Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks
XboxWhile this might be a bit of an apples-to-oranges comparison, I have to say that I've had more fun with Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks than I have had with any previous MK title since the second one back in arcades ten years ago. It's not just the classic arenas and characters that I'm really enjoying though; it's the huge focus on fun, massive combos, and a fleshing out of a world that we only ever got a glimpse of in past games. The two-player cooperative mode is a blast, while the large selection of moves and many, many secret areas and bonuses really allow for replayability in a way that doesn't feel like it was thrown in at the last minute. Even though it's not a one-on-one fighting game, I still think that Shaolin Monks is by far the best Mortal Kombat game to come out in many years.
XboxAll things accounted, Shaolin Monks is one of the most surprising, engaging and flat out entertaining titles of the year. If at any point in your life you were a fan of Mortal Kombat, Shaolin Monks practically demands to have a place in your collection. As an added bonus, the classic Mortal Kombat II is also included alongside this fantastic game. And that my friends makes Shaolin Monks your wet dreams realized.
PlayStation 2It’s no secret that Mortal Kombat is not the dominate force in video gaming that it once was. It’s also no secret that a good portion of the blame falls on the two MK “adventure” games Mortal Kombat Mythologies: Sub-Zero and Mortal Kombat: Special Forces. Both bombed with critics and fans and combined with the series’ delayed transformation to 3D cost it the crown.
XboxWhen I first heard about this game, I questioned Boon's sanity, but once again, he's made me a believer. I haven't had this much fun with co-op game in quite some time. The inner fanboy in me also got a big kick out of the classic-inspired content. I can't wait to see what comes next.
PlayStation 2At first glance, Shaolin Monks seems similar in design to a typical brawler like Double Dragon or the more recent The Lord of the Rings titles. Although you do spend most of your time beating the pulp out of every enemy that dares challenge you, this isn’t your typical button-mashing brawler. Keeping its fighting heritage close to its heart, Shaolin Monks features an expansive combat system that embraces complex combo strings, aerial juggling, and even cooperative strikes.
XboxSo the good is great – especially for a MK fan boy like me. The bad is well, tolerable. I think the co-op and versus modes steal the show. The length is made up for by the unlockables and replay value. I think this is a must-buy if you like MK games, or beat-em-ups. Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks should be rented if you are not a fan of the series, but you may be pleasantly surprised.
PlayStation 2Anyone remember Mortal Kombat: Special Forces? Yeah? Well put it out of your mind, as Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks is such a fun game, you’ll easily forget about all those depressing attempts at bringing MK characters into other genres. In Shaolin Monks, you’ll get to explore the dark and blood-drenched world of MK in a way that’s never been done before, and enjoy doing it.
PlayStation 2Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks is a significant change for the series and, to be honest, I found it the most enjoyable so far. Whether you are a fan of the series or not, if you like games where the main focus is bloody action, I say go for it.
XboxI really enjoyed playing Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks. I dowholeheartedly feel this is the best installment in the MK series sofar. I’m not sure what happened with MK: Deception. We’ll just forgetthat was ever released at this point. MK: SM will give you around eight hours of game play. Nottremendously long, but good enough for a title from this genre. Again,I want to fight and destroy my opponents, not spend hours looking for ainsignificant object to finish one objective. If you’re a fan of the Mortal Kombat series, this is a definite buyfor all the new features it includes. There is also the Ko-op mode andtournament mode that will provide endless hours of reply value.
PlayStation 2During the battle with Baraka you will have to use projectile attacks to get to him when he's not within reach. That is the tiniest example I can give without giving away important strategies. Learning them makes up about 50% of the game's fun. That's one of the reasons why I avoided pre-release game details – I didn't want to know what surprises the developers had planned.
PlayStation 2Mortal Kombat has been one of the longest-running series of games to date, and for good reason. Perhaps the most recognizable fighting game out there, MK has been well known for its brutal fighting style, gallons of blood, and gruesome finishing moves. In the process of making one of the most successful game franchises of all time, Ed Boon and the team at Midway have created a massive universe that serves as a backstory to the games themselves.
PlayStation 2Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks is one of those games I think you either like or hate. I like it. It's a really nice combination of old and new Mortal Kombat. At some point in this game you will interact with or fight with just about every character in the MK universe! I know I've run into just about all of them. But all in all, this is a pretty solid game. It's long enough to satisfy most people, and it's got good action. There are some small issues with the game, like lack of checkpoints. But it's worth checking out. Definitely worthy of the Mortal Kombat name.
XboxMortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks may be dismissed as "just another MK game", but don't be so hasty. The engine here has been crafted with delicate hands, and what we have is something that works systematically, between its luscious, brutal design and its growing gameplay. The unlockable items stacked on top of all this will probably keep you busy for weeks, and inviting a friend is definitely an option you shouldn't pass up. By keeping it tried and true, Midway has given the Mortal Kombat brand yet another reason to stick around, congressmen be damned. Now, how about a sequel?
