Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3
Reviewed by Jeremy Peeples
Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 was released for the Sega Genesis
in late 1996. It was developed by Sculptured Software and
distributed by Acclaim. It is a port of the arcade fighting
game of the same name. Other home versions of this game are
available on the Super Nintendo and Sega Saturn. This game
features 5 difficulty levels (Very Easy, Easy, Medium, Hard,
and Very Hard) and over 20 characters.
Graphics-10/10- The graphics are amazing, they're as close
to arcade-perfect as any Saturn MK game ever. The characters
are rather large and animate just like their arcade
counterparts. The special moves (i.e. projectiles) look
great. The only serious graphical downside is the occasional
slowdown that plagues the game and can mess up your timing.
There is some character blurring, but it's kept to a minimum.
Pros- Large, well animated characters. Nice graphical
effects on the special moves.
Cons- Occasional slowdown.
Sound-9/10- The in-game music has a very moody and dreary
sound to it that fits the game's theme perfectly. The voices
are well done, they're arcade-perfect and crystal clear. The
sound effects are also great, each on is very clear and fits
It's action like you'd expect (for example, Sub-Zero's
freezing effects sound just like ice shattering.)
Pros- Great sound effects. Moody music fits the theme
perfectly and sets the game's mood.
Cons- Voices are a little garbled.
Gameplay-8/10- It's basically you fighting a ladder of
opponents with the eventual goal being to fight and defeat
Shao Kahn, in order to face him you must first beat Kintaro
(good luck, he's very cheap.) The Run button has been
carried over from Mortal Kombat 3, it allows you to perform
combos. Some of the game's modes include: VS and 2-on-2, as
well as the Arcade mode.
Pros- Nice variety of modes.
Cons- The bosses (especially Kintaro) can be very cheap.
Control-10/10- Arcade-perfect. The Genesis's 6-Button
Control Pad works miracles with this game, it allows it to
play like dream just as it has in many other fighting games,
more so in this game because the button layout is identical.
On top of that the control is very responsive.
Pros- Arcade-perfect button layout. Super-responsive control.
Challenge-7/10- The variable challenge is a welcome feature,
on the first three difficulty levels the game may pose some
problems, on the last two, it's borderline impossible.
Replay Value-10/10- There's a ton of things to do after you
beat the game; for one thing It's chock full of secrets that
are guaranteed to keep you busy for a while; after that you
can always try to master all the characters.
Pros- Lots of secrets. Tons of characters to master.
Cons- Game may get monotonous.
Presentation-10/10- It's arcade-perfect, everything fits the
game's dark, broodish setting perfectly. The menus are also
nicely laid out and are easy to navigate through.
Pros- Arcade perfect. Everything fits the game's setting.
Cons- If you hated the arcade version's presentation, you?ll
hate the home version's as well.
Bells & Whistles-10/10- There's a ton of extras to find,
from secrets, to hidden characters, to codes, It's all in
the game waiting to be found.
Overall-9/10- This game combines great graphics, good sound,
and perfect control to make a fighting game that MK fans
will never regret buying. A word of warning though, if
you?ve never liked MK, I doubt this game will change your
mind. If you love MK, this game is a dream come true.
For Nomad Owners- Blurring is kept to a minimum. The sound
is as clear as always. The control is flawless because of
the built in 6-Button control.
Final Thought- I had a lot of fun with this game, loading
times are few and far between and help the game retain the
frantic feel of the past Mortal Kombat game.