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  • Summary: Deadly Alliance features a completely new fighting system. Each warrior has three unique fighting styles including hand-to-hand and deadly-weapon combat adding a whole new strategy to Mortal Kombat fighting. Full 3D movement with extremely realistic fighting effects are included, with rippedDeadly Alliance features a completely new fighting system. Each warrior has three unique fighting styles including hand-to-hand and deadly-weapon combat adding a whole new strategy to Mortal Kombat fighting. Full 3D movement with extremely realistic fighting effects are included, with ripped clothing, bruises, sweat-dripping and blood. Brutal Fatalities are back with gruesome and bloody detail first time seen on next-generation systems. Character-specific "special attacks" such as Scorpion's deadly spear move are also here. Over 20 new and old favorite characters . Returning: Johnny Cage, Kung Lao, Raiden, Sonya, Scorpion and more. New: Female Sub-Zero, Moloch, Mavado and more. [Midway] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 31
  2. Negative: 0 out of 31
  1. I'll even go out on a limb and say that Deadly Alliance is the best 3D fighter to date! [Jan 2003, p.88]
  2. Gameplay introduces many new elements, and the replay value is almost endless.
  3. I highly recommend this game to anyone who has any interest in fighting games, especially those who were disappointed with "Tekken 4" or people who have a craving for the Mortal Kombat series.
  4. The collectibles are going to make some of you completely addicted to Deadly Alliance. [Jan 2003, p.131]
  5. This is not the fighting game for the young nor the squeamish, but it is a truly excellent fighting game. Mortal Kombat is back in the ring.
  6. 80
    Some of Deadly Alliance's game elements are still very arcade-minded—such as ludicrously difficult bosses and schizophrenic A.I.
  7. 52
    Then there's stuff that's just disgraceful to Asian people in general. For instance, Li Mei looks like she's a drug-addled prostitute. And this is before she gets punched in the face.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 44 out of 49
  2. Negative: 2 out of 49
  1. BryanM.
    Jun 5, 2007
    10
    I really don't care about the fatalitys. this game is the best for the new systems. it has good graphics, sound and controls are great.
  2. PeterH.
    Apr 16, 2003
    10
    I don't know why you people give it sh!t marks because of the fatalities. I just like the game because of its nice bloody graphics and i I don't know why you people give it sh!t marks because of the fatalities. I just like the game because of its nice bloody graphics and i think it's a great game and if they ever made a movie of deadly alliance i think that would be great to. Expand
  3. ChrisZ.
    Feb 10, 2003
    10
    The game is off the chain i love mortal kombat i always will love mortal kombat.
  4. AnonymousMC
    Aug 5, 2003
    10
    Ever since I bought it, I was totally addicted, spending more than just a few hours playing this game. You'll keep coming back for more,Ever since I bought it, I was totally addicted, spending more than just a few hours playing this game. You'll keep coming back for more, buying everything in the Krypt, earning Kurrency, just plain cool! Not to mention the blood is just great! Whether you're a hardcore fan of MK or not, you will find this game very enjoyable! Expand
  5. RyanM.
    Feb 10, 2003
    9
    The game overall is a great fighting game, and the three fighting styles makes it more unique. I think this game has a great characterThe game overall is a great fighting game, and the three fighting styles makes it more unique. I think this game has a great character selection, and a great addition to the mortal kombat series. Expand
  6. Oct 15, 2013
    7
    Deadly Alliance isn't as great as the first 2 games, but its definitely a salvation if you were let down with Mortal Kombat 3 and HATED MK4 toDeadly Alliance isn't as great as the first 2 games, but its definitely a salvation if you were let down with Mortal Kombat 3 and HATED MK4 to death. (Like me) MK5 pretty much picks up where MK4 left off; not much happened in between story-wise. This time, Quan Chi has escaped the Netherrealm and has formed an alliance with Shang Tsung to kill warriors little by little then use their souls as an army to conquer Earthrealm and Outworld. So Raiden has gathered together some of his warriors like Sonya and Johnny Cage to stop them. The alliance's first two victims? Shao Kahn and Liu Kang. There's one thing that bugs me; they kill off one of the most awesome characters when you're 3 minutes in: Shao Kahn! I don't think anyone really cares for Liu Kang, but he's the main character! The person the first 4 games revolved around and all of a sudden you just push him away? Not funny. Luckily, we still have a roster of beloved characters, like Scorpion, Sub-Zero, and Kung Lao. Another thing I don't appreciate is this weird system where you have to enter these 5-10 long button combinations to pull off a combo that the game has assigned and you have to do it exactly like it says. That really bugged me that you no longer have any freedom in creating them. They have also thrown in a few new modes including a story mode, which is really a trainer, really boring, and doesn't further the plot whatsoever. Also, another new addition, each character has 2 unique fighting styles and a weapon. Really, the fighting styles are pointless and really, there's no need for them but the weapons, while pointless, are so cool to fight with I can forgive the game for that tweak. Also, I hated how in MK4 you had to enter a combination to pull out your weapon but now all you have to do is press the left shoulder. I like that. If there is one thing that is truly spectacular, its the Krypt. There are 676 things to unlock here and completionists will appreciate that. Koncept Art, Videos, Biograhpies, New Kostmues and Kharacters. Cooking With Scorpion! XD If I counted right, I've collected 539/676 items. This was a joy and I was thrilled to see it in the future installments. But that aside, there is one more HUGE flaw: The new characters. Dear Lord, they are horrible! (ex. Kenshi) All of them have such cheesy storylines from a drunken teacher to a pointless Motion Capture guy. On a more positive note, I do appreciate the effort as they have cool weapons and costumes and the biographies are enjoyable to read. (Sometimes) So while this is nowhere near the metaphysical perfection of the first 2 games, Its still a step up from MKs 3 & 4. I'd give it a B- Expand
  7. CarleenJ.
    Feb 20, 2003
    1
    The game play is too slow. there are hardly any special moves and the fatality are basically the same. very poor compared to some fighting games.

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