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Mortal Kombat for PS Vita – is it any good?

Mortal Kombat has been given its first handheld makeover in years, with the launch of Mortal Kombat for the PS Vita.

Adapting itself to the portable format, the game offers numerous improvements on previous console-focused versions, but what do you need to know about it?

Mortal Kombat visuals

On the whole, graphics are strong with background details praised particularly highly. There has been some criticism of the character graphics but this is based on comparisons with console compatible games and, by handheld standards, this addition to the Mortal Kombat series more than delivers.

Mortal Kombat controls

Operating on a frame rate of sixty frames per second, movement and gameplay is smooth and seamless. Directional swiping enhances gameplay by offering a more intuitive and natural way to initiate fatalities.

Four primary attack buttons remain the main controls, but these are now assigned to separate body limbs – inspiration which was no doubt drawn from the Tekken series.

Button combinations have been simplified for the novice but the addition of a ‘super meter’ gives more options to hard-core fans.

Mortal Kombat story

Effectively the same as Mortal Kombat: Komplete Edition, the classic storyline remains the same with a rich background of content available to supplement the brutal combat.

This is primarily taken from the first three games in the series and may even educate a few veteran ‘kombatants’ on missing parts of the narrative.

Mortal Kombat improvements

With more content to unlock than on console versions, NeatherRealm Studios really have made every effort to ensure this PS Vita version is a success.

Completed combos are shown in all their glory through an X-Ray mode which gives an impressive view of the damage sustained to internal organs and bones, and the blood and gore is as characteristically gruesome as fans would expect.

There are new game modes to unlock (including Headless Kombat and No Blood) and the ability to play online is a clear advantage for the modern game.

The Verdict

Visually impressive and overtly gruesome with fast action and plenty of back-story to get your teeth into, the PS Vita version of Mortal Kombat is a great addition to the series. With so many benefits and few limitations, this new release is sure to have a whole new generation of gamers shouting “finish him!”