When I was a kid, Mortal Kombat was all the rage. The original game was so infamous. EVERYONE had it. Everyone played it. It was like a badge of honor. You either convinced your parents that you were old enough to have it, or you got your hands on it by any means necessary.
But Mortal Kombat II was where the series got great. Strip away the brutality and hype from the original game, and you had, well Pitfighter. But the second game was fantastic, and one of the defining games of the SNES library for me. At least back then.
After that I sort of dipped out of the series. I'd dabble back in once in a while I guess. I remember borrowing MK3 from a friend for a while and it was cool. But I never even bothered with MK4. Until now. A buddy of mine is moving cross country and decided to sell off a chunk of his collection, so I scooped up some N64 games for myself.
MK4 is kind of an odd duck. It seems like a step-down from MK3 in a lot of ways. The roster is smaller for one thing. And the new quasi-3D graphics make it feel almost instantly dated compared to second or third games in the series. Add to that that it just feels... clunkier to me. I don't know. Something feels off. It's not quite as fluid as I remember the series. Then again, it's certainly possible that I'm super rusty. Because I am.
Anyway, I have no nostalgia attached to MK4. The truth is that the series just isn't that great to me anyway, but at least I have nostalgia for MK2, which helps elevate its status in my mind. But MK4 just feels like a rather middling fighting game that came out in that weird purgatory between 2D and 3D fighters. Meh.