Mortal Kombat 11 has introduced a host of awesome fighters. Its next Kombat Pack should include newcomer Cole Young in the roster.
By Nicholas Brooks
Published May 06, 2021
The new live-action Mortal Kombat film introduced a new kombatant not seen in the games, Cole Young. An ancestor to Hanzo Hasashi, aka Scorpion, the young fighter showcased his unique abilities in the film’s climax. A protective, braided armor formed around the fighter, granting him mild invulnerability strong enough to withstand direct hits from Prince Goro. Cole’s skillset makes him a perfect candidate to be included in Mortal Kombat 11’s next Kombat Pack.
The latest title in the franchise has seen fighters from all backgrounds and franchises like Rambo, Robocop and the Terminator. In fact, one of the T-800’s moves is a perfect example of how Cole’s powers would work in the game. Terminate is a special move that armors the Terminator so that he can absorb all hits and projectiles while approaching enemies. One of Cole’s special moves could operate in the same way, leaving the opponent open for an amplified MMA grab that gets them in a hold.
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Since his armor can also absorb kinetic energy, each hit that Cole takes would be absorbed into his suit and his tonfa, offering a massive damage boost similar to how in MK11 Jax’s arms?heat up with each punch he throws. Cole could redirect that entry into projectile blasts or special tonfa combos. Since MMA is the backbone of Cole’s style, most of his none special moves would be grabs, knees and strikes as he is most accustomed to close-quarter combat.
Cole would also be?one of the few fighters in Mortal Kombat to use traditional tonfa as a weapon of choice. The last combatant seen using this weapon was Tonya in Mortal Kombat X. The weapons would serve as an extension for Cole and the player and offer a wider window to grab and strike opponents. That extra reach could also overcome the dilemma that players sometimes have of throwing a punch and just barely missing the opponent.
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As an ancestor to Scorpion, a great way to pay homage to him would be with a spear tailored specifically to Cole. Utilizing his braid armor, Cole could grab the enemy from a distance and open up a small selection of options. If he has stored energy, he can have it travel to the opponent, igniting them, or pull himself towards them or yank them towards him. Doing so could activate two separate grab moves that, if timed right, could activate a painful X-ray scene.
Cole Young is a new fighter with great?potential to bring in even more fans who loved the movie but never played the game. His moves seen in the film could easily be translated into video game form and create a character that could hold his own against franchise greats like Sub-Zero, Liu Kang and Scorpion. The next Kombat Pack for Mortal Kombat 11 would be doing players a massive favor by including Cole Young on the roster.
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CBR Features Writer Nick Brooks has been writing for over ten years about all things pop culture. He has written for other sites like Animemojo.com and Gamefragger.com. When not writing you can find him with his lovely girlfriend, cooking, reading comics, or collecting any new Star Wars Black Series, Marvel Legend, or Transformer. For more of his thoughts on pop culture check out his blog, The Next Panel with Comic Brooks.
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