Touch fatalities and 150 new missions could make MK Vita the ultimate fighter.
There are ports, and then there's Mortal Kombat for PlayStation Vita. The freaks at NetherRealm Studios could have easily dropped the PlayStation 3 version onto Sony's handheld, wiped their blood-stained hands and moved on. Instead, they took that PS3 edition and heavily modified it to create the most feature-packed MK we've seen.
It starts with the Challenge Tower, which features 150 new missions created specifically for the handheld. One mini-game, Test Your Balance, tasks you with tilting the Vita ever so slightly to keep the character balancing hundreds of feet above a pit. Things start out easy at first. Then the developers throw body parts at the hapless warrior to throw off his momentum. Slip up just a little bit, and he plummets to the ground below, sometimes falling through razor sharp blades that cut him in two.
Then there's Test Your Slice, a Fruit Ninja inspired game where you trade bananas and apples for human heads. Here, the touch screen comes into play, as you frantically swipe to cut through grey matter while gently shaking the Vita to activate power-ups, including one from Sub Zero that freezes everything on screen.
In addition, the Challenge Tower lets you play as Shao Khan, infamous Emperor of Outworld.
Beyond that, the game includes all of the downloadable content from the PlayStation 3 title, so expect to see characters like Skarlet, Kenshi, Rain and of course, Freddy Krueger; this being a Sony system, the game also has Kratos from God of War.
Dig a little deeper, and you'll find touch screen fatalities, easily one of the coolest features, especially for casual fans that struggle inputting the correct button presses on the d-pad. Now, you just slide a finger in the required directions.
Finally, the game supports both online and local multiplayer, so there's always someone to compete against, and this all runs at a blistering 60 frames per second, a must for fighting fans. We just hope there's little to no lag getting in the way.
All told, this is without question the definitive Mortal Kombat experience to have on the go, with all the decapitations and dismemberments we've come to expect. With this in mind, we'll see if it stops us from playing Ultimate Marvel Vs. Capcom 3 when it arrives in stores May 2.