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author: Maciej Gaffke

First Reviews of Mortal Kombat 1; New Golden Age of Fighting Games is Here [Update: EA Activity Figures]

Mortal Kombat 1 got its first reviews before Early Access began. The scores prove that a really solid fighting game from NetherRealm Studios is coming.

Source: NetherRealm Studios


Early access to Mortal Kombat 1, which launched at 7 p.m. CET yesterday, was quite a success, at least from Steam perspective. On Valve's platform, the game reached 26,633 concurrent players, which can be considered a very good result. Note that the game is also available on consoles. The official release will take place on September 19.

Original news (September 14)

In just a few days, players will be able to join the fight in Mortal Kombat 1 - a reboot of the cult fighting game series. The first, very positive reviews of the game have appeared online, which bodes well ahead of Early Access, which begins today, and the later launch itself.

Mortal Kombat 1 - there are the first reviews

So far ratings for Mortal Kombat 1 have been issued by seven editors. The highest rating for the game published by Warner Bros. Games was 10/10, while the lowest was 3.5/5.

  1. ScreenRant - 3.5/5
  2. VGA247 - 4/5
  3. VGC - 5/5
  4. Videogamer - 9/10
  5. COGonnected - 90/100
  6. CGMagazine - 9/10
  7. Press Start - 9.5/10

On Metacritic the PlayStation 5 version of the game currently has an average rating of 85/100. Starting tomorrow, gamers will also start adding their ratings.

Let's mention that for quite some time NetherRealm Studios has been providing us with promotional materials for the game, in which you can see the refreshed look of well-known fighters. IGN editors have provided also a video showing the initial "fatality" of these characters - it may contain spoilers, so if you want to avoid seeing the murderous combinations before the release, it's better not to watch it..

Mortal Kombat 1 - early access starts today

If you bought Mortal Kombat 1's premium or collector's edition, you will start your adventure with the game today. Early Access will start at 7 p.m. CET / 10 a.m. PST.

Let's point out - the devs have already announced the first Kombat Pack, which will introduce, among others, Omni-Man from Invincible, Peacemaker from the DC universe or Homelander from The Boys. In addition, another guest will be Jean-Claude Van Damme.

Official release of Mortal Kombat 1 will take place on September 19. The game will be available on PC (Steam and Epic Games Store), PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, and Nintendo Switch.

Hot time for fighting game fans

It can be said that the true golden era of fighting games has arrived. Earlier on we got Street Fighter 6, which also received very good reviews (the average from reviewers for the PS5 version on Metacritic is 92/100). Now comes Mortal Kombat 1, followed by Tekken 8 (January 2024).

Of course, these are the most talked-about fighting games premiering this year. Fans of the genre can still expect such titles as Project L, King of Fighters XIII for PS4 and Switch, or Granblue Fantasy: Versus Rising.

  1. Mortal Kombat 1 - official website

Maciej Gaffke

Maciej Gaffke

At, deals with writing news. Graduated in Polish philology and sightseeing and historical tourism at the University of Gdansk, which is related to his other "non-game" interests - history, books, and travel. As for video games themselves - once a fan of FPS, now converted to action-adventure games. Also interested in fighting games (especially Mortal Kombat), RPGs, and all titles focused on single-player. From time to time, likes to play tennis, volleyball, or football. Proud resident of Pomerania and Puck.


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