Midway’s Mortal Kombat series has gone through some ups and downs. While Mortal Kombat 2 managed to improve upon the fast-paced, gore-galore formula of the original, the third incarnation didn’t fare quite as well. MK3 was passable, but suffered from needlessly stupid finishing moves like “Animalities,” and unbearably campy character designs. And after the cataclysmic War Gods, Midway’s first entry into the 3D fighting field, everyone assumed that the fourth Mortal Kombat would fare quite poorly.
Surprisingly, MK4 has turned out a little better then expected, revitalized by some of the atmosphere and humor of the first two games – but it still stumbles overall. The story is the usual incoherent nonsense about an Elder God getting loose and causing havoc, so it’s up to the Mortal Kombat Kombatants to Kick each others asses and Kause bloody mayhem.