STAFF REVIEW of Mortal Kombat: Deception (Xbox)

Tuesday, October 12, 2004.
by Yellowlab

Mortal Kombat:  Deception Box art Mortal Kombat is back with lots of new features built around pretty much the same game we saw in Deadly Alliance. There have been a few improvements to the game, including two fatalities per character and another fatality in which you can force the character to commit suicide. The environments have multiple levels (like Dead or Alive), and hot spots where you can kill a character by hitting them into a certain area. But, there\'s not a lot to surprise you in the gameplay department, it\'s all very much the same idea of blocking attacks then trying to string together a long combo.

As fighting games go, I think Mortal Kombat at it\'s core is starting to fall behind other more improved games such as Soul Calibur, Dead or Alive, and even Tekken. As for the additional features, the Konquest mode is essentially a RPG type game, but it leaves a lot to be desired. The voice acting is REALLY bad, the story is weak, and essentially you just run around and do pointless errands for townsfolk in turn for coin that you can spend in the krypt. Also the collision detection in the Konquest mode is painfully bad. At times you can walk through wall, other times you can not walk between trees that are spaced 10 feet apart. There is a chess and puzzle fighting mode that are decent add ons and a nice diversion from the normal play.

Mortal Kombat is starting to look dated. The characters, environments, and everything else look dated. With games such as Soul Calibur and Dead or Alive around, it is painfully obvious that MK is falling behind in this department. Everything lacks polish. The graphics in the Kongquest mode are slightly worse. To be fair, the visuals are not disgusting, they are just far from inspiring.

The background music is annoying at times. This voice work in the Konquest mode is laughable at best. The rest of the sound effects are very good.

Upgrade the visuals. The Konquest mode was a nice attempt, but needs a serious upgrade all the way around in visuals, story, and voice work. But, overall the extras were a nice distraction from the main game and help this out to be a better than average game.

Overall: 7.0 / 10
Gameplay: 7.0 / 10
Visuals: 5.0 / 10
Sound: 5.0 / 10


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