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All the moves, finishers and combos are very easy to pull off and the game almost seems a bit faster to play. All the secrets and hidden characters are present, including Human Smoke. The only downside is the somewhat hefty load time - a surprise after the short access time of SFA. Still, if you like MK3 you'll want to give this a try.
The gameplay has been tweaked slightly, mostly to balance out the characters. I noticed that blocks are less effective and air-juggles are fairly common. Fatalities are accompanied by a stuttering load sequence that's unsightly and really tends to ruin the moment. New multi-player modes include an eight-player single-elimination tournament. Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 isn't spectacular on the Saturn, but it's still one heck of a fighting game.
Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 is exactly what Saturn Kombat fans need to wipe the taste of the lame Mortal Kombat 2 conversion out of their mouths. Besides a few small twitches, this is exactly the arcade. Only problem is, I never really liked MK3 to begin with...but if you're a fan, bon appetit!
An almost perfect translation of the arcade game (a surprise on the Saturn), UMK3 includes almost all of the past and present competitors, including the secret characters. Over 20 playable fighters are packed in here, so bon apetit. If there was ever a definitive MK game, this is it and it's a Saturn exclusive, so don't hold your breath waiting for the Playstation version.
If you are a die hard Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 fan and need the most detailed home version possible, this game may just be your favorite thing in the universe. Every detail, good and bad, has been successfully duplicated at home. With the only difference being the load time, true fans will love this game.
The good news is that it looks like Williams is back on track with War Gods, it's first 3-D fighting game. From what I've seen, it kicks. In the meantime, I'd sweep this mild MK3 'enhancement' under the rug, unless you're just a die-hard MK3 nut.
Mortal Kombat 3 was not a game for everyone, and many of the more hardcore fighting fans turned their heads from the series after the second title, probably rightly so. But if you were a fan of Mortal Kombat 3, then you can't go wrong to pick up the Ultimate version, as it goes the extra yard and is chock full of more gory extras to enjoy.
Ultimate Mortal Komabt 3 is a perfect example of the degrees Acclaim would go to copy Capcom's strategy. This is not a sequel, this is nothing more than an expansion pack. Like the old Street Fighter series, the only difference between Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 and "regular" Mortal Kombat 3 is the addition of a few "new" characters (like Smoke, Jade and Kitana) and a bunch of secrets (mostly uninspired fighters like 'old Sub-Zero'). The story hasn't changed one bit - you still have to face Motaro and Shao Kahn in this "ultimate" battle thing we keep hearing about. Besides the forgettable Mortal Kombat II port, this is the only real Mortal Kombat game available for Saturn owners. And, let's face it, it isn't very good.