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Mortal Kombat: Deception (xbox 360) Review

by Gambid on Nov 21, 2005 :: 2

Patrick McCarron of TRMK has posted a review of Mortal Kombat: Deception on the Microsoft X-Box 360. The game is playable on the new platform thanks to a software emulation (see the news article from Nov 14 2005 for more information). Below is a part of the review:

The game starts off with the intro video and main menu, which looks pretty crisp and clear being rendered at my Xbox 360's High Definition 1080i resolution on my 52" HDTV. All the game's Profile functions appear to work just fine, saving to my Xbox 360 Hard Drive without a problem, I had no Xbox 360 Memory Card to test though. I can also connect fine to Xbox Live and search for games. The Krypt and special Kontent areas all appear to be working as expected. Even the Area 51 Game Demo appears to work perfectly. I noticed the fonts are corrupted a little bit, see below screenshots, but it looks stylish in a way so most people won't notice this as a problem.

Everything seems too good to be true, and unfortunately it is. I decide to fire up a game in Arcade mode, and am presented with the character selection screen followed by the tournment ladder. Immediately I can see the increased quality of rendering the game at 1080i in the details of the tournament ladder mountain and the characters. I was really excited until the game actually loaded up a fight scene.

Unfortunately, the fight scenes are emulated fairly poor. The game camera keeps getting blocked by polygons that pop over the action constantly. The character I was playing with would develop some polygons stretching out past the camera view. It would only get worse the next round, as I find some stages are worse than others. The game started to slow down and redraw polygons across the camera surface, totally making the game unplayable. In one stage the screen was completely covered in a rainbow of polygons, so bad that I had to force a reboot of the system to quit out of the game.

On a positive note, the details on the characters and surrounding stage backgrounds really stand out. Their rendering quality looks really great in High Definition 1080i. The graphics don't look quite realistic - more plastic like - but that's not necessarily a bad thing. Overall the upgraded graphics in Mortal Kombat: Deception were a welcomed surprise. Once all the bugs are fixed, it should look amazing. Below is the best shot I could get between the glitches with my camera.

So I quit out of Kombat mode and decide to take a turn at Konquest to see how that is. It started with more of the same, as there were more glitches in the intro training sequence. But once I passed that, Konquest ran pretty well and looked really crisp and clear. There was an occasional slow down and choppiness but it wouldn't last for more than a second or two.

Overall the emulation for the backwards compatibility needs some work. So much so I'm surprised this got past Microsoft's Quality Control department. But once the issues are resolved by Microsoft, all Mortal Kombat fans should be in business with the Xbox 360.

Click here to read the original article and to see some screenshots.

Mortal Kombat: Deception Playable On Xbox 360

by Gambid on Nov 14, 2005 :: 8

IGN posted the following news article:

Today, at last, Microsoft opened up about which Xbox titles you'll actually be able to play on Xbox 360. Along with a compatibility Q&A on the official site, Microsoft released an initial list of Xbox games confirmed to be compatible -- more than 200 already. Have a good look: Half-Life 2, Halo 2, check and check. Jade Empire? No problem. Super Bubble Pop fans, do not despair. Best of all, you can keep those tummies tight: Yourself!Fitness is so ready for X360.

Of course, backwards compatibility requires a software emulator -- one good reason to grab the premium X360 package which includes a hard drive and the emulation tools.

Microsoft will be continuously updating the compatibility list with new titles, so be sure to check the real deal frequently.

Here they are so far. Get ready for it:

- Mike Tyson Heavyweight Boxing
- Monster Garage
- Mortal Kombat: Deception
- MTV Music Generator 3
- Murakumo

Mortal Kombat: Deception appears to be the only Mortal Kombat game compatible with XBox 360. However Microsoft will expand the list of supported titles very soon and the others two games might soon join Deception.

Click here to see the list of all supported games to date.

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