A lot of people trash talk KI every day for having outdated graphics when a new video is dropped like Eagle’s or an article is posted and the comments are filled with distaste for the graphical style, while a lot of that is your standard smack talk to an extent I can relate to how they feel. Sometimes KI does look very unrefined but at others it looks breathtaking, its the Drew Barrymore of video games, in a certain light it can change drastically. For the most part the stages, lighting, particle effects and overall artistic style of the game looks very good.
Where the game I feel falls flat are in areas like animations, specifically many stage ultras, a good number of ultimates and others such as victory or draw animations, especially stage ultra victory poses. Basically any animation that’s not combat related looks a little stiff and unnatural. Jerky movements that seem robotic and facial animations are everywhere but that aside they’re not terrible and don’t warrant the kind of reactions KI receives.
I feel however that the biggest thing that KI has issue with are human faces. Most of the graphical complaints I hear are folks whining about faces, the trailers for human characters get crapped on while the ones for monsters are highly praised. Think about it for a second, some of the best looking character are monsters. Eyedol is phenomenal looking, Kan-ra has this cool Jack Nicholson Joker thing going on, with his inhuman smile and Riptor, she’s probably the most gorgeous character on the roster, she looks next-gen for sure. Fulgore looks like he could be in MKX, the guy is drop-dead super sexy.
But others like Kim Wu, Tusk and now Eagle have very awkward looking human faces. I don’t need to remind everyone why Kim looks weird what with her freakish bass mouth when she screams or Tusk’s little chicklet teeth. I honestly think a great deal of the hate for KI comes from the appearance of the human cast members. Jago being an exception because most of his face is covered. Sadira for the most part looks fine, Orchid isn’t to bad either, Combo and Mira are alright to but they do look a little stiff, mostly in the mouth areas.Though Thunder’s face, his unpainted retro face looks like a plastic Halloween Power Ranger mask you get your kid when you can’t find the costume he actually wanted. Eagle’s face isn’t so bad but when he talks his mouth… the angles of the camera, I don’t know what it is but it looks like his mouth is made out of something not-human.
I’m sure that its just because monsters are easier to make look good, since they’re abstract and don’t need to be completely realistic but still some characters have very bad faces in this game. Now that’s not to say that I hate them myself, I love this game and I wouldn’t care if we had Xbox 360 graphics I’d still be playing every day! I just wanted to point out that I believe one of the game’s weaknesses are human faces. Take it with a grain of salt (lord knows there is enough of it to go around)
EDIT: I’m not trying to put the game down or marginalize the work of those who made the game! Just attempting to identify the faults so we can move forward with a better KI!