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As a slice of video game history the Mortal Kombat series has undoubtedly made its mark. The fact that players can now own and scrap their way through the most complete version of the game ever released is surely a cause for celebration. Yeah, so it’s 2-D. So what? This is a solid, satisfying and even humorous beat-’emup that deserves a place in any PlayStation owner’s collection. Packed with more characters than even King of Fighters ’95, more haemoglobin than an episode of E.R. and more secret stuff than the contents of our Review Editor’s cupboard, Mortal Kombat Trilogy truly packs a powerful punch.
Trilogy has frequent load screens, but these are reasonably short. Four and eight-player tournament modes are included, although I can't see those getting much use. One glaring flaw is how Shang Tsung's "morphing" takes so long to load (over five seconds), making the game appear to locked-up. This Playstation game is one of the few that is not compatible with the PS2, causing it to lock up "for real". Trilogy ties up the series nicely, marking the sad demise of the 2D Mortal Kombat games.
In short, this is the best MK yet, if not for the great gameplay, then for the huge number of fighters. Even with its flaws, MK Trilogy is a must for any fighting gamer's library.
While there's little doubt that the Mortal Kombat series is the best 2D fighting-game property ever, there is a bottom line. That is to say, Mortal Kombat Trilogy should be seen as a bonus for loyal fans before Mortal Kombat steps into the 3D arena (in next year's MK4). For these fans, Mortal Kombat Trilogy offers enough added elements to justify purchasing it. However, the Mortal Kombat series does have to move to the next level quickly, or it will become a fatality itself.
All those secrets to discover, all those moves to learn...how will I ever get some sleep....With 32 different characters to study and learn there is still ample to keep me interested in this excellent beat em up.
A very well designed fighting game with tons of characters to choose from...each with their own special moves to learn and master. Outstanding graphics and sounds all add up to an enjoyable, violent fighting experience. Most of the load times can be seriously reduced by going to the option menu and turning off profile screens and all-morphing effects...If you have ever played a Mortal Kombat game and enjoyed it, believe me, the thrill is still there...if you like fighting games, get this one...if you enjoy a good video game challenge, pick it up...if you can't stand long load times though, you may want to search elsewhere...All in all a magnificent conclusion to a worthy heritage of fighting games.
All in all, Mortal Kombat Trilogy is a solid fighter with enough new options and secrets to keep even the most avid of fans busy. It may not be the most respected fighting game due to the lack of depth or innovation, but with the small number of quality fighters available on the Playstation, it does fill a nice void. Granted, if you have never liked Mortal Kombat, then this game won't change your views. But if you are a fan then you're sure to enjoy it.