Mortal Kombat: Deception
— Shujinko, the game's main character.
is the sixth fighting game installment in the Bloody Mortal Kombat
franchise. It was released for PlayStation 2
in 2004 and for GameCube
in 2005, and it takes place right after Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance
At the end of that game, Shang Tsung and Quan Chi managed to bring back Outworld's ancient army
. The opening cutscene brings us to they fighting Raiden. Once Raiden is down, they start fighting each other, with Quan Chi defeating Shang Tsung. However, while he was rejoicing with his victory, someone appears. It's Onaga
, the resurrected Dragon King, who wants Outworld back. Quan Chi and Shang Tsung tried to bring him down, with Raiden joining them later
. In the end, neither the three of them could stop Onaga, and Raiden, in a desperate move, tried to do his most dangerous move... which has proven to be fatal only for the trio, as Onaga managed to survive to that and without taking much damage. With Raiden and the Deadly Alliance gone, now there's only one ruler.
It turns out that, while the events of previous games were taking place, Onaga, disguised as an Elder God emmisary, tricked a youngster named Shujinko
into getting six MacGuffins
for him, across the realms. This, plus Reptile's body being used as a host, managed to bring back the Dragon King to life.
So, now, without any leader, and with five of the heroes being killed in battle, Sub-Zero trapped in the Netherrealm, and his pupil Frost being... frozen
, the survivors of the battle against the Deadly Alliance (Kenshi, Bo' Rai Cho, Li Mei, Scorpion and the aforementioned Sub-Zero) are on their own against the forces of Onaga, which included the Tarkatan army, led by Baraka. Raiden, corrupted by Onaga's magic, became disgusted with the humanity in general, and revived Liu Kang as a zombie, sending him to a massive manslaughter. Kang's spirit, however, stays with Ermac, to help him save his friends.
Aside of the aforementioned Onaga, Shujinko, Baraka, Ermac
and the aforementioned returning characters from the past installment, the game managed to bring back several of the characters from past games, such as Tanya, Jade, Mileena, Kabal, Nightwolf
, while adding several new faces such as Kobra, Kira, Ashrah, Hotaru, Havik, Dairou and Darrius
. There's also a sub-boss team called Noob-Smoke
, comprised of, you guessed, Noob Saibot
and his minion Smoke
revived and reprogrammed in order to serve his new master, and two GameCube exclusive characters also returning: Goro
and Shao Kahn
, included due to the lack of online play in said version.Deception
follows the 3D path the MK series has taken with Mortal Kombat 4
and Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance
. It also brought back the Stage Fatalities
, which were absent in the previous installment, now doable even during the match
, and increased the mayhem by adding several stages more than two traps, a Combo Breaker
system, and a hara-kiri
move, which the character can use to avoid the Fatality. And, as you've seen above, it's the first Mortal Kombat
game which assumes that The Bad Guy Wins
. (Ok, it's the Big Bad Duumvirate
from the previous game, but still.) Oh, and it's the first Mortal Kombat
game to feature online play, in the Xbox and PlayStation 2
There's also a Playstation Portable
version called Mortal Kombat: Unchained
, which included all of the aforementioned playable characters of above (including Goro and Shao Kahn) and added the Deadly Alliance versions of Jax, Frost, Kitana
, plus an Endurance mode.
Followed by Mortal Kombat Armageddon
The game has examples of:
- Farts on Fire: Uggh. Who knew Bo' Rai Cho had the stinkiest Fatality in Mortal Kombat history?
- Hammered into the Ground: Shao Kahn had this as a fatality using his own hammer.
- Hotter and Sexier: What Deadly Alliance started, this game cranked it up a few notches. With the notable exception of Ashrah, just about every playable female has at least one Stripperiffic outfit.
- Irony: The original Sub-Zero from Mortal Kombat had the classic "Spine Rip" Fatality, which involved ripping the opponent's head off with the spine still intact. Scorpion, who originally sought revenge against the original Sub-Zero over the death of his clan and family, adapts the classic Spine Rip Fatality as his own.
- Pull this on ether Sub-Zero (the current one) or Noob Saibot (the original Sub-Zero) to really see a Death by Irony
- Kill 'em All: A great amount of the kombatants, including nearly all of the original cast, especially the Earthrealm characters (Johnny Cage, Sonya, Kitana, Jax and Kung Lao), are killed off at the beginning of the game.
- Meaningful Name: The second name of the game, "Deception." It's about Onaga tricking Shujinko, who played a big part of the deal in reviving the former.
- Mythology Gag: The design of Kira's Dragon Teeth knives comes from the knife Kano wielded in the first movie.
- La Résistance: Mostly notably Darrius.
- Luke, I Am Your Father: Noob Saibot is revealed to be the original Sub-Sero in this game. His reunion with his younger brother is less than ideal as he orders Sub-Zero's (the younger) former best friend, Smoke, to help rip him in half.
- Mini-Game: "Chess Kombat" and "Puzzle Kombat."
- Mondegreen: Liu Kang performing his Bicycle Kick in this game makes it sound like he's yelling, "WHATAREWEGOINGTODOABOUTTHAAAAAAAAT?!!"
- Nostalgia Level: Many of the arenas.
- Offhand Backhand: One of the loading screens shows Kenshi doing this to Kira via telekinesis... into a wall.
- Oh Crap: The opening movie comes with one for the player, as the first shot is of the stairs leading to Shang Tsung & Quan Chi's base from the previous game littered with the corpses of Johnny Cage, Kitana, Sonya, Jax and Kung Lao, and one in-universe when Onaga turns up.
- Playable Epilogue: The Konquest Mode allows the player to still roam around the realms after finishing the main story. However, the player also gets the opportunity to find new chests that unlock either main protagonist Shujinko's special moves and Fatalities and Hara Kiri or chests that the player missed out on at the beginning village.
- Precision F-Strike: If you knock Ermac off of the Sky Temple, you hear something you wouldn't expect from someone with his disposition.
"RAAAAAAAAAAAGH, note "
- Shared Life Meter: The Noob-Smoke tag team.
- Shout-Out: Check the page.
- Shows Damage
- Spinning out of Here: Jade has a move called Vanishing Winds where she spins around a cloud of green smoke and reappears behind her opponent.
- Terrible Trio: Kabal, Kira, and Kobra.
- This Is Gonna Suck: Havik seems to think so about being knocked off of the Sky Temple.
- Those Two Bad Guys: Noob-Smoke. Though unwillingly bad in Smoke's case.
- Unwinnable by Design: Several of Konquest mode's questlines have no ending.
- Also in the starter town, you can accept a quest to deliver a pot to another NPC somewhere else in town. If you leave the town before completing the quest, you'll figure out that you technically can't get back into the town.
- What an Idiot: Raiden's thoughts about Shujinko's quest, in a nutshell.