Oh, Naughty Dog. Your 'bad to good' spectrum had to start somewhere.
Though Way of the Warrior was actually the studio's sixth game (the third under the Naughty Dog name, having been JAM Software before), it was very clearly trying to get in on the Mortal Kombat zeitgeist of the early 90s.
More indicative of that time period than a pair of board shorts, Way of the Warrior chugged along with a nu-metal soundtrack from White Zombie, whilst angular, scratchy fonts were commonplace and characters killed each other before yelling "No sequel for you!". It was certainly playable enough and a good laugh with a couch-full of friends, but this is Naughty Dog we're talking about, and Way of the Warrior is easily their most uninspired release.