I have never really been into fighting games. Maybe its because I never owned a SNES. Over the years I have tried countless different fighters and the only one that I could say I enjoyed was Soul Calibur on the Dreamcast. Despite this I took the plunge today and bought Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 on XBLive.
Now my only other experience of the MK franchise was the original game on the Megadrive. I remember it being one of the easier fighting games to learn the basics of and in my early teens the excessive blood and fatalities made it a wonderful gory spectacle for me and my friends but I probably traded it in a few weeks after buying it for something shooty.
All these years later and after an hour or two of playing UMK3 I am well impressed. It is clearly a game of hidden depths and I can not wait to explore the various fatalities, special moves and combos available. Ok so the graphics by todays standard are more than a little camp and the sound isn't going to be winning awards but that's not what gaming is about. It's about the thrill of ripping the head and spine from your opponent and then watching his lifeless corpse slump to the ground. What more could you want from a fighting game?