Mortal Kombat 3
Mortal Kombat 3 is a fighting video game developed and published by Midway Games on April 15, 1995 for Arcades, and then ported to various consoles and computers. It received 2 updates: Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 on November 6, 1995 and Mortal Kombat Trilogy on October 10, 1996.
Shao Kahn, who lost to Liu Kang in the Outworld tournament in the previous game, enacts a 10,000-year-old plan. He would have his Shadow Priests, led by Shang Tsung, revive his former Queen Sindel, who unexpectedly died at a young age. However, she would not be revived in the Outworld, but in Earthrealm. This would allow Shao Kahn to cross the boundary lines and reclaim his queen. When Sindel is reincarnated in Earthrealm, Shao Kahn reaches across the dimensions to reclaim her, and as a result, Earthrealm gradually becomes a part of Outworld, stripping billions of their souls. Only a few are spared, protected by Raiden. He tells them that Shao Kahn must be stopped, but he cannot interfere. Due to his status, he has no power in Outworld, and Earthrealm is partially merged with Outworld. Shao Kahn has unleashed extermination squads to kill any Earthrealm survivors.
Why It Rocks
- Awesome graphics that still look good, even for today and 1995 to 1996 standards. As what would you expect from a Mortal Kombat game, expecially released for Arcade, the graphics in the Arcade Mortal Kombat games never turn bad. They still stay awesome, making Mortal Kombat 3 belong to that category.
- Unlike MK1 and MK2, you are now able to run since MK3, which now makes the game look like a real fighting game with running, unlike MK1 or MK2. This can make you finish the fight even faster, since you can now run in Mortal Kombat games, thanks to MK3.
- MK3 contains new characters, with some of them being introduced, such as Sindel, Nightwolf, Stryker, Cyrax, Sektor, Sheeva, Motaro and Kabal. Not to mention, 2 of the characters from MK1, Sonya and Kano return after their absence in Mortal Kombat II.
- And on top of that, some characters from MK1 and MK2 return in UMK3, such as Jade, Reptile, Scorpion, Kitana, Human Smoke, Mileena and Classic Sub-Zero. Even Noob Saibot is no longer a paletteswap of Kano.
- In Mortal Kombat Trilogy, Johnny Cage, Raiden and Baraka finally return after their absence in MK3 and UMK3.
- In Mortal Kombat Trilogy, you can finally play as bosses from MK1, MK2, MK3 and UMK3. This means Goro, Kintaro, Motaro and even Shao Kahn, the final boss of the game became playable in MKT.
- What's more awesome is that we can finally see our long time no seen friend from MK1, Goro, even before Mortal Kombat 4.
- The Arcade version of Mortal Kombat 3 contains a hidden game of Galaga, which can be played by a code, or if you will win 100 fights in a row. This is similiar to Mortal Kombat II, as MK2 contains a hidden game of Pong.
- There is now the combo system since MK3, meaning you can know how much damage you or your opponent have deal to you or your opponent, which is very helpful to know how much percent you and your opponent have lost after being hit once or several times.
- Ever since Mortal Kombat 3, there are now animalities, which are fatalities where your character transforms into a animal and kills your opponent. There's even a thing called "Mercy", which gives your opponent a little more HP before you would want to actually do a fatality on your opponent.
- As mentioned in WIR#5, there are now codes, which can do some stuff, like turn off the timer. The codes contain 6 spaces, which can be seen in the vs. screen in 2-player mode. 3 of the spaces are controlled by the first player, and others are controlled by the second player.
- The music, just like the rest of the games, is awesome and memorable. It is so memorable that it would want to stay in your head for so long, similiar to music in Super Mario Bros. or the first Sonic the Hedgehog game.
- "Toasty!" spawned 2 more easter eggs that are similiar to it. One of them is called "Frosty!", which appears sometimes when you or your opponent gets hit by Sub-Zero's Ice Blast, and "Crispy!", which appears sometimes when you perform the stage fatality in the "Hell" stage.
- Just like MK1, some of the game's console ports can be problematic, even for UMK3 and MKT's ports:
- The Game Boy, Game Gear and Master System versions of MK3 are somehow awful, unlike MK2's Game Boy, Game Gear and Master System ports.
- The SNES versions of MK3 and UMK3, while not bad, have a lot of glitches compared to other ports.
- And on top of that, Sheeva is a very broken and unfinished character in the SNES and Genesis ports of UMK3, which can be easy to crash the game.
- The Game.com version of Mortal Kombat Trilogy doesn't include Scorpion or even Sub-Zero. Instead, they have been replaced with Rain and Reptile.
- The Game Boy Advance port of UMK3 is horrendously bad, with cheap AI, tons of glitches and more.
- As mentioned in WIR#3, the ninjas and Johnny Cage are missing in MK3, due to Daniel Pesina getting fired in 1994 from Midway due to a Mortal Kombat clone, although Sub-Zero is still in MK3, but in a different apperance.
- Not to mention, Noob Saibot had to become a paletteswap of Kano, due to lack of ninjas in MK3.
- Like the previous games, the AI is sometimes extremely unfair and unbalanced.
- The Subway stage has a sign in the background that reads: "BOON/TOBIAS." These are the last names of Mortal Kombat co-creators, Ed Boon and John Tobias.
- This is the only Mortal Kombat game to not feature Raiden as a playable character. However, he makes a cameo in the intro and returns as a playable character in MKT.
Mortal Kombat 3 received positive reviews. As of 2014, the review aggregator website GameRankings is giving it the averaged scores of 80.23% for the Super NES, 76.67% for the Genesis, and 70.33% for the PlayStation. Electronic Gaming Monthly (known as EGM for short) gave the PlayStation version their "Game of the Month". They also gave the Sega Saturn version of Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 8.625/10, while they gave the SNES version of UMK3 6.875/10 ratings. Sega Saturn Magazine gave the Saturn version of UMK3 a 91% rating. The PS1 version of Mortal Kombat Trilogy has a 67% rating by GameRankings, while they gave the N64 version a 52% rating. Game Informer gave the Saturn version a 8.75/10 rating. GameSpot gave the N64 version 5.8/10, 8.6/10 for the PS1, and 6.0/10 for the Saturn version ratings. IGN gave the N64 version 4.1/10 and the PS1 version 6.0/10 ratings. Sega Saturn Magazine gave the Saturn version of MKT 88% score.