GAME STUDIO DESCRIPTION: 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.
GRAPHICS: The graphics are easily the best of the series. The animation is fantastic and the fighters are well done. The backgrounds aren’t blurred out as in some versions and because the background is integral in Deception there is a lot of great detail to the arenas.
PLAY: Characters can switch between three different fighting styles and of course each has their own unique moves. No one will be surprised to find that MK is violent and graphic. The controls are well done. The action is fast and once you get the controls down you will move between characters without issue. There are twelve fighters to begin and a twelve more to unlock.
There is a little strategy in Deception—no it’s not all button combos and mashing. You can actually break up a combo and save yourself from an unmerciful ending. Remember when you could only toss an opponent in to the acid for fatality? Now you can do it mid-match. It’s a great way to turn a match around! But it’s also a way for you to lose even when you are winning. The fact that some of the levels are part of the fight is a great edition.
There are more than one fatality packed into Deception—everyone loves the fatality. You can even do a self-fatality—if you lose you can do yourself in—it’s the warrior way.
MK offers some extra goodies; Puzzle Kombat (think Tetris), Konquest, and chess—a great edition to a game that can get old fast. Kongquest is a story style mode where you learn about the game and moves. It’s helpful, but uninspiring. It is however necessary to unlock many aspects of the game. Chess is fun—you actually get to fight with the characters—and Kombat is ridiculously addictive.
SOUND: Fantastic sound effects from the smashing of bodies to the grunts of the fighters. Don’t underestimate how much audio can add to a game.
FRANKLY: With the addition of online play and upgrades in the stages and graphics this is easily the best Mortal Kombat ever.
+ Richie Wright