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Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks (PlayStation 2)

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Description

MK: SM is a 3D platforming adventure beat-em-up that is based in the Mortal Kombat world. The story begins just after the first tournament, and fills in some of the backgrounds of various characters in the series. Fighting across several areas of Earthrealm, Netherrealm, and Outworld, this game follows Liu Kang and Kung Lao (the Shaolin Monks) as they thwart another invasion of Earth. MK: SM features a wide cast of recognizable characters, many secret unlockables, as well being able to play through with a friend in Ko-op mode.

The combat is fast-paced, with numerous ways to dispose of enemies, including MK signature moves and Fatalities. This kombat goes beyond what you have seen in the fighting games, among the upgrades are: The series first Multi-Directional Kombat System, Multalities (kill multiple opponents with one move), Brutalities (see red as you unleash brutal force), ko-op only team-attacks, and even character progression (earn experience to spend on upgrades to moves). The backgrounds, all based on MK and MK II arenas, come to life with numerous hazards for the Monks that they can turn on their enemies.

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Alternate Titles

  • "真人快打:少林武僧" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)

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The Press Says

4Players.de Sep 24, 2005 84 out of 100 84
Softpedia Mar 24, 2006 8.3 out of 10 83
Worth Playing Oct 07, 2005 8.2 out of 10 82
Thunderbolt Games Oct 17, 2005 8 out of 10 80
IGN Sep 16, 2005 8 out of 10 80
Digital Entertainment News (den) Oct 14, 2005 7.5 out of 10 75
GameSpot Sep 19, 2005 7.5 out of 10 75
Gamesmania Nov 08, 2005 72 out of 100 72
Yahoo! Games Sep 28, 2005 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
G4 TV: X-Play Mar 27, 2006 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60

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Trivia

Development

The game was originally a single-player game featuring Raiden as the only playable character.

German version

In the German version, all fatalities and the blood during the intro cutscene were removed.

Johnny Cage

This is the first Mortal Kombat game that allows Johnny Cage to perform his ball breaker move on female fighters (not counting the Shang Tsung's morph glitch).

References to the game

A rendered cutscene of the game is shown briefly in the 2009 movie Crank: High Voltage.

Unlockable arcade game

You can unlock the arcade version of Mortal Kombat II by completing five hidden quests with Smoke. It is not completely the original coin-op version, but rather the port that shipped with Midway Arcade Treasures 2, which has minor differences. This only works on the Xbox version and the NTSC PS2 version. On the PAL PS2 version you instead get 50.000 experience points.

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