When Soulcalibur II came out in 2003, Namco took the amazing step of adding in a specific crossover character for each system's release, a truly revolutionary idea. The Gamecube release got Link from the Legend of Zelda, Xbox players snagged Spawn, and PS2 gamers were given perennial Tekken badass Heihachi Mishima.
So crossover characters in fighting games are nothing new, and when the latest Mortal Kombat was released with the announcement that Kratos from God of War would make an appearance we didn't bat an eye. His violent murder of half of Greece in the series fit perfectly with the Mortal Kombat universe.
Now, NetherRealm studios has announced a new character for download, and when we read the headline we thought, "No way. NO one is both genius enough and has the kind of diplomatic clout to make this happen."
Here comes a new combatant, and his name is Frederick Charles Krueger. Yes, you can actually fight as the legendary slasher of Elm Street. Witness the win below.
Of note is that the Freddy model used in the game is obviously the remake version played by Jackie Earl Haley rather then the original portrayed by Robert Englund, which since the game itself is a reboot we realize is actually perfectly appropriate. Also, Freddy sports his trademark glove on both hands, a move we're ambivalent about, but other than that, every single thing about that video is a dream come true.
Well alright, NetherRealm, you've thrown down the gauntlet. If you're willing to pull characters from other realms of fiction besides video games, we've got six suggestions for you. Plus, just for fun, we'll pull each character from a different entertainment medium.
It was hard not to go with Judge Dredd here, but we still haven't forgiven the filmmakers (And never will).
The fact that they already made a crossover game with DC and didn't include the famously over-the-top, violent, ultimate bastich is proof that either there is no God, or even he is afraid to go near Lobo. For those of you who haven't witnessed sheer inhuman majesty of the character, he is the last of a race called Czarnians because he killed every other member of that race. Also, he has a transmitter implanted in his brain that constantly blasts heavy metal music. Basically, he's Kano turned up to pi.
Fatality: Oh, jeez, the possibilities. Up in the sky, sleigh bells jingle and a jolly laugh sounds. Lobo pulls out a rocket launcher, shooting down Santa Claus and having the flaming sleigh and all eight reindeer land on his opponents, splattering them.
There is no more recognizable music mascot in the entire world than Iron Maiden's Eddie. The zombie-faced hellion has appeared in some form on every Iron Maiden album cover and has probably watched 75 percent of the male population of America lose its virginity from his place on the bedroom wall. Eddie has actually already made one video game appearance as a skateboarder inTony Hawk's Pro Skater 4
and even starred in a PC game calledEd Hunter
based on Iron Maiden's music.
Fatality: Since our favorite album is The Trooper, Eddie impales his opponent on a Union Jack before decapitating them with his army saber.
Many of you are enjoying HBO's Game of Thrones based on the bestselling books by George R. R. Martin, and rightfully so because it's very good. However, we just can't get into it since the whole thing feels like a brand X version of Michael Scott Rohan's criminally underrated fantasy trilogy Winter of the Worlds.
The series deals with a world where magic is an art practiced by smith, and follows Elof Valantor from an abused orphanhood through a variety of blood-filled adventures with plenty of magic beasts, exciting battles and a few nice scenes of ice-age knocking of boots. Seriously, it whips Game of Thrones' ass. Go buy it.
Fatality: Elof crafted a gauntlet capable of absorbing all manners of force. His opponent tries to recoup and attack, only for Elof to catch his fist, thrust it aside, and blow a huge hole right through his skull.
In the beginning, Mortal Kombat was a tribute to the great martial arts movies of the past. Well, you don't get much better than The Last Dragon and its legendary bad guy Sho'nuff, the Shogun of Harlem. Possessing a power called the Glow that turns his fists into flaming balls of energy, he is part pimp, part martial arts master, and the perfect addition to a game that could use someone who has both old school and modern kung fu street cred.
Fatality: Reaching forward, Sho'nuff grabs his opponent by the neck and lifts him up. He screams, "Who is the master?" and rips the head from the torso. Showing the head to the camera, it whispers, "Sho'nuff" before the eyes roll back and he finally dies.
Yes, even the Great White Way has a perfect kombatant. Ladies and gentlemen, here he is, the legendary Bat Boy first featured in Weekly World News and later adapted to an excellent musical that feels like the bastard child of John Hughes and John Waters. In Bat Boy: the Musical, Edgar feeds on human blood and kills a fair amount of cows. He does attack several people, but is always stopped before he really murders anyone. Well, Edgar, here's your chance. Drink up.
Fatality: Edgar slices his opponent's throat with his nails, then lifts them inverted into the air in order to drink every drop.
Maybe we're cheating a bit here since Buffy the Vampire Slayer started out as a film, but we feel confident in claiming that most people are fans of the acclaimed television series rather than its source material. It's been far too long since we had an opportunity to really see our favorite demon-killer in action.
The comic book more or less turned into some weird series of sexual fantasies about Sarah Michelle Gellar that Joss Whedon appeared to be living out in its pages, and Buffy is definitely owed a good game after the failure that was Chaos Bleeds. Plus, it might be nice to have a female in the series that doesn't dress like a hooker.
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Fatality: Buffy stakes her opponent, looks a little confused when it doesn't explode into dust, shrugs and roundhouses its head off.
Be sure to check in here Monday when Jef With One F reviews the long-awaited final episode of Mortal Kombat: Legacy.