After Mortal Kombat X, Mortal Kombat 11, and Aftermath, it has become obvious that the new Special Forces team is much better than the classic one.

At Mortal Kombat universe, the evolution of America’s Special Forces has been one of the most important deciding factors in how the war will swing against the forces attempting to take over Earthrealm. Initially, the early games had Sonya Blade, Jax, and Stryker helping take down enemies like Kano’s Black Dragon. However, over time, they began to work together with characters like Johnny Cage, Raiden, and Liu Kang when it became clear that Shang Tsung, Quan Chi, Shinno, Shao Kahn, the Elder Gods, and their superiors were too much.

However, as cool as this classic squad was, it’s the new Special Forces that really push the franchise forward and come out as the best option.

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This is not to beat the old team, but it was mostly about running and shooting, as a result of being designed in the ’90s. They felt like soldiers with no personality. The one exception is Sonya, and a lot of that has to do with her dynamic with Johnny. On the other hand, Jax simply appeared as a militant who had to use his cyber-arms to eliminate his problems according to 2000. Special Forces game. Stryker didn’t have much character to him, he was just obsessed with guns and bombs.

It’s only when the new generation came into play in Mortal Kombat X we got some flair, glare, pop, and (most importantly) higher emotional stakes. Jacqui gave Jax much more depth when he began to understand the cost of war, not from the perspective of a soldier, but as a father. Cassie did the same with Sonya and Johnny, and to top it off, their weaponry is quite amazing, giving us substance and style.

Hand blasters, pistols, grenades, and drones (which are even used by Sonya) are much better than forcing them to be mystical warriors. This is not in their nature, so the new age that uses technology to turn them into super soldiers rather than superhuman powers makes perfect sense. It also allowed veterans to improve and work in synergy with their children.

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Then there is the idea of ​​a supernatural soldier with Takeda, Scorpion’s student and son of the blind ninja, Kenshi. His arrogance aside, the way he guides both his team and older bosses like a protégé of two worlds feels like what Raiden really wanted when he started recruiting into the Earth’s army.

Also, Takeda and Jacqui engaged after MKX, it feels a lot more organic than Sonya and Johnny, who just came off as a predetermined romance back in the day. A lot of it has to do with that sense of family they cultivated, which is seen especially in MKX story mode where they were a black ops unit doing their thing, but their main focus was on others.

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Last but not least, Kung Jin, Kung Lao’s nephew, is another supernatural soldier, mixing in the manner of the Shaolin monks of the White Lotus. His jokes and jokes in general also make the eclectic mix less robotic than the overly serious older heads. But make no mistake: young people know when to stop joking around.

The fact that Kung Jin is gay also paints a more diverse and colorful team for a new generation that also includes more people of color than the old lineup. With the characters now much more identifiable to the mainstream audience, this team is the best way to move the game forward. Hopefully after Aftermath, fans will be back to see the full team, as there is so much untapped potential. Since we’ve spent three decades with classic characters, it’s always good to revamp the series with a modern approach, especially for a budding cinematic universe.

Mortal Kombat 11, developed by NetherRealm Studios and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, is available for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, PC, and Google Stadia. His Kombat Pack 2 and Ultimate Edition are also available now.

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