Review | Killer Instinct

  • Platform: Xbox One
  • Published by: Microsoft Games Studio
  • Developed by: Double Helix Games, Rare LTD
  • Genre: Fighter
  • ESRB Rating: T For Teen
  • Number of Players: 1, Online multiplayer 1-2
  • Release Date: November 22nd, 2013

I was debating which game to review first for a while now, then it came to me that the choice was pretty obvious. Killer Instinct was a direct blast from my past and it’s the game that generated the most excitement for me when I saw that it was coming back. When I brought my Xbox One home the first thing I did was cue up the Killer Instinct download. And since that time I’ve been able to spend a lot of time with the game. New to the helm of Killer Instinct, Double Helix Games has their first chance at making a name for themselves. So how does their attempt work out out?

The first thing you’ll notice with Killer Instinct is the fact that there are only six characters to choose from. One of the more interesting ideas with this new version is the fact that it’ll get multiple seasons of support. Two new characters and a story mode for each character are coming in March of 2014. Don’t let the number of players at launch or a lack of a story mode fool you into thinking there is a lack of content though.


The pay scale is something that is also new and a little confusing for some people. Basically you can download the game and access every part of it for free. The catch is that you’re stuck with Jago in everything you do, not that he’s a bad character or anything though. You can buy the complete first season for $19.99, which comes with all six characters. You could buy only the characters you want for $4.99 each. I didn’t understand this option until I realized I only use a couple of characters in fighting games. So it’s an interesting option to offer people. There is also a $40 option which gets you all of the characters, extra skins for those characters, and it comes with the complete arcade version of the original Killer Instinct. I’m happy to say that arcade version also comes with a full complement of 1000 Gamerscore.

The six characters available at the start are Jago, Orchid, Sabrewulf, Thunder, Glacius and the new character Sadira. Spinal and Fulgore are scheduled to be released in January and March of 2014 respectively. I personally took a liking to Sabrewulf as he is a quicker fighter and has a pretty good reach with his attacks.

I hadn’t really gotten into a fighting game since the Genesis and Super Nintendo days. I think part of the reason for that was because back then you’d play your friends or family locally on a sofa and there were no internet connections to lag you up. I’m happy to say Killer Instinct has the best hit detection and online play of any fighting game I’ve ever played. The netcode on this game is a thing of beauty, and though people might poke fun of the use of the term “The Cloud”, this is definitely an instance where it’s obviously helping this game tremendously.


The original voice actor is back and the sound is better than ever. When you hear “Awesome Combo!”, you’ll know exactly what game you’re playing. The character models are new, but familiar in every sense. The particle effects are mind blowing to say the least. There are so many interesting things going on at the same time that sometimes you’ll lose yourself just looking around and end up on the ground. If you’ve never played a Killer Instinct game this is the perfect one to jump into because it covers all the basics of combat. It actually goes really in depth with the training modes as well. If you ever thought fighting games sort of left you to figure out everything on your own, you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how Killer Instinct is actually a very inviting fighting game.

Though it does lack a story mode, Killer Instinct has a full Training mode and a separate Dojo mode that teaches you everything you’d ever want to know The Killer Instinct formula is back, the traditional Combo Breakers are still as awesome as they ever were. A new feature is the counter breaker, where you can break someones counter attack. These are the tougher things to master where Killer Instinct is concerned. Don’t let that throw you off though, it doesn’t take long from Dojo to online modes you’ll be busting Combo’s and Combo Breakers in no time.

If you were looking for some practice against A.I before you brave the world of online fighting, you can always jump into Survival mode, which is basically you fighting every character over and over again. It reminded me of how Mortal Kombat used to play. It’s still the best way to tune your skills and pick which character you’re best with. One of the things that can’t be understated is how different each character is. Usually in fighting games characters tend to not differ from each other. Killer Instinct is a game of skill, so you wont have to worry about someone button mashing their way to victory over you.


When you can put 30+ hours into a fighting game during the first week of its release you know you’ve got something special going on. I wasn’t sure I liked the idea of having to wait for content seasons, but I feel like I’ve plenty to keep me occupied in Killer Instinct until that point and time. The fact that I’m able to put so much time into the game before the story mode is even out says a lot about the level of fun this game has to offer everyone. If you’re a hardcore fighting game fan you’ll perhaps think about picking up the official Fight Stick for the game, but if you’re not looking to drop $200 on a Fight Stick right now, you can always just use the Xbox One’s much improved D-Pad. I actually love using the D-Pad on this game, it works really well.

At the end of the day Killer Instinct wont score as high as some traditional fighting games that see a full retail release, but the amount of content it does have for the price tag of $20 is impressive. Being able to finally compete online and not have to worry about host advantage or terrible net coding is also something that should draw in a lot of people. Finding matches is quick and easy, and saying “Xbox record that” when you’ve pulled off an epic Combo Breaker is a fun way to document your time with the game. Considering everyone can download this game for free, and even play others online with that free version. I highly recommend Killer Instinct.



14 Responses to “Review | Killer Instinct”

  1. Own the game and iam loving it, glad I chose the Xbox one!

    • You and me both! I have been blown away by how great the game is. Really looking forward to the additional characters and story modes for each character. Thanks for checking out the review.

