Since competing at EVO 2015 in Mortal Kombat and getting my hands on testing out Street Fighter 5, I’ve been anxiously waiting for the Beta opportunities to pop on PS4. And so far, they’ve been delivering! Here I am testing out R. Mika and she’s shaping up to be a solid character! Your thoughts?
My sister from another mister Shayna “Queen of Spades” Basler joins me for an epic live stream! You may know Shayna from her time on Season 18 of UFC’s The Ultimate Fighter, but when she’s not in the cage she’s gaming. Tune in as she sits down next to me as I train for EVO 2015 on Mortal Kombat X. We review the game, my recent wedding where she was my best woman, and generally just enjoy life.
I decided to learn Scorpion for fun. My buddy lost his mind and felt that Scorpion is an unfair character and has crazy advantages. I explained to him that isn’t the case; he only has a few options because most of his gaming is done through vortex. He said he could learn Scorpion and do the same things I was doing AND beat me!
As you’ll see in this, it is not the character but the person behind the character. Not only do I beat him, but when my buddy moved to his main character Mileena , I beat her, too.
Don’t blame the character. Learn to point the finger at yourself if you’re having a hard time beating someone. Go into Training Mode in Mortal Kombat X and LEARN to beat the character. My buddy had to learn this the hard way. It wasn’t that Scorpion was overpowered; it was that I knew how to use Scorpion and he didn’t know how to beat it.
A fun memory I will always have is my parents taking me to go see Mortal Kombat as a child. I loved that movie so much I bought the sound track for my Walkman! (It’s like your smart phone, but nothing like it). So why not put together some of my favorite moments together with music!?! That’s got to be original!
When it comes to Mortal Kombat X, the difference between winning and losing often comes down to understanding your spacing that leads to getting your opener. Many characters have different tools to open up their opponent to punish them.
Raiden and his Thunder God variation, for example, has extend combos. One of the things I like about this character and variation is that it gives him a pretty good 50/50 involving either hitting you high or low, both of which can lead to major damage. And that is key. You need to learn your mix-ups and also understand when to punish your opponent. It’s critical you know how to maximize your damage when you punish your opponent’s whiffed move.
In this Mortal Kombat X video with Raiden, here is some basic stuff I came up with. Now, I am much more advanced with Raiden and I see that he does a lot of damage. He recently was nurfed and I had to update my combos – which is a new Mortal Kombat X video coming soon where I explain mix-ups and go more in-depth with the character himself.
Evolve is one of the best shooters I have played in a long time. This game is amazing. Each person – monster, medic, support, trapper, assault – each play unique and have a specific role. If done right, victory is almost guaranteed. It just depends on which side you’re on!
Evacuation is a campaign mode set over 5 days where the objective is to save or destroy the colony. If either team wins they get a bonus for the next round. They change the maps based on hunting, nest protecting/destroying eggs, Rescuing/killing soldiers and the last one is base defense while the monster tries to storm through all the generators to destroy the last one to stop the colony from leaving.
In this gameplay video, I play as the monster, specifically the Goliath! A big brute that crushes any in his path… Well, if I evolve first.
From the start of the game you get a 30 second head start to RUN! If you don’t, you will die fast. As a stage 1 monster with no shield, you will be killed fast. The problem is if you run, you leave foot prints or disturb birds and the trackers can use that to find you. Some strategies I’ve seen have people trying to get as far away as possible so they can start feasting on wildlife in order to build their shield and be ready for the first fight, and hopefully survive to then Evolve.
If you use stealth and sneak, you leave no foot prints but do not get as far away. I’m a predator, so I choose to sneak right away and leave the hunters with no clue as to where I am. So not only can I feast on wildlife and get shield but I can also evolve easily to stage 2, putting the fight on even ground without being touched once.
Your environment is everything in this game. Know where you are! And even better, force the hunters to fight you on your grounds, not theirs. Those tracks they are following could lead right to a trap. In this hunt, you will see me do just that as not only do they have to fight me with full shield, they have to fight me with poison clouds surrounding them – and also wildlife! Then eventually stage 2 Evolve after purposely leading them through more poison clouds.
I also utilize my minions! Only attacking when I have back up and full shield. Also knowing when to retreat! all these things tactics lead to me defeating the hunters in all 5 days and destroying the colony!