Thousands of years ago an order of the wisest
men from the far east received visions of the dark realm known as the Outworld.
It was a world ruled by a vicious Emperor known as Shao
Kahn. They learned
that travel between Earth and the new found realm would someday be possible
if the conditions were right, the conditions being the unbalancing of the
furies. Negative and positive forces
which keep our unstable universe from collapsing onto itself. Knowing that
an Outworld invasion was imminent, the wise men appealed to the Elder Gods.
It was for this reason the Elder Gods created the tournament called Mortal
Kombat. For nine generations Mortal Kombat was ruled by Outworld's finest
warrior-prince Goro. The Earth was on the brink of its destruction when
a new generation of warriors were victorious in defending its realm.
The warrior monk, Liu
would become the new Champion. But his victory was short lived as he and
his comrades find themselves lured into the Outworld to compete in a second
tournament. Little did they know that the tournament was merely a diversion.
A scheme devised by the dark Emperor to break the rules set forth by the
Elder Gods and witness the reincarnation of his former Queen Sindel
the Earthrealm itself. The unholy act gives Shao Kahn the power to step
through the dimensional gates and reclaim his queen, thus enabling him
to finally seize the Earth. These are the trilogy of events which comprise
Shao Kahn's final attempt at taking the Earth.
The selection screen that
MK fans only dreamed of... until now.
Mortal Kombat Trilogy is the first
title in the series to appear exclusively on home consoles, and was never
released in arcades. MK Trilogy is basically a culmination the entire 2D
MK series, all crammed into one game. Trilogy features tons of classic characters & backgrounds from
the series past, along with "secret" playable characters from MK1
fighting games during MK Trilogy's day were going 3D, Trilogy remained
a solid contender in the 2D fighting game genre with its classic gameplay and
nostalgia-bringing visuals and sound. While the Trilogy looked "aged"
at the time of its debut, it still provided a classic and nostalgic fighting
game experience for casual and hardcore MK fans alike.
You still suck at dodging
lighting bolts Shao Kahn.
Along with the cast from Ultimate Mortal
Kombat 3, Trilogy adds Raiden & Baraka as they appeared in Mortal
Kombat 2. Both characters were given a new special move and a few new
animations as well. A new version of Johnny Cage is also introduced. This
version features all of
his iconic moves except for his split punch (which was taken out
because MK3/UMK3 didn't have "reaction" animations for
A new secret character known as Chameleon also joins the roster. Chameleon
switches between all the male ninjas (Classic Sub-Zero, Scorpion, Noob Saibot,
Human Smoke, Rain, Reptile & Ermac) during combat. He is similar to the
original Mortal Kombat's version of Reptile, but Chameleon changes his
color, not just his stance. In the N64 version, Chameleon is replaced by "Khameleon,"
a gray female ninja who also switches her movesets. All of the classic bosses
were also playable in Trilogy, including: Goro, Kintaro, Motaro, Shang Tsung, and
Get caught in that net and
say 7-hit combo!
Trilogy's main draw was it's huge
character selection screen,
sporting the biggest cast ever seen in an MK game. The classic 2D gameplay
is what you'd expect from the series and is still considerably solid. Trilogy
also introduces the "Aggressor" bar, which fills as the combatants
fight (twice as much if the opponent is blocking). When the Aggressor bar is
full, the fighter becomes faster and stronger for a limited amount of time.
Though it's a decent gameplay element, the word "Aggressor" that
appears under the fighters is a bit distracting... and kinda looks bad if you
ask me. Many returning characters also have new special moves and fatalities.
Brutality finishing moves were also available for all characters, requiring the
player to perform an 11-button combo which results in their opponent to explode
into many... many pieces.
MK Trilogy marked the end of Mortal Kombat's 2D appearance.
Point of View Inc.
It wouldn't be false to say that the MK Team at Midway pretty much "crammed" all of their 2D leftovers into a game
and slapped a new name on it... fans were sure to love it, right?!
Personally, I was bored with MK by the time Trilogy came out, but
it was a decent "nostalgia" package for the old school fans. Certainly
Trilogy is a must play title for anyone who ever called themselves a Mortal
The best part of
MK: Trilogy is definitely the character roster, but other than that, it's
pretty much the same old Mortal Kombat we've been playing for years.
Depending on your taste, that's either a good thing or a bad thing. ~TFG