Mortal Kombat Deadly Alliance
Genre Action -> Arcade
Today's Rank 3989
USA
Date N/A
Publisher Koei
UK
Date 2003-02-14
Publisher N/A
North America Retail Box ArtMortal Kombat, the curse of spelling pedants and easily offended parents everywhere, has returned (again)--and this time it's making a proper effort to reclaim its crown as king of the beat-'em-ups. Just like movies and music there are some games that just seem to be a product of their time, appearing ridiculous when dragged kicking and screaming into the present day. Mortal Kombat suffered just such a fate when it was given one sequel too many and people realised that badly digitised 2-D characters in a dumbed-down version of Street Fighter II wasn't quite in keeping with the zeitgeist. Sensibly, instead of trying to do just the same old thing with better graphics, Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance brings that most unexpected of presents to the beat-'em-up party: a new idea. Specifically, it gives you the ability to switch, at the press of a shoulder button, between one of three different fighting styles for each character. This works tremendously well, allowing you to change from ranged to close-up to weapons attacks, for example, with ease. The ability to see physical damage appear on your opponent during the course of a match is also a nice touch, but thankfully they haven't thrown the baby out with the bathwater and all the old Mortal Kombat extras are still here: there's a ton of spilt claret if you so much as touch the other player and a range of spine-ripping fatalities and brutalities to show off with at the end of a bout. Admittedly the graphics still aren't all that great, but they do the job and quite frankly anything that manages to make Mortal Kombat fresh and exciting again is doing very well indeed. --David Jenkins

Features:
- Completely new fighting system as each warrior has 3 unique fighting styles, plus battle your way through 16 fighting environments and multiple play modes
- Revel in full 3-D movement with extremely realistic fighting effects, including Mortal Kombat's trademark brutal fatalities set to exclusive music by heavy rock favorite Adema
- Wield character-specific "special attacks" and 20 new and old favorite characters including Johnny Cage, Kun Lao, Sonya, Scorpion and more
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