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June 19, 2005
Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks - Preview
Release Date Publisher Developer Anticipation Players Price
30/9/2005MidwayParadox Development1-2$TBA

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Graphics do look quite nice.
One of the real success stories of the current generation of consoles has been the resurrection of Midway. Only a couple of years ago the company was in dire financial trouble and releasing a string of poor titles. In the last couple of year however the company has had a string of hits lead by the resurrection by their biggest franchise Mortal Kombat. The last two titles Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance and Mortal Kombat: Defiance were both fantastic in terms of gameplay, but also in terms of sales for Midway. Now Midway are preparing a third title in the franchise on Playstation 2 for release later this year.

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Sub Zero makes a return.
What comes as a surprise about this game is that it isn't another one-on-one beat 'em up but rather an action adventure title. The decision to take this path is extraordinary especially the last attempt at doing this with both Mortal Kombat Mythologies: Sub Zero and Mortal Kombat Special Forces (which didn't even make it outside America!) in the previous generation virtually killed the entire franchise. But there is hope. Midway have been developing and publishing some quite impressive acion games of late including Psi-Ops and The Suffering.

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Nice effects.
In terms of gameplay Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks sees you play as either Kung Lau or Liu Kang. The game is an Action/Adventure title driven by both intense single and multi-player action. In fact the inclusion of 2-player co-op play should be a major plus for the game. Similar to the fighting games the background interactions include many dangers such as acid pits, living trees, spiked ceilings and so on. The developers are promising multiple new fatalities, while action-based puzzles will also play an important role in the player’s quest for an “outstanding” victory. Fortunately we can also expect that the game will include many other characters from the wider Mortal Kombat universe.

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Prepare to fight...
The real question about this game isn't it's premise but rather the development team, Paradox Development. If you haven't heard of them that's not really a surprise. Their previous biggest series was the very lacklustre Backyard Wrestling titles. Still there is some hope as Midway have actually bought out the development studio at Paradox Development making it one of their own. Hopefully this will allow Ed Boon and co the ability to bring the company to new heights. Expect a release for Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks in September 2005.