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The urban backgrounds
04/04/2014 08:09 PM EDT
Back when MK3 came out, how did people feel about the addition of the urban backgrounds? They were drastically different from the series' ancient/otherwordly settings that players were accustomed to.

I loved them. I was intrigued by them. To see the outworlders in our streets, our subways, was both scary and awesome. The evil ones truly looked like invaders. I was a pre-teen then, and I remember being scared at the thought of Shao Kahn walking in my school's cafeteria. Before MK3, even though Earth was always threatened by Shao Kahn and his minions, the action, the fight against him, was always distant. But in MK3, the action was brought right on our doorsteps. We weren't safe anymore. It could be because I was much younger then, but to me it made the Outworlders (again, the evil ones) some of the most memorable otherworldly invaders in fiction. I've seen others that were impactful, but the Outworlders will always hold a special place in my heart.

The sheer contrast of ancient/mythical/otherwordly characters such as Baraka and Kung Lao in modern settings was truly amazing. Damn, I love the MK3 era.

On a somewhat related note, are there any fans who think it would have been preferable to set the story in the past? The addition of Stryker and the Cyborgs (and probably the urban backgrounds) certainly caused a stir among the fanbase, and I think it's in large part because they didn't at all look ancient or mythical. That's why I wonder if some fans would have prefered a more "fitting" century in mankind's history. Definitely not my case, but I'm curious about what others think.

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04/04/2014 10:59 PM EDT
I love the urban arenas in MK3. It gave the series more variety and added substance to the plot of Shao Khan's invasion of Earthrealm. I'm especially fond of "The Street" and "Rooftop" where Khan's castle is visible in the distance and standing tall amongst the other skyscraper's in New York.

MK9 did a great job of bringing all those arenas up to date with the live action stuff going on in the background like dragons, helicopter's, cars, etc.
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04/05/2014 10:39 AM EDT
RyanSeabass Wrote:
I love the urban arenas in MK3. It gave the series more variety and added substance to the plot of Shao Khan's invasion of Earthrealm. I'm especially fond of "The Street" and "Rooftop" where Khan's temple is visible in the distance and standing tall amongst the other skyscraper's in New York.

MK9 did a great job of bringing all those arenas up to date with the live action stuff going on in the background like dragons, helicopter's, cars, etc.


I agree with you about MK9. The dusk version of the rooftop is one of the most impactful stages in the series as far as I'm concerned. The apocalyptic theme, and the dragon sitting on that building with that helicopter futilely trying to take it out, before being destroyed itself. I enjoyed fighting Shao Kahn there in the story mode, and I wish you could have fought him in that area in the ladder mode sometimes.

The dawn version was actually more eerie though. It's the closest to MK3's desolate stages, as there's absolutely no activity in the background (not even a burning building like in the MK3 version), save for the slowly spinning blades of a wrecked helicopter, and I feel that using the day theme contributed to it's feeling of emptiness.
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04/05/2014 10:41 AM EDT
I like to see the bank interior to come back. That was really the one I liked. Even the music for it too matched perfectly.
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04/05/2014 04:46 PM EDT
As kid, I never liked MK3 because it looked so different from the other 2 games and it seemed like they'd thrown out all the fantasy elements and replaced them with sci-fi and comicbook superhero stuff.

But Ultimate helped fix it a lot by bringing the ninjas back and having the Hell and Kahn's Kave stages, and as I got older, MK3 grew on me because I realized that it was appropriate to the story. We had seen the bad guys' world in MK1 and 2, and now we were seeing the bad guys come to OUR world.

And I do have to say I think 3 has the best music.

That said, MK9 did do a better job bringing Outworld/fantasy elements to the MK3 stages so they blend in better, having monsters and dragons running around in the backgrounds and having more Outworld buildings from the merger in the city in the Rooftop stage...but one of my biggest disappointments with 9 is that the Rooftop stage doesn't have Kahn's castle in the background with a portal in the sky over it. That was the coolest part of that stage and instead, we're apparently fighting on the top of a building that's slowly turning INTO Kahn's throne room and the portal is all tiny and standing upright off to the side. It's just not the same, it looks so...pedestrian, instead of epic.
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