Mortal Kombat is without a doubt the highest regarded fighting franchise out there, so it only makes sense that it has made its way onto Sony’s latest handheld. Bringing together all the game’s content from 2011 plus more, is Mortal Kombat Vita worth your money?
The character roster in Mortal Kombat Vita is great, as it combines all of the old standard characters, with all of the characters that were released via DLC to console gamers last year. This immediate combination of DLC for the handheld version is a great move, as it provides players with even more to sink their teeth into at the start, especially if they are playing on the Vita after the PS3, or Xbox 360.
The interface for the Vita version is particularly noteworthy, as it combines your typical controller interface with the Vita’s touch screen. The touch screen makes an appearance heavily throughout the game’s additional tower mode, but can also be seen in normal gameplay when inputting fatalities. The touch interface gives new life to fatalities, as you are now able to swipe out your fatality, rather than inputting it via the control pad.
The game’s story mode is pretty much mirror of that seen on the console version, but great all the same. Story cut-scenes flow into gameplay almost seamlessly, bar a little graphical downgrade as you switch between the two. Past this graphical hop, the story and voice-overs remain the same high-standard as they were before, which is great, as they work well to introduce players to the game’s “good guys” systematically.
Alongside the story mode, Mortal Kombat Vita also features not one, but two Challenge Tower modes. The first of the challenge tower modes is again, a copy of the console version. The tower itself makes for perfect hand-held gameplay, as the individual challenges make for perfect pick up and put-down gameplay, which is perfectly suited to the vita device.
The vita version of Mortal Kombat introduces a ‘bonus’ Challenge Tower, which brings an additional 150 missions to the handheld version of the game. The bonus tower mode combines mini-games with combat to make players aware of the game’s vita exclusive interface options. Included amongst these mini-games are two brand “test your” modes, which invite players to test their balance using the gyroscope and their slice using the touch screen. Of these two modes, ‘Test Your Slice’ was definitely the most enjoyable, as it introduced a fruit ninja-like mini-game, in which players must slice a quota of falling body body parts in order to succeed.
In addition to the game’s bonus tower, Mortal Kombat vita features a easter egg practice stage. The easter egg’s “augmented reality” stage lets players fight it out in front of their camera’s current view. Unfortunately despite its name, the AR mode doesn’t allow you to place characters on table tops, as they remain on the screen in their normal side scrolling manner. Despite this slight failing, the mode is still pretty awesome, as it lets you place ANYTHING in the background. Better yet, if you want to fight and watch something at the same time, you can! Irresponsible parents just became a thing of the past..
Overall, Mortal Kombat is a great additional to the Vita’s line-up, bringing top class fighting to Sony’s handheld device. The game successfully picks up on the failings of the console versions, as it includes DLC and goes the extra mile with device exclusive content.