Mortal Kombat Deadly Alliance (PS2)

Review

posted 12/19/2002 by Charlie Sinhaseni
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One Page Platforms: PS2
By pressing L1 you can switch fighting styles on the fly, all of which have their own unique move sets. It’s a pretty sweet addition that it really does a great job of letting you keep your opponents on their toes. Further more you can use the change of fighting styles to help link together combos, thus allowing you to make even bigger chains. It’s all pretty fun and the fighting styles are all pretty different, ranging from Karate to Pi Gua (funny, I always thought that was a card game). Sadly, the often-requested Tai Bo failed to make the cut. As a carry over from MK4 each character has a unique weapon and although they’re not as powerful as they look, they’re a worthy addition to the fighter’s arsenal.

I’m not a big fan of limiting a player’s access to the game’s core material and sadly, MKDA is a huge offender to this. You’ll have to play the game and earn some tokens before you can unlock the rest of the game’s goodies. I’m not certain why Midway decided to lock up half of the playable characters, especially after the gamer just spent 50 of their hard earned dollars on the game. Oh well, at least it extends the life of the game quite a bit.

The game’s core arcade mode is pretty fun but the multiplayer is where it’s at. Like the other MK games, nothing can beat the satisfaction that comes with humiliating your best friends. This is an excellent party game as people who can’t actually play the game themselves will be entertained by the on-screen action. Fatalities are much more gorier this time around as well, providing even more humiliation for your fallen foes. Much like the olden days, this game is highly addicting for a group of friends.

From a technical standpoint this game is pretty up to snuff and while it’s quite up to par with Tekken 4, it’s still a marvelous showcase. There are plenty of nice details that you probably won’t notice at first, cool things like real-time lighting and real-time reflections on shiny floors really add some nice touches to the overall visual package. Likewise, the character models are some of the best that the genre has to offer. Every one of them are brilliantly designed and feature tons of distinguishing details. It may not be perfect, but the game looks great.

Likewise the audio is pretty excellent as well, all of the groans and grunts are pretty much what you expect from a guy who’s getting the living piss beat out of him. The voice acting, although limited, isn’t really all that bad and is much better than say the voice acting from Dead or Alive 3.

Mortal Kombat Deadly Alliance isn’t for everyone but it’s definitely for anyone, especially the longtime fans of the series who have been waiting for it to return to glory. It’s a worthy entry into this vaunted franchise that does well of establishing itself in today’s fighting landscape. If you are even mildly interested in this game I suggest you pick it up, it won’t do you wrong.



Fatality skills not quite up to snuff? Need a refresher course on how to maim your opponents? Then we suggest you pick up Brady Games' official strategy guide that features everything you need to know about this brutal fighter.


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Midway's excellent fighting game does the series some justice, washing out the bad taste that MK4 left in our mouths. While it's not perfect, it's damn fine for what it's worth.


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