|Inspired in part by the action-RPG-styled "Konquest" segments of 2004's Deception, Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks is a full-fledged fighting adventure that leads players in a violent, epic struggle through the storied Mortal Kombat universe. As either of two of the series' Shaolin monks, Liu Kang or Kung Lao, players will make their way through the various realms of the extra-dimensional fighting competition from a third-person perspective. The game engine is designed to allow characters to attack and defend themselves from enemies in any direction -- ahead, behind, or on either side.
For better or worse, monks will encounter other memorable characters from the Mortal Kombat series, including Sub-Zero, Scorpion, and Goro. Other features that have come to distinguish the long-running fighting series have also been translated to this third-person combat adventure, such as environmental hazards like acid pits, deadly spikes, and powerful "Multality," "Brutality," and "Fatality" attack moves that can only be performed with precise input in certain conditions. As characters progress through the adventure they gain experience, which can be used to improve their natural abilities, or to develop their skills in any of four character-specific fighting styles.