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Generally favorable reviews- based on 22 Ratings

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  • Summary: A controversial franchise marks its return in Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance. This time around, the fighting game features an all-new fighting system, an in-depth, supernatural storyline, and the infamous brutal fatalities. Beginning the next chapter in the battle of good versus evil, twoA controversial franchise marks its return in Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance. This time around, the fighting game features an all-new fighting system, an in-depth, supernatural storyline, and the infamous brutal fatalities. Beginning the next chapter in the battle of good versus evil, two powerful sorcerers--Shang Tsung and Quan Chi--join forces to deliver unrivaled fighting action in their quest for supreme mortality. Use new or classic Mortal Kombat fighters and engage in hand-to-hand and special-weapon combat, executing secret moves and combinations for fatalities and deadly body blows. Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
  1. Game Informer
    95
    With an awesome combat system, sweet graphics, slick characters, a solid one player mode, and gore, what else could you want? [Jan 2003, p.110]
  2. The best arcade fighter on Xbox. It's not as pretty as "Dead or Alive 3," and it lacks the comic book appeal of "X-Men Next Generation," but Deadly Alliance still knocks them both flat.
  3. Savage and wildly entertaining, Deadly Alliance is a high impact fighting game that packs quite a punch.
  4. A good fighting game with a great gore factor.
  5. 81
    This is the over-the-top, pick-up-and-play fighter that's we've been missing for so long. It's far less complex than its top-rated contemporaries, but that's part of the fun.
  6. To hell with lame gunshot wounds and other gang violence. This game’s fatalities include creative beheadings and dismemberments that would make Hannibal green with envy.
  7. With more polish and character balancing, Midway could have crafted one of the best pick up and play fighters in existence – but combo timing issues hurt the overall score and that’s a shame.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 16
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 16
  3. Negative: 2 out of 16
  1. LindsayE.
    Feb 25, 2003
    10
    Awesome characters and graphics as well as fighting moves and combos. BUY IT!
  2. FrankR.
    May 6, 2004
    10
    This is cool and a fun game.
  3. MikeL.
    Feb 8, 2003
    9
    Great game, combos harder than appears. It will take a long time to wear out.
  4. HanifM.
    Oct 8, 2007
    9
    The coolest fighter of 2002, mk deadly alliance will absorb and entertain you unlike any other installment in the series. featuring the most The coolest fighter of 2002, mk deadly alliance will absorb and entertain you unlike any other installment in the series. featuring the most dynamic sophisticated fighting system in an mk game sharp exquiste 3-D visuals and a countless quantity of unlockables this demands a purchase for any mortal kombat fan. Expand
  5. Uter
    Dec 25, 2003
    8
    The fighting is more about having simple fun than showing any depth or balance. But MK has never been about depth or balance. This is a great The fighting is more about having simple fun than showing any depth or balance. But MK has never been about depth or balance. This is a great sequel that takes major steps forward, and maintains the series' traditional. Expand
  6. Aug 28, 2017
    8
    This game has not aged well and has divided fans of Mortal Kombat since it was released in 2002.

    Some say it revived the waning series and
    This game has not aged well and has divided fans of Mortal Kombat since it was released in 2002.

    Some say it revived the waning series and some say it is disappointing. To be honest I think it did revive the series. Mortal Kombat 4 was a massive failure.

    This was a good game. I like the realistic graphics which show off the character models and battle damage but have not aged well. I love the game's soundtrack. The sound effects for grunts, death-cries, punches, kicks and weapon hits were impressive for the time but really get repetitive and annoying very quickly. The stage design was good.

    The gameplay was refined such as: 2 fighting styles with long chain combos, the use of weapons/ weapon impales, reversals, no running meter and moving around the arena. There was no stage fatalities in this game like in the previous Mortal Kombat games but I think it's better without it.

    Some of the best classic characters from the series return and a few mini games return too. There are many game modes that can be played. I love the Crypt concept and how it continued on through the series. Best "shop" for buying characters, costumes, stages, biographies and more. 667 coffins to open. This gives the game so much replayability. I also love the Konquest mode which was a great mode to learn how to play with each character and learn their move-set.

    The main flaws with the game are the cataclysmic fatalities we were given for certain fighters although 8 of them were really decent, the omission of stage fatalities was met with criticism by fans, some stages background music are reused for other stages, win animations are recycled for every fighter, the new fighters added had no depth or likability, the story was uninteresting, some of the classic and new characters, stages and costumes were very expensive to buy in the crypt, the voice acting gets very repetitive and annoying and that each fighter could only have 1 fatality.

    I'm glad that Ed Boon broke away from the old school style to a more realistic approach for the later games up to Mortal Kombat 9.

    It has many notable flaws but overall it is not a bad Mortal Kombat game. I would recommend it.
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  7. GaborA.
    Nov 12, 2003
    3
    Take away the only thing that sperated MK from other fighting games: speed. Now theres no combo system and its still not a defensive counter Take away the only thing that sperated MK from other fighting games: speed. Now theres no combo system and its still not a defensive counter attack game. So all it is is lathargic button pressing. Expand

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#12 Most Discussed Xbox Game of 2002
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#37 Most Shared Xbox Game of 2002