I personally feel like it’s a toss up between Deadly Alliance and Deception. I know with deadly alliance most of the story is relegated to the intro scene and various text boxes, but there’s something about that set up of the two most powerful and evil sorcerers teaming up to claim earthrealm that is quintessential mortal kombat. It’s scary to think of such powerfully despicable people being capable of nearly anything, and the dark vibe of the game really feeds into that.
What do you guys think? I would also put MK9 towards the top but since much of that game is rehashing old story beats, I feel like deadly alliance was a bit more original.