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Mortal Kombat. Cool.
Mortal Kombat II. Legendary.
Mortal Kombat 3. So-so.
Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3. Improving.
Which brings us to Mortal Kombat Trilogy. Mortal Kombat Trilogy basically takes these four games and merges them into one big game, creating as Jim Ross of the WWE would say: "One good ol' fashioned slobberknocker" of a game.
The game revolves around the story of MK3. Shao Kahn was a sore loser after suffering defeat in MKII. So he revives his ten thousand-year-old plan of resurrecting his queen Sindel, but not on Outworld, on Earth. Uh-oh! The Elder gods can only watch as Kahn steals the soul of every human being and merges Earth with the Outworld. But there's souls that he can't take. The souls of the warriors who Raiden (who, by the way, is a rebel frowned upon by the gods) chose to stand against Kahn's rule. So what does he do? He sends his champions to kill the warriors. What happens next? Well, MORTAL KOMBAT!!
The game's set up like UMK3. You can choose between 1-on-1 Kombat, 2-on-2, or 8-player tournament. Once you pick a character in 1-player mode, you pick one of four towers: Novice, Warrior, Master, and Champion. The higher the rank, the more people you fight and the harder they are. You fight your way up the tower, battle an endurance team (like MK1, sometimes with more people), then Motaro, then finally you face Shao Kahn. Once Kahn's destroyed (Good luck, YOU'LL NEED IT!), you get to pick your reward: whether it be your character's ending or a fatality demonstration. There's some new surprises though, like the "Aggressor" bar which gives you more power once it's full, and auto-combos to give you an advantage against your opponents.
This thrill ride isn't without its faults, however. You'll notice quite a few glitches and bugs, plus the AI being completely unforgiving, even if you set the difficulty on Very Easy. Well at least the loading times that were in the Playstation version (which this version is based on) didn't return.
That aside, Mortal Kombat Trilogy is a nice snack for fighting game fans and retro junkies to bite into. Be advised this is only a ripped version with no CD audio. You'll find the ISO (which was too big to put on the main site) on the forums.