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 Raiden breaks up the Deadly Alliance in the intro cinema.
Mortal Kombat: Deception Xbox Fighting in the Beetle Lair arena.
Mortal Kombat: Deception Xbox Another of the six realms in Konquest.
Mortal Kombat: Deception Xbox Some of the unlockable arenas.

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

Gaming Target PlayStation 2 Apr 21, 2005 9.1 out of 10 91
Next Level Gaming PlayStation 2 Oct 06, 2004 88 out of 100 88
GameSpot Xbox Oct 04, 2004 8.5 out of 10 85
GameSpot PlayStation 2 Oct 04, 2004 8.5 out of 10 85
Defunct Games Xbox Nov 05, 2006 82 out of 100 82 (UK) Xbox Nov 22, 2004 8 out of 10 80
Game Revolution Xbox Nov, 2004 B- 67
Worth Playing GameCube May 04, 2005 6.5 out of 10 65
Extreme Gamer Xbox Oct 14, 2004 6 out of 10 60
X-Power Xbox Dec 23, 2004 6 out of 10 60


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Character Names

The names of two characters in Mortal Kombat: Deception, Hotaru and Shujinko, somehow refer to their character when looking at the original Japanese meaning: Hotaru translates to Japanese as "firefly" (his armor suit is modelled after an exoskeleton of a firefly) and Shujinko translates to Japanese as "main hero" or "protagonist" (he is the main hero of the game).

GameCube Release

The Nintendo GameCube version was released five months after the PlayStation 2 and Xbox versions. This was during a time when Midway was trying to decide if they would continue supporting the GameCube with new software. Obviously, they did. Although it sold well on PS2 and Xbox it didn't do very well on GC, which is unfortunate because according to Midway the sales of the game were going to decide Midway's future support for Nintendo.


If Havik is knocked of the Sky Temple arena's Death Trap, he screams "Aaahh! Man, this is gonna suck!" This line was later given to Taven in Mortal Kombat: Armageddon.


Nightwolf uses a fighting style called Val Tudo. The name of the martial art is actually misspelled, it's supposed to be Vale Tudo.


  • In the prison stage, characters from earlier Mortal Kombat games can be seen in the cages. These include Johnny Cage, Goro, Jax, Sonya, and Reptile in his original Scorpion/Sub-Zero style costume.
  • In Konquest mode, the main protagonist, Shujinko, can do a quest for the ruler of Orderrealm. The ruler states that Shujinko needs to find an agent named Parlos Casina. This character's name is actually a play on the Mortal Kombat motion capture artist and animator Carlos Pesina.

References to the Game

  • Scorpion from Mortal Kombat: Deception makes an appearance in the animated series Drawn Together, in the episode The One Wherein There Is a Big Twist, Part II.
  • In the movie The 40 Year Old Virgin two characters, David and Cal, are seen playing this game. Strangely enough, one of them is using a Nintendo 64 controller (the other is playing with a game chair).
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