Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3
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Don't be fooled, fighting fans. Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 is not the ultimate fighting game, but it does have some new features and fighters that should temporarily satisfy hungry Mortal Kombateers.
UMK3 supplements the MK3 lineup with Scorpion, Jade, Kitana, Reptile, classic Sub-Zero, Ermac, and Mileena. In addition to these arcade characters, Rain and Noob are selectable, plus there's one hidden fighter.
Sadly, the new fighters are all that make UMK3 a fresh fighting experience. The returning cast is the same as in MK3, with no new moves to learn -- even the combo system is identical! Players will quickly find the gameplay tiresome as they perform the same combos found in MK3. New features like the tournament modes, new Vs. codes, and Brutality finishing moves add only a little life to the redundant gameplay.
If MK3 had never been released, UMK3 would be closer to an ultimate fighting game. Unfortunately, UMK3 is just a slight variation of a game that has been completely played to death.
ProTip: After you defeat your first opponent in the endurance match, you can score a free hit when the second opponent 'jumps in.
The backgrounds and fighters are rich in color and detail, but the slightly choppy character animation keeps UMK3 from being a perfect translation.
Not bad, but the SNES's slow processing power, combined with missing frames of character animation, make a slight difference in the timing of combos and juggle moves found in the arcade.
Only a few screams of terror are missing from the arcade original. The rest of the voices and music are duplicated extremely well.
UMK3 is best enjoyed with a group of friends. Playing against the cheap computer is about as fun as getting your gums scraped by Kabal's twin blades.
The best way to beat the boss Motaro is to constantly use jump kicks and neck kicks to slowly wear him down.
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I could see how all of you may be getting annoyed with all the different MK games that have come out or are coming out lately. This version of UMK3 is really a great fighter-that is if you like the digitized style of MK. The moves and combos are great-looking as well as being fairly easy to pull off. I've never been a big fan of fatalities, but UMK has some pretty cool-looking ones-and some that are silly. For UMK3 being on the Super NES it looks and plays incredibly well (the SNES still has what it takes to handle graphics like this). I'd say it's a little on the hard side, even with the difficulty being adjustable, but two-player is great.
Does anyone else feel a little cheated? After all, Mortal Kombat 3 was released for the SNES just a year ago. Now, we're getting Ultimate MK3 (a decent improvement over MK3), while a couple of other systems are getting Mortal Kombat Trilogy. Perhaps SNES carts can't hold enough memory to handle Trilogy. Even so, I wouldn't want to buy UMK3 knowing that a better MK package exists. The game and moves are pretty much all there. Of course, the characters are small, and the color palette sucks, but hey, we're talking about an old machine here! I recommend this to MK fens who may have missed Mortal Kombat 3.
UMK3 is the best MK game to hit the Super NES. So why the less-than-perfect score? Well, if you bought MK3 a year ago, you might not be too crazy about plunking down more cash for this slightly enhanced version. It gives you four of the ninja characters (Jade, Reptile, Scorpion and Kitana) that weren't available in MK3, plus four openly playable fighters that were secret combatants before. You also get all the combos (some were left out of MK3), as well as the new, yet cheap, auto combos. UMK3's graphics are sharp, with slightly larger fighters than in MK3. The only thing missing from the arcade is the four-armed Sheeva.
Hmmm, I haven't found a good justification for buying this overdone game (it's almost as bad as Street Fighter now), but if you haven't invested in 32-Bit hardware, and don't own any of the Mortal Kombat games, this is the one to get. The sheer number of characters is appealing (Hey! Where's SheevaPP), and the game engine is pretty close to the original. One big problem of UMK3 is that the computer Al is pathetic against certain characters. To win, the computer must pull off impossible counters to valid player attacks, and that's never been a good substitute for solid programming. Good rental!
By the time UMK hit the shelves, the 32-bit systems were in full swing, with versions of Ultimate MK and MK Trilogy inspiring most hard-core gamers to turn their backs on the 16-bit versions. Although it received a fairly positive review, sales were not as high as expected and the game quickly became a discount item in most stores. Another problem at the time was the frequent rumors that the 16-bit versions of the game were never going to be released, which pushed release dates all the way until Christmas 1996.
