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Our Users Say

Category Description User Score
Acting The quality of the actors' performances in the game (including voice acting). 3.4
AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 2.9
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 3.1
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.4
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 3.0
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.0
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 3.1
Overall User Score (8 votes) 3.1

Critic Reviews

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Through its razor-sharp fighting, array of playing options, and unyielding desire to please fans of the series, Deception is easily the most-accomplished fighter to date. Mortal Kombat is once again the game to beat.
GameZone (Dec 06, 2004)
Love it or hate it, no one can deny the far-reaching effects of the original Mortal Kombat. In an industry once ruled by the kid-friendly likes of Mario, Duck Hunt, and Zelda, Mortal Kombat burst onto the scene as a revelation of things to come. Suddenly older gamers had a game for them, a game that they didn’t have to be embarrassed to admit they played and with it adult-centric gaming had been born.
Each mode is a blast to play, although most feel like they are designed for play in small increments. But considering how many different things there are to do here, that's hardly a complaint. Deception delivers a lot of game, and it' all killer stuff.
90 (Oct 09, 2004)
Overall, I have to say I am very impressed with this game. There are some issues with the game, its not perfect, but its still the most fun MK I’ve played. Minor flaws keep the game from becoming a flawless victory, but it is still more than worth the money to any Mortal Kombat fan. Do yourselves a favor and pick up the Collector's Edition - the bonuses included are a nice extra.
GamePro (US) (Oct 12, 2004)
Round 7: Fight! Mortal Kombat: Deception comes on strong with several diverse modes of play, but the series remains as bloody as ever. Mortal Kombat?s been one of the most popular fighting franchises since its humble arcade beginnings, and love it or hate it, it deserves props for enduring against such seasoned competitors like Soul Calibur, Street Fighter, and Tekken. Part of its success is the violent content and grisly fatality finishing moves, but cheap thrills aside, a robust fighting system has emerged throughout the years, and honed to near perfection with Deadly Alliance. Deception continues the legacy, and lives up to its name with additional play modes outside the fighting genre.
89 (Dec 09, 2004)
Mortal Kombat Deception ist eine solide Fortsetzung des gelungenen Vorgängers. Rein technisch hat sich zwar wenig getan doch mit den vielen neuen Kämpfern, den interaktiven Arenen und dem verbesserten Conquest Modus kommen Fans der Serie durchaus auf ihre Kosten. Die neuen Minigames sind ebenfalls ein nettes Gimmick, auch wenn die traditionellen "Test your might" bzw. "Test your sight" Wettbewerbe des Vorgängers dafür weichen mussten. Alles in Allem ein empfehlenswerter Titel!
IGN (Oct 01, 2004)
After a downward spiral that took the Mortal Kombat series to places it never wanted to go, Midway's number one franchise finally made a comeback in 2002 with the release of Deadly Alliance; a completely revamped and re-envisioned interpretation of John Tobias and Ed Boon's arcade fighting vision. Finally moving beyond the presentational aspects that had both endeared and reviled it in the eyes of casual and hardcore fighting fans alike (this time only under Boon's supervision), Deadly Alliance did something that the earlier Mortal Kombats had never done before -- it put gameplay before glamour. As a result the fans responded overwhelmingly and it didn't take long before Deadly Alliance was quickly regarded as one of the strongest fighting games of the season.
85 (Oct 20, 2004)
Overall, there was so much good, and so little bad with Mortal Kombat: Deception. Minor quips would be the funky widescreen support, the cheesy looking blood, and the removal of some favorite characters (The Mighty Oot still cannot believe that after bringing his boy Kano back in Deadly Alliance, he’s not in Deception). On the plus side, the combo breaker is a nice touch, and just more of what made the last game great, more arenas, more fighters, more fatalities, etc. I can’t say enough about the online mode. If you are a fan of the Mortal Kombat series, you need to get this game. Maybe I’ll see you online sometime, my gamer tag is CPaladino.