PlayStation 2Non-fans just won't get the appeal of a game like Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks. It is, after all, just another third-person action beat 'em up. That's not the point. If you don't understand Mortal Kombat, this isn't the game for you. But if you do get it, especially if you loved the first two arcade games, this IS the game for you. That goes double if you can convince a friend to join-in on the second controller.
XboxThose few hiccups barely dig in to kill the enjoyment. From the spectacular, unnerving, and brutal animated intro, to the combo system, to the flawless adaptation of a classic in 3-D, Shaolin Monks is an unexpected surprise. This is one for the long times fans who had, up until this point, never been able to experience the high point of the series in a new way. That's what Shaolin Monks does, and does with the flavor and style the franchise depends on.
PlayStation 2Midway Games' Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks is one those games that, four years ago, would have sucked. In fact, Mortal Kombat Trilogy did suck, but Shaolin Monks, despite a few rough edges, not only offers a good single-player game, but delivers an extraordinary co-op game.
PlayStation 2Shaolin Monks is clearly one of the most ambitious side projects of the Mortal Kombat franchise. It offers a stellar single-player adventure mode experience, a ton of unlockables, a comprehensive two-player versus mode, and best of all, the original freakin' Mortal Kombat II arcade game. For all of these different modes in a single game, the price tag is practically a steal.
PlayStation 2Wipe the awful taste of Mortal Kombat Mythologies: Sub Zero and Mortal Kombat Special Forces from your mouth. There’s finally a good action game in the franchise. MK: Shaolin Monks may not return the series to its 16-bit golden age, but it manages to provide decent co-op gameplay with plenty of nostalgic touches.
PlayStation 2Mortal Kombat: Shoalin Monks is a brainless action game with platform and rpg elements. It’s extremely fun for about half an hour; ideal to kill those dull minutes in a day. However if I wasn’t in such a privileged position (reviewing games that is) I wouldn’t go out and buy it. I would however consider renting it for a weekend and inviting some friends for some lean mean fatality fun.
XboxAt the end of the day, Shaolin Monks comes across as a solid and fun action game that strongly encourages cooperative play. Its graphics, levels and combat are nowhere as deep as in games like Ninja Gaiden or God of War, but perhaps they do not need to be. After all the terrible attempts at expanding the popular series, the developers have ultimately found a winner and they deserve to be acknowledged for it. If you love the universe and its cast of wild characters, you will have to possess a heart colder than Sub-Zero's if you can not find something here to love. Our final word? “Excellent!”
PlayStation 2So if you played and loved the classic Mortal Kombat fighters, Shaolin Monks is a game well worth checking out. For anybody else, Shaolin Monks might make for a solid rental; but ultimately, this one's probably best left to the fans.
XboxWhen it comes down to it, if you're a Mortal Kombat fan, you'll like Shaolin Monks. If you aren't, you won't. The core action of the game will be enjoyable to any beat-'em-up fan, but what makes Shaolin Monks specifically appealing isn't its brawling. Instead, it's the game's unrelenting desire to cater to classic Kombat fans. Average players aren't likely to want to seek out all the crazy, hidden missions you have to accomplish to unlock the included arcade port of Mortal Kombat II, for instance, but fans are likely to squeal with delight at the thought of being able to unlock their favorite arcade fighter.
PlayStation 2Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks does a lot of things right. It builds on the Mortal Kombat universe and takes place during its most popular period, with fan service left and right. The amount of times you hear 'toasty' and the first time you see the witch go across the moon on the Pit, you'll know that they really tried hard to bring a smile to MK fans' face. Regardless, the game is also accessible to newcomers through solid action. If the game had less pointless back-tracking and a bit more length to its single-player campaign, it'd be close to perfect.
XboxIch bin Fan der ersten Stunde. Bin damals am Erstveröffentlichungstag des zweiten Teils in ein großes Warenhaus gestürmt und mit stolzer Brust und 180 DM ärmer wieder nach Hause stolziert. Lang, lang ist es her und trotzdem hat für mich Mortal Kombat wenig an Faszination verloren. Dass Shaolin Monks kein Prügelspiel, sondern ein Action-Adventure-Ableger ist, hat mich gar nicht so sehr gestört. Hauptsache die alten Charaktere und Moves sind dabei. Was mich allerdings extrem stört sind die Indizierungen der deutschen Version. Tut mir leid, aber es macht mir keinen Spaß, auf schwarze Bildschirme zu starren, wenn ich genau weiß, dass ... ach ne, ich mag gar nicht mehr daran denken.
PlayStation 2Ich bin Fan der ersten Stunde. Bin damals am Erstveröffentlichungstag des zweiten Teils in ein großes Warenhaus gestürmt und mit stolzer Brust und 180 DM ärmer wieder nach Hause stolziert. Lang, lang ist es her und trotzdem hat für mich Mortal Kombat wenig an Faszination verloren. Dass Shaolin Monks kein Prügelspiel, sondern ein Action-Adventure-Ableger ist, hat mich gar nicht so sehr gestört. Hauptsache die alten Charaktere und Moves sind dabei. Was mich allerdings extrem stört sind die Indizierungen der deutschen Version. Tut mir leid, aber es macht mir keinen Spaß, auf schwarze Bildschirme zu starren, wenn ich genau weiß, dass ... ach ne, ich mag gar nicht mehr daran denken.
