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[[caption-width-right:260:''"[[SelfPlagiarism I Can't Believe It's Not]] VideoGame/MortalKombat4 "'']]

->''"Be careful what you pray for."''
-->-- '''Tagline'''

For the book series, see ''Literature/TheWarGods''. For the trope, see WarGod. For the unrelated, yet successful Sony franchise, see ''VideoGame/GodOfWar''.

In 1996, Creator/MidwayGames was working on ''VideoGame/MortalKombat4''. Its development required Midway to create an arcade system for it -- which was codenamed Zeus -- but the company wanted a way to test their new hardware to ensure it could do the ''Franchise/MortalKombat'' name justice (by avoid hitting the PolygonCeiling). Their "test" was ''War Gods''.

In the distant past, a spaceship carrying a powerful ore with the power to create life crash lands on Earth. Chunks of the Ore are scattered across the planet; over the course of human history, ten mortals find pieces of the Ore, which transforms each of them into immortal warriors. The ten have now gathered to fight over each other's pieces of the Ore.

The game's cast is comprised of:
* '''Warhead''' ~ SuperSoldier who's a former best operative.
* '''Kabuki Jo''' ~ Feared {{Samurai}} who's DrunkWithPower.
* '''Cy-5''' ~ {{Cyborg}} from the [[TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture year 2096]].
* '''Pagan''' ~ Mistress of TheDarkArts.
* '''Maximus''' ~ [[GladiatorGames Mighty Gladiator]] from Ancient Rome.
* '''Anubis''' ~ Grave robber turned into the famous [[Myth/EgyptianMythology Egyptian God]].
* '''Voodoo''' ~ WitchDoctor from the [[HollywoodVoodoo Caribbean]].
* '''Ahau Kin''' ~ {{Evil|Sorcerer}} [[{{Mayincatec}} Aztec]] Priest.
* '''Vallah''' ~ Viking Warrior Princess.
* '''Tak''' ~ {{Living|Statue}} [[{{Golem}} Stone Idol]] and avenger of a lost civilizatiion.

''War Gods'' is basically a 3D ''VideoGame/MortalKombat3'' clone -- complete with [[FinishingMove Fatalities]] -- which replaced the Run button with a 3D button (allowing characters to move along the Z-axis). ''War Gods'' also suffered from bad character design and annoyingly cheap AI; the home conversions of the game fare marginally better, as Midway tried its best to fix the AI. The game's developers learned from their mistakes with this game and made sure to avoid them while developing ''Mortal Kombat 4''.

!!Troper, you are chosen!

* {{Acrofatic}}: Grox, the sub-boss.
* AWinnerIsYou: Beating the game reveals that the plot is to actually prevent an invasion and destruction of the world by Exxor, despite it being established that are the fighters are seeking to gain more power by claiming the shards of the orb. This ending applies to ''every character.''
* {{Backstory}}: Each of the ten characters have their own backstories, and how they become immortals in process.
* BigBad: Exor.
* BlingOfWar: Grox.
* {{Combos}}: The combo system is similar to ''Mortal Kombat 3'', complete with damage percent indicator. You can pull a sequential 10-hit combo in the process.
** ComboBreaker: You can apply combo breakers in this game too.
* [[HeroicSecondWind Comeback Victory]]: To achieve this, one should be seriously injured, and then retaliate and beat up your opponent the fast as possible.
* DefeatMeansExplosion: Defeating Exxor in the last round with him results in a satisfying explosion with an epic tune to accompany it.
* DigitizedSprites: One of the rare games to use this in combination with 3D models; they photographed their actors then "wrapped" the skins around the wireframe model. The awkward implementation of this in gameplay motion presumably helped lead to the decision to make [=MK4=] fully polygonal.
* ExcusePlot: Very blatant as the game talks about how there are pieces of the ore shattered around the world, and all the playable characters have each piece and wants to fight each other so one can collect all the pieces and become the most powerful out of the rest of them. However, the ending says that the real objective, for all the characters, had been to stop Exor from invading the earth. What?
* FantasyKitchenSink: This game has two gods (one Egyptian and one Norse), two witches, an Aztec high priest, a Roman gladiator, a stone idol, a samurai, a modern soldier, and a robot all beating the crap out of each other.
* FinishingMove: Aside of the usual fatalities, all the characters can end the match with a powerful uppercut or an out-of-the-ring roundhouse kick to their opponents.
* FixedFloorFighting
* GoGoenslavement: [[FatBastard Grox's]] [[FanDisservice manner of dress.]]
* ImmortalityInducer: Each playable fighter has a piece of the ore that makes them explicitly immortal. It does not quite explain how they get [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveSupernaturalPowers super powers though]]...
* MonsterModesty: The only thing hiding Grox's shame is a loincloth...thong...thing.
* LargeAndInCharge: Grox is Exor's number two for a reason. [[LightningBruiser A very LARGE reason.]]
* [[MostWonderfulSound/VideoGame Most Wonderful Sound]]: While Exor, the announcer voice is really mediocre and can ruin the mood, the way he says ''[[FinishingMove "Faaaaaaataality!"]]'' is beyond awesome.
* NonindicativeName: War Gods. There is no war (more like skirmishes), and no one actually becomes a god, or is a god.
** If FridgeBrilliance is any indication, the ten characters are in an all-around war between each other, and they become immortals because of the pieces of ore. This might be a subversion.
* [[FlawlessVictory Perfect Victory]]
* PlayingWithFire: Kabuki Jo.
* [[FinishHim Prove Yourself]]: Given that it's made by the people that gave birth to the infamous "fatality" line, this is no surprise. What IS surprising is the fact that this is done between '''IMMORTALS!'''
* RecoveryAttack
* RecycledInSpace: It's a 3D version of ''VideoGame/MortalKombat3'' [[foldercontrol]]

[[folder: with 3 D movement and lame character designs ]]
* SNKBoss: Both Grox and Exor are very hard bosses to defeat... good luck defeating them!
* SomeDexterityRequired: The {{F|inishingMove}}atalites are very hard to pull in the arcade version. Thankfully, got simplified in the UsefulNotes/{{Nintendo 64}} and UsefulNotes/PlayStation ports.
* TakenForGranite: Pagan's Fatality, where she releases Medusa's head and it turns the opponent to stone before EyeBeams blow them up. [[DevelopersForesight Amusingly, the first part of the move doesn't work on Tak, since he's already a statue.]] He taunts the head until it blasts him to pieces.
* TechDemoGame: This was released mainly to see how the game play would perform for ''VideoGame/MortalKombat4''.
* TheAnnouncer: Exor, again.
* TheDragon: Grox is this to Exor.
* ThereCanBeOnlyOne: All holders of the ore fight each other so they can collect all the pieces and [[WebVideo/{{SCXCR}} "become the]] [[Wrestling/UltimateWarrior ultimate warrior]] [[WebVideo/{{SCXCR}} or some crap like that."]]

->''"It's useless to fight me!"''