This is really getting on my nerves. Not because they are complaining that the animation is bad, but because they don’t even know what the hell they are talking about. As someone who’s worked with 3D animation before, I feel the need to educate some of these whiners.
People are complaining that the animation is clunky and stiff, how Netherrealm studiots needs to hire better animators and bunch of other crap. That’s false. The animation is perfectly fine in this game. Animation is just the motion of a 3D model, AKA a punch, kick, steps, walk e.t.c.
The things that people are actually complaining about, the STIFFNESS, Clunkiness e.t.c are all part of the PROGRAMMING. For example, most animation are done stand-still on the spot, such as a hit stun animation, falling, jumping e.t.c. The distance, trajectory, angle, speed e.t.c are all done from the PROGRAMMING side.
When you do a jump in kick, and whether it hits or gets blocked, and the character pretty much freezes mid-air during the impact, this is a DESIGN CHOICE in the programming side, not an animation flaw or because Netherrealm’s animation team are inadequate. Please realize this and get it through your heads before you complain at the wrong things. It makes you seem really stupid from the perspective of actual game designers or animators.
Point is, all the “stiffness” or what not are all done deliberately. I’m sure the team could’ve easily let the motion continue after jump-in kicks just like any other fighting games, its not hard, they just CHOSE not to because I’m assuming jump kicks usually cause a knockdown and they dont want to give you windows of combo follow-ups after it, or maybe because its how MK’s system was always like. Whatever the case may be, the fact is, its a design CHOICE, not a design FLAW, especially not an ANIMATION FLAW.
I dont care if you’re a MK9 hater, troll, biased or whatever. Please do some research before spewing nonsense. That is all. I’m also not here to debate MK9’s animation or game quality. I posted this just to inform all the annoying haters and ignorant masses of their flawed complains. So take it for what you will, learn from it, and if you’re gona continue complaining, at least complain at the right things, peace.