Mortal Kombat 3, Arcade

Mortal Kombat 3 was co-developed by Midway and Atari Games and was released into arcades by Midway in 1995 and it continues the fine Mortal Kombat tradition of outraging anyone without a sense of humour…

Mortal Kombat 3 has 14 playable characters. Seven new characters (Cyrax, Kabal, Nightwolf, Sektor, Sindel, Sheeva, and Stryker), and seven returning from previous games (Jax, Kano, Kung Lao, Liu Kang, Sonya Blade, Sub-Zero, Shang Tsung, and Smoke).

The gratuitous violence and bloody gore that categorises the series returns with a vengeance, and this time the game dispenses with the tournament format of the previous two games and goes for something different.

This time there’s a “run” button (and associated “run meter”) that allows you to sprint, and you can also punch opponents up through the ceiling and onto the floor above, continuing the fight in another location, which is different and interesting.

Graphically, Mortal Kombat 3 is definitely a step up from Mortal Kombat and Mortal Kombat II. Fighters are still digitised from video, but are clearer and more defined this time. The backdrops are more interesting and varied too, with layers of parallax to give the feeling of depth.

Of course all the hidden Fatalities are still in the game, plus a variety of alternative finishing moves too, so plenty to discover.

Mortal Kombat 3 is arguably the best instalment in the whole MK series. It is beautifully-produced, hilariously funny, and extremely challenging. What more could you want from a fighting game?

More: Mortal Kombat 3 on Wikipedia

Mortal Kombat 3 Arcade Cabinet 1

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