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on 18 May 2013
Combining all of the characters from Mortal Kombat, Mortal Kombat 2, Mortal Kombat 3 and Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 (as well as introducing some of the missing special moves from Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 such as Stryker's machine gun burst, etc).

For my money, the MK series went seriously downhill when it went 3D and digital with Mortal Kombat 4 (one of the worst games ever) and continued to plummet perilously ever since with the games made available on the Playstation 2 console.

The true appeal of this game was its realism - by using digitised video footage of real martial arts experts and centering the story in reality by concentrating on the human fighters from our world, Mortal Kombat creators Ed Boon and John Tobias anchored the whole concept in the most plausible way of all - with only brave but frail earth warriors fighting on Earth's behalf, players could readily identify with the character's destinies and find their imaginations being fed just enough to make it all seem as compelling as any book, movie or even comic book.

And comic book is what MK is all about - Seriously, DC Comics - don't you know Nightwolf is basically your native American character Scalphunter??? Compare and contrast their respective warpaint! Also, Mileena is Elektra, the female villain and ex-love interest of Marvel Comics' blind crimefighting lawyer Daredevil as created by Lanky Frank Miller (OK, Milly's cozzie is purple but she's got the same weapons as Elektra so it's not totally passing off...). The Ninjas Skorpion, Sub Zero and Reptile aren't that far removed from the villains comic book writer and artist Frank Miller also introduced in Daredevil during his first run of the title and even Star Wars is referenced by Tobias & Boon with Kabal the not Tusken Raider and Boss character Shao Kahn's dialogue ("ALL TOO EASY!") but hey, if you're going to steal, as it were, then pinch from the very best, as they say.

Finally, the increased pixel counts and more detailed costumes, ill thought out use of digital sprites and uninspiring offensive moves in the next Gen games killed the series for me. What was so wrong with the simple costumes of Sub Zero and the like? Skorpion's standing four hit high kick combo from UMK:3 is so simple to pull off that it just never gets old - nowt wrong with some good 'touch phone' gamepad bashing, is there?

While Mortal Kombat is undoubtedly 'hamburger' compared to the high quality 'steak' of yer Tekken's, Soul Blades and Streetfighters, it endures because its of simplicity and big, big doses of humourous gore.

Incidentally, at the Kharacter Selekt screen (it's those Ks again), Kano, Rayden, Kung Lao and Jax's original costumes can be chosen if you highlight them and press Select. You're also granted the privilege of performing these characters respective finishing moves, which is nice!

Also, if you press and hold all four shoulder buttons whilst holding UP at the same time at the Options screen, the screen will shake and you'll be able to access the green question marked box which graces you with one button fatalities, instant Aggressor and the option to switch off the blood (and replace it with sweat!) as well as other fun things to enhance your MK playing pleasure...so:

What're you waiting for then? Buy this game!!
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on 30 July 2005
For ages iv'e been a big fan of the Mortal Kombat games and films and since i played this one it has been my favorite from the start.
This has the biggest selection of characters out of any Mortal Kombat games (40 characters) and hundreds of special moves, combos, fatalities, brutalities, animalities and Babalities!
As well as having a huge range of new, or new looking, characters this game also features 2 origonal characters from Mortal Kombat 1 (Kano and Rayden) wich all come wit all their old fatalities and special moves, it also features 2 characters (Jax and Kung Lao) from Mortal Kombat 2, again they come with their origonal fatalities and moves!
The 2 features that are only on Mortal Kombat Trilogy are the Brutalities wich allow you to batter your opponent 'till they explode and the AGGRESSOR meter wich (when full) will make your fighter faster and more powerful!
This game is a must buy game for the MK fan and will even be good for people who have never heard of Mortal Kombat before! This game mixes classic game-play, grusome gore effects and decent graphict to make the ultimate fighting game!
So your probably woundering why i'm giving it 4 stars, this is because i don't think it is as good as the first MK, Everything about this game is better than the origonal MK but when you play the origonal you get a much better gaming experience, dont ask me why, you just do. So buy this game, but if your just into classic arcade gaming, buy MK1. (i have wrote a review for the plug'n'play version of the origonal MK, chek it out).
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on 19 September 2004
This is a truly great game which has a number of brilliant features. The graphics are both good and realistic, there is plenty of blood, the characters are well designed and the best part of all, the finishing moves. there are fatalities, babalities, frendships, animalities and brutalities. Each character has their own finishing moves and this is what makes the game great.
Overall a fantastic game thats well worth the price!!!
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on 4 October 2011
This game is an awesome game for all fighting games fans out there!!

This game is awesome as you can pick all the fighters including the bosses from Mortal Kombat 1,2,3, it is also combined with all the fighing grounds from all the Mortal Kombats!!

