This is fixed however in the releases of Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3, and Mortal Kombat Trilogy, which are much more improved than Mortal Kombat 3. Mortal Kombat 3 is actually one of the best Mortal Kombat games of the 90's, but the best one is Mortal Kombat 2.
Plot. After a defeat in the second tournament, Shao Kahn concocts a 10,000 year old plan. His plan is to revive Queen Sindel, and then conquer the Earthrealm. He is successful as his dark priests revive her on the Earthrealm, and the portal to the Outworld starts to link to the Earthrealm, causing all the people to die and their souls to be taken by Shao Kahn himself. Only a few souls are spared, those of the warriors who fought in the first two tournaments of Mortal Kombat, except that Johnny Cage, was caught by Shao Kahn's right hand centaur, Motaro, and died in battle. Now, the remaining warriors along with the reigning champion Liu Kang, must save the Earth before Shao Kahn begins his evil conquest.
An Animality is when a character turns into a respective wild or prehistoric animal, in which they kill opponents by clawing, biting, mauling, devouring, decapitating, goring, and so on. The Animalities were so cool, and my favorite one has to be that of Jax and Sonya. Those are my favorite ones. Mortal Kombat 3 also allowed characters to sprint and perform combos for major damage. These have a limit however with a green fatigue bar below the health bar.
Concept. Mortal Kombat 3 is a fighting game, and players can choose one out of 15 playable characters, and then choose their destinies such as: Novice (for new players), Warrior (for those who want some fun), and Master (For those who are expecting a greater challenge). They can change difficulties from Very Easy to Very Hard. Players can also unlock through cheats three playable characters such as: Smoke, Motaro, and even Shao Kahn himself. Noob Saibot can be unlocked as a non-player character through the Ultimate Kombat Kodes.
Design. Characters are rendered in two-dimensional sprites, and this time they look more realistic than in the first two games. Also, the stages look even more grim and dark since it takes place in the Earthrealm, invaded by the evil forces of Shao Kahn. Stage fatalities are now more disturbing, as players can either uppercut their opponents to the next train track, where they are run over by a train, the spikes below, or the spiked wheels below The Pit 3, which is scarier than the first two.
Rantings. I agree with most fans and I am also disappointed that they did not include the other characters such as Johnny Cage, Raiden, Scorpion, Kitana, Mileena, and Reptile. Luckily all that was fixed in Mortal Kombat Trilogy for the PlayStation and Nintendo 64. Also, some fatalities had glitches, like the wrists and hands still remaining in the air after either being devoured or cut in half. And when a character was decapitated, why was he still standing? I mean come on, they're supposed to collapse and not get up.
Good Aspects. The designs were very well done, and the game is much more fun to play. Also, the Animalities were a great inclusion into the game, making it much more interesting. The grim and dark settings of every stage fit the game perfectly.
Overall. This game is really good, it has great qualities and replay value. But I highly suggest you play Mortal Kombat Trilogy, because it is a much better update than Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 and the original MK3 itself. This game gets a 7 out of 10