Mortal Kombat 4

aka: MK 4
Moby ID: 1128
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Mortal Kombat 4 is 1 vs 1 fighting game, similar to the other Mortal Kombat games, but this is first game in series with 3D characters models. The player can choose from 15 different fighters at the start (and several unlockables later on). Many fighters from earlier games in the series make a comeback (like Scorpion, Sub Zero, Liu Kang, Sonya Blade, Johnny Cage etc.) while other new fighters join in, like Shinook (who is the main evil character in this game), Fujin, Jarek, and Kai. Goro returns as a boss

Gameplay is very typical for a Mortal Kombat game, but has several new features - for example characters can use weapons in a fight (not only as a special move) or avoid attacks in the 3D environment.

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  • 真人快打4 - Chinese spelling (simplified)

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Average score: 73% (based on 38 ratings)

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Average score: 3.4 out of 5 (based on 115 ratings with 3 reviews)

The best Midway's 3D fighting game, but not the first.

The Good
The animation speed is better than War Gods and the gameplay is better than the game mentioned, is not dizzy and confusing, it's almost similar to Rival Schools.

The Bad
It was good for me to make the graphics equal to Tekken 3 but are polygonized the characters, the blood is not real and this i didn't like of this game.

The Bottom Line
It has good results than War Gods and make me happy, bravo Midway.

PlayStation · by Zaibatsu (20049) · 2015

Pretty good game, but could be better

The Good
Firstly, the graphics are overall very good. Each character looks different and the smooth gameplay and unchoppy fighting is definitely something to praise. There are a lot of characters, including the welcoming return (in my opinion) of Johnny Cage. There are also new characters, but they weren't really that great. Goro is back, and although Motaro and Shoa Kahn have gone, I feel that Shinnok taking their place is good enough. Sound is quite good, and the sfx are great.

The Bad
Well, you can pretty much throw the idea of music away for Mortal Kombat. In all Mortal Kombats I've played, I just find myself wanting to disable music. The background music is somewhat better in this one than the others, but it still doesnt live up to the amazing music of Killer Instinct, where each character has their own music and stage, and their music goes right with them. I wouldn't say this game had accomplished anything musicwise.

The Bottom Line
Graphics, sound and gameplay are good, and music is horrible. This game still deserves my rating, which is ( 4 / 5 )

Nintendo 64 · by ThE oNe (180) · 2002

Probably the worst Mortal Kombat fighting game

The Good
What can i tell? The game didn't have that much to like. The character roster is average at best (15 playable characters, 18 on the home versions, Midway returned some cool characters like Scorpion, Sub-zero and Raiden, Reptile, Sonya etc., but most old characters had a very boring and stupid look. The games new additions like weapons and throwable items were a nice try to compete with Soul Calibur, but they weren't any effective. Such stuff like team battles and player tournaments were a great addition in MK3 and its updates, but here, with these bad graphics and boring looking characters it looked very annoying.

The Bad
First off - the graphics. Back in the time, we were used to FPS games like Quake 2, or other fighting games like Soul Calibur or Tekken (which i personally don't like more than MK, don't get me wrong). These games showed what graphics of a game should look like, but MK4's graphics looked so crap that it made Mortal Kombat fans blush when they were standing next to Tekken or SC fans, it was really bad. The sound effects weren't fun as well. The announcers voice was boring, and the screaming of characters and their voice acting was horrible. Weapons added to characters and throwable items on arenas looked so useless and stupid, made me think of what was Midway thinking... Some old characters like Reptile and Sonya had horrible costumes, while almost ever new character looked like a piece of *.

*The Bottom Line

MK4 is a very bad fighting game of its time, with bad graphics, sound and not so fun gameplay. But still, it might be funny to hear after that, but this is still a Mortal Kombat game, and for some even the best 3D MK, though i wouldn't recommend this 1 for my friends.

Windows · by Medicine Man (328) · 2009

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The home version of Mortal Kombat 4 included three exclusive playable characters: Noob Saibot, Meat, and Goro.

Awards

  • EGM
    • March 1998 (Issue 104) - Arcade Game of the Year Runner-Up (Readers' Choice)

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Game added by MAT.

Nintendo 64 added by Kartanym. PlayStation added by Adam Baratz. Arcade added by The cranky hermit.

Additional contributors: Unicorn Lynx, Guy Chapman, Exodia85, Alaka.

Game added March 23, 2000. Last modified February 24, 2024.