• Publisher: Midway
  • Release Date: Oct 4, 2004
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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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Score distribution:
  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. 80
    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: 24 out of 33
  2. Negative: 2 out of 33
  1. Jun 23, 2015
    10
    The best four things I remember from MK D are:
    1) Puzzle Kombat - Best minigame in MK series, oh how do I miss it... IF ONLY DEVS WOULD DO IT
    The best four things I remember from MK D are:
    1) Puzzle Kombat - Best minigame in MK series, oh how do I miss it... IF ONLY DEVS WOULD DO IT AS ARCADE GAME I WOULD BUY IT THIS INSTANT!!!
    2) OMG! Liu Kang is STILL DEAD!!! W T F!!! HES A ZOMBIE!!!
    3) Story mode - again very well done
    4) Krypt - even better than in DA and A.
    The worst:
    1) Gameplay in core aspect of the game. It just couldnt compete with Tekken.

    But still I had even more fun thanks to the amazing puzzle minigame. Please make a remake of it on new systems!!!! Puzzle minigame is 10/10 and thats why im giving the whole game 10.
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  2. Sep 2, 2019
    10
    Damn, I love mk 4, deadly alliance, deception and Armageddon. New mk is ****
  3. Sep 2, 2019
    10
    OMG!!!!! BEST MK I HAVE EVER PLAYED! ATMOSPHERE,BEST MECHANICS, BEST MAPS, KONQUEST, CHESS, TETRIS, HAVIK
  4. Feb 8, 2020
    9
    Went through the game up and down.opened the entire crypt. and I'm ready to do it a few more times.
  5. Jul 29, 2020
    8
    MK:DA but better. This game is just an improved version of MK:DA with some additional content. Story is ok for a fighting game. FightingMK:DA but better. This game is just an improved version of MK:DA with some additional content. Story is ok for a fighting game. Fighting mechanics is still great. Switching between various martial arts while hitting a great combo feels really satisfying. And there is Konquest mode. That mode is like a love letter to MK fans. There are little amount of issues about this game. Sound design is just awful and some fatalities are not gross at all. Overall, this is the best 6th gen Mortal Kombat experience you can get. Expand
  6. 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 mannerIf 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
  7. MaxH.
    Oct 8, 2004
    0
    Disappointing

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