat Game From Worst To Best

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Ranking Every Mortal Kombat Game From Worst To Best

Mortal Kombat is a landmark franchise for the video game industry. Not only did it push the boundaries of what is acceptable in interactive media in the '90s, but the series has continued innovating and evolving the fighting-game genre with high-quality cinematic story modes, new approaches to post-launch support, and a continued desire to push the limits of what can be done in the genre. Whether you're talking the early entries of the bloody blockbuster or the most recent titles, the series has typically been a fun time regardless of the era. Because of that, ranking every game in the franchise can prove difficult. Still, we decided to give it a shot, laying out the entire series from worst to best. 

Check out our ranking below and let us know what you think the correct order should be!

Castlevania Cosplayer Brings His Alucard Cosplay To Life In Stunning Detail

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Castlevania Cosplayer Brings His Alucard Cosplay To Life In Stunning Detail

You know the Saturday Night Live skit where he says, "Well, mark me down as scared and ..."? For no reason at all, that is being brought up when looking at this Castlevania cosplayer bringing his Alucard to life. Through photo manipulation for the background, special effects makeup, and wig stylization, one particular cosplayer has done it again when bringing beloved characters into the real world. 

The cosplayer in question is goes by Taryn Cosplay, and he may look familiar to you already. We've covered his talent in the past, including his incredible take on Hades protagonist Zagreus, and now he's back with a brand new character appreciation cosplay. 

Be sure to swipe to the right to see more photos: 

The Story Behind Supergiant Games’ Transistor

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The Story Behind Supergiant Games’ Transistor

Coming off the heels of our latest issue, which features a profile on close-knit studio Supergiant Games, we’re also sharing parts of the indie developer’s amazing journey online by posting the stories behind its inventive titles. Last week, we took an in-depth look at Supergiant’s formation and its debut game, Bastion. Now we’re shining the spotlight on the studio’s hotly-anticipated follow-up: Transistor. The studio’s second game certainly changed things up, bringing in a fresh new setting and twist on the action/RPG genre. The sci-fi RPG follows a famous singer named Red who gets more than she bargained for when she avoids an assassination attempt on her life and picks up a sword-like weapon that can communicate with her. All eyes were on Supergiant to deliver another hit, but Transistor turned out to be a project full of highs and lows, as the team worked to prove they weren’t just a one-hit-wonder. 

Destiny 2 Guardian Games: I Am Once Again Asking For Warlocks To Get It Together

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Destiny 2 Guardian Games: I Am Once Again Asking For Warlocks To Get It Together

The Destiny 2 Guardian Games have arrived for Beyond Light, and already the three classes are going to war. Last year, Titans absolutely creamed Hunters and Warlocks, so now the latter are teaming up to overthrow those Chonky Bois and going for the gold. Whilst diving in yesterday to get started on Laurel farming, I was instantly met with flashbacks from last year: Hunters were dominating with Titans in last place by a wide margin. Unlike last year, I'm hoping Hunters and Warlocks can keep that headstart throughout the duration. That being said, as a Warlock main, I am once again asking for my fellow space wizards to get it together. 

Last year was a steal. Hunters, though not Warlocks (sadly), were poised to steal the games. Then, out of nowhere, Titans can in with a sweep, effectively knocking the other two classes basically out of existence. It doesn't help that Titans have an advantage with public appeal, this has been a beloved class since the launch of Destiny 1, though not quite enough to dethrone Hunters. The current stats, according to the fine folks over at Bungie, don't offer a lot of hope for space wizards, which is where my plea for help comes into play. 

According to Bungie, though this is a little outdated because it's from September of 2020, here is the class breakdown:

This Portal 2 Mod Adds A New Time-Traveling Portal Option

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This Portal 2 Mod Adds A New Time-Traveling Portal Option

In case you haven't noticed, we love writing about Portal mods here at Game Informer. For good reason, this Valve game is truly unique in its own right with hilarious writing to boot. One such mod that we've covered in the past is Portal Reloaded and with the 10-year anniversary of the game recently passed, we figured what better way to celebrate the passage of time than with a Portal mod that literally plays with the passage of time. That's right, a time-traveling portal. Don't lie, you know that sounds cool. 

This mod has been in the works from Jannis Brinkman for over eight years now, and that dedication has more than paid off. It's not just a simple swap of colors or a retexture; this mod includes a completely original, fully-voiced story and the ability to travel through time with the addition of a third portal option. With the recent hotfix that just went live on the morning of April 21, and the mod itself finally becoming available for players to enjoy earlier this month, this once more came on my radar and I couldn't help but share for those that may be unfamiliar.

Making Nier New Again

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Making Nier New Again

When Nier: Automata was released in 2017, it was a surprise success for publisher Square Enix and developer PlatinumGames, selling over 5 million copies. The action/RPG fascinated players with its thought-provoking story, interesting boss battles, and unconventional design. However, back in 2010, its predecessor – simply called Nier – set the stage. The original Nier wasn’t the most polished or impressive in the gameplay department, but it struck an emotional chord and became a cult hit. 

People who missed that first entry are getting a new opportunity to see it at its best. Nier Replicant ver. 1.22474487139, which hits on April 23, is a re-release of the original with an array of interesting updates. We sat down with series creator Yoko Taro, producer Yosuke Saito, composer Keiichi Okabe, and Replicant’s development director Saki Ito to reflect on the game and their approach to bringing it back for a new generation. 

Originally, two versions of Nier were released in Japan: Replicant for PS3, and Gestalt for Xbox 360. This will be North America’s first time experiencing Replicant. The difference? In Replicant, you play as an older brother trying to save his little sister rather than a father searching for a cure for his young daughter. 

Ask Us Anything: Submit Your Questions For Our Next Issue

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Ask Us Anything: Submit Your Questions For Our Next Issue

Each month, Game Informer prints questions that are submitted by readers via email and standard mail. We'd like to give our website readers the chance to make the magazine as well.

You'll need to log in to your GI account, and click "okay to print" for your letter or question to go through. We'd also love it if you included your location (city, state, or country will do). We'll look through the questions and pick a few to include in our next issue, which releases on April 13.

In each issue, we ask readers a "Question of the Month." For the Psychonauts 2 issue that should be hitting mailboxes now, we ask...