Format reviewed: Dreamcast
Submitted by: James Holian
Essentially the Dreamcast update of Mortal Kombat 4, 'Gold' contains a handful of new fighters, including Baraka from Mortal Kombat 2, as well as Cyrax, Mileena, Kung Lao and Kitana. However, other than slightly improved graphics and new endings, there's not a huge difference between the two games.
Mortal Kombat Gold's graphics, while acceptable, are not up to the Dreamcast standard, with the high mark set by Soul Calibur the game has a lot to compete with. Then again you really cannot compare the two as even though the game has 3D fighters, the style of gameplay is closer to the previous 2D Mortal Kombat games. The controls are, the usual., run, block, high and low punch, high and low kick. You can only use the normal pad to control your character, (I couldn’t seem to get the arcade stick working with mine) and sometimes it can be a tad unresponsive.
Combos are once again a major part of the game, like MK3, but due to the unresponsiveness of the controls, don't expect to pull them off 100% of the time. The Fatalities are as gruesome and intense as ever.
Overall, this game is fun if you're a fan of the Mortal Kombat franchise. The main problem really does lie in the sense of tiredness. It has all the elements that were enjoyable about the previous versions, but not enough new things to entice. I definitely recommend this game to fans of the series, but for me the novelty wore off pretty quick.
Apparently the series improved a little with the later Xbox versions. But as for Dreamcast fighters, this one is overshadowed by many better games.