PlayStation 2Even with the rough spots, though, Shaolin Monks is really worth a look. Popping for a rental might be a good idea for anyone without a friend to join in the fun, but for those equipped to jam through the co-op mode, it's a hit.
PlayStation 2Non è la prima che la serie di Mortal Kombat prende vie diverse dal classico picchiaduro uno-contro-uno, ma a differenza di quanto accaduto in passato, Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks si rivela un buon gioco, tecnicamente nella media, capace anche se per poco di catturare l’attenzione. Peccato solo per la mancanza di MKII nella versione Europea.
XboxOndanks de bedenkelijke prestatie op grafisch vlak (hoekige figuren en dergelijke) slaagt Mortal Kombat Shaolin Monks er wonderwel in om de spelers te vermaken en menig uurtjes zoet te houden. Tientallen geheimen zijn verstopt in de levels (waaronder ook MK II) en zorgen ervoor dat je de game meermaals zal bovenhalen als er volk over de vloer is, want het is pas met twee spelers dat de game zijn echte sterkte kan tonen. Wanneer je het beu bent om samen de wereld te verdedigen kan je in de Versus modus altijd elkaars hersenen in slaan. Ook hier wordt stijl van de Story Mode verder gezet en bekamp je elkaar in grotere omgevingen met obstakels en verschillende plateaus. Een ‘traditioneel’ potje vechten moet je dus niet verwachten in deze MK game, maar daarom is het spel niet minder aan te raden.
XboxEven with the rough spots, though, Shaolin Monks is really worth a look. Popping for a rental might be a good idea for anyone without a friend to join in the fun, but for those equipped to jam through the co-op mode, it's a hit.
PlayStation 2Mortal Kombat Shaolin Monks est un bon substitut si vous avez terminé PoP 2 ou God Of War. Sans avoir le charme de l'un ou les qualités esthétiques de l'autre, cette nouvelle incursion de MK dans le monde de l'aventure/action est plutôt réussie. Reste que le jeu se termine rapidement et qu'on note quelques problèmes de jouabilité à s'arracher les cheveux. Néanmoins, Midway semble être sur la bonne voie et on ne peut qu'espérer une suite qui ne serait nullement superfétatoire, loin s'en faut.
XboxMortal Kombat Shaolin Monks est un bon substitut si vous avez terminé PoP 2 ou God Of War. Sans avoir le charme de l'un et les qualités esthétiques de l'autre, cette nouvelle incursion de MK dans le monde de l'aventure/action est plutôt réussie. Reste que le jeu se termine rapidement et qu'on note quelques problèmes de jouabilité à s'arracher les cheveux. Néanmoins, Midway semble être sur la bonne voie et on ne peut qu'espérer une suite qui ne serait nullement superfétatoire, loin s'en faut.
PlayStation 2"Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks" é um jogo bem fundamentado, mas, por outro lado, não possui nenhum atrativo especial para quem não é fã da série. As duas aventuras, uma para um jogador e a outra, para dois controles, dão um bom volume, mas, se tomadas individualmente, pode ser insuficiente para os padrões atuais. Pode não ser muito sofisticado, mas tem a qualidade de ser honesto, apesar de algum bate-perna inútil em determinados momentos.
PlayStation 2Shaolin Monks’ replay value could use a jump-start or two from Raiden’s fingertips. Despite an arcade port of Mortal Kombat II and a two-player versus mode, there’s simply not enough “kontent” to justify a purchase for most. The problem is that the single-player mode can be easily completed within six hours, and while finishing the game as Liu Kang and Kung Lao unlocks both Sub-Zero and Scorpion, the storyline is exactly the same. To get the most out of Shaolin Monks, you’ll want to play cooperatively with a friend to unlock the versus characters and experience the great team-up moves. Yet even that is short lived. The alluring environments, subtle references, and the immensely satisfying combat will tug at the heartstrings of any true fan of the series--right before their heart’s ripped clean out of their chest. How befitting!
PlayStation 2We've been burned before by third-person Mortal Kombat. In fact, the announcement of a new action game based on the franchise is now met with a roomful of groans and rolled eyes. But perhaps Midway has had some nefarious plot in mind all along. Maybe those earlier, crappier efforts were like meat tenderizer, meant to soften us up. Because now Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks is here, and it's a monster.
XboxIn general the graphics are about average, although the animation and control are a cut above. Two players can battle side-by-side, but the camera is a real pain. The save points could be spaced better; I played over an hour before locating a new one. Shaolin Monks is a mixed bag. At its best, the game lets you delve into the world of Mortal Kombat like you never could before, but at its worst, it feels like that awful Xbox Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles game.