Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3
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Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 review

Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 is a fighting video game, which was originally produced and released by Midway for the arcades in 1995. It combines the most outstanding features of all previously released parts of Mortal Kombat series and includes several new elements as well.

Gameplay - 7/10

The game can be considered as an update of Mortal Kombat 3 with slightly overhauled gameplay. There are 23 characters available, including the favorites Scorpion and Kitana, which were not present in MK3.

Some of the newly added levels are interactive. The fighter can uppercut the opponent so that he hits the floor hard and crushes through the ground.

Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 is a great version of the arcade original, which works really well online provided you’re on a quality broadband connection. Obviously, your opponent has to have a similarly good internet connection; otherwise, your matches will lag and such moments are quite annoying. But, to be fair, such occasions are not too often so we can’t say that it is a rule.

If you play online, you get to choose one of the available modes. The one-on-one fight may be played as both ranked and unranked game. Versus challenger is an unranked-only mode, which will remind you of the quarter mode in Street Fighter II. The battles have a “winner stays” style so four players can join the same gaming session and wait for their turn. Those who don’t take part can watch the fight. Besides one-on-one and two-on-two matches, the 8-fighter tournaments are available.

If you play with the computer, you might get a feeling that AI is cheating because at some point it may allow you to win a match in a fashion that's usually way too easy. Then, when you feel confident enough, the next opponent seems to guess your every move, and you get defeated. Usually, regular switching of the characters helps to beat the game in spite of AI tricks.

Graphics - 7/10

Graphics didn’t change much in comparison to the earlier MK games in the series, but it is sufficient enough to enjoy a great colorful fight in a bright and realistic environment.

Replay Value - 8/10

Each playing session of Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 brings a wonderful sense of discovery, which comes with a great number of special moves and unique combos for each fighter. Fatalities, babalities, brutalities, animalities, and friendships provide a player with a wide selection of different scenarios so you could play UMK3 for months and still not know it all.

Controls - 6/10

Controls are fine if you play with the Xbox 360 controller. If you decide to play with a third-party joystick, you might get issues with that because the configuration of the controls isn’t available. If you still remember how to play Mortal Kombat from your previous experience, you’ll be okay otherwise you will need to invest some time in brushing up FAQs.


Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 was and still is a great violence game, which is worth adding to your Xbox collection if you’re a true fan of quality fighting games.


  • Terrific gameplay
  • Can be played online
  • The option of turning off blood and violence


  • Controls could be more user-friendly
  • The system may “forget” that some hidden characters you’ve already unlocked
  • May lag sometimes if an internet connection isn’t stable enough
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