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Box artwork for Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance.
Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance
Developer(s)Midway Games
Year released2002
System(s)Nintendo GameCube, PlayStation 2, Xbox, Game Boy Advance
SeriesMortal Kombat
ModesSingle-player, multiplayer
Rating(s)BBFC 18ESRB MatureOFLC Mature Accompanied & RestrictedELSPA Ages 15+
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Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance, originally known as Mortal Kombat V: Vengeance or simply Mortal Kombat 5, is a fighting game developed and published by Midway for the Xbox, PlayStation 2, Nintendo GameCube, and Game Boy Advance. It is chronologically the fifth in the Mortal Kombat series.

The game focuses on the alliance between sorcerers Quan Chi and Shang Tsung and their schemes to revive an ancient army and control Outworld. Deadly Alliance was the first all-new Mortal Kombat fighting game produced exclusively for home consoles, with no preceding arcade release. The game's tagline was "A Fight So Brutal - So Evil - So Deadly".

Plot and setting[edit]

In Deadly Alliance, the player receives information concerning the backstories of the characters and their relationships with one another mainly during Konquest mode, but also in way of biographies that can be obtained in the Krypt. The game takes place in a fantasy setting, with most of the game's events occurring on the fictional realms of the Mortal Kombat series. The story begins in the Netherealm (although this is not a playable level), and later switches to Outworld, Edenia and eventually Earthrealm.

To fully understand the plot of Deadly Alliance, the player must not only beat Konquest mode but Arcade mode as well. As usual, beating Arcade mode unlocks endings for each character, but only a few endings or a part of them are considered canon to the Mortal Kombat storyline. Some endings even contradict one another. What really happened to the characters was only revealed on the sequel Mortal Kombat: Deception, making Deadly Alliance the first game in the series to have a canonical ending that involves the heroes losing and the villains emerging victorious.


The protagonist of the game is Kung Lao (Replacing Liu Kang's role due to his death.), the main antagonists are, as the title implies, the Deadly Alliance formed by sorcerers Quan Chi and Shang Tsung, and both act as the final bosses (depending on the storyline of that particular character it varies whether you'll have to fight Shang Tsung or Quan Chi, for example say you're playing with Kung Lao, then his boss would be Shang Tsung because he was responsible for killing Liu Kang in his storyline, in which he's wanting to avenge the death of). Some of the more popular characters of the Mortal Kombat series returned in this title. Included are Hollywood movie star Johnny Cage, the Princess Kitana, the monk Kung Lao, the Lin Kuei Grandmaster Sub-Zero, the Black Dragon mercenary Kano, the Zaterran warrior Reptile, the Ninja specter Scorpion and Special Forces Major Jax Briggs, Lieutenant Sonya Blade and the cyborg Cyrax.

New characters include the blind warrior Kenshi, the drunken-master Bo' Rai Cho, the Outworld warrior Li Mei, the vampire Nitara, the Lin Kuei apprentice Frost, Red Dragon agents Mavado and Hsu Hao, and the Netherealm Onis Drahmin and Moloch, who also acts as the sub boss of the game. The two secret characters are Mokap, who is said to have done motion capture work on Johnny Cage's films and is actually a tribute to Carlos Pesina, and the fire elemental Blaze, which was originally a background character on The Pit stage from Mortal Kombat II. According to art director, Steve Beran, Frost was one of the first characters designed for Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance.

Deadly Alliance is notable for being the only game in the series that does not feature Liu Kang as a playable character, as he and Shao Kahn only appear on the introduction video. Also mentioned in Konquest are the deaths of Goro, Kabal, Motaro and Sheeva, but they would later appear on sequels. The Dragon King mentioned in the game would later appear as Onaga in the sequel Mortal Kombat: Deception. Deadly Alliance is also the last game to feature both Scorpion and Sub-Zero in their unmasked forms and the first and only game where Kung Lao doesn't have his trademark hat on his main costume but from behind his back.

Game Boy Advance versions[edit]

Two different Game Boy Advance games based on Deadly Alliance were released. The first version, also titled Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance was released on November 2002, during the same week as the home console versions, while the second GBA version, Mortal Kombat: Tournament Edition (originally titled Mortal Kombat: Deadly Revenge, which was printed in the manual), was released on August 25, 2003. Although the GBA games feature 2D sprites, they were also the first portable Mortal Kombat games to feature 3D style gameplay. The original character roster of Deadly Alliance was split for the two GBA titles:

Tournament Edition builds on the story of Deadly Alliance by including three extra characters that were not in the original versions. These were Sektor, Noob Saibot and Sareena. Sektor and Noob Saibot are palette-swaps of Cyrax and Scorpion respectively, while Sareena returns from the action-adventure game Mortal Kombat Mythologies: Sub-Zero. Tournament Edition is the only Mortal Kombat that does not feature Sub-Zero in any form. Noob Saibot, the original Sub-Zero, is playable, although his identity was not revealed to players until Mortal Kombat: Deception.

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