Reviewed: September 27, 2011
Released: August 31, 2011
The time has come to relieve our glory days (or is that "gory" days) with the newly released Mortal Kombat Arcade Kollection. It was interesting to see the original incarnations of the main Mortal Kombat fighters, as it brought back a wave of nostalgia just looking at the select screen. On a related note I couldnít believe that the wimpy looking kid from the first game is the same Liu Kang that we have associated with the red headband and over-the-top battle cry that has appeared in almost every Mortal Kombat game to date.|
Iím not going to lie and say that I was able to relive my childhood and pull off every combo like I used to when playing this in the arcades and later at home when it was released for home consoles because I couldnít. Iím not sure if itís just that my younger self had more skill or that this game was amped up a little bit since its original release, but no matter what I threw at the A.I they would just block all of my attacks. At one point I was playing as Reptile and had turned invisible to try and catch Scorpion off guard when he just jumps to my location and upper-cut me. As I have talked to other people Iím noticing I am not the only one that is having this issue. Even when I toggled the difficulty to easy I wasnít able to get past their impenetrable blocks, let alone pull off any of those memorably fatalities.
Playing the game is pretty straightforward, you pick what version you want to play and are taken to the mode select screen. In this version you can also play online versus other opponents but I found it to be incredibly laggy and not worth the time. Lag is totally unacceptable in a precision fighter such as this. The standard arcade version pits you against all of the Mortal Kombat fighters one after another in two round fights. Really not much has changed in that so if you have played it once you have played the new one too.
One thing that popped out at me was a filter option in the menu, which I of course had to see what it did, and it actually gives you the ability to change the look of the game to something more like the old arcade version with the gritty colors, rounded edges and black borders on the side. It really does a good job of making you feel like youíre back to the golden years of dumping your allowance on just ďOne more continueĒ, except with the added benefit of paying only one price. Even if all it does is change the aesthetics of the game I imagine itís going to be a feature a lot of people will be using.
Unfortunately with the good also comes the bad. Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 was not as successful in the port over process as its predecessors. After only a few minutes into the game I found the screen to be having excessive tearing and some sounds cutting off before they were completely finished. The fabled Kombat Kodes didnít work although the in-game tips to use them were still included in the game. Iím not quite sure if maybe it just wasnít possible to port it in without issues or not, but I believe a better job could have been done with the clean-up process.
For the low price of $10 though I can look past the issues with Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 and play it even as is just for the pure bloody fun it was. If you want to relive your childhood then this is one of the arcade packs I suggest you buy before any other because letís face, everyone wanted to be Liu kang or Sub-Zero at one point or another, and this is as close as youíre going to get. Not counting the brand new versions with HD graphics and killer X-Ray moves.