I played the PS3 version of Mortal Kombat last year. I loved it and I still actually play it to this very day. Mortal Kombat is and always will be my favourite fighting series of all time I have play and own all of them I can't describe how much I love Mortal Kombat. So lets see if Mortal Kombat on the Vita can hold up to the greatness of the original PS3 version.
The classic ladder is always fun and I must have finished it around 15 times on every difficulty the easiest was very simple for me and if you are new to Mortal Kombat you should be fine with an even harder difficulty as the easiest is a piece of cake you might want to play it on the easiest just to check it out but you wont make a return to that difficulty. The hardest difficulty is a challenge the boss Shao Khan will make you want to rip your hair out on the hardest difficulty as he can be very cheap at times but its all about the challenge of the hard difficulty is what makes fighting game and MK fun.
Challenge tower makes it return but it comes with even more challenges exclusive to the Vita which incorporates the Vita's touchscreen feature. Some of the challenges added to the Vita version are like Test Your Slice and Balance. The Test Your Slice is similar to the fruit ninja game except with body parts and test your balance is were you have to move your Vita from side to side to keep the characters balance or else he falls into a deadly pit this is similar to the feature in Uncharted Golden Abyss. The challenge tower in the PS3 version was really fun and addicting and in the Vita version the new challenges are even more fun than the original tower challenges.
On the subject of Vita exclusives on the Vita you can also do fatalities using the touchscreen (Note you can still use the buttons to do fatalities) there is also some exclusive klassic costumes for certain characters. On top of all these exclusives you get the 4 DLC characters from the PS3 Mortal Kombat as well as Kratos. Other features that make a return is the krypt were you can unlock different things like concept art and other things. Finally you can do some training if you are new to Mortal Kombat using the training mode were you can practise special moves, combos and fatalities. There is also online for the Vita while I was online it was running nice and smooth with no problems.
The Final Verdict
Mortal Kombat on the Vita holds up well with the PS3 version. The extra things added like challenge tower missions and costumes is a nice bonus but it should be known that the graphics do take a major bump down as the character models are not one of the high points of this game. It was known though that it wouldn't hold a candle to the PS3 version graphics wise but gameplay, content and fun? it holds a candle to the PS3 and even surpasses it with the content and it could possibly even more fun than the PS3 version. This game has an amazing amount of content that will keep you busy for weeks and with online added it can keep you entertained for months. Do I recommend this game? Hell yeah I do. Go buy this now!
+ Amazing amount of content
+ Fun challenges
+ Good story
- Graphics are not the best