Gaming

4 Alternate Timelines Mortal Kombat Needs to Explore

Mortal Kombat in 2011 was the greatest example of reboot storytelling in any medium. I mean that with the utmost sincerity. It simultaneously managed to acknowledge everything that had happened over the course of all the games and still start completely over without erasing the universe thanks to Raiden sending a prophetic message to his younger self at the first tournament moments before his death in Armageddon. It was a genius idea.

These days fighting games have story modes so you know who wins. Back in the day, you didn't find out how the tournaments really ended until the next installment filled in the gap. Now we do, but individual fighters still get their own unique endings that represent other alternate timelines outside the main story. Awesome as Mortal Kombat X looks, there were some amazing next chapters hinted at in the endings that I kind of wish had made it into canon instead.

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Jef Rouner is a contributing writer who covers politics, pop culture, social justice, video games, and online behavior. He is often a professional annoyance to the ignorant and hurtful.
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