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Mortal Kombat 3 (Genesis)

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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 Genesis Sonya is showing what she can in the Soul Chamber
Mortal Kombat 3 Genesis Interesting technique
Mortal Kombat 3 Genesis Sindel kicks Liu kang
Mortal Kombat 3 Genesis Fight!

Alternate Titles

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

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User Reviews

Mortal Kombat 3 Genesis Joey Perkins (4) 3.75 Stars3.75 Stars3.75 Stars3.75 Stars3.75 Stars

The Press Says

Mean Machines Nov, 1995 93 out of 100 93
Joypad Nov, 1995 92 out of 100 92
Consoles Plus Nov, 1995 92 out of 100 92
Electric Playground Oct 31, 1995 9 out of 10 90 Aug 11, 2005 7 out of 10 70
GamePro (US) Nov, 1995 3.5 out of 5 70
The Video Game Critic Oct 31, 2009 B- 67


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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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