Review by Walker Boh Ohmsford

Reviewed: 06/03/01 | Updated: 03/01/03

Now here's a real fighting game!

Where Mortal Kombat II sucked, I must say that Mortal Kombat III was OK, but here's the best of the SNES series in my opinion. There's tons of characters to choose from, some characters you can unlock, and the cheats in this game absolutely rock!
Story 10-10. The story remains the same throughout the whole series. You fight to save Earth from Shao Kahn and his evil army, using a ton of great characters and really nasty moves!
Control 10-10. Like the rest of the series, the control in this game was not hard to learn, and it was easier to pull off a special move here. The addition of 1-button fatalities is absolutely cool!
Audio 10-10. Now these are reall punching sounds! It actually reminds me of Beavis and Butt Head when they'd smack each other upside the head. The sound of blood falling was cool also. Unfortunately, the girls all sounded the same here. Fortunately, the guys have a slightly different sound from one another, whether it be Striker or Nube. Shao Kahn has acquired a new voice, and it really fits his evil personality. Now Liu Kang hasn't changed much, (what's with acclaim and constipated cats?) I'm serious! He still sounds like he's either constipated or wearing a really tight pair of pants. The music is cool here though, a welcome change from MK2's. Actually, the music and SFX here are exactly the same as in Mortal Kombat 3, except that in Ultimate, many of Shao Kahn's voices have been removed. He no longer says who you've chosen or who won a match, but he still announces a flawless victory or a finishing move. There's even a sound test that features the rest of the music from MK3, but some of those tunes are not featured in Ultimate's actual gameplay. Still, they're fun to listen to.
Fun Factor 10-10. This game's 8-player tournament mode is very cool. You and a friend will each pick four characters, and they will fight it out in an intense match. The 4-player tournament is the same, except that you each pick 2 characters and it acts more like an endurance match. And yes, Mirror Matches are back! The best part? Cheat codes abound here. There's even a way to play as the mighty Shao Kahn in regular 2-player matches. And, you can also enable Motaro, the centaur warrior, but like Kahn he is only accessible when playing against a friend in a standard 2-player battle, not the 4 or 8-player tournaments.
Overall 10-10. I recommend this game to true fighting game fans out there. It'll keep you busy for a long time just trying to unlock all the cheats!

Rating:   5.0 - Flawless

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