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War Gods

Rated M for Mature

Platform:

Nintendo 64 (N64)

Publisher:

Midway

Developer:

Eurocom

Released:

May 1997

ROM Size:

96 megabits

Players:

One to Two Simultaneous

Genre:

3D Fighting

Save:

None

Optional:

None

 

 

> Final Rating: 2.7 out of 5.0

Introduction

Some might question why this game was ported to the home systems in the first place. Billed as a "test" for Mortal Kombat 4, War Gods blast on to the scene without much fanfare. Even though it's by no means a good or popular fighting game, one cannot deny how good of a port this is. So why should anyone care about War Gods? Well, if you're a Mortal Kombat 4 fan, then this port gives you hope for a good port of MK4. What if you're not a fan? Read on.

Gameplay & Control

War Gods' control and gameplay are pretty much exactly the same as the Mortal Kombat games, with less strategy, except there's a 3D button that is used for actions such as rolling, which is needed in a 3D arena. The actual gameplay consists of 2D movement, however, and the 3D graphics are only used for occasional close-ups.

 

Like many other games from Midway, War Gods contains questionable artificial intelligence, i.e., the computer using cheating techniques. It can be frustrating to win a certain number of matches in a row, then the computer cheats and whips your butt in the next match. Yet there's pretty much nothing you can do about this.

Graphics & Sound

While the actual gameplay leaves a lot to be desired, the graphics and sound in War Gods are quite good. Everything seems to have been ported accurately from the arcade. All of the polygons are clean and varied, and although there is some clipping, it isn't bad at all. But the most surprising aspect of War Gods is the sound. Quite honestly, it's on the impressive side. Considering how lackluster music has been on the N64, War Gods provided for a refreshing aural experience. Even though the sound is kind of a mono/stereo hybrid, it still sounds great. Furthermore, all of the sound effects—yells, screams, voice, hits, etc.—are above average.

Conclusion

War Gods comes off as being a good port of a bad game. Despite impressive audio/visuals, only the most die-hard Mortal Kombat fighting fan will enjoy this game. It's certainly not as bad as some make it out to be, but you'll never see me purchase it, even for a drastically reduced price.

 

Graphics:

3.6

Sound:

3.8

Control:

3.2

Gameplay:

2.4

Lastability

2.0

OVERALL:

2.7

 

DOWN THE ROAD

War Gods had the honor of being the first 3D fighting game released for the Nintendo 64. Unfortunately, like all other fighting games released for the system in 1996 and 1997, it is strikingly average or worse. When it comes to comparing War Gods, Dark Rift, and Mace: The Dark Age, it's kind of like choosing between several methods of torture—they're all equally painful. Suffice to say that if you own one of the aforementioned games, chances are you didn't get your money's worth.

 

Review by: Scott McCall

First Reviewed: June 2, 1997

Appendix Added: December 12, 1997

 

 

 

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