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The graphics and sound are about the same quality as the previous edition, but the gameplay is faster and the controls are tighter. A ringing sound effect alerts you when your health is low, but it sounds a lot like a telephone. Thankfully, you don't need to enter a code to unleash the blood, although it's not as gratuitous as you might expect. Like the first Mortal Kombat, there are three skills levels, and you can't pause because the Start button is used to block. Overall, this one is a head-ripping, spine-tearing good time.
Wenn man mal davon ausgeht, daß es sehr wenige unter Euch gibt, die nur eine tragbare Konsole ihr eigen nennen, gibt es eigentlich keinen vernünftigen Grund, sich die Game-Boy- oder Game-Gear-Variante zuzulegen. (...) Die Spielbarkeit wurde auf beiden Handhelds doch recht ordentlich hinbekommen - auch wenn der eiserne Schwierigkeitsgrad frustriert und Ihr Probleme habt, Euren Lebensbalken zu erkennen.
All Game Guide
Mortal Kombat II is only a minor improvement over the first Mortal Kombat for the Sega Game Gear. If you're a diehard MK fan then this game is a keeper. If you're a fighting fan who isn't into the Mortal Kombat series, it's decent but nothing to scream and shout about. If you're none of the above, it may be alright to give it a try. It's graphically impressive to say the least, but not much else is going for it except for its brand quality and mediocre gameplay. Definitely not a Flawless Victory, but neither a Fatality.
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM)
Just like the first one, Mortal Kombat II has eye-popping graphics and great control - so much so that you won't believe this is a portable. Johnny Cage, Baraka, Rayden and Kung Lao are missing from this version, but the moves of the present fighters are all easy to execute. Like the other versions, you can't pause this one --- START blocks.
Video Games & Computer Entertainment
Well, it's a good, solid game that you won't feel angry at dropping a couple of bucks on. There are no Friendships or Babalities, but both Jade and Smoke are in there, complete with a cool new background. Though, it's not that spectacular, it definitely is trick. Have fun.
If you own a SNES or Genesis system, you'd be nuts to buy either handheld version over the big brothers. Gear MKII is for people who spend a lot of time on the road and don't mind playing the computer for hours on end. Taken on its own, MK II is a fun game, but if you're looking for something close to the coin-op, you won't find it here.
The Game Gear version isn't much better than the Game Boy version --- the same characters are missing and there's still only two backgrounds --- but at least it's in color and you get a little spray of blood every now and then. It's worth noting that even though the animation is ever jerkier than on the Game Boy, somehow the control is better.
Digital Press - Classic Video Games
Again helmed by Probe Software, this second Game Gear Mortal Kombat follows the same path as the first. The graphics are again the highlight, and gameplay secondary. The choppy movement, limited roster, and unresponsive controls render this one unplayable.