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Video: Hands-On: Mortal Kombat for PlayStation Vita Preview


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139w ago - Sony Senior Social Media Specialist Sid Shuman shared a hands-on video preview today of Mortal Kombat for the PlayStation Vita handheld.

To quote: I've got good news, and I've got good news. First, the good news: Based on my recent hands-on play sessions, Mortal Kombat on PS Vita plays identically to its PS3 counterpart.

That means fluid 60 frames-per-second fighting, lush presentation, and every bit of content from the console version. That includes the critically acclaimed Story mode, a full character roster, the Krypt, the works.

I also tried out a series of local (non-internet) Wifi multiplayer matches, and I'm happy to report that the game felt smooth and responsive with no perceptible lag. If you're skeptical, watch the video above to see local multiplayer - and my hairy, hairy paws - in action.

Now for the good news: The PS Vita version adds an ambitious array of extra content, starting with every piece of DLC ever released on PS3. That means you'll be able to play as Freddy Krueger, Kenshi, Rain, and Skarlet from day one, and select MK1 and MK2 retro-styled costumes to drape over your male and female ninja characters.





The Vita version sweetens the pot with 15 more exclusive costumes, including MK3-styled garb for the ninjas. Not a bad start, but it gets better.

If you read PlayStation.Blog's exclusive interview with Ed Boon, you'll know that Netherrealm Studios has prepared an all-new Challenge Tower II mode that's exclusive to PS Vita. I went hands-on with four of the 150 total new challenges, more than half of which take advantage of PS Vita's touchscreen and sixaxis motion sensors in novel (and challenging!) ways:

• One challenge tasked me with juggling a character using ground-based missile launchers, which I activated by tapping the touchscreen. It felt a bit like hacky sack combined with the old Atari game Missile Command, and it's a lot of fun.

• In another challenge, Raiden's head inflated every time my opponent landed a blow. To win the match, I had to conquer my attacker while deflating Raiden's head via the touchscreen. If Raiden's head grew too big, or I tapped it too much, it popped. Fail!

• The tougher challenges will strain your multitasking abilities. In Bloody Mess, I had to frantically wipe blood off the screen to avoid being blinded...not easy when you're fending off the blade-slinging mutant Baraka.

• In another challenge, I had to detonate lethal homing missiles using the touchscreen while dueling the cybernetic assassin Sektor.

• Some of the new challenges will focus on the four new characters - Freddy, Kenshi, Rain, and Skarlet - who didn't factor into the PS3 game's Challenge Tower due to their release as DLC.

The final game will also include two new bonus modes in the spirit of the Test Your Might minigames. In Test Your Balance, you're challenged with balancing on a beam and using PS Vita's sixaxis motion sensor to adjust your balance...while you're being pelted with body parts.

Fail, and you'll plummet to a gory death (which I won't spoil here). There will be a second Vita-exclusive minigame as well, but Netherrealms Studios is keeping this under wraps for the
time being.

And yes, there will be new Trophies.







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Bartholomy's Avatar
#5 - Bartholomy - 139w ago
Nah, he just knows why people ask a pc version. Waste time for give a free game? Go to hell, pc community I doubt psvita version will have minimal sales. Instead is one of the rare games a spit more than a PSP (like 99% of psvita games) who could deserve to be bought

I love the "bone cracked" animations. Was uber cool if bones was seriously broken, giving an handicap to the player, bleeding where broken, walking improperly ecc. If PSVITA version had this feature, would be the title most sold on this console (after UC, obviously)

Neo Cyrus's Avatar
#4 - Neo Cyrus - 139w ago
There was a petition that probably reached over 100000 signatures (last I checked it was rapidly approaching that) asking for a PC version of MK9, all they got in return was some trolling by Ed Boon. Good job, alienate 100000 your customers then release it on a handheld which will result in minimal sales. Pure marketing genius.

moja's Avatar
#3 - moja - 139w ago
Wow, that video made me want to fire up MK again. So, does this have two tower challenges then, or just the Vita version?

HeyManHRU's Avatar
#2 - HeyManHRU - 139w ago
What do you expect from a Mortal Kombat game, lol. I agree with you though, I hate it when anything covers the screen, especially in Fifa when it shows the score on the bottom after a goal is scored and blocks a large part of the screen.

Bartholomy's Avatar
#1 - Bartholomy - 139w ago
The touchscreen implementation is amazing But seriously, the blood on screen is quite annoying.

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