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  • Summary: The iconic fighting game franchise is back with upgraded visuals, over-the-top action, a wild cast of combatants, rocking reactive music, and C-C-C-Combo Breakers. Choose from a diverse set of characters, each with fluid animations, unique combat tactics, and flashy special attacks. Utilize an open-ended combo system to rack up massive combos as your opponent looks for openings to break your flow and turn the tides of battle. Go online and test yourself against players from all over the world, or bone up on your combat skills in detailed tutorials. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 51
  2. Negative: 0 out of 51
  1. Dec 5, 2013
    As strictly a fighting game, the long wait was worth it. Killer Instinct is everything I’d hoped for and more.
  2. Nov 29, 2013
    It plays smoother, looks better than anything out there, and has a kick-ass soundtrack with a goofball announcer to boot. If you absolutely must recreate your childhood, then pick up the $40 pack, but most will be satisfied spending half that.
  3. Oct 9, 2014
    Flashy, brutal and deeper than you'd expect. Killer Instinct is back baby.
  4. Nov 18, 2013
    At launch, Killer Instinct serves as a solid foundation for what could eventually become a good fighting game. More characters and stages are coming down the line, but at launch, the game's limited single and multiplayer modes are glaring and will grow stale quickly.
  5. Jan 3, 2014
    Even though the demo is pretty disappointing, the full Killer Instinct proves to be a really nice addiction to the fighting genre. Most of the characters come directly from the first Killer Instinct-game, but this time they look really gorgeous on the new Xbox One. The fighting system of Killer Instinct is a very layered one, which will keep you busy for loads of hours although a campaign mode is definitely missed.
  6. Dec 5, 2013
    One of the most brutal fighting game is finally back on Xbox One. Killer Instinct is here with its latest installment, next gen visuals and the well-known ultra combo addicting style.
  7. Dec 4, 2013
    Killer Instinct possesses the fundamentals to be a crowd-pleasing title, and certainly does a decent job of inviting less experienced players into the genre, but its limited modes and insistence on milking your funds KOs a game with potential.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 54 out of 76
  2. Negative: 14 out of 76
  1. Sep 23, 2014
    The Rise of the legend and the first fighting on new console!) Cool combous, friendly scrab, awesome cherecter, good connections and beautiful locations! feel free to buy) Expand
  2. Nov 24, 2013
    Amazing game! It's user friendly and incredibly deep for a fighting game. Graphics are phenomenal and videos online don't do it justice. Definite must play! Expand
  3. Nov 22, 2013
    I'm digging the combat not too scrub friendly, but not too hard at entry level.Good connections (heard it uses rollback gg),nothing game breaking at launch,small roster right now. One thing i noticed dynamic music (really cranks up when you're in danger,between rounds),rounds similar to Injustice or rather Injustice has one similar to this game.I'd pick it up from the MS store. Expand
  4. Dec 7, 2013
    Lets just say that after years of waiting, I got the fighting game that I've been waiting for. I love Street Fighter, Mortal Kombat, heck, even BlazBlue, but none of those games have the intensity that Killer Instinct has. People are going to complain about lack of characters/modes, but those are most likely people trying to put the game down (Sony Fanboys) or gamers that can't play the game because it's only on Xbox One. Let me tell you this game is worth every penny. At any rate, it does get a little tiresome playing against the same two characters online (Jago and Sabrewulf) online since they are the games easier characters to master...just like how Ryu and Ken from the Street Fighter games (play exactly the same in a sense). I, myself, love using Glacius because not only is he unique, but he can attack you anywhere on the screen...but he's also very vulnerable for being so range heavy. So you have to give and take. Anyway, don't listen to the bashers. This game rocks on every level. UULLLLTRRRRAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Expand
  5. Nov 24, 2013
    The game is a little light on content, but rest assured there is loads more to come... and with this price point, who can complain? Double Helix have done extremely well to haul this fighter out of the 90's abyss and have delivered a truly kick-ass product. Supreme audio and visual work, flawless netcode makes this game the killer app to own an Xbox One for. Ultraaaaa Combo! Expand
  6. Nov 28, 2013
    I question people giving this game 10's and even 9's for that matter, because while the fighting engine itself is fun, this is one of the most bare bones fighting games I've seen released in countless years. And we aren't reviewing here what the game COULD be after multiple months and DLC's this is what the game is now. This was clearly an EXTREMELY rushed game which can be seen in the miniscule fighter line-up, total absence of most modes and features many fighting games launch with now, and lack of other things like No-mercy's, ultimates, stage fatalities, etc things the devs have even confirmed they just haven't had time to add in but will sometime in the FUTURE.

    So maybe in the future this game will be a 8-10, but right now the highest I can give it judging the whole package is a 6.
  7. Jan 7, 2014
    The game simply mocks series. Transformed from a bloody Veit with fatalities in SF4. This failure is a failure Milcosoft. I as a fan of the first two games of the series never sit down to play this Nintendo of who had to release this game on the Wii U, not you. Expand

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