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.
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: 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.
Summary: Prepárate para enfrentar las más sensacionales batallas que esta singular saga te haya podido ofrecer, el tradicional género de pelea a dado paso a un complejo modo aventura que ha elevado la calidad de juego a cotas verdaderamente insuperables. Unos gráficos de infarto, un sensacional trabajo de doblaje pero ante todo un gran trabajo en la jugabilidad hacen de este título una verdadera obra maestra.
Conclusion: Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks ist erstmals ein Action-Adventure in der Geschichte der Serie. Die deutsche Version wurde zwar geschnitten, ist aber keineswegs frei von Blut und Gewaltdarstellungen. Einfache Steuerung, markanter Sound, jede Menge Gemetzel und akrobatische Einlagen – das ist es, was MKSM so etwa ausmacht. Darstellung und Perspektive sind in Ordnung, die Dialoge hätten allerdings noch besser sein können.