Mortal Kombat & LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7 (PS Vita) Preview

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With the PlayStation Vita’s launch imminent in Europe and North America, more and more titles are being announced for Sony’s shiny new handheld. Mortal Kombat and LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7 both fall into that category, and we recently made the trip into the heart of London to check out the progress of both titles. Recent announcements suggested Mortal Kombat would be anything but a simple port, thanks to some very intersting Vita specific features, and LEGO titles are always a good bit of fun. Read on to find out what we thought of both soon-to-be-released Vita titles.

Mortal Kombat

Blood, violence, and fatalities that will make you cringe. Those are just a few of the reasons why you will love Mortal Kombat on the PlayStation Vita. It may not be the most in depth fighting game, but you rarely ever need an excuse to start decapitating opponents in Mortal Kombat. It’s also another Vita title that is much more than just a simple port. The Challenge Tower has been greatly improved, with fantastic mini-games designed specifically for the Vita. One such mini-game includes fighting against an opponent with the screen tilted upside down, and it’s up to you to shake the screen to get it back to normal whilst you fight. It’s an intresting use of the Vita to say the least!

Fatalities are as brutal as ever, and fans will love the ability to practice them in a dedicated mode. You’ll love playing around with each character, watching and performing gory fatalities that look amazing on the Vita’s screen. In fact, the entire visual package is very impressive, not too far behind Mortal Kombat’s home console counteparts. Expect story mode to be the same as the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions, but with a few Vita exclusive features such as touch screen fatalities thrown into the mix. There’s no concrete release date as of yet, but Mortal Kombat on the Vita is shaping up to be one mighty impressive handheld fighting game, If you’re a fan of the series, we recommend keeping a keen eye on it.

LEGO Harry Potter Years 5-7

If you are over the age of 7 you may think this is not a game you’ll be interested in. However, play it and you may well be pleasantly surprised. LEGO Harry Potter Years 5-7 lets you play through the remaining films that the last game didn’t include. Visually, the game is surprisingly excellent! Never before on a handheld console has LEGO looked so impressive. The great thing about the game is that whilst it might be designed with younger players in mind, it will certainly appeal to adults too. It’s simple enough for kids to get through without facing too much difficulty, yet adults will pick up on certain aspects of the game that perhaps younger players wouldn’t. There are some really clever little puzzles to try and crack throughout the game complimented by a suitable amount of action. You can use spells to attack dementors and other enemies, such as the infamous Voldemort!

The game is, of course, primarily aimed at children, so if your gaming taste consists of shooting zombies in the head, then this probably won’t be a title for you. However, if you want a Vita title for your kids that even you can play around with, LEGO Harry Potter Year 5-7 could be the perfect game for you. It’s a charming little title and if you’re a fan of the books or films, you’ll appreciate the subtle references more than most. There’s no solid release date for the game, but expect to be battling Lord Voldermort with Harry and friends on the Vita during the first quarter of 2012.

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