There have been eleven main Mortal Kombat games. Can you believe it? The 90s were that long ago. Since then the fighting game has become a gory institution as colorful ninjas and sorcerers and special forces agents collide to rip each others’ guts out in wacky martial arts tournaments.
But in the past decade Mortal Kombat has gone from just a recognizable violent fighting game to a really good recognizable violent fighting game. And the recently released Mortal Kombat 11 brings the reboot trilogy home with a story mode stretching across all of history and new ways for customizing characters to your liking, with different skills and gear to make the accessible mechanics even more varied and deep.
Expensive cutscenes and ancillary (arguably exploitative) side content aren’t worth anything though if your fighting game doesn’t have a solid roster. Fortunately, Mortal Kombat 11 gives you a diverse cast of kombatants on which to unleash your bloodlust. And we’re taking a look at every single one of them. Today’s fighter: Cassie Cage.
Who Are They?
Cassie Cage is the daughter of Johnny Cage and Sonya Blade, Mortal Kombat’s most lovingly unexpected couple. She combines her father’s movie star swagger with her mother’s military fighter competency, along with her own millennial edge. After awakening her family’s ancient powers to defeat Shinnok, in Mortal Kombat 11 she’s forced to come into her own as a leader, especially while dealing with younger versions of her own parents.
Cassie Cage first appeared in Mortal Kombat X as the de facto leader of the Kombat Kids, the new generation of characters that signified that game’s time skip. Mortal Kombat 11 doesn’t focus on her quite as singularly, but she’s still a pretty important character we definitely see being a mainstay in future games.
Even if you didn’t know Cassie was the daughter of Johnny and Sonya, it’s pretty easy to guess when you see this woman walk out in military garb and millionaire sunglasses. Her moveset too combines ideas from her parents but with new twists. Green Cage energy powers her various kicks and shoulders charges. She also has access to all sorts of weapons like dual guns and a combat drone for controlling space.
How Gross Is The Fatality?
Johnny Cage’s punch to the groin is one of the most enduring, iconic, sophomoric moves in all of Mortal Kombat canon. But Cassie’s #GirlPower Fatality turns it into something almost subversive. After shooting you a bunch, she kicks you in the crotch so hard your skeleton pops straight up out of your body, tearing apart your flesh in the process.
Mortal Kombat 11 is available now for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, and Nintendo Switch. For more, read our spine-ripping impressions of the game as a whole, learn more about Mortal Kombat’s history with the government, and check out our character guide for the much less violent fighting game Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.