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Written by  :  Christopher Sutler (5)
Written on  :  Sep 11, 2010
Platform  :  SEGA CD
Rating  :  3.75 Stars3.75 Stars3.75 Stars3.75 Stars3.75 Stars
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Better than the cart, but not much

The Good

The Sega CD version of this game took care of some problems the cart had. The infamous "blood code" has been removed and the game has it's full gore. There is more animation from the arcade version that was missing from the cart. The graphics are a little more detailed and the sound is much better. Also, those who use the "DULLARD" code from the cart will be happy to know it made it's way here as well, and is a bit more user-friendly.

The Bad

Now the bad. The worst thing about this game is the load times. Rather than using the available memory to load the fatalities when the CD loads the character, it loads the fatality animations WHEN YOU PERFORM THE FATALITY!!! So rather than the quick button-pressing to be rewarded with a finishing move, you are rewarded with a 15-20 second "hang" while the CD loads the finishing move. The same happens at the beginning of EVERY level (including the Test Your Might levels), and also on the final level when Shang Tsung morphs--this is horrible. Apparently, Acclaim vastly underestimated the capabilities of the Sega CD hardware.

The Bottom Line

The Sega CD version is somewhat better than the cartridge , but only get it if you don't have the cart. If you have the cart, it isn't worth it.