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Mortal Kombat 3 (DOS)

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Shao Kahn has won. The Earthrealm is no more. In order to revive his Queen Sindel, the emperor Shao Kahn used the Outworld Tournament from Mortal Kombat 2 as a diversion while his Shadow Priests revive his fallen Queen on Earth. Once enacted, the dimensional bridge between the two realms connects, allowing Kahn's extermination squads to invade and destroy Earth, and enslave the population's souls.

A small team of Raiden's "Chosen Warriors" survives the attack: Mortal Kombat champion Liu Kang and his ally Kung Lao, Special Forces agents Sonya Blade and Jax, the shaman Nightwolf, the riot cop Stryker, the nomadic Kabal, and former Lin Kuei warrior Sub-Zero, who has gone rogue from his clan. Facing the warriors are the mercenary Kano, cyber-ninjas Smoke, Sektor and Cyrax, Sheeva, a female Shokan, the sorcerer Shang Tsung, and Queen Sindel herself.

Mortal Kombat 3 brings new elements to the 2D fighting series: multi-level playfields, "Dial-A-Combo" attacks, a "Run" button to speed up the battles, and "Vs." codes, which unlock new powers and abilities once both players enter a code sequence in pre-match-up screens. Also included are more stage fatalities and finishing moves as each warrior attempts to go one-on-one with the Centaurian enforcer Motaro, and Shao Kahn himself.

Mortal Kombat 3 is the last traditional one-on-one fighting game game in the series to feature motion-captured digitized graphics for its kombatants, and introduces online network play to the PC version.


Mortal Kombat 3 DOS Nighwolf's arrow hits Kung Lao
Mortal Kombat 3 DOS Sonya defeats Kung Lao
Mortal Kombat 3 DOS Sheeva, the female counterpart of Goro
Mortal Kombat 3 DOS Kano's blood spills everywhere after taking a hit from Kung Lao

Alternate Titles

  • "真人快打3" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "MK 3" -- Abbrevated title

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User Reviews

Hey kids!! Want to see how to screw up Mortal Kombat?? Zovni (9360) unrated
A helluva lot better than its prequel. Tomer Gabel (4388) 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars
How did this game get so huge? Roedie (5226) 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars

The Press Says

Joystick (French) Dec, 1995 82 out of 100 82
High Score Feb, 1996 4 out of 5 80
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Jan, 1996 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Entertainment Weekly Nov 24, 1995 B 75


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The game's "animalities" were inspired when upon the release of Mortal Kombat 2, Liu Kang's dragon-morph fatality started a rumour that all the characters were able to morph into some sort of animal as a finishing move. The creators thought this was a fun idea and included it in the game.

Rumours like this have always chased the MK series since the game's have always been heavily charged with secret features, however Mortal Kombat 3 is the only one in the series (to my knowledge) where the developers actually stepped forward to dismiss a rumour: that you could perform a "nudality" with Sonya Blade's character. Really!

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IJan (1920) added Mortal Kombat 3 (DOS) on Dec 19, 1999
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