After each fight, the avatars in queue can rate the match from 1-10, which gives the winner respect points, and yes these are basically nothing more than bragging rights, but they are bragging rights that are fun to get. People will spam fireballs far less often if they know the crowd is booing them for doing so.
There will also be a fully implemented replay mode that allows you to record your matches online to watch offline. Players will be able to send their replays to other players over Xbox Live or the PlayStation Network.
Though the game only includes a stereoscopic mode on the PlayStation, the team still had quite a few issues when developing stereoscopic graphics. They found that a deep 3D image actually caused eyestrain or headaches when played for a long stretches of time. So instead, they dialed back the parallax effect to allow players to play for extended periods. This also allowed players sitting around the TV but not wearing 3D glasses to keep up with the action even though the image was basically doubled. In the end, the team focused on separating the action elements from the backgrounds in subtle ways, rather than making things on the screen pop out at you, and the graphical quality of the game was improved because of it.
The team mostly kept their mouth shut about DLC, and with good reason. They assured us that absolutely no DLC for the game will be on disk. Every single DLC character, costume, stage, or whatever that comes out after the game's release will be have been developed after the game was complete. Right now the team is hard at work on developing Kenshi and Skarlett as their first two DLC characters, however they assured us that characters are not the only thing that will come through DLC. DLC updates to the single-player mode including new challenges and bosses are also a possibility, but no concrete plans have been made yet. They did say they are looking toward rumored and joke characters from the past for DLC characters in the future.
Speaking of characters on disk or on a hard drive, the MK team also addressed what would happen when one player has a DLC character and another does not. They were unable to comment on whether or not players will have to download an update or even the character data itself in order to be able to face players with a DLC character. However, they were able to say they developed a new system that no one had seen before that handles the character mismatch. "Expect good things," they told us.
The "Yes" List
Here are a couple other cool features the game will have.
The "No" List
As always there were plenty of things that the team simply couldn't talk about, hadn't considered, or specifically denied. Here is a short list.
Well everyone. That's it. There's nothing left to do but wait for the game to come out next Tuesday. I don't know about you, but I will be waiting with blood-soaked bells on.
Angelo M. D'Argenio
CCC Freelance Writer
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