By Steven ‘Dreamking23’ Chavez
Ring outs have been a prominent gameplay feature in 3D fighting games for a long time now. While we don’t see them as much these days, major franchises like Soul Calibur and Virtua Fighter popularized them, and even Mortal Kombat adopted them for a brief window of time.
The ability to be knocked out of the ring and lose the round as a result was a thing back in 2004’s Mortal Kombat: Deception, and during his recent revisit of this title (as well as the PSP version of the game entitled Mortal Kombat Unchained), prominent MK commentator PNDMustard was given a harsh reminder of what ring outs are all about. Unfortunately, this particular ring out was total BS and shouldn’t have happened the way it did, but hey, Mustard’s reaction to it was too good not to share.
Playing through what appears to be the arcade ladder and facing off against a CPU Kenshi, Mustard’s Shao Kahn finds himself backed into a corner. Despite being right up against the edge of the stage, Shao Kahn is positioned in front a part of the back drop that isn’t breakable, which leaves him safe from being hit with a ring out.
Well, that’s what anybody with eyes would think… After holding block and trying to fend off the opponent, Mustard says, “I’m scared” and just as he finishes his thought Kenshi hits him with a horizontal sword slash that sends the Mortal Kombat boss character flying to the right and right off the stage.
Needless to say, Mustard is absolutely shocked by this ridiculous interaction. “WHAT?! EXCUSE ME?! That’s not how that works!” Mustard yells as Shao Khan plummets to the ground.
As if that wasn’t bad enough, this ring out happened when Mustard had an insane life lead on the opponent. Kenshi was one hit away from losing the match, while Shao Khan had hardly taken any damage. But apparently, that doesn’t matter when Kenshi uses his trusty horizontal sword slash.
Now, we’ve definitely seen some BS ring outs in our day, but they tend to come as a result of one player trying really hard to hit the opponent with one, but ultimately flying off the stage platform due to a big maneuver they themselves did. This one here that Mustard experienced might be one the most ridiculous I’ve ever seen.
Shao Kahn is cursed in MK Deception/Unchained pic.twitter.com/wXjhiEy05v
— Mustard (@PNDMustard) December 7, 2022
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