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Playstation Classics: Mortal Kombat 3

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Mortal Kombat 3

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I remember in 1995 just how much Mortal Kombat 3 was a monster of a game. The home version of the game was a very big deal as while there was versions for the Super Nintendo and Sega Mega Drive. The brand new Sony Playstation was getting a near arcade perfect port. What made this such a huge deal at the time was that, Sony had paid Midway a lot of money to make sure that Mortal Kombat 3 would not show up on the Sega Saturn at the same time as the Playstation. Of course later Saturn owners would get, Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3, but this was a huge coup for Sony.

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For me personally after I had gotten my Playstation this was the first huge game that I remember being very excited about! The game would be a huge hit and serve as the basis for the later released, Mortal Kombat Trilogy.

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The Playstation version of Mortal Kombat 3 looks amazing it is by far the best looking version of the game that was released. The digitized characters are larger and more crisper than what the 16-bit consoles could do and the stages just look much better also. In all this is a very faithful representation of the arcade game and all the blood and gore that you would expect is in here in full!

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Now the art style of Mortal Kombat 3 is something of a step back from the second game. You see Mortal Kombat II had amazing stages to fight in as it was set in “Out World” Mortal Kombat 3 was set on Earth and while the idea was cool the levels were just not as interesting as what Mortal Kombat II had.

Game Play

While the core game play of Mortal Kombat 3 was the same with a high and low punch and a high and low kick system a few new things were introduced. We now had a run button and most importantly of all was the combo system. Mortal Kombat 3 was very combo based and you could really deliver a grade A, ass kicking if you knew what you were doing. Some people say that this game is better and others say Mortal Kombat II was better……. I kind of like Mortal Kombat II better if I am honest. Another cool thing that Mortal Kombat 3 offered was that on certain stages if you delivered an uppercut, you would send your opponent flying through the roof and the battle would continue in a different stage. Of course the game had a ton of fatalities, babalities, friendships and newly introduced animalities for you to humiliate your opponent once you have beaten them.

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Mortal Kombat 3 had a very interesting story, the Mortal Kombat series has the best story of any fighting game if you ask me and Mortal Kombat 3 moved things along nicely. Before you had just the one ladder to play through, but now you ad different ladders staring with a novice one that only has a few battles to a Master ladder that will see you take on most of the roster. The Playstation version of Mortal Kombat 3 is the best home version not only because of the presentation, but because the game is not as cheap as the 16-bit versions. On the Super Nintendo and Sega Mega Drive, Mortal Kombat 3 is just so damn cheap even on the easy settings. The Playstation version while on occasions can still frustrate you does offer more of a fair challenge and if you put the game on easy it is actually easy!

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Final Thoughts

This was a huge game when it came out and I still stand by that this is best home version of the original Mortal Kombat 3. But I do not think this game has aged as well as Mortal Kombat II, but there is still some fun to be had here.