Mortal Kombat Trilogy

STORY:  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 Kang, 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 on 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 and MK2.

Although many 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 the move). 

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 Shao Kahn.

Get caught in that net and say 7-hit combo! 

'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.

Page Updated: December 17th, 2012
Developer(s): Point of View Inc.                  (Saturn)
Williams Entertainment
Publisher(s): Midway
Designer(s): Ed Boon
Platform(s): Nintendo 64, Playstation, Sega Saturn, PC
Release Date(s): Sept. 1st, 1996        ( PS1)
Dec. 6th, 1996        
( PS1)
Apr. 2nd, 1998       
( PS1)
Oct. 31st, 1996
       ( N64)
Mar. 14th, 1997  
    ( N64)
Aug. 8th, 1997
         ( Saturn)
Aug. 31st, 1997 
      ( PC)
Characters Liu Kang, Sub Zero, Sonya, Kung Lao, Jax, Sektor, Cyrax, Sindel, Stryker, Nightwolf, Sheeva, Smoke, Kano, Kabal, Kitana, Johnny Cage, Noob Saibot, Baraka, Rayden, Reptile, Mileena, Ermac, Shang Tsung, Jade, Scorpion, Rain, Chameleon, Khameleon, Goro, Kintaro, Motaro, Shao Kahn

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Related Games: Mortal Kombat, Mortal Kombat 2, Mortal Kombat 3, Mortal Kombat 3 Ultimate, Mortal Kombat 4, Mortal Kombat Gold, Mortal Kombat: Armageddon, Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance, Mortal Kombat: Deception, Mortal Kombat VS DC Universe, Mortal Kombat 9, Mortal Kombat X, Mortal Kombat 11

Gameplay Engine  7.5 / 10
Story / Theme  7.5 / 10
Overall Graphics  7.5 / 10
Animation  7.5 / 10
Music / Sound Effects  7.0 / 10
Innovation  5.0 / 10
Art Direction  3.0 / 10
Customization  6.0 / 10
Options / Extras  6.0 / 10
Intro / Presentation  6.5 / 10
Replayability / Fun  7.5 / 10
"Ouch" Factor  8.0 / 10
Characters  9.0 / 10

 7.5 / 10

 Review based on Playstation version


Final Words: 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 Kombat fan. 

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 Webmaster  

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