Goro Lives! This quote is one of the most hyped quotes in gaming at the moment. With the release of the upcoming Mortal Kombat X drawing ever nearer, Goro has been revealed as an pre-order DLC character. Goro Lives! But is Goro worth the hype?

Goro is a character from the Mortal Kombat fighting game series. He first appeared in the original Mortal Kombat as an unplayable boss character, challenging the player before the final fight with Shang Tsung. Goro is part of the four-armed half-human, half-dragon race, called the Shokan. In the original game he has been champion of the Mortal Kombat tournament for 500 years before eventually being defeated by tournament champion Liu Kang. Unlike most characters in the game, who were digitized representations of live actors, Goro was a clay sculpture animated through stop motion.

Ed Boon, co-creator of the Mortal Kombat franchise, has often stated that there were actually two Goro models made. The first of these models, they kept changing over and over so it fell apart over time. But he also said he had the other one stashed at his home. In April 2013, Ed Boon found the original stop motion models for Goro, Kintaro and Sheeva after a flood hit the Chicago suburbs, and added them to the MK collection in the Netherrealm studios.

Goro was awarded the titles of Best Villain in the 1993 Nintendo Power Awards ("best, worst and biggest bad boy of them all") and the Hottest Gaming Hunk of 1993 by Electronic Gaming Monthly. His role in the Mortal Kombat games has been well-received; Techtree stated that: "while Goro was not the main boss in the first game, he was probably the hardest".

He has been ranked #20 in The 47 Most Diabolical Video-Game Villains of All Time poll by GamePro in 2008, and #67 in the list of Top 100 Videogame Villains by IGN. UGO.com featured him in their "Top 11 Mortal Kombat Characters" list, with comments focused on his appearance due to the "twist" his first appearance gave since he was very different from the other characters. UGO also ranked him as the 15th hardest boss in video games. GameSpot list of the Top Ten Boss Fights prominently featured Goro, mainly due to how difficult it was to defeat him in the original Mortal Kombat. They even added a note that stated that despite the introductions of bosses similar to Goro in sequels, Goro still remains the Grand Champion.

Goro has rarely been a playable in the MK series and therefore achieved a near mythical status. However, he has been confirmed as an pre-order character in MK X, making him the first character in Mortal Kombat history to be a downloadable pre-order bonus. Goro has been a long-running series favorite, due to his appearance as the original Mortal Kombat sub-boss. Goro's four arms allow him to reach and grapple enemies in unique ways. his huge size also grants him potent reach. He is a force to be reckoned with...

You may have thought he would never return again. You may even have thought he was dead and gone. But my friend, you've never been more wrong... Goro Lives!

Kevin "Methodone89" van Dongen

MK X will be available April 14, 2015 for PC / PS3 / PS4, XBox 360 & XBox One.