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Mortal Kombat 4 review

Some gamers say the Mortal Kombat 4 is one of their least favorite MK games. Is it really so bad? We don’t know yet, but we’re about to find out.

Gameplay - 8/10

Mortal Kombat 4 won’t surprise you with a fully revamped, innovative gameplay, but it does have some tricks up its sleeve. First of all, there’s the new weapon feature which may seem unnecessary at first, but once you learn the ropes of using your new sword or club, you’ll realize how useful it can be. Second, you can now avoid attacks thanks to the 3D environment where you can move to the left and right instead of being limited to moving forward or backing away.

Mortal Kombat 4 offers you to choose from 15 fighters when you start the game, and you can unlock a couple more of them later on as you progress. This may not seem like a lot, but the selection of characters is great, successfully integrating new fighters with unique abilities into the existing MK universe.

Graphics - 7/10

Mortal Kombat 4 was the first MK game to feature 3D graphics. All characters and some of the environments were rendered in 3D, which resulted in the game looking considerably different from the previous installments. Maybe that’s why MK4 ended up being quite unpopular among some gamers, but we find that the introduction of 3D graphics really helped the MK series evolve and keep up with the times.

Replay Value - 7/10

Unless you’re there for the nostalgia factor, there’s not much replay value to Mortal Kombat 4. Yes, there are different game modes available for you to explore, but they’re relatively basic and unlikely to keep you entertained for long once you’ve completed the main story mode and played the additional modes a couple of times.

Controls - 9/10

Given that MK4 was still available as an arcade game, it’s understandable that some people found the console controls to be more complicated and cumbersome than the arcade ones they were used to. However, we think that controlling your characters in the original PlayStation MK4 game is not very different from the controls used in other versions of Mortal Kombat, including the later ones. The controls are pretty precise and spot-on, so there’s nothing to complain about in this department.


Mortal Kombat 4 is not a game that could win you over if you’re not a fan of the genre. Despite that, it is a fairly good addition to the series with its own strengths and weaknesses. If you enjoy playing the Mortal Kombat games, there’s no reason for you not to enjoy MK4. With a solid selection of characters and some new features such as weapons and dodging attacks in 3D environments, MK4 still has a lot to offer to MK and the fighting genre fans.


  • A great selection of characters, even if it’s not the largest one
  • The weapon feature adds a new dimension to the familiar gameplay
  • Innovative 3D graphics add depth and character to the game


  • Not much to do once you’re done with the main mode
  • No online multiplayer mode
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