Mortal Kombat II Behind the Scenes
This is the first thing I've ever posted by request. I received an email to the effect of "Hey, that autographed MK magazine you have, is it the one with the actor bios and if so could you scan it?" I replied "Nope, that's a different issue which I also have, I swear I don't collect that magazine" and I truly don't collect old issues of VideoGames magazines, these are literally the only two I own.
I don't entirely recall why I have this issue at all. I can only assume I held onto it with the intention of scanning and posting it someday. Then again, in 1994 I didn't have an internet connection (nor did 99% of the population). My first internet account was in 1995 and it came with a free 2mb personal web page. Ah yes, a simpler time when I could keep a copy of my entire site on a 3.5" disk. Anyway, I have no idea why I kept this, none at all. I was pretty hooked on Mortal Kombat II back then, maybe I thought I'd read the bios again. How it didn't get tossed in the four moves I've had since 1994 is also a puzzle. Whatever the case, I kept the magazine and here are the scans:
Here's the cover. Anyone who remembers how to read old Electronics Boutique tags could a) identify the store number this was from and b) note that this is right about when they switched over to the new logo and color scheme (compare to the sticker on the magazine published four months prior).
I think I'll offer some of my own strategy... I used to regularly play against someone who had some amazing moves with Kung Lao. The only character that stood a chance was Scorpion who is a strong counter to Kung Lao. Liu Kang was a frequent choice for annoying players who liked to play keep away by throwing a steady stream of fireballs. If you ever encounter one of those, Mileena is the perfect counter. Johnny Cage, on the other hand, is terrible in 1:1 games.
Shang Tsung is my personal favorite if I'm trying to play through the tournament. He's a strong choice in 1:1 matches too. Sub-Zero isn't a bad choice but is much weaker than the version in the original Mortal Kombat. Reptile was the biggest disappointment in this game. In a 1:1 match, Scorpion and Sub-Zero are both better choices than Reptile unless you are incredibly good at playing while invisible.
Baraka and Raiden are both weak 1:1 characters. Baraka is very popular with beginners because his moves are so easy (and gory). However, a minimally decent Liu Kang player can shred Baraka easily. I've played some who try to abuse Raiden by teleporting rapidly and flailing on the low punch button. It's super annoying but easy enough to escape with Scorpion's shadow punch or counter with Liu Kang's low fireball. Scorpion is a great 1:1 character, he's usually my go-to guy when facing someone new. He can counter a wide range of moves and has no glaring weaknesses. After learning an opponent's style I may try someone different, but he's perfect for that first match-up.
OK, so here's what you probably came for, the behind the scenes article. Hey look at that! A contest to win an autographed copy of the magazine I have (although signed by the entire cast instead of the two I have).
Next is Ho Sung Pak who plays Liu Kang. I'm guessing this Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Secret of the Ooze movie must have been filmed in Chicago since several of the actors appear in it. Why does every movie set in Chicago have to contain the obligatory shot of the "L" in the background? No matter how forced, they always manage to have a scene involving it.
The original Jax costume they had John Parrish in was truly atrocious. It looks like a banana suit. They must have the height stats wrong in here. They talk about needing to digitally shorten Jax but they have him listed as only 2" taller than Daniel Pesina. Seeing them next to each other I think that's off by a bit.
Since I was already scanning the magazine, I thought I'd add a few extras I found interesting.
Here's a review of Dynastic Hero. I only added it so I could rant about not wasting money on buying the Wii Virtual Console version. Don't get me wrong, I am thrilled they're releasing TG-16 CD games that were only available in Japan for it. I bought Dynastic Hero as some kind of show of support. However, it is not as good as the Genesis version that is also available. I guess the soundtrack is a little better but the Genesis one has much better graphics and a more reasonable difficulty level. Meanwhile, Ys IV is collecting virtual dust.