Some characters such as Shang Tsung is awesome for example because, he can turn into other fighters by tapping the right codes in order to use any character and move!!

This game is so much recommended as it has exciting fighting features and characters!!
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on 7 February 2016
To be honest, I bought this game mostly expecting some cheap nostalgia and jank gameplay. I'm a big fan of Mortal Kombat from Deadly Alliance onwards and I never really spent a lot of time with the "Klassic" era of MK.
What I got was a very nice surprise in that it's a game with a good amount of depth and character variety, matchups that always have to be considered and playable bosses that are great for a laugh in Versus mode. The selection of characters is also very generous. Cloning could be called on rare occasions however characters have varying attack speeds; dial-a-kombos and fall speeds that make you consider your offensive and defensive options from one character to it's "clone".
Singleplayer tends to be tough on any difficulty without straight up exploits (which I won't give here) but still fun if quite frustrating. Make use of your time in singleplayer to learn how to adapt, how to defend, how to anti-air, how to pressure and how to convert stray hits into decent damage.
Versus is where the game really shines thanks to the various mechanics in play (run cancels, dial-a-kombos, throws, special moves etc.) and becomes very intense very quickly as long as your opponent is aware of how to play correctly and how to face certain matchups.
Overall, this is a deceptively deep and engaging (and of course extremely fun) game that I would recommend to anyone looking to revisit the roots of Mortal Kombat.
Also it has to be said actually taunting another player as Shao Kahn never gets old.
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on 29 January 2012
It comes with all the all the characters from Mk 1,2 3 and Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 loads of fun to be had
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on 1 October 2002
Throughout the last 10 years since the first MK game in the series appeared on the Megadrive and SNES we have seen midways "flagship" product hit plenty of highs and lows, MK2 was fresh with lots of new concepts and ideas, MK sub zero mythologies was a desperate farcical attempt to cash in on an already well established product, MK3 featured a few new characters but the idea wasnt new, then, midway released the most thorough and entertaining game in the series MK Trilogy. Ok, nothing about it is really original and yes we have seen it all before but the fact that the game features no less than 32 playable characters (including 4 bosses) is enough to give the game enough depth and variation to keep any beat em up fan hooked. With plenty of special moves and combos to master and various modes of play to complete there is plenty of longevity here. Graphically the game looks stunning, the digitised character sprites look great (although the animation does look a bit ropey at times)the backdrops ad to the atmosphere perfectly. The game sounds great with some good tunes and character voices (excellent!) and finally what MK title would be complete without the trademark finishing moves. This is one of the strongest features in the game, each character has up to 3 fatality manouvoures (some are truly stomach churning and some are very amusing indeed!), the ever popular frindships!, animalities, babalities (turn your opponent into a sobbing infant, very funny!) and the all new brutality which lets you beat your opponent into a pulp until they explode, hmmmm nice!. The game also features tonnes of cheats and codes to discover which add to the games depth. Overall this is a truly superb title with some great features, yeah it has its downsides, unoriginality being the main one, but, it has too many positive points to ignore. If you are a beat em up fan or a fan of the mortal kombat brand this is just too good to miss! buy it! YOU WON'T REGRET IT!
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on 14 June 2005
That game has many charachters. There are also good fighters, like Liu Kang, Johny Cage and Scorpion. MK Trilogy is a mixed game ; includes fighters from MK 1, MK 2 and MK 3. There are brutalities, fatalities, friendship and babalities. The best fighting arena is "The Pit" from Mortal Kombat 1. You can finish your opponent quickly by punching him down to the Pit Bottom and so on. Also the graphics are quite good and the game runs quickly, too quickly. But I think, that MK Trilogy is too hard. You can turn it into very easy, although it goes extremely hard. I think Tekken 3 and Mortal Kombat Trilogy are the best games on Playstation 1. All beat em up-fans should buy MK Trilogy.
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VINE VOICEon 8 October 2000
The ultimate fighting game!
Every single MK character ever makes an appearance in this gory and violent smash fest.
There are the old favourites like Sonja, Liu Kang, Johnny Cage and Raiden. There are all the the great ninjas; Sub Zero, Scorpion, Reptile, Rain, Noob Saibot, Ermac, Smoke and the all new Chameleon. All the bosses, all the robots and all the other characters.
But, as with all the MK games, the stars of the show are the finishing moves. Fatalities, Pit-Fatalities, Babalities, Animalities and the truly hilarious Friendships.
Far better than many of the 3D fighting games and well ahead of the better known Street Fighters.
I, as you can probably tell, love it!
(It also helps you understand the cool MK films)
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