Mortal Kombat (PS Vita)

Game review by
Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media
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Very violent and graphic fighting game now on handheld.

Parents say

age 15+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 5 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Educational Value

Mortal Kombat (PS Vita) wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

Positive Messages

There are no positive messages one can take away from this brutal fighting game.

Positive Role Models & Representations

There aren't any positive role models in this game. While there is a story mode about characters who team up to defeat evil, they all use fighting to accomplish their goals. Plus, these characters compete in a "Mortal Kombat" fighting competition, most of whom enter voluntarily.

Ease of Play

This PlayStation Vita version of Mortal Kombat employs a few different kinds of controls. On one hand, it takes a while to master them as there are a lot of options. But on the flipside, using the touchscreen for fatalities, X-rays, and more is comfortable and intuitive.

Violence

This game is extremely violent, gory, and bloody. It is a fighting game with brutal moves -- be it hand-to-hand combat, weapons, or magic -- and with deadly finishing ("fatality") moves. It's possible to snap someone's body like a twig, shoot them in the head, or slice them multiple times using your fingertip on the PS Vita. The X-ray mode means you can see the damage you're inflicting on someone -- from the inside. Cut-scene sequences are very gory, too, including images of people ripped in half, decapitated, and even a vulture eating someone's entrails and licking a pool of blood.

Sex

The game depicts women in very sexy outfits that reveal large amounts of cleavage. Some men fighters talk suggestively to the women, while waiting to enter the tournaments and in other scenes. One female fighter in particular is only wearing thin strips of cloth that blow in the wind, revealing cleavage and some buttocks, but there is no full nudity in the game.

Language

The game has occasional -- but strong -- language in the dialogue sequences, including words like "f--k," "s--t," "damn" and "hell."

Consumerism

The game "features" a cameo from Sony's Kratos character from the God of War games.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byWisbadgers9999 August 19, 2012

Fun

Parents need to know that this game is very fun, but gory. It has some partial nudity and strong language.
Adult Written byRiu_Chan June 22, 2012

18+ only

Mortal Kombat is a fighting game that shows extreme blood and violence. One character can rip out someones spine and stuff like that.
Teen, 17 years old Written byTK_Flashpoint March 24, 2014

Gory and bloody yet lets look at the concept

Okay before you knock it down and say oh no its all gory and all violent most games are probably all of them Super Mario Bros. is somewhat violent to look at th... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old August 24, 2012

Good game

Ok it is a good game and the language you turn of the volume and it is violence but only the fatalities and if you don't like violence don't do the fa... Continue reading

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?

  • Why are women in video games frequently represented in scantily clad outfits showing a lot of cleavage? How do these images affect boys' and girls' attitudes about girls' bodies?

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