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Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault)
More of a Mortal Kombat 4: Version 1.5 than a proper sequel, Mortal Kombat Gold is the best arcade to home console conversion of any offering in the series that I’ve ever seen. Longtime fans should be able to appreciate the value of being able to revisit with classic characters and the chance to experience the game at home as it was truly meant to be played, but they sure as heck won’t find enough differences here to warrant a purchase if they’ve already picked up the PSX or N64 version of Mortal Kombat 4 last year. Mortal Kombat Gold isn’t the title that’s going to win over any new converts, but it’s definitely going to be the game of choice for MK fans. I’d consider it more of a collector’s item than anything else and a brief rollercoaster ride at best if you’re not a fan, but no matter which side of the fence you’re on, you’ll still be punch drunk with enjoyment after playing it the first few times.
Mortal Kombat Gold is much better then the last MK game I played, Mortal Kombat Trilogy on the Playstation. That game had so many bugs I returned it within a couple of days. Fortunately, Mortal Kombat Gold is a much better game then it's predecessors although the gameplay is still somewhat limited compared to the brilliance of series' such as Tekken, Soul Calibur and Virtua Fighter which now dominate the arcades and consoles. Most of the moves are the same as previous games, which gives it an all too familiar feel. If your a Mortal Kombat fan you will love this game, but if your just looking around for a fighting game you might be better off looking elsewhere.
And that's basically the big problem here. Mortal Kombat Gold is a lot like a bag of Twizzlers. Sure it's sweet the first few times you delight in it's tasty red goodness, and it's cool for parties, but after a while you're left wanting something a little less red, with a whole lot more substance to it.
By this point the Mortal Kombat series has gone from big hit, to not much of anything. Midway promises a fifth installment like no other, but then, the last time we were promised that we ended up getting Mortal Kombat Gold. Essentially Mortal Kombat Gold is the Dreamcast version of the arcade Mortal Kombat 4. And if you've played Mortal Kombat 4 in the arcade then you'll know it's not exactly the best arcade fighter on the market. But, what the hell, I feel like giving Mortal Kombat Gold a fair shake.
Sitting down and playing MK Gold almost feels like a retrogaming experience - you really feel as though you've pulled out some old game that you haven't played in years - and it hasn't aged gracefully. If you're still interested in Mortal Kombat 4, then MK Gold should provide some sort of thrill. But the rest of the MK fans that have already moved on to bigger and better things will just have to wait patiently for Mortal Kombat 5.
The Video Game Critic
While Gold promises some "Dreamcast only" surprises, the gameplay is largely unchanged. There are weapons that appear at random, but they rarely have much impact. And unfortunately, one of the best moves from MK4, the sidestep, doesn't work very well here. According to the instructions, you must "tap" the right trigger twice to get it to work, but it's extremely erratic, and you can't even reconfigure it on the options screen! That problem sucked a lot of the fun out of the game, and that's a shame, because otherwise this is an good-looking fighter.
Les fans purs et durs, ceux qui ont des tatouages, des posters, le papier toilette, les housses de canapé estampillés MK, et qui se réveillent la nuit en criant "MORTAL KOMBAT !!!", ceux là vont adorer, c'est sûr. Pour les autres, jouez à King Of Fighters, c'est aussi en 2D, mais c'est infiniment plus délirant. MK Gold fait du surplace.
Even with a perfect port of MK4, not to mention new characters and little or no loading time, it's hard to recommend Mortal Kombat Gold to anyone. Unless you were a huge fan of MK4, MKG probably isn't for you.
Digital Press - Classic Video Games
The added world "Gold" to the title doesn't mean a whole lot. While it's nice to see personal favorites like Baraka back in action, it's not worth the effort. There is some decent music, but the same basic gameplay from this games precursor has hardly been worked on. It's a definite disappointment and another step down for this series..
Bref, à oublier vite fait si l'on ne veut pas sombrer dans un mortel ennui.
Unless you're a die-hard Mortal Kombat fan who loved Mortal Kombat 4 and have been waiting for two years for a perfect console port, you'll want to stay away from Mortal Kombat Gold. It may be worth renting for those of you that vaguely recall enjoying Mortal Kombat in its heyday, but with games like Power Stone and Soul Calibur available, why waste your time with this sorry retread?
Despite being less than a year old, the Dreamcast has seen it's fair share of entries into the fighting genre. From the stellar Soul Calibur to the mediocre Psychic Force, it remains a hotbed of development activity. Sadly, due to an exorbitant number of bugs and an altogether lack of innovation, Mortal Kombat Gold is easily forgettable as yet another commonplace entry into the genre. Not worth purchasing, even for Mortal Kombat fans.