been chosen to represent Earth in Mortal Kombat. Be warned. Although your
souls are protected, your lives are not. I cannot interfere any longer.
Your Earth is being governed by the gods of the Outworld!" These are the
words of Raiden...
For centuries Earth has
used Mortal Kombat to defend itself against the Outworld emperor Shao Kahn.
But, Shao Kahn has become frustrated by the failed attempts at taking Earth
through tournament battle. He enacts a plan which began 10,000 years ago.
During this time, Kahn had a queen named Sindel, but she died at a very
young age. Kahn's shadow priests lead by Shang Tsung, make it so Sindel's
spirit will someday be reborn, but not on the Outworld, but on the Earth
This unholy act enables
Shao Kahn to step through the dimensional gates and reclaim his queen.
Thus enabling him to seize the Earth realm at last. Upon breaching the
portal onto Earth, Shao Kahn slowly transforms Earth into part of the Outworld
itself. Kahn strips the Earth of all human life, and claims all the souls
his own. The remaining humans are scattered throughout the planet. These
are the selected warriors that must defend Earth once again.
Theeeere you are
Scorpion... we missed you.
update to Mortal Kombat 3 was surely one of the arcade
"headliners" of 1995. After a mixed reaction from fans, UMK3
saw the return of some of the staple characters missing in the original MK3, like: Scorpion,
Kitana, Jade and Reptile. Also featured in this
sequel are several new backgrounds (and the removal others), a wide variety of ridiculous secret codes
that players can input before the match starts (which created tons of hype), a
few hidden characters, and two new "tournament"
One of the new modes in the new "tournament" option is a 2-on-2 Kombat Mode (similar to an
Endurance match) but with human players on both sides. The other is an 8-player tournament mode (requiring quite a few
tokens) to start up. These two modes
offered some innovation to the traditional 1-on-1 2D gameplay (which was
starting to feel slightly aged), and naturally added more replay value to the
Off with his head...
Some returning characters from MK3 received new moves
this time around, which were added to balance the gameplay. However, the core
gameplay system was nearly identical to the prequel. The graphics as a whole
didn't change either, though the "dark and gritty" new
background environments nicely compliment the look and feel of Ultimate MK3. The
music and sound effects also meshed well with everything else, making it one of the best
sounding MK titles to date. The new characters animated fairly well, and
it was certainly nice to see old school favorites like Scorpion and Kitana
showing off some new moves.
Ultimate MK3 is possibly the version of MK3 that Midway wanted to
ship initially but didn't have the time. With a
much improved character roster, UMK3 was unquestionably better than the
prequel, although the "type-you-an-ass-kicking" style combos still wasn't received
well by all players.
In any case, Midway gave fighting game fans more of the same (a good thing or a
bad thing, depending on your tastes). UMK3 was also one of the most hilariously gruesome 2D fighters
ever, and overall had a less serious tone than the first two games. In
retrospect, Ultimate MK3 is one of the best and most playable
installments of the entire MK series. ~TFG