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Mortal Kombat: Deception (PlayStation 2)

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Written by  :  Medicine Man (367)
Written on  :  Jan 03, 2009
Platform  :  PlayStation 2
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Summary

One of the best Mortal Kombats, if not the best

The Good

Good graphics - although it uses the same engine what Deadly Alliance used 2 years ago, it still looks pretty good, and character models do look better than in the previous game, just simply compare Deadly Alliance Scorpion to Deceptions, and you'll see the difference. Arenas also look cool, and special move effects have been nicely done as well.

Audio is also very good - the scream of characters, the sound of bone and meat crushing - sounds very real and painful - just like it should be, and the arenas also have a great soundtrack in the background.

Gameplay is just awesome. You got cool returning characters from previous games like Mileena, Baraka, Jade, Kabal, Sindel etc. plus some great new additions like Asharh and Havik. The fighting is very entertaining - each character has 2 real life martial arts and 1 weapon in their gear, + 3 or even more wicked special moves, which makes the fighting pretty enjoyable. Also very interesting are the arena based death-traps, which are similar to classic Mortal Kombat's stage fatalities - these give a new tactic to the fighting because players can be kicked in these right in the middle of a battle, that's why they are called death traps. You don't get any type of fights like 2 vs 2 player fights, tournaments or that stuff, but you do get a few new cool bonuses: Puzzle Kombat - a Tetris like mini-game where cartoonish small MK characters beat the hell out of each other to get their blocks in the right place. Chess Kombat - a chess game where each figure is replaced by a MK character, mostly the rules are like in classic chess, but with some fun tweaks of Mortal Kombat. And Konquest Mode, which has returned from the previous game - an entertaining story mode, where you take roll of the main character of the game - Shujinko.

Of course, another great new element in the game is online play, which hasn't been in previous MK's, is now in this game, allowing us to play with people from around the world. The Krypt from Deadly Alliance has also returned, allowing us to use Koins earned in various modes (most is earned in Konquest) to unlock characters, alternate costumes, as well as new arenas, photos, sketches, koncept art, videos, character bios, arena music and many more stuff which you mostly don't need.

The Bad

While the graphics and the visual effects are good, the blood in the game seems too cartoonish, as there are some blood bubbles coming out of characters body when they take damage, also, Konquest Mode has very bad graphics when walking in the free roaming world, but fights in there have normal game graphics.

The Bottom Line

If not the best Mortal Kombat game, this is definitely the best 3D Mortal Kombat game to date, and it will probably be it for a long time, i definitely recommend this not only for MK fans, but also for other fighting game fans and people who like games with a lot of extra content and bonuses in them.