Review by Sour DieseL
"This entry receives too much hate!"
Mortal Kombat 1 was a bit of a failure as far as the SNES port goes, but Mortal Kombat 2 saw itself intact when it came to the Super Nintendo version, thankfully. Nintendo would go on to allow the next in the series, Mortal Kombat 3 to be ported to the popular home console, and rightfully so. Mortal Kombat 3 is a great game that became a template for Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 and then eventually, Mortal Kombat Trilogy. A lot of people find Mortal Kombat 3 too difficult, and were upset that Scorpion and Reptile didn't make the character roster. While that may be the case, Mortal Kombat 3 is still a great entry in the series that provides a great challenge to even the most veteran of players.
Story: 10/10: Shao Kahn was defeated by Liu Kang in Mortal Kombat 2. Outraged at his loss, he enacts a new plan. His wife, Sindel, died thousands of years ago at her own hands. If Shao Kahn can revive her, she would do so in Earthrealm, allowing Shao Kahn to cross the dimensions and reclaim his queen, and he does just that. Upon doing so, Outworld and Earthrealm are merged into one, killing billions of people instantly and they all lose their souls. Raiden, the God of Thunder, has made sure that several Earthrealm warriors' souls were protected so that they have the chance to defeat Shao Kahn and return the worlds to their former states. Shao Kahn sends out his own personal extermination squads to hunt down the remaining warriors and destroy them. Unfortunately, Raiden cannot interfere, because in Outworld, he loses his powers. So this time the Earthrealm warriors must go it alone in order to achieve their goal without any help of the Thunder God. Liu Kang teams up with another descendant of the great Kung Lao, aptly named Kung Lao, to hopefully destroy the threat to humanity once and for all.
Gameplay: 10/10: The gameplay in Mortal Kombat 3 is largely unchanged from it's predecessors but features a few new things. Characters can now run, and have a meter showing how long they can run. New combos have been added, which also takes away from the "Run meter". These combos are insanely powerful, and are executed by hitting certain buttons at the right times, which is more accurate than the old method of executing combos, which used to just be "punch, punch, punch, punch, rinse, repeat". In addition to the run and combo system, some levels have a feature that allows you to uppercut an opponent into the next stage in the cycle. This isn't available for that many stages, but it's a pretty cool addition nonetheless. Some characters have been swapped out for other new ones, with some fan favorites being gone. Hence, the game drew a lot of criticism. It's not bad by any means if you ask me as they didn't get rid of absolutely every old character, but whatever. The series' signature set of finishing moves makes it's return, the Fatality, with some new additions. Now, upon beating an opponent, you can perform what's called a "Mercy", and give them a sliver of health back so that they have a second chance, or so that you can pummel them to death again (which won't take long). Once a Mercy has been performed and the person who performed it wins again, they can choose to perform the "Animality". Each character has their own unique Animality, where they usually turn into a vicious animal and tear the opponent to shreds. Brutalities also make a return, as well as the satiric "Friendship" and "Babality". The latter two "-alities" were added in Mortal Kombat 2 as a sort of joke to those who criticise the series for being to violent and gory. Also, the story mode now has a "Choose Your Destiny" screen when starting up the regular single-player mode. This determines the number of enemies you will face on your way to Shao Kahn and how difficult they will be. The multiplayer mode has a new feature as well. It comes in the form of six squares at the bottom. Pressing a certain button will change the picture in the square. Player 1 controls the first three squares, and Players 2 controls the second set of three squares. Getting a correct combination can allow various messages to display, as well as having a drastic effect on environments and other such things in battle.
Graphics:10/10: Mortal Kombat 3's character sprites are now heavily digitized, being inserted with no hand-drawn help whatsoever like in Mortal Kombat 2. Another new feature is that now the game's backgrounds were all rendered in 3D, creating a sort of 2.5D effect. The game's graphics look amazing overall and there's an obvious turnaround from the first two games, which were mostly Eastern-inspired. Now the game's are obviously focused far more on Western influences, one such arena being a bridge in a metropolis, similar to Los Angeles or something similar. It's kinda neat to see the changes they made and they're not really for the better or for worse, it's just different, and noticeably darker. This version looks noticeably better than it's Sega Genesis counterpart, looking much more crisp and smooth. Though no matter what version, it's still a noticeable improvement over the last two games in the series.
Sound: 10/10: Gone too is the Oriental-inspired soundtrack, as they went for a much darker, more Western approach, much like with the visuals. It provides you with an overwhelming feeling of doom, like you're just about to die in a barren wasteland. The voice acting is top notch as usual, though many voices aren't heard until you hit someone. But Shao Kahn is back with even better insults with his deep, evil voice and it's always a treat to listen to! Otherwise, enjoy the screams of your foes as they fall in battle. The game makes great use of the Super Nintendo's superior sound chip and so things sound much clearer without such a computerized sound to them.
Overall: 10/10: A lot of people have issues with this game, whether it's the difficulty or the major changes in the character roster. A lot of people wanted more characters though and this was a great way to introduce them, in perhaps the most brutal Mortal Kombat in the series. It adds some credibility to their fighting skills. This game is a must have for any Mortal Kombat veteran, and you can probably pick it up at a local used game store if they sell games that go way back to the Super Nintendo generation, so go ahead and get yourself a copy today!
Reviewer's Score: 10/10 | Originally Posted: 07/19/10
Game Release: Mortal Kombat 3 (US, 10/31/95)
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