Mortal Kombat 1 looks worse on the Switch than MK: Deception

The current generation of games is becoming more surprising every day in terms of graphical fidelity. For every god of war, there is an equally impressive The Lord of the Rings: Gollum, and by impressive we mean, in the case of the latter, impressively bad. It seems that some developers are failing to maintain the balance between framerate, graphics and gameplay. This is more noticeable on lower budget releases, but every now and then a AAA project leaves you scratching your head.

Mortal Kombat 1 enters the arena with brand new graphics, sleeker gameplay and tons of great content. Although some of the monetization practices are a bit questionable, there is still plenty of content for players to enjoy. Unfortunately, those who bought the equally expensive Switch version are feeling a bit of the woes of the weaker system, as the version that made it to that platform is terrible to look at.

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What do the players think?

It goes without saying that today’s gamers are more vocal about these grievances due to the power of social media. According to users on TwitterThe Nintendo Switch port of Mortal Kombat 1 closely resembles the early games of the PS2 era, as the character models lack any real textures. The difference between the Switch and the PS5, Xbox Series X|S and PC versions is clearly noticeable, especially when you put them side by side.

An “X” user I would go on to say that despite the obviously poor efforts to graphically optimize the game to at least resemble its prettier counterparts, the game still costs $70. In fact, the games seem to be completely different projects that somehow ended up in the same place. We’ve been seeing images everywhere showing the wide-eyed, stone-faced doppelgangers that Switch players are subjected to.

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Hopefully the team at NetherRealm Studios can somehow fix the issue with a patch or two. It seems like the game doesn’t even utilize the full power of the understandably outdated console to at least clean up the textures. The Switch has been compared to the performance of a PS3 and an Xbox 360, and even those consoles are capable of producing better graphics than the ones we see here. Still, getting it to even work might be harder than we originally thought.

Curtis Crabtree

Curtis Crabtree is a 24ssports U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Curtis Crabtree joined 24ssports in 2021 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing:

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