In my opinion the best in the series
The title says it all. This game has a wide selection of characters to choose from and thus a wide variety of special moves to learn and master.
Story wise it's the same as the prior game except that Shao Kahn has made a discovery that has enabled him to take the fight directly to Earth.
Control wise it's more complex than the prior games because you have access to new finishing moves called Brutalities (why the Animalities from the original Mortal Kombat III were removed I don't know), which can be hard to pull off at first but provide enormous satisfaction to the sadist in you if you can manage to master them.
Audio wise it's much the same as in Mortal Kombat III, minus a few tunes (though those are found in the Sound Test). Aside from a few missing tunes, many of Shao Kahn's voice clips are removed, so no longer does it announce the character you've chosen or who wins each round of a match. Even his cooler taunts for when you finally face him are absent here.
Sound effect wise though it's another story. The impact sounds for punches and kicks, which I felt were somewhat lackluster in MK2, are much improved in MK3 and this game. In fact the effects are those self same ones from MK3, right down to the sound of blood hitting the ground.
Overall this is probably one of the best games in the series at least as far as on the SNES. Aside from the main game there are a variety of codes that enable you to do some pretty cool things, not the least of which being the ability to play as the two final boss characters, though only in two-player games. In short, I definitely recommend this game to others.
Reviewed by: Bryan Peterson from Twin Falls, Idaho on 12/5/2011