Mortal Kombat 3

Mortal Kombat 3

Mortal Kombat III was the first from the series to grow out of arcade boxes and fit SEGA and Nintendo. It established grounds for the legendary franchise we know today.

The game positioned itself differently from the very beginning. While MKI-II searched for inspiration in China, the third sibling moved to a big western city of chilly darkness under electric beats.

It invented the ability to run and rush, pushing zoners out of their cozy places. The series of unstoppable punches known as combos were also born here. The game successfully saved bloody Fatalities and their friendly variations but added Brutality. To perform it, you needed to press 11 buttons in a row for a long series of kicks that turned the opponent into a meaty mess.

Another variation was Animality when your hero transformed into a bear, snake, otter, or else and brought a wild death. Before spectating it, you needed to spare the loser in the final match just to win him again and turn into a brute. By the way, the Scorpion’s beast was predictably a penguin.

But he appeared in Mortal Kombat Ultimate with a set of old and new characters: Kitana, Mileena, Jade, Sub-Zero, and mysterious Smoke all were there. German got his part in a roaster as well—fans made him out of a bug when the notable fire ninja’s clothes turned red in MKI.

The developers had hidden a lot of secrets, for example, a certain digital code unlocked Smoke to fight with. And when clicking the right buttons, you had a chance to turn your hero into Chameleon, a powerful stranger that had special skills of all ninjas in the game. In Trilogy, he was substituted by female Khameleon.

Though Trilogy didn’t change the plot, it gave a skeleton to everything that had been written. Suddenly, we could see a young franchise telling about the Shao Kahn war against Earthrealm and the establishment of the Mortal Kombat arena. The Trilogy also got together a full roster of kombatants from first to third games and gave them extra variations.

When 3D graphics rolled in, the developers were ought to reinvent their child from the base. The next battles were completely unnatural to what players knew, and it lowered the popularity of the next versions. Years went by, and today MK has risen as the thoughtfully written, graphically stunning, and viciously mortal saga of our age.