AW Game Review: Mortal Kombat Vita

For those of you who have waited in anticipation of “Mortal Kombat” on Sony’s newest handheld, your wait is officially over. Today, fans can officially purchase, or download (will use about 3GB of storage on your memory card), “Mortal Kombat” for the PlayStation Vita.

MK on the Vita is not just a port of the Komplete Edition that was released on the consoles in February of this year. The Vita version actually has more content including all of the DLCs from the Komplete Edition and then some.

Some of the new features is the addition of “Klassic Skins” that will have the old school MK fans feeling all warm and TOASTY! inside.

Many of the early impressions mentioned some disappointment in the graphics as far as gameplay goes and I say, to hell with them. “Mortal Kombat” for the Vita has amazing environments and a smooth frame rate that should be expected from a fast-paced fighting game. Though the character models are a bit flat, it really is reminiscent of the old arcade versions, and I mean that in a good way.

The story mode mixes voice acting with cinematics and progresses the story in between battles. This adds diversity to a fighting game and makes gamers want to keep playing through. If you have played through the story mode on the Komplete Edition, you will find the story very familiar.

The other modes in the game, such as the Challenge Tower, seem to be a bit redundant but you get rewarded with an in-game currency for every win and you can use the money to buy items and costumes. This keeps it fresh and gives gamers a real goal to play for.

The UI on the menues is much cleaner and easier to navigate than “Marvel Vs. Capcom 3” and finding a match online is much simpler.

To make this game Vita-esque, touch screen and accelerometer controls were added to the gameplay as well as the mini games. For instance, gamers will be forced to balance their characters on a plank above “The Pit” using motion controls or else they will have to watch them plummet to their death.

Overall, “Mortal Kombat” is a strong title for the PlayStation Vita and will appeal not only to fans of the franchise but to all fans of fighting games. There is a ton of unlockable content which keeps the game fresh and adds replay value and the additions that are exclusive to this version make it worth the purchase.

MK proves that handheld games can rival console titles. If you have a Vita, “Mortal Kombat” is a must have game that will allow you to take your favorite characters from the series on the go.

MK is available in stores and as a 3GB download today.