• 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: 20 out of 28
  2. Negative: 2 out of 28
  1. Feb 13, 2016
    10
    This game has great gameplay, an appealing story, many modes, and a huge amount of content. Oh, and of course gore. I absolutely love thisThis game has great gameplay, an appealing story, many modes, and a huge amount of content. Oh, and of course gore. I absolutely love this game. The Konquest mode is a free-roaming RPG that expands the universe beyond belief. This is also where you can find some goodies along with the Krypt. Arcade mode is back of course, Practice mode and Versus mode as well. Chess Kombat is pretty much a Mortal Kombat strategy game and is original as it adds things you wouldn't expect. Puzzle Kombat is literally Tetris in Versus mode with character-specific abilities. Don't miss this game because it is great. This game still holds tay Expand
  2. Sep 2, 2019
    10
    OMG!!!!! BEST MK I HAVE EVER PLAYED! ATMOSPHERE,BEST MECHANICS, BEST MAPS, KONQUEST, CHESS, TETRIS, HAVIK
  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. Sep 20, 2017
    9
    That's the biggest story mode you have in MK games. And its definetely worth of it. The whole fighting system is a bit uncomfortable comparingThat's the biggest story mode you have in MK games. And its definetely worth of it. The whole fighting system is a bit uncomfortable comparing to original games and MKX but still you can have a lot of fun! Also has some new modes like Chess and Puzzle. 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. 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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