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Mortal Kombat Gold

by Midway Entertainment
Sega Dreamcast
Mature
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)


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  • ASIN: B00000K11N
  • Media: CD-ROM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,184 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)

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The Mortal Kombat series has been around for a pretty long time, and it's spawned lots of different spin-offs, including action figures, movies, and a TV show. We've even seen a spin-off game based solely on Sub-Zero. This ultra-violent fighting-game series has its share of fans, as well as its share of detractors. Regardless of your stance, Mortal Kombat Gold is sure to test even the biggest fan's faith in the line.

It's not that MK Gold is a bad game or anything. It's an outstandingly accurate translation of Mortal Kombat 4, with a few new characters thrown in for good measure. But the new characters don't really bring anything stellar to the lineup, and you're left with a game that you were finished playing around with back when it came out on the N64 and the PlayStation more than a year ago.

The game really does come across as a perfect port of the arcade game, though it also has all the extras the other console versions have, like the Ice Pit level and Goro, as well as the rendered FMV endings that had been featured on the PlayStation. Load times are next to nothing, and the graphics and sound are on par with the arcade version. Even though it's a perfect port of the arcade version, the graphics look pretty dated, especially when compared with some of the other Dreamcast launch titles.

The Dreamcast-specific features include the presence of some older MK characters, namely Cyrax, Mileena, Kitana, Baraka, and Kung Lao. All of them retain their older moves, though Kung Lao's hat toss is no longer controllable, and the moves for Cyrax's bombs are done slightly differently. Also, the 3D nature of this Mortal Kombat renders Cyrax's bombs nearly useless, since you can simply sidestep them and escape their blast. With the new characters come new endings, and like the other endings, they aren't anything special. The characters in the new endings have strangely elongated necks, and their heads seem to bobble around like those weird baseball figurines.

The game's AI is vintage Mortal Kombat, so it's chock-full of the same stimulus-response style that forces you to rely on the same cheap tactics to defeat the computer opponents. There's also a weapon-select menu on the character-select screen that lets you choose which weapon you want to take into battle, but between two skilled competitors, the weapons won't come into play very often. The game's generic combo system ensures that anyone picking up the game will be able to pull off three or four hit combos almost immediately. It also ensures that unless you're a huge Mortal Kombat fan, you'll get tired of the game pretty quickly. The Dreamcast controller does a decent job here, but some of the fatalities require you to hit multiple buttons, which can be a pretty finger-twisting feat on the gamepad.

Sitting down and playing MK Gold almost feels like a retrogaming experience - you really feel as though you've pulled out some old game that you haven't played in years - and it hasn't aged gracefully. If you're still interested in Mortal Kombat 4, then MK Gold should provide some sort of thrill. But the rest of the MK fans that have already moved on to bigger and better things will just have to wait patiently for Mortal Kombat 5. --Jeff Gerstmann
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Mortal Kombat Gold is the latest, in the hugely successful Mortal Kombat fighting series. The game features 15 favorite MK characters plus the surprise reintroduction of several favorites. There are more than 10 interactive fighting arenas, multiple game fight modes, several fatality methods for each character, a brand new weapon select screen, fully rendered intros and endings plus Dreamcast exclusive surprises. Release currently scheduled for October 1999 (subject to change).

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4.0 out of 5 stars Great game for MK Fans April 8, 2011
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
Love Mortal Kombat and this was one I've been meaning to get for quite some time. Finally ended up getting it and love it. The only downside to the game is that you have to use the Dreamcast's crappy d-pad to play; that's just a minor problem though. Great game for any Mortal Kombat fan that owns a Dreamcast.
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4.0 out of 5 stars MK Gold (dreamcast) January 17, 2011
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Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
Not much to say about this game, i have followed the Mortal Kombat brand across the years and have enjoyed MOST of them. With the large roster of characters and 3D fighting space it makes the game enjoyable and fun if playing with a friend but kind of boring when playing again the CPU.
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5.0 out of 5 stars MKG July 25, 2008
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I have been a fan of Mortal Kombat for about ten years now, and had never played this one until about a month ago. What I love so much about this game is that it's just like the 2D games, but in 3D. The element of fun, and ridiculous is still here, not like in MKDA, or MKD, or MKA. Those games are "brutal" and the atmosphere just isn't the same. This is definitely my favorite Mortal Kombat game yet.
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