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January 26, 2003
Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance - Preview
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Let the blood fly - again!
"Fatality". It was the early 1990's and that single phrase alone created excitement among gamers, and cries of censorship from parental groups and governments resulting in mandatory game classification in Australia. Following the success of the first three games things started to fall apart with poorly developed games such as Mortal Kombat Trilogy, Mortal Kombat Mythologies: Sub Zero the woeful Mortal Kombat: Special Forces. These games effectively destroyed the series. With the release of the Dreamcast however the series was revived with Mortal Kombat Gold, a strong title that combined good graphics with the classic gameplay. All up the previous games in the series have sold an phenomenal 19 million copies worldwide, proving just how big an audience the game has.

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The effects look great.
Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance is the latest game in the series, and looks to be the most refreshing in years. To be released on "Fatality Friday" in Australia, which is St Valentines Day (February 14th for those of you not romantic), the game is shaping up very well indeed. Once again, the game is primarily hand-to-hand combat but also allows you to use weapons and projectile attacks to takes out the opposition. Midway are promising a new fighting engine for this game, which will once again include plenty of secret moves and combinations. Physical damage is also promised and with midway not afraid to show a bit of the red stuff this could look pretty impressive. The characters also now have full 3D movement around the arenas so you can now sidestep attacks.

Obviously the graphics have been boosted considerably with the power of the Playstation 2 as the characters are all full 3D models. Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance contains over 20 character including returning favourites such as Johnny Cage, Kung Lao, Scorpion, Raiden, Sub-Zero and Sonya Blade as well as new characters including Frost, Moloch, and Kenshi. Fights take place on any of the sixteen stages, each with their own look, and often traps to watch out for.

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Looking like Virtua Fighter 4?
One of the biggest problems with the previous titles in the series was the lack of longevity. Midway have this problem sorted for Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance with the ability to enter the "Krypt", which is comprised of more than 600 "koffins" that players can purchase with "kurrency" earned in the game. These "koffins" are filled with new characters, new arenas, alternate costumes, photos and other hidden surprises. This should have you coming back for quite some time at the very least.

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Sub-Zero in typical ice.
Once again the most controversial aspect of the Mortal Kombat games, the fatalities, are returning and they look bigger and more gruesome then ever before. The music is being provided by Arista Records' Adema, which has created a theme song called "Immortal" for this game. To top it all off the DVD is expected to include plenty of behind the scenes information as well as the history of the series.

All-in-all this game is looking pretty hot. Fans of the series will almost certainly want to check Mortal Kombat Dark Alliance as it's shaping up as the best in the series since the originals. Expect a PAL release on February 14th.