Review by GameSultan3

Reviewed: 08/18/08

Is This How Midway Apologized For Making Mortal Kombat 3 So Awful?

Mortal Kombat 3 was the worst game in the Mortal Kombat series. Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3, despite adding a little more, is far from a recovery for Midway, I have also noticed that because they stretched the memory capacity for the game, there are many quality issues that were nonexistent in Mortal Kombat 3.

Story: n/a

The story is the same as Mortal Kombat 3, and it is executed in the same way as all of the othe installments in the Mortal Kombat series. The story is shown briefly before the title screen, and not again until you finish arcade mode with which ever character you choose, at which point you see 2-3 slides of text and your character´s headshot describing what happened after defeating Shao Kahn; many of the endings are very similar.

Graphics: 7/10

The graphics are very nice, and show why the Super Nintendo Entertainment System is superior to the Sega Genesis. The sprites are clear, although not as clear as in Mortal Kombat 3, due to the fact that the memory capacity of the game cartridge was pushed to its limit, they added a few new characters at the expense of quality, and graphics were not the only aspect that suffered.

Sound: 7/10

Maybe it is because I was so disappointed with Mortal Kombat 3 that I feel that the sounds are worse in this game, but I think that the sounds have also suffered. Most of the hits sound like someone simply saying "psssh" into a microphone, and the voices are garbled as well. In addition, many more characters share the same voice now, and many voices are distorted, for example, the ninjas sound unusually high-pitched.

Gameplay: 6/10

Again, identical to each of its predecessors, Midway has yet to innovate its very simplistic fighting engine. Like the previous games, you fight in order to win two rounds before your opponent. At the end of your second round win, you will be prompted to "FINISH HIM/HER", and you will be given 5 seconds to input a series of buttons, which if done correctly will initiate a short cinematic of you destroying your opponent, Fatalities, Brutalities, Babalities, Animalities, and Friendships all have returned. There are also 5 new characters, but NONE are original, 2 more male ninjas, Scorpion and Reptile return, Kitana and Jade, who are pallette swaps of each other, and Smoke, a palette swap of Cyrax/Sektor. There are also 4 unlockable characters, which I will not expose because that would defeat the purpose of you playing the game at least 4 times. Overall, the gameplay is really nothing special.

Replay Value: 8/10

I suppose the increased roster does give Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 a better replay value than its predecessor, some of the characters are a lot of fun to use. Scorpion has an axe which appears in several of his combos. Like most fighting games, Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 is better if you have a human opponent to play against.

Rating:   3.0 - Fair

Product Release: Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 (US, 10/11/96)

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