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E3 News

by Gambid on May 19, 2005 :: 1

The guys at Mortal Kombat Online posted the first news from E3. A few movies, a lot of screenshots and a MK: Shaolin Monks First Impressions article can be found on this site. Below is a part of it:

If you pick Liu Kang or Kung Lao, the other character always shows up during the cut-scenes. This way, if you pick 2-Player Ko-Op Mode, the cut-scenes in between the fights are exactly the same. Now, regardless of which selection you choose – 1- or 2-Player Ko-Op – once you make your selection, the game begins. In the PS2 version, you can select your difficulty (Normal or Hard) as well. Once the game begins, you start out in Goro's Lair. It starts by showing you the yellow eyes in the background, and then revealing that those eyes belong to Oni-Demons. In MK: Shaolin Monks, there is a secret in every room, and in the first room that secret involves the skeleton hanging up. By throwing the Oni against the skeleton on the wall, you can actually shatter it and make the bones fly everywhere.
There are some really cool details that will be noticeable already, such as the fact that the Oni will sometimes start to fight each other. There are also some torches around the lair that can burn you if you're not careful, but if you are good enough, you can use them to your advantage by knocking the Oni into them. If you can burn an Oni this way, he will run around and can even light the other Oni on fire as well.
Now to talk about Versus Mode. It's not like a standard fighting game, it features full dynamic 3-D motion as in a standard 3-D platformer. If there's any game to even compare this mode to, it would be PowerStone on Sega Dreamcast. Three stages were available in the Demo: The Pit, The Portal, and The Ice Falls. These stages are pretty much identical to their action-adventure counterparts; the only real difference is the limitation on the camera to keep things simpler for this mode. The Portal actually attempts to suck both players into it, and it's also causing wooden chunks to float around in the air that you have to watch out for. There are boxes in this mode that contain items, such as skulls/weapons (just like the action/adventure mode), power-ups that give you extra energy or cause you to do extra damage to your opponent, and more traps that can hurt you.

In this mode, only Kung Lao and Liu Kang were selectable, although in the PS2 version, we could see silhouettes for at least 6 more Kombatants. We can only speculate at this point who will be selectable, eg. Sub-Zero, Johnny Cage, etc. But seriously, who knows for sure?

We've been told that the PS2 version is farther along because they code for that system first, before porting it over. However, on the X-Box version, it's a lot easier to make the weapon trails. A demo of this game will be available to the public soon, available on the demo disc included with OPM and OXM magazines.

Visit Mortal Kombat Online for more information.

Midway At E3

by Gambid on May 18, 2005 :: 1

Midway have redirected their official site to this specially created for E3 website of the company. It contains information about all games that will appear on E3. For Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks there is one high-quallity trailer and a few screenshots.

Click here to visit the site.

It Will Konsume You!!!

by Gambid on May 17, 2005 :: 2

The long awaited update is finally here. After months of hard work we are glad that we can finally give you a Mortal Kombat: Deception section you have never seen before. With its 14 pages and 14 txt Guides this is not only the biggest game section in this site but most certain the biggest Mortal Kombat: Deception section online. Below is a small preview of each of the pages:

- Basic Information
- The Story of the game
- Bios of all fighters
- All Endings
- Special Moves list compatible with all platforms
- Kodes and Secrets for all versions of the game
- Konquest Mode Guides
- Chess Kombat Guide
- Puzzle Kombat Guide
- A lot of Glitches
- Behind The Scenes images
- In Development
- Fans' Guides section
- Screenshots

Note that this is the first appearance of our new "Fans' Guides" subsection. Here you can submit your own guides for this game.

A lot of work has been done, but we still don't think that we have everything. This section is far from completed. Actually we are already working on its update. So, if you find a mistake or if you have information that is not listed, feel free to contact us.

This section uses our design v3.5 with an increased compatibility with all available browsers.

Enjoy our Mortal Kombat: Deception section. More section' updates are on their way. We will be happy if you share your opinion of this update.

MK: Shaolin Monks Official Site Updated

by Gambid on May 17, 2005 :: 4

Midway have finally updated The Official Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks website. The only new things that are available are the two afficial trailers and new screenshots.

Click here to visit it.

MK: Deception PS2 Emulation

by ded on May 15, 2005 :: 13

The latest version of PSCX2 was released yesterday. While Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance still shows nothing than the loading screen, Mortal Kombat: Deception now runs and can be played. FPS are incredibly low and can reach maximum 2-3 frames per second, but this is a huge step forward for PlayStation 2 emulation. There is no in-game sound and there are a lot of graphical glitches. Here are some screenshots captured directly from PSCX2:

To download the latest PSCX2 version visit its official site.

Thanks to our forum member STARS for this update.

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