Mortal Kombat: Deception
The Mortal Kombat
series is easily one of the most entertaining and perhaps the most
popular fighting franchises of all time which originally started as a
modest, yet hardcore 2D fighter. Since then, the series has appeared on
almost every console in existence and has now matured into a fully
fledged 3D fighter with the same excitement, corny voices and fighting
action that has kept the Mortal Kombat competition going strong
worldwide with a huge fan base. Fortunately the action continues on the
XBox and the storyline takes up from where Mortal Kombat: Deadly
Alliance left off and once again the insidious Dragon King has returned
to manipulate and torture the contestants of the Mortal Kombat.
Midway have really pulled no punches in this current incarnation of the
game as everything is bigger and better but maintaining the nostalgia of
the original series. For instance, characters now have two fatalities
instead of one that include Hara-Kiri moves (self-inflicted fatalities)
and also those combination move fatalities that we have all learned to
love. Apart from the regular gameplay modes, the game also includes some
new additions to the franchise that includes online play, Puzzle Kombat
and Kombat Chess.
The fighting in Mortal Kombat: Deception is entertaining and continues
on the same exciting vein from Deadly Alliance where each character has
three different fighting styles. Midway has also added a limited-use
combo breaker that uses a memorization combo system. For instance, you
input a series of specific buttons with little regard for timing and the
game does your combo for you, whereas, normally you are at the mercy of
the opponent when this happens. Now three times per match, you can
perform a combo breaker that interrupts someone's combos.
Although these do
no damage, they only knock your opponent down which gives you some
breathing room. In addition to beating your opponent to a pulp, certain
arenas contain weapons which you can pick up and use against your
opponent. There are also arena-dependant death-traps that really take
the gameplay to a new stage with all the deadly traps that really makes
a mess of the characters in the title.
Graphically, Mortal Kombat: Deception has about the same amount of
detail as there was in Deadly Alliance and the characters contain a high
amount of polygons with high resolution texture details to make them
look extremely realistic. The backgrounds seem larger and a little more
busy with extra animation such as various mechanics and special effects
in the background. The game also supports 480 progressive mode for those
gamers that have high resolution televisions and I must admit that this
looks simply brilliant.
The audio of Mortal Kombat: Deception is excellent and you really get
the nostalgia goose bumps when Shao Kahn yells “Finish Him!” at the end
of each match. The game’s soundtrack has a few remixes of old Mortal
Kombat songs but also many new ones which fit the dark attitude of
the game. With that said, each character has some really bad but
entertaining character acting that goes hand-in-hand with the gameplay
of the title.
In conclusion, Mortal Kombat is a great fighting game that has really
added a variety of new additions to the genre such as online play and of
course high definition TV support. The online mode is brilliant and it
also increases the longevity of this title as it allows you to fight
some of the greats from around the world. If you are a fan of the Mortal
Kombat series than you really need to get this game or if you have never
played that series before and you really want a fighter, you best check
this title out. Highly Recommended!