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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.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
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  1. Positive: 33 out of 43
  2. Negative: 0 out of 43
  1. It's bigger, it's badder and there's a whole lot of cutting... and hey, that's a good thing, for once. MKD is a can't miss game.
  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. 88
    More moves, more fatalities, more characters, more mini-games, and the addition of online play are what Deception is all about, and it makes for an end product that's just shy of excellent.
  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. Amazingly fun; once again, fans will be shouting "Finish him!" for months to come.
  6. The added Puzzle Kombat is surprisingly fun—Tetris-style one-on-one gaming is punctuated by miniature, big-headed characters popping each other in the skulls. Throw out your old MK games; it's time to call this one your daddy.
  7. Savage karnivores may still enjoy this bloody-rare slab of fighting beef, but genre gourmets should look elsewhere.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 22
  2. Negative: 2 out of 22
  1. FrancescoV.
    Sep 27, 2005
    10
    This is the best fighting game that I have ever played and the Konquest mode is brilliant.
  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. Apr 21, 2015
    10
    Takes what Deadly Alliance did right and none of what it did wrong. The character models are gorgeous and not jarringly different from whatTakes what Deadly Alliance did right and none of what it did wrong. The character models are gorgeous and not jarringly different from what you're used to from a Mortal Kombat game. The combat is incredibly methodical and slow unlike the fast paced action one might be used to from Mortal Kombat. The game becomes much more tactical and skill-based rather than twitch-reaction based. The best thing it does however, is take the game's mysterious lore and backstory and expands on it in a way that blew me away. The game features a mode called "Konquest" which is essentially a Mortal Kombat RPG that allows you to explore the universe that previous games in the series helped create. What results is one of the better experiences you can have in video games, period. The free roam combines the mystique and brutality of the universe with the brutal combat of the game itself to create what I view as a masterpiece, through and through. It's just one of those things you have to experience yourself to truly appreciate. It also features two other modes- puzzle combat and chess combat. They're basically exactly what they sound like but nowhere near as gimmicky as one would believe and extraordinarily fun. Expand
  4. DavidS.
    Oct 8, 2004
    8
    A nice upgrade from Deadly Alliance. Great graphics and sound. Almost everything I wanted for the sequel. Konquest mode sucks though and A nice upgrade from Deadly Alliance. Great graphics and sound. Almost everything I wanted for the sequel. Konquest mode sucks though and that's where you have to unlock all the good stuff. May be too hard for casual gamers. Expand
  5. BonbonA.
    Aug 7, 2005
    8
    Better than "Mortal Combat: Deadly Alliance". They add more fatalities and character, and adding some new features such as harakiri, mini Better than "Mortal Combat: Deadly Alliance". They add more fatalities and character, and adding some new features such as harakiri, mini games and conquest mode. Still the game need some improvements. Collapse
  6. PolisK.
    Jun 16, 2006
    7
    generally,this is a very good game.the characters are better than the ones in tekken.however finding and unlocking a player is extremely difficult.
  7. MaxH.
    Oct 8, 2004
    0
    Disappointing

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