Review by Blackjack4x

"Mostly hype with little substance"

Mortal Kombat is NOT Street Fighter. SF is a better overall game,and don't let anyone tell you different. Mortal Kombat was releasedon four platforms simultaneously: SNES, Game Boy, Genesis and GameGear. The SNES version, like the others, was a below average game,but the hype surrouding the game made it seem like it was the gameto own, and even to this day some people still talk about the firstMortal Kombat in a positive sense. Truthfully, this game was notvery good. It is, obviously, a one-on-one fighting game, with sevenselectable characters: Liu Kang, Raiden, Sub-Zero, Scorpion, Kano,Sonya Blade and Johnny Cage. In the one player mode, you choose afighter and battle through the other combatants, then the hugefour armed beast, Goro, and finally Shang Tsung. In the two playermode you square off against a friend. A lot of the appeal in thisgame was in the introduction of Fatalities to the fighting genre,which were devastating and gruesome finishing moves you executedon your opponent to REALLY finish them off when all their energywas gone. They included such things as Johnny Cage's "heads up"uppercut which took his opponent's head off and Scorpion's infamousmove which rips off his opponent's head, twitching spinal cord andall. A massive movement stirred against the game for these previouslyunseen acts of brutality, despite the fact that Nintendo had takenout all the blood from the arcade version and replaced it with sweat.

Graphics: 9/10

A high rating because they were very good at the time. The backgroundswere nice, especially The Pit, where you could uppercut your opponentonto the spikes far below, a neat thing at the time.

Sound: 7/10

Decent music coupled with short snippets of voice. Well done.

Gameplay: 6/10

Sometimes very frustrasting and confusing, most notably because ofthe delayed reaction times associated with all the moves. Combosdid not take off with this game; they were perfected in MortalKombat II. Your repetoire is decent, though some of the moves arevery cheap. The selection of characters could have been bigger.Fighting Reptile in The Pit is a nice touch. However, the bottomline is that the fatalities can't hide the glaring gameplay flaws.

Replay: 4/10

Even with a friend this game isn't much fun. You'll be bored after not too long.

Overall: 6/10

If you're buying a MK game for SNES, make it MK II. It's a muchbetter game overall, and Midway apparently learned from theirmistakes (and just as quickly forgot for MK 3, but that's anotherstory). I recommend not even renting this one, because you canrent MK II and see everything in this game and more, all improved.


Reviewer's Rating:   3.0 - Fair

Originally Posted: 11/01/99, Updated 11/01/99

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