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Mortal Kombat X sees return of Brutalities

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Cassie Cage's Brutality - punching a guy's face in

Mortal Kombat X is bringing back a classic finishing move, the brutality.

Developer NetherRealm confirmed Mortal Kombat X will see the return of brutalities, in an attempt to bring back some of the “humiliation factor” found in the previous Mortal Kombat games.

NetherRealm confirmed the news during today's MKX Kombat Kast, which you can view via the YouTube video below (skip to around 17.30 minutes in if you want to see the brutalities in all their gory glory).

Fatalities – which have become even more gory and extreme in Mortal Kombat X – require a sequence of button inputs to execute. Brutalities on the other hand will require various conditions to be pulled off successfully.

According to NetherRealm’s Brian Lebaron, to pull off a brutality you might need to win a match with a throw or not use the block button for the whole match.

Mortal Kombat X will launch with “over 100” of these brutalities, with the moves requiring varying levels of difficulty to achieve.

The idea of these brutalities is that they’re there for show. You can combo your way into them, but you won’t cause extra damage or give players any unfair advantages.

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Brutalities were originally introduced with Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 and required a lengthy combo to be executed. But when you did, the brutality caused your opponent to explode in a gory pop.

Publisher Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment also released a fresh storyline teaser trailer for Mortal Kombat X.

You can take a look at it yourself below, but notice just how human Scorpion is looking.

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