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Mortal Kombat 4

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Reviewed by Chijioke Okafor Mortal Kombat to my recognition was the first game to ever introduce blood into its gameplay. That is just one of the factors that make this such an exceptional game. The storyline of Mortal Kombat started years ago and has evolved since then. Rayden is the thunder god and soul defender of the Earth Realm. Rayden, to help defend earth from the evil terrorizing, he seeks help from the mortals on earth. In Mortal Kombat Shang Tsung was the evil who planned to devour the souls of all the mortals on earth for his master, who was shrouded in secrecy. In Mortal Kombat 2 and 3 Tsung master, Shao Kahn, was the evil with intentios to rule earth. Now, in part 4 the evil is Shinnok. Shinnok is a elder god who wanted to control earth, because it would increase his power and make him the most powerful god of all. Little did Shinnok know that Rayden was the defender of Earth and upon his arrival they had a battle that plunged Earth into darkness for many centuries. The thunder god Rayden came out victorious and sent Shinnok to the Netherrealm in defeat(the Netherrealm is a place for unwanted souls). Quan Chi, a sorcerer, freed Shinnok from his imprisonment in the Netherrealm and formed a army to defeat the Army of Light (Rayden and his warriors). Now the battle rages on again.

Graphics 10 out of 10

The graphics to this game is excellent. Unlike the other Mortal Kombats this game lets you leave the 2D plane for the 3D one. If you liked how the characters looked on GoldenEye for Nintendo 64, you will like the characters in Mortal Kombat 4. The characters and are now polygonal and so is the background making the game seem more like real life. Now what I really like about the graphics is the characters ending cinemas. I mean compared to Mortal Kombat Trilogy, the endings was just a picture and a bunch of scrolling words, which made use your imagination to figure out how it probably went down. On Mortal Kombat 4 the cinemas blow any Mortal Kombat endings out the water to oblivion. They so outrageous, you got to see it to believe it.

Music and Sound 9 out of 10

The sounds to this game is excellent everything from the "hi yah!" to the crushing of bones. One thing I like about this game is that you can hear the character clearly also some of the sounds are funny. What I mean by funny for example is when you throw your and some characters say, if you listen closely, "Boy I'm gonna throw ya over there. If your character is being beat up the person might say,"Ah that hurts!", " Oh my leg!", etc. Another sound that gamers know would be in the game with no doubt is the "GET OVER HERE!"

Game Challenge 7 out of 10

I did not find this game to be over the edge difficult, do to the fact I beat it on master 2 difficulty level medium in about 2 days. My little brother beat it Master 2 difficulty level ultimate in about four days. This was probably do to my experience with Mortal Kombats so new gamers might just find it a little difficult compared to the other versions of the games.

Game Play-Fun 9 out of 10

With array of different moves, characters, fatalities, and juggles this game is extremely fun to play a thousand times. The fatalities are all bloody and nasty, like Tanya neck breaker and Reptile face bites. There are also pit fatalities and a new stage fatality in the fan stage. It just so cool to do, to watch you opponent be spun around in 360 degrees spins and be hurled to a huge fan and be cut up is pretty sweet. What also makes this game worthy to be replayed is the fact that every in the game has some type of weapon which all have different capabilities, for instance Sub-Zero's Ice Club and can freeze his opponent by pressing back and low punch. To all the Mortal Kombaters out there the gameplay on this game is now where as bad as the game play I experienced on Mortal Kombat Trilogy. What also makes the game play better is the fact that there are not combos that take off like 60% damage and if there is it is extremely hard to do.


One thing I hated about the game is the fact that every time you turn off your system and want to play again you to reconfigure your buttons, if you have no memory pak. That is the only thing about the game I disliked, everything to my memory seemed all right.

Overall 9 out of 10

Overall I give this game a 9. It is very good game for a fourth sequel to the series. If you plan to play this game with plans to experience a whole new game, prepare to experience it. This is one game I recommend to gamers all around.

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