GameSpot (Oct 04, 2004)
The latest in Midway's influential and long-running fighting game series, Mortal Kombat: Deception, picks up where 2002's Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance left off by featuring lots of new and returning fighters, a variety of surprising new modes of play, and, perhaps best of all, the ability to play online. The strangest part about Deception is how it includes several completely off-the-wall modes, the likes of which you'd never expect from a fighting game. These include the single-player konquest mode, which is a story-driven adventure; puzzle kombat, a competitive Tetris-style puzzle game that's an unabashed homage to Capcom's Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo; and chess kombat, which is inspired by the classic computer game Archon. The konquest mode is disappointingly bland, while these other two modes are at least amusing. However, the core one-on-one fighting action--whether you play it offline or online--is easily the best part of the game.
83 (Dec 08, 2004)
So richtig glänzen kann der Prügler jedoch erst im Mehrspieler-Modus, in dem nicht nur die Duelle mehr Spaß machen, sondern auch die Mini-Games wesentlich mehr Reiz versprechen. Hier erreicht man zwar nicht die Klasse eines Soul Calibur II, doch hat man sich erst einmal online eingeklinkt, vergeht die Zeit wie im Fluge und ein Match jagt das andere. Insofern kann MK Deception (nicht nur auf Grund mangelnder Konkurrenz in diesem Jahr) allen Genrefans mit Hang zu Internet-Vergleichen uneingeschränkt empfohlen werden. Wer allerdings auf Baraka und die anderen neuen Kämpfer verzichten kann, wird auch mit dem Vorgänger glücklich, der sich grafisch auf dem gleichen Stand befindet und mittlerweile schon zum Sparpreis zu haben ist.
Defunct Games (Nov 05, 2006)
Even with a few faults, Mortal Kombat Deception has a lot going for it. There is quite a bit to collect in the game, a number of fun multi-player modes, and an online component you'll keep coming back to day after day. I wish the fighting system was a little tighter and didn't feel so much like button mashing, but generally speaking, this is a step in the right direction for Mortal Kombat.
XBox Front (Feb 05, 2005)
„Finish Him!“ Welcher Spieler kennt sie nicht, diese Worte? Anfang der 90er löste Midway mit Mortal Kombat eine wahre Lawine aus, was besorgte Eltern und Behörden angeht. Das Spiel bot literweise Blut und stark überzogene Todesanimationen. Damals beeindruckte Mortal Kombat vor allem technisch. Es wurden echte Menschen aufgenommen und digitalisiert, weshalb die Kämpfer für damalige Verhältnisse sehr echt wirkten. Das und die berüchtigten "Fatalitys" führten zu einer rasch folgenden Indizierung, welche dem Bekanntheitsgrad des Spiels aber keinen Abbruch brachte.
80 (UK) (Nov 22, 2004)
If you enjoy fast-paced, button-tapping fighting systems, then this game represents excellent value for money. In saying that, it's still no comparison to the sublime Soul Calibur II, or even Virtua Fighter 4. Deception is a worthy addition to the genre, made all the better by some great extras. Whether the core engine is good enough to warrant a third game is unlikely, but there's no arguing Deception is a welcome sequel. And that's a good thing too - because, in the end, there's no deceiving the fans.
Meristation (Nov 18, 2004)
La vuelta al cole de una saga clásica. Trae consigo toda la grandísima jugabilidad de siempre, acompañada de nuevos modos, opciones, movimientos, cambios, fatalities y sorpresas que todo fan de la saga necesita. Si bien, aunque los cambios son a mejor, si somos algo más fríos en general, podemos decir que las variaciones efectuadas tampoco son tan elevadas. Gráficamente es sensacional, y el desarrollo de los combates es sencillamente genial, pero como decimos, pensándolo fríamente, tenemos otro 'Mortal Kombat' más.
