A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Mortal Kombat (PS Vita) wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.
There are no positive messages one can take away from this brutal fighting game.
Positive Role Models
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 & Scariness
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.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
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.
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The game has occasional -- but strong -- language in the dialogue sequences, including words like "f--k," "s--t," "damn" and "hell."
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Products & Purchases
The game "features" a cameo from Sony's Kratos character from the God of War games.
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.
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.
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