Who knew Mortal Kombat would be so confusing? Last year, Warner Bros. Interactive released the ninth installment in the popular Mortal Kombat series. But instead of calling it Mortal Kombat 9, they instead chose to shave off any number and subtitles and simply call it Mortal Kombat. Thankfully few people were confused by two completely different games having the same exact name and the game did incredible business at retail. Then, about a year later, the same people decided to release Mortal Kombat: Komplete Edition, a disc that packaged all of the downloadable content and added a time-sensitive code for the soundtrack album.
Here we are only three months later and Warner is back with another version of Mortal Kombat, this time on Sony's brand new handheld. This time around they've dropped the subtitle and called it Mortal Kombat, just like the games from 2011 and 1992. But get this; Mortal Kombat on the Vita actually has brand new content that wasn't in the recently released Komplete Edition, rendering both the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 games inkomplete. Confused? Don't be, because all you need to know is that this portable Mortal Kombat is the definitive version of the 2011 masterpiece.
Let's get down to brass tacks; we already know Mortal Kombat (2011) is a phenomenal fighting game. I've written not one, but two reviews saying as much. I've praised the simple, yet deep fighting system and raved about the impressive amount of single-player content. I went on and on about how well written the story mode is, something you rarely hear about a fighting game. In a year that brought us two Marvel vs. Capcom 3 releases and The King of Fighters XIII, Raiden's team of ultra-violent pugilists reigned supreme.
Despite my strong affection for Ed Boon's fighting game, I wasn't expected to be wowed with the PS Vita version. For one thing, the game in question is more than a year old. What's more, I just recently played through most of the single- and multiplayer content in the ironically named Mortal Kombat: Komplete Edition. There couldn't possibly be enough new content here to make me fall head over heels in love with this game again, right? It turns out I was wrong, because after playing it on every system possible, I still can't put Mortal Kombat down.
The good news is that every single feature found in the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions of the game made the trip to the small screen. You get the excellent story, which spends a dozen hours properly explaining why everybody is important in the Mortal Kombat universe. You get all 300 levels of the challenge tower, which has you fighting with your head chopped off, fighting while poisoned and all kinds of other bizarre tasks. You get the mini-games, such as Test Your Might and Test Your Sight. You get the online multiplayer modes, as well as the endings for each character. Every single thing you loved about the console version can be found in this comprehensive PS Vita game.
In an of itself, that's a pretty good package. Despite being slightly disappointed in the lack of new content in the Komplete Edition, I still appreciated the four downloadable characters and the new costumes. Mortal Kombat Vita, on the other hand, goes that extra mile and loads the game with a shocking amount of new content. I'm talking about new modes, better integration of the new characters (including a somewhat silly looking Freddy Krueger), classic costumes and, the coup de grace, shiny new challenges to tackle. Best of all, this is all the same price as the Komplete Edition.
Confusion over the name aside, Mortal Kombat on the PS Vita is a must-own for any fighting game fan. Not only does it have all of the amazing content from last year's stellar console release, but it also features substantial new modes that are more than worth the $40 asking price. Without a doubt, this is the definitive version of Mortal Kombat!
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