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Preventing video games are usually not usually identified for his or her tales, however Mortal Kombat is an exception. The sequence has been happening for almost 27 years now, spanning 10 mainline video games, three spin-offs, and a plethora of ports. That’s numerous plot to interrupt down, so get comfortable.
Defender of the Realms
First, we have to perceive the MK universe, which is made up primarily of realms. Realms are like planets, solely as a substitute of all current in the identical house, they every exist in their very own separate dimension. There are a complete of eight realms, however to maintain issues easy, we’ll concentrate on the 4 most notable ones, that are:
Earthrealm: The closest factor to our personal Earth… realm.
Outworld: A largely desolate and… purple’y realm with ambitions of conquest because of its historical past of warlords like Onaga and Shao Kahn.
Edenia: A lovely and magical realm initially dominated by Kitana and Sindel, till… properly, we’ll get there.
Netherrealm: It’s hell. Let’s simply name it hell. A number of folks get despatched right here once they’re very dangerous, or very lifeless.
Regardless of every current in their very own dimension, these realms are nearly consistently at conflict with one another. Outworld, specifically, regarded to overcome and take in as many realms as it could possibly. The Elder Gods, who rule over all of the realms, didn’t like this, and thus they created Mortal Kombat, a martial arts match the place every realm’s strongest warriors do battle, as a option to give the defending realms an opportunity to keep away from being invaded.
Underneath the principles of Mortal Kombat, earlier than a realm could be invaded and brought over, the invading realm should defeat the defending realm 10 instances in a row, with a brand new Mortal Kombat match going down each era.
Seems, Edenia in all probability deserved to get conquered, as Outworld bested it in 10 tournaments in a row, thus inflicting the 2 realms to merge. The merger brings collectively the queen of Edenia, Sindel, and the ruler of Outworld, Shao Kahn. Sindel convinces Shao Kahn that her daughter Kitana is value sparing, so Kitana winds up in Shao Kahn’s royal guard and educated as a fan wielding bad-ass murderer.
Depressing and sickened by being betrothed to Shao Kahn, Sindel commits suicide, however in doing so, additionally locations a ward on Earthrealm, Shao Kahn’s subsequent goal, to stop him from stepping foot inside.
The Arcade Years
This brings us to the occasions of Mortal Kombat, or not less than, the speedy backstory as instructed by the opening textual content of Mortal Kombat 1. Shao Kahn makes use of the Outworld sorcerer Shang Tsung to invoke Mortal Kombat in opposition to Earthrealm. The Earthrealm warriors, led by the Thunder God Raiden and championed by the Shaolin monk, the Nice Kung Lao, handle to win the match, with Kung Lao sparing Shang Tsung ultimately.
When Shang Tsung comes again for the second match, he brings a brand new secret weapon: The Shokan Prince Goro, who simply thrashes The Nice Kung Lao, and Outworld goes on to win 9 consecutive Mortal Kombat tournaments.
And THAT lastly brings us to the precise occasions of Mortal Kombat 1, through which the Earthrealm warriors led by Raiden and championed by the Shaolin monk Liu Kang win the match, with Liu Kang sparing Shang Tsung on the finish.
Shang Tsung begs Shao Kahn for forgiveness and comes up with new plan to lure the Earthrealm warriors into Outworld and maintain a non-Elder God sanctioned Mortal Kombat match, the place Shao Kahn is ready to cope with them himself. It’s right here that the occasions of Mortal Kombat 2 happen, through which the Earthrealm warriors, led by Raiden, and championed by the Shaolin monk Liu Kang, handle to win the match, defeating each Shang Tsung and Shao Kahn within the course of.
By Mortal Kombat three, Shao Kahn is fed up with these dumb guidelines of Mortal Kombat, and so he enacts a brand new plan that doesn’t contain profitable martial arts tournaments. He instructions his shadow monks, led by Shang Tsung, to resurrect Sindel inside Earthrealm, which might permit him to cross into Earthrealm to reclaim her — totally brainwashed into believing she’s his loyal and loving spouse — and start his invasion as he used to within the good outdated days.
However in an all too acquainted story at this level, the Earthrealm warriors, led by Raiden and championed by the Shaolin Monk Liu Kang, defeat Shao Kahn and save not solely Earthrealm but additionally liberate Edenia and within the course of.
Right here, we flip our consideration away from Shang Tsung and Shao Kahn for some time and concentrate on two new villains, or truly, two outdated villains which have been scheming and plotting within the shadows for actually thousands and thousands of years: the Fallen Elder God Shinnok and the Demon Sorcerer Quan Chi.
Shinnok’s first try to invade Earthrealm resulted in his defeat by the palms of Raiden and the opposite Gods, and he was banished to the Netherealm to spend an eternity in literal hell. Over time, Shinnok finally managed to change into the ruler of Netherealm and struck a cope with Quan Chi to assist him escape from his hellish jail, and return to his place among the many heavens.
