- NA release: 23rd June 1998
- PAL release: 15th September 1998
- JP release: N/A
- Developer: Midway, Eurocom
- Publisher: Midway (NA), GT (PAL)
- N64 Magazine Score: 84%
The big Mortal Kombat game for this generation of consoles, and this one brings the graphics into full 3D. After experimenting with a few styles of graphics and gameplay with their earlier N64 fighting games, Mortal Kombat 4 settles on polygon models that manage to capture the spirit of the 2D sprites pretty well.
The gameplay also feels quite solid to me. It sticks to working from a 2D point of view with some slight 3D movement from dodging. One new feature is the ability to use items like rocks to throw at opponents, and each person can bring out a weapon with a special move (which the opponent can also use if dropped).
There’s a few modes such as an endurance mode fighting random opponents, the standard arcade mode and some tournament options for multiplayer. The practice mode also gives you a move list, but this is only on a static screen and you can’t pin one to try.
This seems like the N64’s most solid fighter, although it doesn’t try to do anything special either.
The MK games have always looked a bit tatty, but this latest release is fast, its animation crisp and largely convincing. For a series renowned for its ugly countenance, to spawn such an aesthetically pleasing update is akin to, say, Frankenstein and Medusa having a kid who grows up to appear on Batwatch.James Price, N64 Magazine #20
Remake or remaster?
A Mortal Kombat collection would be good.
Official ways to get the game.
The PC version of Mortal Kombat 4 is available on GoG.
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