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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: 24 out of 50
  2. Negative: 0 out of 50
  1. Dec 5, 2013
    91
    As strictly a fighting game, the long wait was worth it. Killer Instinct is everything I’d hoped for and more.
  2. Nov 27, 2013
    80
    The great training offered by Killer Instinct will help you get your feet wet, and it might just introduce you to some concepts that'll make you understand all fighting games on a slightly deeper level. That's a great touch.
  3. Dec 12, 2013
    80
    No one would have bet on Double Helix, yet they proved everyone wrong: not only does this return of Killer Instinct hold intact the spirit of the original, but it takes the franchise to a whole new level. It might lack some content and still be a WIP, yet this is one of the sweetest treats the nextgen has given us.
  4. Nov 18, 2013
    70
    The reboot of Killer Instinct is pure gameplay with a well-crafted combat system. The rock solid 60 fps action is fun as hell for those who will try to master the shiny gameplay. Sadly, the lack of content is a big issue and six characters are simply not enough.
  5. Dec 29, 2013
    70
    An excellent tutorial partially makes up for the tiny roster. [Feb 2014, p.68]
  6. 70
    I'd go as far as to say that Killer Instinct is my favourite launch title for Xbox One. With a little more content, it could seriously have been a killer app for the system. It might be only half a game so far, but what an excellent half that is.
  7. Dec 4, 2013
    50
    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: 51 out of 72
  2. Negative: 14 out of 72
  1. kad
    Nov 24, 2013
    10
    Absolutely fantastic next-gen fighting game! 60fps, beautiful effects and amazing attention to detail in every animation! The mechanics are great too, amazing combos and great tournament format. 10/10 Expand
  2. Nov 23, 2013
    10
    I'm not generally a fighting game player so take my review for what it's worth but seeing as I played KI as a kid I was pretty excited to play it again. The lack of a single player story mode of some sort was disappointing but the ranked multiplayer and character customizations more than make up for it in my opinion. I've already lost many hours on this game and I don't plan on slowing down. Plus 2000 gamerscore to earn between New KI and Classic KI with more achievements to come with next "season's" new characters. Expand
  3. Nov 22, 2013
    10
    I was blown away by how good this game was that I stopped talking to my girlfriend and screwed over all my friends because this game is so freakin good the huge combos u pull off Expand
  4. Dec 12, 2013
    9
    I was a huge fan of the OG KI when i was younger so i wanted to avoid being biased. That being said, holy crap is the game awesome. Okay lets get all the obvious complaints out of the way. Yes it's true it lacks content. Yes it's true the character roster is a bit small. And Yes it's true that no story mode its a bit disappointing, but all that was a given. We all expected that when we learned that KI was being released less then a year into production. Now lets get to why this game is in fact amazing. It looks beautiful. Between the crazy particle effects and the consistent 60fps it's one of the best, if not the best looking fighters out there. Character design is always a matter of opinion and i personally think they did pretty good and modernizing the character models, and giving us multiple skins and colors to customize to your own preferences makes it even better. Something that is so important in modern online fighters and online games in general is the net code. I haven't seen anyone talking about it but this game's net code probably the most superior net code of any fighting game on a console ever. In terms of a connection quality of about 2000 mile distance KI pretty much blows everything else out of the water. Now in a fighter like KI what we really care about is the combat. How good is it? Well at first when i was learning all the different mechanics of the game and getting into the meta I was a little overwhelmed. I almost thought that KI was over designed. But, as I learned more about the game and got more proficient at it I learned that everything had its place in the game and was an important part of the game. Everything from the combo breakers to the counter breakers to the shadow counters all feel relevant and important and you'll find yourself needing to use each of them. We all know and love KI for its ridiculously over the top combos and the new KI is no different. what Microsoft did so well though was making a combat system that even when you're getting beat down by a long combo you still have to pay attention and still have things you can do so its not a one sided show. all in all KI is a great game that Microsoft is treating as a platform for future content. As long as it's being supported they'll keep adding to it and i personally can't wait to see what they come up with. Expand
  5. Nov 22, 2013
    8
    Killer Instinct has been away for far too long. I enjoyed the Arcade, SNES and N64 versions of the game and I was concerned about Double Helix working this version of the game. Thankfully, they had access to Ken Lobb, who was one of the original programmers with Rare when the Killer Instinct games were created. The game is one of the flashiest I have ever seen and while it's not nearly on par with the Street Fighter series, it is still a lot of fun to play and nearly as much fun to watch. Every blow and combo is vicious and very dramatic, not only visually but also audibly. The sound during the match is intense and adds to the excitement, but the music is a mixed bag (some will like it, but it's more likely many will not). The combo system feels familiar to anyone who has played the originals, but it is also a bit cheap in some regards since a successful blow to your opponent opens them up to more damaging combos. The upside to this is the now famous "C-C-C-C-COMBO BREAKER!!!" heard in nearly every video you have ever seen of the game. With this in mind, there is a bit more depth to the franchise which is a very welcome change and makes the game seem less dated that it would have been otherwise. The only real downside to this game seems to be the lack of content. Free to Play means 1 fighter Jago. A $20 purchase will net 6 characters. More fighters will be released incrementally, but it has to be said Microsoft...you REALLY need to release a complete game and NOT relay on DLC to clean up! All in all though, this is a very entertaining fighter that is sure to see some rounds at the next EVO. Expand
  6. Feb 1, 2014
    7
    Killer Instinct is pretty much every other fighter title you've played before, but it offers some cool bits that make it worth playing if you're a dedicated fan to the genre. It's also the only game of its kind on these next generation consoles and can be a good competitive title for you an another friend or two when a game like Battlefield may seem too big for the moment. Expand
  7. Jan 7, 2014
    0
    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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