Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance review
Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance is an oldie, but a goodie, offering enough quality content to attract players even if the game could be older than some of them by now.
Gameplay - 8/10
Playing the standard single-player mode is fun but quickly starts to feel all the same thanks to a rather predictable AI. The Versus mode is where you’re probably going to spend the most time in MK: Deadly Alliance, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing because it’s really worth checking out. With 3D animations and quality renderings for all characters, including older ones, Deadly Alliance totally feels like a major improvement as compared to MK4, which was considered a subpar MK game by many fans.
There’s a host of new characters with unique moves and abilities, as well as some popular fighters from older games, which can make the choice of your favorite character quite complicated, but definitely exciting! As you play, you’ll collect Koins which can later be spent in the Krypt to unlock new abilities, costumes, and bonus materials from MK developers.
Graphics - 7/10
Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance is the first MK game to feature fully 3D graphics. Of course, this sounded (and looked) more impressive when the game was released, but they are still quite acceptable even by today’s standards. The character animations and signature moves all look amazing despite the outdated graphics, so there’s nothing there to prevent you from enjoying the game.
Replay Value - 6/10
Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance doesn’t have a lot going on except for the Versus mode which is basically the pinnacle of the whole experience. The single-player mode is a little too predictable to revisit it unless you suddenly feel nostalgic for the old times. Going back to the Krypt and purchasing new koffins is only worth it if you’re interested in how the game was made and don’t mind the low quality of some assets.
Controls - 8/10
Similarly to all Mortal Kombat games, this one has great controls that are intuitive and easy to get used to even if you’ve never played Mortal Kombat before. You don’t need to get extremely technical and precise to win the Versus fights, which could be a little disappointing for veteran players but facilitates the game for new and casual players.
If you’re a fan of the series, MK: Deadly Alliance simply has to be experienced because it was such an important turning point in the history of Mortal Kombat. The introduction of 3D graphics and quality animations for all characters represented a noticeable step up from MK4, but Deadly Alliance also retained all the core features that made MK so popular among the fighting genre fans.
- Cool 3D graphics
- Individualized animations and moves for every character
- Fun, unique characters
- Accessible controls and gameplay mechanics
- Not much to do except play the Versus mode
- The bonus materials in the coffins are not always of the best quality