Thus begins Mortal Kombat four, through which Shinnok finds his option to the newly restored Edenia, kidnaps Queen Sindel and Princess Kitana, and launches an assault on each Earthrealm and the heavens.
Wanna guess what occurs subsequent?
Earthrealm’s warriors, led by Raiden, and championed by the Shaolin Monk Liu Kang, defeat Shinnok, as soon as once more banishing him to the Netherrealm, together with Quan Chi.
A Lethal Alliance, Deception, Armageddon, Then Again to the Begin
We’re going to quick ahead a bit by means of Lethal Alliance, Deception, and Armageddon, as a result of, properly it’s lots, however the highlights are: Shang Tsung and Quan Chi straight up homicide Liu Kang within the opening cutscene of Lethal Alliance; the unique large baddie of Mortal Kombat lore, Onaga the Dragon King, returns because of the misguided efforts of the warrior Shujinko; Raiden sacrifices himself in useless to defeat Onaga, then comes again corrupted by Onaga’s evil energy; Liu Kang turns into a zombie; Shujinko defeats Onaga; after which all hell breaks unfastened as everybody begins preventing within the Battle of Armageddon, the place everybody dies aside from Raiden and Shao Kahn.
That is the place issues get slightly messy. All the pieces that I’ve simply talked about? Overlook all of it, as a result of, in his dying moments, Raiden hits the reset button and sends us all the way in which again to the occasions of Mortal Kombat 1. Right here, we start Mortal Kombat 9, the place Raiden has however one clue to stop the Armageddon of the earlier timeline: “He Should Win.”
Most of MK9 performs out the identical as MK1, 2, and three. Liu Kang nonetheless wins the primary two tournaments, although Kung Lao is killed by Shao Kahn this time round within the second match, Sindel continues to be revived, and Shao Kahn and his forces nonetheless invade Earthrealm. However in Raiden’s desperation to do one thing totally different to vary the apocalyptic destiny that he has foreseen, he inadvertently sends a ton of his strongest allies to their deaths.
The entire ordeal leaves Liu Kang fairly fed up with Raiden, and when the time involves comply with together with Raiden’s new plan of permitting Shao Kahn to merge the realms, Liu Kang turns in opposition to his former buddy, culminating with the Thunder God killing Earthrealm’s mightiest warrior.
Seems, it wasn’t such a foul concept, as as soon as Shao Kahn entered into Earthrealm, the Elder Gods grant Raiden their energy. Raiden then proceeds to kill Shao Kahn as soon as and for all.
All in response to plan although for Shinnok, who in Mortal Kombat X, proceeds to enact his plan from Mortal Kombat four. Solely this time, he’s stopped by Earth’s latest mightiest warrior, Johnny Cage, and sealed inside his amulet. 20 years go by and the mantle of Earthrealm’s defenders has been handed to a brand new era: Johnny Cage’s daughter Cassie Cage, Sonya Blade, Jax’s daughter Jacqui Briggs, Kung Lao’s cousin Kung Jin, and Takeda, a disciple of Hanzo Hasashi, higher generally known as Scorpion.
Over the course of MKX, Quan Chi units unfastened his military of reanimated lifeless Mortal Kombatants in an effort to recuperate Shinnok’s amulet to free the fallen elder god as soon as once more. Quan Chi succeeds, however then will get instantly decapitated by Scorpion who lastly will get the revenge he’s been in search of all these years. Good for you, Scorps.
Shinnok runs amok, kidnaps Johnny and Sonya to stop a repeat of what occurred final time, after which proceeds to enter the Jinsei Chamber, which basically accommodates the lifeblood of the realm, corrupts it and transforms himself into an omnipotent god beast.
The destiny of Earthrealm falls on the shoulders of Cassie Cage, who battles in opposition to the corrupted Shinnok, and due to her Dad’s particular inexperienced glowy energy and the distinctive talent of whoever was enjoying, manages to defeat him. A battered and overwhelmed Raiden is dropped at the Jinsei chamber to purify it and take away Shinnok of his godly powers. Good feels are shared throughout, after which credit roll.
Besides that’s not the place our story ends. Seems, all that evil that Raiden purified needed to go someplace, and within the stinger after the credit, we see a well-known red-eyed glow as he threatens the revenants of Liu Kang and Kitana, who’re presumably the brand new rulers of the Netherrealm, and leaves them with the parting reward of Shinnok’s nonetheless dwell, however severed head. And that’s the place we at present stand with the story of Mortal Kombat 11…keep tuned!
Mitchell Saltzman is Gameplay/Livestream Man at IGN. Comply with him on Twitter.