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Sunday, July 31, 2005

Mortal Kombat 3

Mortal Kombat 3 is the third game in the Mortal Kombat series. It was updated into Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3, and later Mortal Kombat Trilogy.

New characters
MK3 introduces:

Cyrax: yellow Lin Kuei cyber ninja, ordered to assist Sektor in capturing the renegade Lin Kuei Sub-Zero.
Kabal: a mutilated Black Dragon.
Motaro: Centaur general of Shao Kahn's extermination squads and the game's Sub-Boss.
Nightwolf: Native American shaman).
Sektor: red Lin Kuei cyber ninja, volunteered for automation to prove his loyalty, ordered to capture Sub-Zero.
Sheeva: Shokan warrior, Sindel's personal protector, rival of Motaro.
Sindel: resurrected queen of Outworld.
Kurtis Stryker: riot cop, lone survivor of an attack on a major city by one of Shao Kahn's extermination squads.

Returning characters
Jax, Kano, Kung Lao, Liu Kang, Shang Tsung, Shao Kahn, Sonya Blade, Sub-Zero, as well as a hidden character: Smoke, who first appeared in Mortal Kombat II, converted into a cyber-ninja, and Noob Saibot a hidden warrior you can only fight with a Kombat Kode.

New to the series
MK3 introduced the "Run" button, accompanied by a "Run" meter, allowing the character to run.
MK3 also introduced "chain combos", also known as "dial-a-combos" (many other fighting games at the time had similar combo systems). These supplement the existing juggle combo system, but critics contend that dial-a-combos are redundant and needlessly add to the learning curve of the game.
MK3 introduced the long-rumored Animality, where the character transforms into an animal in order to kill your opponent.
MK3 also introduced "Mercy," allowing a beaten foe to recover a sliver of life and continue fighting. This is necessary to perform an Animality.

Fed up with continuous losses in tournament battle, Shao Kahn who had lost the Outworld tournament in 1994, enacts a 10,000 year-old plan. He would have his Shadow Priests, led by Shang Tsung, revive his former Queen Sindel, who unexpectedly died at a young age. However, she wouldn't be revived in the Outworld. She would be resurrected in the Earth Realm. This would allow Shao Kahn to cross the boundary lines and reclaim his queen. By 1995, the plan was ready and operating.

When Sindel is reincarnated in Earth Realm, Shao Kahn reaches across the dimensions to reclaim her. As a consequence of his action, the Earth Realm becomes a part of the Outworld, killing billions instantly. Only a few are spared, as Raiden protects their souls. He tells them that Shao Kahn must be stopped, but he cannot interfere; due to his status, he has no power in Outworld, and Earth Realm is partially merged with Outworld.

Shao Kahn has unleashed extermination squads to roam throughout the Earth Realm and kill any survivors. Also, Raiden's protection only extends to the soul, not to the body, so his chosen warriors have to fight the extermination squads and repel Shao Kahn.

Mortal Kombat 3 follows Mortal Kombat II, and precedes Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3, Mortal Kombat Trilogy, and Mortal Kombat Advance.

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