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81

Generally favorable reviews - based on 27 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
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  1. The varied styles of fighting combined with a fresh crop of interesting characters are strong enough to make you want to sample each one.
  2. With a so-so game engine, but a ton of stuff to unlock, I suggest Mortal Kombat fans to buy this game. Others may want to pass on this otherwise mediocre title.
  3. Xbox Nation Magazine
    60
    It's just too bad that for every step forward Midway takes with Alliance, it takes two steps back with sloppy gameplay, cheesy, ridiculously gory visuals, and some truly soulless character design. [Winter 2002, p.89]
  4. 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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#11 Most Discussed Xbox Game of 2002
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#37 Most Shared Xbox Game of 2002
User Score
8.2

Generally favorable reviews- based on 25 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 25
  2. Negative: 2 out of 25
  1. Jul 15, 2021
    7
    For the start of the 6th generation of game systems, this game is fine. But it is a bit lacking. There's a lot to collect (or kollect, lol)For the start of the 6th generation of game systems, this game is fine. But it is a bit lacking. There's a lot to collect (or kollect, lol) but it has aged a bit. It's better than MK4 and is not at all a bad game, but there are better MK games. Full Review »
  2. 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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  3. Feb 16, 2015
    8
    This games is not the 2d game that we all know and love. But it still has the Mk blood in its soul. Sub -zero fan for life and this makes meThis games is not the 2d game that we all know and love. But it still has the Mk blood in its soul. Sub -zero fan for life and this makes me love him more. I would reply this if I had the chance. Full Review »