Mortal Kombat Shaolin Monks from ’05 was one of the few installments within the series history that does not get talked about as much as others. While the first three Mortal Kombat Arcade games from the 90’s were legendary MK 9-11 which came out during the 10’s were almost as popular. The MK from the 00’s aside from deadly alliance are generally overlooked mainly because the series had a somewhat temporary decline in popularity at the time. However, the MK Shaolin Monks game from ’05 was pretty unique because it was quite possibly the first action-adventure beat em up installment that we got to see in the entire series. The idea of having the story centered around Liu Kang & Kung Lao while revisiting the events Mortal Kombat II was intriguing to say the least. The encounters with characters such as Raiden, Kitana, Jade and Milenna along with some of the main antagonists Shang Tsung, Kintaro and Shao Khan made for an exciting action-adventure game. While players had the ability to pull of various combos, special moves and fatalities during gameplay the cinematic cutscenes were a top notch as well.
Players got to combat minions in various stages along with high profile characters from the MK series in 3D which was special at the time. The closest thing to a sequel that we got for Shaolin Monks was Konquest Mode included Mortal Kombat Armageddon in ’06. But as far as direct sequels are concerned many people would have loved to see a Shaolin Monks 2; possibly with the storyline focusing on the events of Mortal Kombat III-IV. Mortal Kombat Shaolin Monks surprises many people following its ’05 release since it mainly received a positive reception. While Shaolin Monks may not have been as popular as MK: Deadly Alliance or Armageddon from the 00’s it was one that many people would agree deserved a sequel back in the day.