Hsu Hao —
A member of the Red Dragon, Hsu Hao’s duty was to infiltrate the Special Forces and covertly guide them to the members of the Black Dragon. Once the Black Dragon was seemingly destroyed, Hsu Hao was ordered to remain among the Special Forces ranks as an informant until further notice. That notice came when his superior, Mavado, ordered him to destroy the Outerworld Investigation Agency’s ability to travel to the Outworld. Hsu Hao would not dishonor his Red Dragon clan; he would complete his task at any cost.
Hsu Hao gained access to an Ion Pulse bomb and infiltrated the heavily reinforced underground bunker that housed the techno-portals designed by the Agency. Barely evading Jax, Hsu Hao activated the portal to Outworld, switched on the bomb, and escaped into the portal before the Ion Pulse went off. The Agency was destroyed and with it any means for inter-realm travel from Earthrealm. Hsu Hao must now make contact with Mavado in Outworld to receive his next objective.
Once again, another copy cat character of Kano. While Jarek seemed rediculous at least Hsu Hao made sense because of his cybernetic implants. He was a grappling type character similar to Jax and was a close range fighter. He was a decent fighter but not so much as a character. He wasn’t fleshed out enough and wasn’t really well liked.
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Hsu Hao —
Nearly nothing changed in Armageddon from DA. He had one less fighting style and that was about it. If you liked him in DA you probably would in Armageddon as well.
Years ago, the rogue swordsman Kenshi wandered Japan to challenge the greatest warriors. His purpose in life was simply to be the best. Shang Tsung, however, had discovered Kenshi’s true heritage as a descendant of a long-forgotten line of warrior kings. The sorcerer desired to consume the souls of those warrior kings and tricked the unknowing Kenshi into releasing them from their tomb, an act which left him blinded. Shang Tsung consumed the souls and left Kenshi to die in the tomb.
Sensing the cries of his captured ancestors, Kenshi made a vow to slay Shang Tsung in order to free them from his grasp. When he learned of Shang Tsung’s escape to Outworld, Kenshi agreed to help the Special Forces search for the missing agent Cyrax as a means of gaining access to that realm, which allowed him to act as both rescue party and spy. Shortly after discovering the sorcerer’s whereabouts, the Agency was destroyed and with it his only means for return to Earth. Kenshi now finds himself facing the Deadly Alliance on his own.
Little did we know that Kenshi would become a mainstream MK character. He was loved by fans due to him being blind and using his telkenetic powers. Something about his costume just struck a right chord with fans as well. In Deadly Alliance he was fast as a mid/long range character and he was deadly with his katana. His fatality was a little weak in DA (most were anyway), but it showed off just how powerful his powers are.
One of the few characters to make it past Deadly Alliance, Kenshi was improved even further in Deception. He was quicker and more powerful while keeping the mid/long range attacks. He was great for keeping your opponent at a distance and off their feet. His fatalities were pretty cool in Deception and he felt like one of the most balanced characters in the game.
Kenshi hadn’t evolved much in Armageddon and was nearly an exact copy from Deception which isn’t a bad thing, but he had one less fighting style. This was probably Kenshi’s weakest appearance.
The only DA character besides Quan Chi to make it past DA, Kenshi was a beast in the MK reboot. He was quicker than ever and had more telekenetic attacks this time around. His background was more fleshed out and he felt like a staple character at this point. He was an awesome character to play as and was one of my personal favorites. He also had some of the best fatalities in the entire game.
Kenshi’s return to MKX just proved that he was a regular and would probably stick around for a while longer. With him aging in the game; it doesn’t stop him at being fast and powerful. His age just shows his experience due to his acquired powers through all three fighting variants. His fatalities are the best out of the whole series here and are just brutal and gruesome. Kenshi has evolved and is at his finest here.
Li Mei —
The Deadly Alliance commanded Kano and his troops to force a small population of people to construct a palace fortress. One of those enslaved was Li Mei, who rebelled against the invaders and attacked Kano himself. Recognizing the warrior spirit she possessed, the sorcerer Quan Chi offered to free her people if she could win the Deadly Alliance tournament. If she did not win, however, she would be forced to serve the Alliance and her people would remain slaves forever. Li Mei had no choice but to accept the offer.
During the construction of Shang Tsung’s palace, Li Mei discovered that it would be constructed around the ancient stone structure located on a nearby plateau. Her people have regarded the relic as sacred for as long as anyone could remember. Legends told that it was a portal to the heavens left behind by the gods themselves. When Quan Chi activated the portal with his mysterious amulet and countless souls spewed forth, trapped between the realms, it was clear that the legends had been true.
Li Mei was a personal favorite in Deadly Alliance. He was a mid range character that used a lot of pop up attacks and kicks. She was nimble and just really quick. She used a lot flips as well so she was great for keeping your opponent on the defense. I just wish her back story was more evolved.
Li Mei —
In Deception she received a nice upgrade in her fighting style. She was much quicker and could be used a low hitting character with flips and projectile attacks. She was great for people who wanted fast characters and was a personal favorite.
Li Mei —
Like most characters from Deadly Alliance and Deception, Li Mei didn’t receive an overhaul in Armageddon. She was nearly cut and paste from Deception with one less fighting style. She was still fast and a great character to use.
The Red Dragon had existed for centuries as a secretive criminal organization. Members such as Mavado were highly skilled and disciplined warriors. But in the last century, many of the more reckless members became dissatisfied with the restraints the code of the Red Dragon placed on them and broke away to form their own gang. Since then, it has been the Red Dragon’s number one priority to completely eradicate the infidels known collectively as the Black Dragon.
It was thought that the Black Dragon had been completely destroyed until Mavado was approached by the two sorcerers Shang Tsung and Quan Chi. The sorcerers offered to hand over the last member of the Black Dragon, Kano, in return for Mavado’s assistance in eliminating a spy in Outworld. Mavado accepted the offer and traveled to Outworld with Quan Chi and Shang Tsung by way of a secret inter-realm portal located in the Lost Sea. The swordsman who had been spying on Shang Tsung for the past few months would soon be eliminated.
Movado was a well liked character as he was another Black Dragon member that felt similar to Kabal with his hook swords. He fought as an average character, but his swords are what defined him as well as his long black trench coat. I didn’t personally use him all that often, but he had a cool fatality.
Again, nothing changed from Deadly Alliance. While he skipped over Deception, he at least received a costume upgrade unlike a lot of Deadly Alliance characters. It was a complete overhaul to make him look like a knight/ninja/cowboy hybrid.