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  • Summary: Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks is an action adventure game set in the world of Mortal Kombat. As either Liu Kang or Kung Lao, you must battle enemies to gain experience and customize your player. Combat features include air combat, juggling, weapons, interactive environments, and an increased number of fatalities, "mutalities," and brutalities. As you progress through the Outworld, you can unlock additional classic Mortal Kombat characters. Collapse
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  1. Even though it's not a one-on-one fighting game, I still think that Shaolin Monks is by far the best Mortal Kombat game to come out in many years.
  2. The game has its flaws- some of the platforming areas are a pain in the neck- but Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks is probably the best thing to happen to Kombat fans in the past five or six years. If you're a fan of the series, or even a fan of fighters in general, pick this one up.
  3. The fighting - and there's tons of it - never grows laborious or monotonous... [Nov p.76]
  4. The creators get points for keeping the combos, juggles, air attacks, and instant-kill fatalities, not to mention the chopsocky feel and cameos from familiar faces like Baraka and Reptile.
  5. It's a game that will certainly appeal to MK fans thanks to its self-referencing details, but more than that, Shaolin Monks will appeal to action/adventure fans in general thanks to a very solid combat system that surpasses previous attempts at multi-directions 3D combat.
  6. Apart from actually putting together a completely decent gameplay engine, Shaolin Monks is so ridiculously chock-full of hidden goodies and subtle wink-and-nod-style in-jokes that anybody who professes to have a degree in MK will be hard-pressed not to come away entertained.
  7. It's a non-offensive way to while away a few hours digging up the past, but the core gameplay doesn't hold a candle to the title it's so fondly remembering. [Nov 2005, p.108]

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  1. DaveP.
    Oct 13, 2005
    Adventure vs old school mk... mksm is cool allowing the gamer travel through the past 6 mortal kombat levels and an unlockable mk2 game.......yum..... Expand
  2. MichaelB.
    Nov 21, 2005
    Based on how I thought this was going to turn out, I'm very impressed. The gameplay is similar to Ninja Gaiden, but not half as difficult. There's plenty of secrets to unlock and plenty of reasons to play through this one several times. Graphics and sound are great. Controls are tight. And all of your favorite MK characters are there...what more do you need? Expand