An opinion that can be a bit controversial due to people’s thoughts being divided quite equally. On one hand, I do have a bone to pick with Netherrealm for not even notifying the original voice actor regarding the upcoming title. At the same time, I really like the voice of Scorpion from Mortal Kombat 11.
— Patrick Seitz (@Seitz_Unseen) December 7, 2018
So again, quite the dick move. I mean they could’ve contacted him at least to consult about the change. Or to even see if he could pull off the voice they wanted. Which brings me to my next point.
The major reason for not casting Mr. Seitz is because the Scorpion of Mortal Kombat 11 is a new one from the past versions. One that we haven’t seen before.
Unlike our old flamey boi, this Hanzo Hasashi isn’t hateful, vengeful or full of spite. This is a Scorpion who’s seeking the truth of how his clan really died. After the events of X, he’s also redeemed himself by executing Quan Chi. So what was once a raging demon samurai from hell, is now a badass, wise, matured, and stoic warrior. One that emits mastery and an imminent ass-whooping from just his voice and intros alone.
Of course, we can’t just not credit Patrick Seitz. The guy’s been Scorpion for a decade nearly? And a damn good one at that. If the very emotion of rage itself had a face and voice, it’d be the Hanzo Hasashi that Seitz depicted. The echoingly demonic screams and pure hatred in every line of dialogue amazingly complemented his aggressive moves as well.
Not only did it do so much good for the character on its own, but it also served amazingly in parallel to his rival, Sub-Zero. Sub-Zero and Scorpion are the poster boys of Mortal Kombat, and their rivalry has transcended generations. Scorpions fiery rage was perfectly in tune with Zero’s calm Ice. The Hanzo and Kuai Liang rivalry are easily one of the most iconic feuds in gaming history.
Here’s the thing though, sometimes it does get to a line where it’s just repetitive. Sort of redundant and then eventually bland. Plus it made no sense for Scorpion to still be angry after the events of X.
That’s why I do love the new voice, it displays a level of character development and growth that Hasashi hasn’t had in all his time of the Mortal Kombat series. This Hanzo on the other hand actually displays a proper learning experience in the form of a stoic new personality.
Again, I’m still against how Seitz was treated. Heck, they could’ve gotten the calmer voice acted by him for AT LEAST a tryout. But I won’t boycott or condemn the new voice actor based on the mistakes of the studio.
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