April 30th, 1998
12:00 PM CST -
Here's a short preview of what's in the home versions of Mortal Kombat 4. Be sure to check back in June for TRMK's "Complete Guide to Mortal Kombat 4: The Home Versions".
New Features:

-Dynamic Light Sourcing (projectiles illuminate their paths and the characters)

-All-new Snow Stage added to the rotation

-Alternate Costumes (such as Cage in a Tuxedo) with alternate weapons

Game Modes:
-Arcade: 1on1 Kombat or 2on2 Kombat (both of which can now be played by 1 or 2 players)

-Team: Two teams of five strive to survive (1 or 2 players)

-Tournament: Standard elimination tournament bracket with either 4 or 8 participants (each particpant can be 1P, 2P, or CPU)

-Endurance: Three variations of the classic survival concept from MK1 (all rounds have "Finish Him/Her", performing a Fatality restores a small amount of your energy)

-Practice: Practice your moves and combos against the CPU or a friend, with a display of buttons pressed, percentage of damage, and an on-screen move list that you can bring up for your character (1P vs static CPU, 1P vs fighting CPU, or 2 players vs eachother)


Nintendo64-Specific Features:

-Since it's stored on a 16MB (128megabit) cartridge, it includes all the speech from the arcade game.

-Supports Rumble Pak for moves, Fatalities, and even endings!

-Supports Memory Pak for saving controller configurations, unlocked hidden characters, etc.

-Uses the hardware's anti-aliasing to prevent any "blockiness"


Sony PlayStation-Specific Features:

-Uses all-new pre-rendered Full-Motion Video (FMV) in place of the arcade's real-time introduction and endings

-Supports Memory Cards for saving controller configurations, unlocked hidden characters, etc.

-More to come...


Windows 95 PC-Specific Features:

-Supports Microsoft DirectX, including Direct3D (it uses the features on your 3D graphics accellerator if you have one installed)

-Much more to come...


Hidden Characters:

-Meat: Everyone's favorite skinned warrior is back in all the home versions, unmodified

-Goro: The classic subboss from the game that started it all, makes his return in the realm of 3D as a hidden subboss (he appears under Shinnok on the tower when unlocked, you can play as him using a code)

-Noob Saibot: The dark warrior makes his return to MK4... with an all-new weapon!


Continued Coverage of MK4 at IGN64

IGN64 has added five new images, including a render of Goro in front of a blue background, for the Nintendo64 version of Mortal Kombat 4 to their MK4 Preview Page

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