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Johnny Cage kicks Johnny Cage's ass in the best Mortal Kombat 11 trailer yet

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Most of the Mortal Kombat 11 trailers we've enjoyed over the past couple of months have focused on fatalities—brain ejections, movie magic, whatever the hell you call this—but one of them was all about the story: A "temporal crisis" with an incomprehensible menagerie of characters running around (including two Johnny Cages) that was awfully hard to follow. Luckily, we've now got a new story trailer that helps clarify the situation somewhat. But that's not why it's great. 

It's great because, in case there was any doubt, it fully, unabashedly embraces the utter ridiculousness of Mortal Kombat on just about every possible level. 25 years ago we had Joe Lieberman bemoaning "blood splattering" while watching Kano defeat Sonya Blade in front of a congressional audience, and now we've got Johnny Cage slapping Johnny Cage's glasses off while Jax makes a "me, myself, and I" joke, Kano gets a sacking for the ages, and Jacqui acknowledges that all of this is "seriously messed up."

It's not a knowing wink at the inherent silliness of Mortal Kombat but a flashing neon sign that says, "Yes, we know!" It's still wildly violent, with decapitations, double eye-stabbings, and x-ray bonebreaking, but the fun is what really shines through: I honestly can't tell the good guys from the bad guys but I don't think that really matters, because everyone seems to be having a good time. 

Mortal Kombat 11 comes out on April 23.  

Andy Chalk

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.