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Mortal Kombat: Deception

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Based on the Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance engine, players once again have to fight to stop this new threat in the sixth installment of the fighting series. The standard Arcade, Versus, and Practice modes return, as well as new items to be found in the Krypt. In addition, there are new Konquest Adventure, Chess Kombat, and Puzzle Kombat modes to give the player new mini-games.

There are a dozen Mortal Kombat fighters selectable at the start of the game, including both old favorites and mysterious newcomers. Longtime fans of the series will recognize veterans of the earliest Mortal Kombat games, such as Sub-Zero and Scorpion, Kabal, Baraka, Mileena, Ermac, and Nightwolf, who are joined by relative newcomers like Bo'Rai Cho, who debuted in Deadly Alliance. The game also introduces nine new fighters, Ashrah, Dairou, Darrius, Havik, Hotaru, Kira, Shujinko, Onaga, and Kobra, each with a distinctly new fighting style intended to balance the deadly abilities of the other characters.

The Playstation 2 and Xbox versions offer online, competitive play against other players. The Gamecube version does not include online play, but offers Goro and Shao Kahn as exclusive playable characters.


Mortal Kombat: Deception Xbox Move pieces similar to chess rules.
Mortal Kombat: Deception Xbox Zombie Liu Kang is an unlockable fighter.
Mortal Kombat: Deception Xbox Bo Rai Cho's slippery barf attack.
Mortal Kombat: Deception Xbox Chess Kombat mode. It's... well, chess.

Alternate Titles

  • "真人快打:诡计" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "Mortal Kombat: Mystification" -- European English title
  • "Mortal Kombat 6" -- Alternate title
  • "MKD" -- Abbreviation
  • "MK6" -- Abbreviation

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User Reviews

One of the best Mortal Kombats, if not the best PlayStation 2 Medicine Man (367)
While not the deepest fighting game of its time, Deception is still blast to play and a credit to the Mortal Kombat Franchise. PlayStation 2 The Cliffe (1625)

Critic Reviews

Gamesmania.de Xbox Dec 09, 2004 89 out of 100 89
IGN PlayStation 2 Oct 01, 2004 8.8 out of 10 88
GameZone PlayStation 2 Oct 23, 2004 8.7 out of 10 87
DreamStation.cc Xbox Oct 20, 2004 8.5 out of 10 85
Defunct Games Xbox Nov 05, 2006 82 out of 100 82
GamePro (US) GameCube Feb 28, 2005 4 out of 5 80
1UP GameCube Mar 02, 2005 7.5 out of 10 75
Game Revolution Xbox Nov, 2004 B- 67
X-Power Xbox Dec 23, 2004 6 out of 10 60
GameSpy PlayStation 2 Oct 05, 2004 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars 50


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There are a few exclusive features to the Nintendo Gamecube version: Goro and Shao Kahn were added as playable characters, and more fighters are initially unlocked from the start of the game.

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