April 18, 2024

Fans Complain That Mortal Kombat 1 Was “Rushed”

Mortal Kombat 1 just launched for players with a premium edition of the game, and it’s going down well so far. Reviews are mostly positive, with our own George Foster giving it 4/5. However, that doesn’t mean every aspect of the game is being warmly received, with some complaining that the latest instalment feels a little rough around the edges.


Some go as far as saying Mortal Kombat 1 was “rushed” citing both performance issues and a lack of features that were present in Mortal Kombat 11, but not its sequel. From a smaller roster to the lack of cross-play at launch, the complaints are stacking up, with some fans wishing Mortal Kombat 1 had more time in the oven.

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“I’m not denying [the] game is good,” says Reddit user ArcadiaIsNotABot. “but it feels rushed for a game that has been in development for 3-4 years.”

Despite enjoying the gameplay, they cite many issues with the product as a whole. From poor UI, fewer character interactions, a smaller roster, and uninteractable stages, they feel that Mortal Kombat 1 is a downgrade in comparison to MK11, rather than building upon what it set up.

In a separate thread, MaximusVX details some issues encountered on PC. Here, they say that loading times have been “abysmal”, with some also complaining of performance issues. Then, there are gripes that many are documenting regardless of platform, like not being able to swap skins on the character select screen or the fact that these skins are locked behind either grinding or purchasing with real money. And that’s not even getting into the fact that Shang-Tsung, Ermac, and Quan Chi are DLC fighters who appear in the main story. Admittedly, an issue Mortal Kombat 11 and other fighting games have had for a while.

Some of these concerns will likely be addressed with patches, such as PC performance issues and the lack of cross-play. However, complaints about the roster size will almost definitely only be rectified with paid DLC packs, which feeds into another issue entirely.

Still, the roster we do have has also been met with a fair amount of praise. For the first time in years, we get to play as 3D-era favourites like Nitara, Ashrah, and Havik again – even if Nitara’s voice acting isn’t going down particularly well. Fans seem pleased with the rest of the characters brought back from the dead though, and DLC packs seem to be focusing on other old favourites.

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