Whether this game is ridiculously awesome
or just plain ridiculous is up for debate
- Ensemble Darkhorse: The Joker. He got a huge ovation when he was announced, and his Fatality is one of the only ones people think didn't suck (so much so, that Shang Tsung borrows it in Mortal Kombat 9.)
- Good Bad Bugs: If Superman is able to chain his final hit into the Pro Move variant of his breath attack, the animation for the move is so long that it prevents the opponent from recovering their life in time for the next round, instantly scoring Supes a second win.
- Idiot Plot: More than a half of the fights are triggered by the Rage. The characters affected never come up with a way to resist it other than Raiden and Superman managing to do so in the last two matches.
- Older Than They Think: Way back in Mortal Kombat Trilogy, there was the Aggressor Meter, which, like the Rage meter, involved filling it and being so angry that you get more powerful. However, the Rage meter is filled by taking hits and allows you to use a section of the meter to do a Combo Breaker, while the Aggressor Meter was filled by dishing out damage and simply turned you into a Lightning Bruiser for a few seconds once you filled it.
- They Changed It, Now It Sucks: A major complaint about the game is that it changed from a violent, gore-fest filled series to a T-Rated crossover with mediocre finishing moves. Thankfully, it didn't stay that way for long.