Mortal Kombat's Cheapest Characters: Part 2
Noob Saibot (Multiple)
Just about any time this mash-up of MK co-creators Ed Boon and John Tobias made an appearance, it was followed by mountains of frustration. He was a secret character in MK2 that could only be accessed after 50 wins against a human opponent, which meant you only saw him on Saturday nights when the arcade was packed. While Noob was basically only a Scorpion clone in that game, he quickly evolved. In later games he had an unblockable projectile attack, fought side-by-side with Smoke and even had ridiculous zoning in MK9. If that weren't enough, he's the original Sub-Zero. You know... that cheap character mentioned in part one of this feature.
In the original Mortal Kombat there weren't any attacks with unblockable properties. Sure, there were a few setups here and there to make an attack unblockable, but you couldn't simply perform the attack by itself without it being 100 percent blockable. That line of sensible thinking was thrown out the window when Mortal Kombat 2 came around.
Jax had a Ground Pound that was completely and totally unblockable. It even ducked under some projectile attacks and could be used to punish certain special moves. Add his Quadthrow, which inflicted tremendous damage, and then he had an air throw and Gotcha Grab that could be comboed into, and even a solid projectile to boot. Why does a government agent need all of that? We'll tell you why... because he needed to be cheap, and that's exactly what he was.
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