• Mortal Kombat
Developer: NetherRealm Studios
Publisher: Warner Bros.
Release Date: 2012 May 1st (NA), May 4th (EU)
Players: 1-2 (Online Versus)
Mortal Kombat is a port of the 2011 release of the same names for home consoles. It is a throwback to the original trilogy, featuring 3D models on a 2D plane. The game is known for its extremely violent combat loaded with copious amounts of blood and gore. The game is so violent, that it has been banned in many countries.
Mortal Kombat on the Vita is almost a direct port of the console counterpart, with a few exceptions. First, the game has a stripped down multiplayer experience, with only 1v1 competitive combat. However, the game makes up for this shortcoming by adding tons of new single player content. Not only does the Vita version include all of the downloaded characters and costumes, but has even more. In addition, the Vita version adds an all-new challenge tower featuring mini games utilizing the unique Vita functions such as the touch screen and tilt functionality. Also included in the list of changes, is the ability to execute fatalities using the touch screen, making it significantly easier and smooth. The character models suffer graphically in order to maintain a butter smooth 60 FPS, a necessity for today's competitive fighter crowd. The backdrops maintain their polish from the console versions, giving the game an overall pleasant look while in the middle of combat. This is one of the few games on the Vita's PSN store that does not provide a discount for purchasing digitally.