Review by Funky Bob

"The first excessively violent game lives on, and it's as great as ever"

After the days of Sega Genesis, the Mortal Kombat series began to fade. There were more games but they were never all that popular, now finally, we see a game that lives up to it's predecessors.

Gameplay 9/10

This is what sets this game so far apart from all the others and makes it so good. There's a little more to it than just going out and killing people for no reason. In the old games they would just send you out with no knowledge of the game and expect you to win. That's has finally changed. In Deadly Alliance there is a massive training where the game teaches you the techniques of each character and good strategies to beating opponents with them. There is now much more depth to the characters than there was before, each character has 3 fighting styles and each of which has there own combos, and moves. So overall there are 21 characters and each of which has over 20 different moves. Of course you have the classic arcade mode where you just go and fight opponents in progressively harder fights and you also have the new training mode which I talked about earlier. But now we have something completely new to the series. Money and a shop to buy things at. It's called the ''Krypt''. There are a total of 436 things to buy, you can't see what you're buying. All you see is a ''koffin'' with a price on it. What you can get varies and can be anything from sketches of characters, new arenas, more money, pictures of the staff that made the game, new characters, and some ''koffins'' are even empty. You can earn money form training mode, arcade mode, and betting money on the outcome of a fight with your friends. There are 7 types of coins and some of which are harder to get than others. There is gold, jade, saphire, ruby, platinum and onyx ''koins''. Platinum and onyx ''Koins'' are the hardest to get since you can only get them in bonus games that you play between battles in arcade mode.

Graphics 7/10

The graphics aren't anything to rave about but are MUCH better than any Mortal Kombat before it. The characters are very well detailed but the arenas and surroundings could use a little work. The game never studders no matter how intense the fight gets. What really impressed me with this game is the blood. Unlike the previous games the blood doesn't just hit the ground and disappear, it all stays there. Blood in this game actually looks a little bit realistic too.

Sound 6/10

This the area of the game that suffers. The music is alright but when you're trying to keep someone with two giant swords from ripping your head off, it's not the top thing on your mind. All the characters have their screams, moans, and sounds of pain but there isn't much in the way of sound in this game that is really all that impressive.

Story 7/10

Shang Tsung and Quan Chi, two wizards, are trying to raise the unbeatable army of the Dragon King to take over Earthrealm. The End. That's about it for the story, there isn't much to say here.

Replay 10/10

while the single player mode doesn't take too long to get boring but it's always a lot of fun to rip your friends to pieces in 2 player mode. This game will keep you entertained for a very long time.

Buy or rent: RENT

Some people may not like this game at all, Mortal Kombat has always been a game that you either like or hate. Some people will like it and some people won't, so I think you should definitely rent this one before buying. Now if you've always been a fan of the series, just save yourself the $4.00 and buy it. It's arguably the best one in the series.

All I can say is this game is a lot of fun and I can only hope there will be more to come in the future.

Reviewer's Rating:   4.0 - Great

Originally Posted: 12/22/02, Updated 12/22/02

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