Product Type: Nintendo Nintendo 64 games
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Bloody brilliant fighting game
Mortal Kombat 4 (N64)
Member Name: GAThrawn1
Mortal Kombat 4 (N64)
Date: 15/12/00, updated on 15/12/00 (843 review reads)
Advantages: Super fast and smooth 3D graphics, amusing moves
Disadvantages: Not serious enough for beat em-up fanatics
Most peope know about Mortal Kombat by now, the first game caused a bit of a fuss in the media with it's gory fatalities. Then Mortal Kombat 2 came out, it offered more characters, and moves. Then Mortal Kombat 4 came out, offering even more characters and mvoes. By now the Mortal Kombat series was becoming a bit stagnant, there was nothing really that new in each incarnation. Mortal KOmbat 4 is different though, and good enough to bring it back into theh limelight of fighting games.
The main difference is the graphics, no longer are the fighters simply digitised 2D characters, each character is now full 3D. The transition to 3D is very good, the fighters look better than ever. You can now sidestep to take advantage of the 3D arenas but most people won't find themselves using this much. The graphics are also incredibly smooth and very fast as well, the game has a framerate of 60 frames/second. This is around twice as many frames as an average N64 games.
The actual fighting has been simplified, each character has four moves (on average), two fatalities, a fan fatality and a spike fatality. The special moves are simple to pull off, although some of the fatalities are a bit more complicated. Each character now has a weapon they can pull out so that you can mercilessly slice or beat your opponent to death. They are amusing but in a serious fight you tend to get hit straight away and drop the weapon. As you might expect you can throw your opponents but an excellent new addition is the limb breaking moves. When you are beside an opponent press right C and your character will grab the limb of your opponent and break it. Your opponent will scream out in pain, before 'flicking' the joint back into place. This is hilarious to watch and does reasonable damage as well. For example, Scorpion pulls the persons arm straight and then hits their elbow the worng way. The person stands for second with the arm the wrong way before fl
icking it back into place. The fatalities are as gruesome as ever, especially now that they are in 3D.
The rest of the game is what you'd expect, there are several single player and multiplayer, along with some options.
The main critism of this game that it is too simple for fanatic beat em up players. Well, I like the style of MK4 as most people can play it and enjoy it without haveing spend ages learning combos and complicated special moves.
I love Smash brothers but I have to say MK 4 beats it to the post, it is the best beat em-up for the N64 and well worth a purchase.