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  • Summary: Mortal Kombat: Deception takes the series to the next level with multiple fatalities per character, interactive backgrounds, and new game modes. For the first time in the Mortal Kombat series, you can play a free-roaming Konquest mode, board games, and a puzzle game, in addition to the enhanced one-on-one fighting mode. Mortal Kombat: Deception supports online play for both the PS2 and Xbox Live and features online matches and tournaments as well as online gameplay capabilities for both the board game and puzzle modes. Collapse
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 14
  2. Negative: 1 out of 14
  1. More exceptional and more stylish than any other game in the series, Deception will provide an endless amount of entertainment.
  2. Offers a ton of bloody entertainment, even when going online isn't an option. [Apr 2005, p.131]
  3. 85
    A great diversion from the usual fighting template. So while it may not be as complex or responsive as a number of other 3D (or even 2D) fighters out there, it's a hell of a lot of fun (whether you stink at it or not).
  4. 80
    Thanks to the GameCube's unfriendly button layout, performing the new demanding dial-a-combos is harder than ever. Patient players, however, will uncover an almost overwhelming array of play modes and hidden features.
  5. The map-navigating controls are touchy in the Konquest, but as an additional mode, it's quite impressive. [May 2005, p.91]
  6. 75
    If you're looking at the game for continuing the fun, campy Mortal Kombat legacy, you'll find a lot to like here. If you're looking for highly technical fighting matches or evolved modern game storytelling, you'll do better looking elsewhere.
  7. 40
    The game's fighting mechanic was a little thin to begin with, and without an online version to lend it some legs, it gets old real fast. Playing with the GameCube controller isn't too hot, either.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 1 out of 4
  1. Jul 8, 2011
    The Gamecube's controller makes this game nearly impossible to play. Get it for PS2 or XBOX. Most of the new characters are pretty dull and uninspired, but the returning fighters look as good as ever. Expand

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