80 (Nov 22, 2004)
Qui l'aurait cru il y a quelques années ? Mais c'est un fait, Mortal Kombat renaît de ses cendres et la franchise profite une fois encore d'un jeu au contenu étoffé et au fun indéniable. Le mode Aventure est intéressant, long et bien pensé, les combats sont jouissifs et profitent d'un graphisme somptueux, les mini-jeux apportent de l'originalité et de la convivialité et les innombrables bonus (tous plus intéressants les un que les autres) boosteront la durée de vie. On aura beau dire tout ce qu'on veut mais ce Mystification est un des titres les plus riches en matière de baston qui existe actuellement sur le marché. Un soft à ne surtout pas rater si vous aimez un tant soit peu les jeux de combats.
G4 TV: X-Play (Mar 30, 2006)
With tons of secrets to uncover, and a surprising array of different gameplay options, Mortal Kombat: Deception is a surprisingly fun package. The fighting action looks great and plays well, and while the puzzle and role-playing portions might not be great, these freebies really add a lot of value to a series that was in serious danger of dying under its own weight.
1UP (Oct 04, 2004)
There's an extremely easy test to see if you should buy Mortal Kombat: Deception -- play the Konquest mode for five minutes. Konquest -- a training adventure where you go through a story, learn combos and techniques from other fighters, and do random tasks along the way -- showcases the best and worst parts of Deception.
The Video Game Critic (Nov 22, 2004)
I should also mention that I encountered a few bugs in the game. Most are minor, but the game did lock up once during a load screen. Deception is only an incremental improvement over Deadly Alliance. There's plenty of play value, but to be honest I was expecting much more.
XBox Evolved (Oct 30, 2004)
Overall Mortal Kombat Deception is a great edition in the Mortal Kombat legacy. It has all the over the top attributes that people love about Mortal Kombat. It was great that they added so many new features especially when the fighting in the game can get tiresome. The downside is since the game is a fighting game the combat shouldn't become tiresome in the first place. If you're an MK fan this is a must own, otherwise rent this title over the weekend when you have some friends over.
Game Revolution (Nov, 2004)
It’s been a heck of a week here at GR. My Dead or Alive CD started skipping, a game called Cornhole is apparently sweeping the nation, and, much to our West Coast hippy chagrin, another kind of cornhole was re-elected president. Our misery stacked like pancakes.
Diehard GameFan (Oct 29, 2004)
It is the decision of this Tribunal that Mortal Kombat: Deception is the great divider of fighting games. Oh the raging debates you create over your gameplay and replay value. You contain all the elements that make gamers smile with lunatic addicting glee while at the same time your elements make gamers yawn with apathetic distaste. And still even others you leave somewhere in between. You are all things to all people Mortal Kombat: Deception and that is a feat unto itself. So you may go now, knowing that through your controversy you have forged yourself into an above average game worth checking out just to let those who play thee discover their own unique feelings.
X-Power (Dec 23, 2004)
Kortom: Deception is alles behalve een magere update van Deadly Alliance en zal de fans absoluut voor een lange tijd kunnen bekoren. Grafisch ziet het er nog steeds in orde uit (zeker voor een Renderware-game) en de overdreven sound samples passen bij het thema. De soundtracks zijn weliswaar niets speciaal, wat wel voor de hand lag. Voeg daar nog een solide vechtsysteem aan toe, samen met een “onschuldige” dosis geweld en je hebt één van de betere beat ‘em up’s van dit jaar.
Extreme Gamer (Oct 14, 2004)
Mortal Kombat: Deception will make fans happy, and will keep them busy for a while with all the unlockable content in the game. I myself an old school fan think its time for Midway to re-invent the series and spend more time on redefining their fighting engine instead of creating Kombat Tetris!? Mortal Kombat: Deception is worth a rental just to check out the novelty of the violence, but overall I wouldn't recommend Deception when there are games like Virtua Fighter, DOA and Soul Calibur on the market.
GameSpy (Oct 05, 2004)
Personally, though, despite how oddly compelling I found many of the diversions found herein, I couldn't get too into this game's dated fighting mechanic. Mortal Kombat has a place in history -- and in my heart, without a doubt -- but I'm not quite sure if that's a place I care to visit, outside of reading convoluted story FAQs on the internet. And then, only for kicks. But alas, there are a fair number of you who will get into this, and that being the case, it's hard to argue that Deception is a product that will satisfy you to the fullest.