    • You would like a crappy last gen game passing as a next gen, lol. Looking at this I’m glad I gots the ps4. And as a concerned citizen to your financial welfare, I hope you didn’t waste money on ryse.

    • lol….i love the fact that you keep saying how awesome the ps4 is, yet in still you never play it (of course you have no games) all you do is follow articles about the xbox one….buyers remorse?…how’s octodad?….or are you and your tranny g/f fighting over who it is that’s gonna bend over?…lmao!!, i’am not downing you because your into trannys…i know a few gay men and women…and i’am all for gay marriage…good luck!!…now go march in a parade and leave the xbox one alone…LMFAO!!!

    • Its funny how you can pretend that this shit game is soooo great. Because now your trying to justify your purchase. If you had so much time on xbox then why are you posting on websites. I haven’t posted anything besides you. You talk about trannies so much that you must have a lot of experience. Is that who you had the ugly kid with. Makes sense since you could never get with a real chick.

    • it scored better than killzone dumbass…you haven’t posted anything besides me…lol….u like me or something?…i’am not a tranny dude and i know you like for your tranny whore girlfriend to bend you over and make you squeal like a little piggy…lmao…when are you GUYS getting married?…ahhhh tranny love…lol…well at least your happy!!…(not with your console purchase)…lmao, is tranny marriage legal in your state?…good luck with taking it up the ass by your tranny g/f and sony

    • Actually dipshit thats only on one website. Just like you to pick xbox biased sites. Still cant get over the whole GQ thing, lol. Check metacritic they take all the reviews and give you an average. KZ has a 74 KI has a 73. Thats the difference between MS made games and Sony. You have killer instinct(o wow GAME OF THE YEAR!) and we have God of war, uncharted, last of us, etc, etc. And Man you and them trannies. You must really love them trannies. You know what they say “Those who smelt it dealt it” So the more you talk about it the more you must really love em.

    • You are the dumbest dumb fuck on this planet. You obviously did not read my post thoroughly. Calling metacritic biased is like calling the NYSE biased because Apples stock is so high. All metacritic does is take ALL the reviews and post them and give you the average. They have never reviewed anything or given their opinion, they also do movies. Oh and you do know GQ is a fashion mag. You are such a fag for bringing GQ into this. Lol. Well once again I owned you in this argument. Just the simple fact that you called metacritic biased shows how low your IQ is. And IDGAF about black friday sales. That’s where all the ghetto trash buy all their shit because they can’t afford it any other day. Btw since launch, ps4 has outsold xbox one by over 360, 000 units in north america. The place where xbox was favored. I also hope your console survives your next trigger happy CEO. Lolololol!

    • lmfao…there not going with that ceo so that shows how behing in the times you are…lmfao…GQ is a mens magazine and men are the number one buyers of consoles, but your to stupid to see that…and you say your in college? ( i weep for the future) you just need to worry about whose putting it to you better your tranny girlfirend or sony…but as much as your on sony’s dick i guess we know the answer

    • Oh wait, you work for microsoft now? You don’t even know who they are going with. Nobody knows. I know that guy isone of the top candidates. MS has high consideration for him because he is the only one of the candidates that have run a big company successfully. That really shows that you know jack shit and you make shit up as you go. And you can try to defend your GQ fuck up all you want but you know deep down you are gay for mentioning that. Lets see who reads GQ? Nobody I know reads it. I know you dont read it. I could go to the store and ask evry guy who reads it and I bet I might get one or two. And which people read it? The prissy metrosexuals or actual homosexuals. How many metro sexuals do you know? How many actually play games? Not many since they take longer to groom themselves then some women.But don’t confuse GQ with Maxim or Men’s Health. IT IS A FASION MAG you fag.

    • it’s FASHION you dumb fuck….why don’t you go around and ask and lets see what happens…make sure you get permission from your tranny i’am sure she tells you what to do, and when to bend over!…lmao, your gay dude and i really don’t care, that’s your business, i think ppl can love whoever they want…i just hope she doesn’t tell you what to do in public, you fag….lmao….but since you love yoshida-san so much you need to worry more about sony staying in business instead of microsoft….but as usual i have grown tired of your stupidity….ohh and i noticed that your following me….lmao, your not gonna convert me to your fag ways no matter how hard you try….xbox one outsold the combined sales of pieceofshit 3 and pieceofshitstation 3.5….lmfao!!!

    • Read my lips, NOBODY READS GQ. GQ is for fags most of the time. The only issue I ever looked through was with Jennifer Anniston was naked on the cover. She’s smokin. My gf just as hot. And all this talk about trannys, seriously dude you need therapy. Get rid of your fetish. On the flip side of your trash spewing, Your head is Sooo far up Ballmers ass you are blinded by the shit that he crapped all over you(your in denial, you need tony robbins). Oh whatever will you do when your precious ballmer retires? You can’t suck his dick and take it up the ass anymore. Well it was fun while it lasted right. Xbox is soon to be extinct? You know what happens to rumors there is some truth there and pretty soon you will be forced to buy ps4 or go to PC. But you are too much of a dumbshit to understand how to play PC games (What I have to push letters? What’s that?). Have fun with your Xtinct box 720p:)

    • Ps4 2.1 mil vs xbone 1 mil. I think we know who just won this console war.

    • Aww, you’ve always wanted to be wonder woman? You should have told me. That makes sooo much sense.

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