Excerpt: The words Mortal Kombat will always be infamous in the world of gaming. Rarely does a series have so many ups and downs and still manage to keep it’s fanbase in-tact. After six fighting games, two atrocious adventure games, and endless merchandising the franchise is still going strong. So you can imagine that when they announced that the next iteration of the series was going back to the adventure style there was cause for concern.
Excerpt: Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks is the latest in the venerable fighter series, but it is not a fighting game. Don’t get me wrong, there’s plenty of fighting in the game, but Shaolin Monks takes the action out of the arenas and into the realm of the third-person action game. The result is pretty good, at least in short doses anyway, but it’s a game that you’ll need to be a Mortal Kombat fan to truly appreciate.
Conclusion: The Real World Golf /Gametrak bundle is a bit like the story of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Mr. Hyde is the sweet Gametrak system that works nearly flawlessly. It was nice to get off of my lazy ass and be a somewhat active while playing games, and enjoy doing so. Dr. Jekyll is the software itself, which is a bit rough around the edges.
Excerpt: Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks is an Action/Adventure title driven by both intense single and multi-player action. Similar to the recently released Mortal Kombat: Deception, background interactions (i.e., acid pits, living trees, spiked ceilings, etc.), multiple new fatalities, and action-based puzzles will also play an important role in the player's quest for an "outstanding" victory.
Summary: Mortal Kombat Shaolin Monks should be an appreciated break from the fighting formula for any MK fan. The game isn’t the game to end all games, but those Mortal Kombat fans out there should at least give it a rent. If you loved MK and MKII, you will probably appreciate this game even more. The nostalgia packed in the game is amazing, and better yet, you can unlock Mortal Kombat II.
Pros: TONS of Mortal Kombat history!
Cons: It is an average title when you get passed the MK coating.
Conclusion: Shaolin Monks is a game that may not be as impressive as many would have thought at first, but gets better as you play it. You will see more upgrades to your character, which made it enjoyable throughout. The game is at its best when you do play in a co-op mode, as the combat seems even more fun and the action in the game does come at you a little more consistently.
Pros: More hidden MK content than you can shake Jade's staff at, A surprisingly solid brawling engine, made better by co-op play, Unlockable Mortal Kombat II arcade game, Painstaking attention has been paid to re-creating the MKII arenas and sounds
Cons: Too much backtracking gives the game a repetitive feel, Fairly short adventure, Difficulty level is all over the map, Graphics are technically not very impressive
Conclusion: This game had all the potential in the world. Being published by Sega already gives you that edge, but this one just doesn’t do all that would be hoped. It comes up short in almost every category. If this game still sounds appealing to you, then I would recommend renting it before spending your hard earned cash on a game that you could beat in a few days.
Conclusion: Funnily enough, this is pretty much what Jade Empire should have turned out like. A super sharp, fast, freewheeling oriental flavoured blast. Sure the setting is a little different, but Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks utterly nails the gameplay. It ain't perfect, but it's enough to keep you occupied when the swell is low and the wind is onshore.
Pros: Great, instinctive fun., You don't need a doctorate to recall all your fatalies - there's a move guide., Brilliant adaptation of the setting into 3D adventure
Cons: Cameras and backtracking - the bane of this type of game. Nevermind.