A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know Mortal Kombat (PS Vita) is as gory and bloody as console versions of the game. The gameplay is centered around violence. Using your fists and feet, weapons, or magic, you must inflict as much damage on an opponent as possible, including a fatality (finishing) move that can explode someone, set them on fire, slice them in half, or shatter their insides. The cut-scene sequences in the story mode are equally as gory, with people seen dead and mutilated. Parents should also know there is partial nudity, strong profanity, and players can talk to one another online in an unsupervised setting.
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What's it about?
As with previous Mortal Kombat games, this new PlayStation Vita version is an intense fighting game that pits two well-matched but unique characters against one another. Along with a lengthy single-player mode, this handheld version includes an all-new Challenge Tower mode (based on last year's version), featuring 150 new missions, as well as head-to-head matches against the game’s tough artificial intelligence or a friend via ad-hoc (local wireless) or Wi-Fi play. MORTAL KOMBAT (PS VITA) also folds in touchscreen mechanics for deadly fatalities (finishing moves), seeing inside characters via the X-Ray zap feature, and more, and takes advantage of the fast processor to deliver a 60 frames-per-second experience.
Is it any good?
It’s fast, frenetic, and fun –- but certainly not for young players. Those who enjoy intense fighting games, like the best-selling Mortal Kombat series, will appreciate having console-like graphics and control in a portable system. While the touchscreen mechanics on the 5-inch OLED screen take some getting used to, it is a nice touch, if you can pardon the pun. The game ships with multiple solo and multiplayer modes to keep things fresh, and all the classic warriors have returned – including Scorpion, Sub-Zero, Raiden, Liu Kang, Kung Lao, Jax, and Johnny Cage -- as well as Kratos, from Sony’s God of War series and others like Nightmare on Elm Street’s Freddy Krueger. As long as you take heed to the “Mature” rating, if you like fighting games you’ll enjoy the new, portable, and brutal Mortal Kombat for PS Vita.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about whether this amount of violence and gore should be available in handheld form, where parents aren't able to keep as close an eye on what kids are doing as compared to viewing a game's content on a stationary television. Did you realize that a portable game like Mortal Kombat can also be very graphic?
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- Platforms: PlayStation Vita
- Subjects: Language & Reading: following directions, storytelling
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: strategy
- Price: $39.99
- Available online? Available online
- Developer: Warner Bros. Games
- Release date: May 1, 2012
- Genre: Fighting
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Sports and Martial Arts, Superheroes, Adventures
- ESRB rating: M for Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Partial Nudity, Strong Language
- Last updated: November 11, 2020
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