Mortal Kombat: Deception

Game review by
Jeremy Gieske, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommendPopular with kids
Martial arts combat at its bloodiest; adults only.

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 19 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

While some of the missions have positive resolutions, many involve violence or negative social behavior.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Characters use martial arts to be killing machines, focusing on how to create the kill in the most horrific manner possible.

Ease of Play

Executing combination moves takes precision.


The game centers around bloody and violent battles using a variety of martial arts moves. You are rewarded for making your kills as violent as you can. Characters each have special "Fatality" moves that are used to finish off or kill an opponent. There are also "Death Traps" in the environment that cause instant death. Even the background images are disturbing: In one level, for example, several corpses dangle from rope, their necks broken, and they swing into the way of the battle when they're bumped.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that although the Mortal Kombat universe continues to expand in terms of depth of its storyline and the variety of options within the game, the goal of this game is the same as all predecessors: Kill or be killed, and make it as horrific as you can. This is an adult game and is not intended for kids. The star rating given this game is based on quality of gameplay and is not an endorsement of the violence in the game.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byMychemicalstinkpants April 16, 2011
Adult Written bybloodybirdbrain March 12, 2011
Teen, 14 years old Written byCWG1 May 24, 2013

It is a fun game, and very challenging

I love this game, however this game is challenging. It is also extremely gory mainly the fatality part of the end. You can turn down the level of blood, or com... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old November 29, 2012


I think if u turn off the blood it would be fine. MAKE SURE IF U HAVE A CHILD UNDER 10 yrs old DONT LET THEM PLAY IT!!!!! u can turn off the blood, gore, and de... Continue reading

What's it about?

MORTAL KOMBAT: DECEPTION has four basic modes of play: Kombat, Chess Kombat, Puzzle Kombat, and Konquest. Kombat allows the player to fight one-on-one rounds of combat with increasingly difficult opponents. Chess Kombat is played similarly to chess; however, when a piece takes another piece they fight for the space, allowing the defender to potentially win and keep the spot. Puzzle Kombat is a variation of Tetris.

Konquest contains the storyline element of the game. The player explores six 3-D worlds, talking to characters, accomplishing quests, and training, primarily under the tutelage of Mortal Kombat character Bo' Rai Cho. The Konquest portion primarily focuses on combat sequences and side quests. Many of the combat sequences are similar to training and are focused on learning combinations of keys to enact blocks, attacks, special moves, etc.

Is it any good?

Mortal Kombat: Deception ratchets up the blood and gore in a series long known to push the boundaries. Some of the minor quests in Konquest mode entail good deeds, but most involve violence. In Konquest mode, the character begins as a young boy and ages to an old man -- but even as a child, he is involved in violent and bloody missions. The character of Bo'Rai Cho, the "guide" for most of the game, uses a secret move, referred to as "puke puddle," to spew a pool of vomit on the floor, causing the opponent to slip.

Perhaps the greatest concern for parents, however, is the amount of very graphic violence. Gruesome deaths are a highlight and the goal of the "best" players. Even the background images are disturbing: In one level, for example, several corpses dangle from rope, their necks broken, and they swing into the way of the battle when they're bumped. No kid should play this game for any reason -- this is strictly adult fare.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how this game is different from others in the series. Is the over-the-top violence one of the reasons this game is so popular?

  • How does playing a violent video game affect you?

Game details

  • Platforms: PlayStation 2, Xbox
  • Price: $49.99
  • Available online? Not available online
  • Developer: Midway
  • Release date: January 10, 2005
  • Genre: Fighting
  • ESRB rating: M for Blood and Gore, Intense Violence
  • Last updated: August 25, 2016

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