- 2 Players
- Side View
Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 adds new moves and fighters to the MK3 lineup, but it's pretty much the same MK fighting you've seen before.
The Kombatants are familiar. With the exception of Sheeva, the entire MK3 bunch is back. The UMK3 cast includes Scorpion, Jade, Kitana, Reptile, classic Sub-Zero, Ermac, and Mileena. In addition, Rain and Noob Saibot are selectable, with one slot left for a hidden fighter.
The UMK3 lineup offers plenty of moves and combos, but most of the returning MK3 fighters' moves are unchanged. Even the combo system remains the same. With nothing new to learn, MK pros will soon find the moves tiresome.
New features that add freshness to UMK3 are the tournament mode, additional Vs. codes, and Brutality finishing moves where you beat your opponents senseless until they explode. Mortal Kombat fans looking for a quick fix should enjoy UMK3, and players new to MK will find this game a treat. If you're looking for a new fighting game experience, however, you'll have to wait for MK4.
- To play as Human Smoke, first pick Smoke. Hold Left as Player One or Right as Player Two, and hold High Punch, Run, High Kick, and Block until the match starts.
- Fighters a score an extra hit a combo by first jumping in with a punch.
The six-button controller is the only way to go. With a little practice and timing, you can easily juggle-combo your way to victory.
UMK3's sharp colors are good for 16-bit game. The characters are clean-looking, and smooth animations help support theit movement.
The added tournament mode makes for fun if you're playing with friends. Unfortunately, the new fighter don't rejuvenate the overworked combo systems.
Sore throats could explain why ever Kombatant's voice sounds scratchy, but trying to pass off the clunky sounds as music is a little harder to swallow.
Sixteen-bit Kombat fans will finally get their Ultimate MK 3! Williams vows to pack as much Mortal Kombat into the 16-bit games as it can. UMK 3 will sport the original kombos and fatalities, although there may not be room for all the Animalities, Babalities, or Friendships. As in the arcade version, Kitana, Jade, Scorpion, and Reptile will return, but the exact status of the other 15 MK 3 warriors is yet unknown.
Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 is a fighting game and part of the Mortal Kombat franchise, bringing several improvements over its predecessors. The original MK3 was heavily criticized, especially for the exclusion of favorite characters, and UMK3 sought to fix that.
The story unfolds after the events in Mortal Kombat 2. Following his bitter defeat, Shao Kahn decides to cross realms in order to revive his deceased wife, thus hoping to reclaim his power. In doing so, he merges the two realms (his and that of humans), draining the souls of countless innocents. It is now the duty of human warriors to defeat him and restore balance.
The roster packs an impressive over 20 playable characters, not including several unlockable characters from previous games or bosses. Naturally, in Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3, the goal is to defeat your adversary in a one-on-one battle, using an array of moves and attacks, from simple punches and kicks to much more complex and deadly combinations. As in the rest of the series, each character has different abilities and powers, and some have been much improved.
You can play in story mode, tournament mode or endurance mode. Story mode has you follow the story of the game, obviously, leading to the final battle with Shao Kahn. At the end you may choose a reward which can include character biographies or hidden characters. The tournament mode is a simple 8-player match-up, while endurance mode has you fight as many opponents successively as you can. In this mode, you can fight as many as 3 enemies before moving to the next round.
Except for Motaro and Goro, all characters are animated using sprites with real actors dressed up, performing the moves themselves. This adds some realism to the game, although there were only a handful of actors used, and this is quite visible when the two fighters were played by the same person. The sounds are a very nice touch, although something must happen for you to actually hear them; they don’t scream or yell unless they are hit or actually the ones hitting. Some sound choices were also less inspired and can lead to very comical situations. For example, Reptile’s fatality is to eat his opponent in three bites, starting from the head. The victim screams all three times, even though all that is left are his or her legs.
Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 offers the same bloody gameplay that we have all come to know and love. Even the producer of the game series considers it the best of the 2D series. That should say plenty.
Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 features:
Over 20 different characters to choose from
Realistic, motion captured sprites
3 different game modes with different difficulty settings