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  • Summary: Shocking and evil, Mortal Kombat: Deception pushes martial arts-style fighting and the Mortal Kombat franchise to new heights with an innovative fighting system, unparalleled depth and brutally intense action that will appeal to long-time Mortal Kombat fans as well as next-generation gamers. The game features lightning-fast hand-to-hand and special weapons combat, secret and returning characters, moves and combinations with new death-dealing battles and fatalities. With a host of new features including multiple fatalities per character, multi-tiered interactive backgrounds and extensive new game modes, Mortal Kombat: Deception will set a precedent for all other fighting games to follow. [Midway] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 43
  2. Negative: 0 out of 43
  1. The gameplay has evolved to a frightening degree, and exacting painful death upon your opponent is only the tip of the bloody iceberg...Deception is easily the most-accomplished fighter to date. [Oct 2004, p.120]
  2. It's nice to see that Midway has really listened to video game fans in the development of Mortal Kombat: Deception. The game is a considerable improvement over "Deadly Alliance."
  3. The included game modes expands the replayability for Deception significantly, and the stability of online play will guarantee that this title will stay in consoles for a long, long time.
  4. The combat herein is a tour de force, oozing over-the-top charm and playing with as much balance as any of the more traditionally respected fighters out there. However, the experience will, most likely, be at least tainted for newcomers by a tacked-on one-player challenge that is not so much badly implemented, just poorly thought-out.
  5. 80
    We love it for the ├╝ber-violent finishing moves and optional online action and hate it for the "instant death traps" we get stuck in on nearly every level. If only we were less clumsy!
  6. Considering the extremely fast response times needed for a fighting game, it's amazing how smoothly the online mode plays. It's just as responsive as it would be if you were playing with a pal sitting next to you, which is an astounding achievement.
  7. 50
    Despite how oddly compelling I found many of the diversions found herein, I couldn't get too into this game's dated fighting mechanic.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 20
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 20
  3. Negative: 2 out of 20
  1. MarkusM.
    Dec 8, 2004
    10
    Superb game! I just love the new features, fatalyties and death traps. But.. They should have added more arenas.
  2. ShokaF.
    Mar 26, 2005
    10
    I give it a 100 because my favorite player jade is on there she is lookin hotter and hotter every game she in.
  3. FrancescoV.
    Sep 27, 2005
    10
    This is the best fighting game that I have ever played and the Konquest mode is brilliant.
  4. DavidA.
    Oct 23, 2004
    8
    I would actually give it like an 8.75 but I can't 'cause it doesn't let you. Not the best game in history but a very good remake of "deadly alliance" it has very good fatalyties but it lacks of originality, it's practicly the same thing as the previous games, sure there are new moves and envirements but it still doesn't bring a new concept to the table, now on the other hand I wouldn't say it sucks like Max H did, it still has what it takes to keep your hands around the controler for a while. Expand
  5. May 1, 2011
    7
    If Mortal Kombat: Deception were at any fault, it would be the addition of "hara kiri". Is there a point in killing yourself in a worse manner than your foe probably would? Aside from looking stylish. Expand
  6. CloudStrife
    Apr 4, 2005
    7
    Boring. Still the graphics are good and the music. I believe the controls were better on deadly Alliance! Anyway the enviroment might be good but its not that epic as it was the first place (see Mortal kombat Trilogy)!! A good game but rent it first. Personaly i am not gonna buy it!! :) Expand
  7. MaxH.
    Oct 8, 2004
    0
    Disappointing

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