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Mortal Kombat 1 PC Performance Analysis

Warner Bros has recently released the latest installment in NetherRealm’s Mortal Kombat series, and it's time to examine the PC performance of Mortal Kombat 1. Powered by Unreal Engine 4, the game brings stunning visuals and intense combat to PC gamers.

For this analysis, various hardware configurations were used including an AMD Ryzen 9 7950X3D, 32GB of DDR5 RAM, and a range of AMD and NVIDIA graphics cards. The game offers customizable graphics settings such as Textures, Shadows, Particles, and Anisotropic Filtering. Additionally, players can adjust settings for Chromatic Aberration, Ambient Occlusion, Bloom, and Reflections. Mortal Kombat 1 also supports PC upscaling technologies like DLSS 2, FSR 2.0, and XeSS.

One key finding was that the game performs best on modern hexa-core CPUs, with the quad-core configuration experiencing significant stuttering issues. This may be due to Denuvo implementation or a mistake by QLOC, the developers responsible for the PC version. In terms of GPU requirements, most graphics cards were able to maintain a smooth 60fps at 1080p/Max Settings, and even the AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 performed well. At higher resolutions, some adjustments may be needed to avoid VRAM-related crashes.

Visually, Mortal Kombat 1 is praised for its highly detailed character models, stunning stages, and impressive cut-scenes. However, there are some drawbacks to consider. Certain aspects of the game, such as Fatal Blows, Intros, Fatalities, and Cinematics, are locked at 30fps. Thankfully, an unofficial patch is available to remove the 30fps cap, although it may introduce visual glitches. The game's Cinematics also suffer from stuttering issues, but a workaround fix is available, and QLOC has promised to address this in a post-launch update.

In conclusion, Mortal Kombat 1 offers a mixed experience. While it boasts stunning visuals and reasonable GPU requirements, the CPU performance requirements are surprisingly high for a fighting game. Additionally, the 30fps caps on certain aspects of the game and the switch between 30fps and 60fps can be distracting. It is hoped that QLOC will address these issues and provide quality-of-life improvements through post-launch updates.

Sources: DSOGaming