Excerpt: Killer Instinct originally released for Super Nintendo and arcade back in 1994 and later received a sequel in 1996 in the form of Killer Instinct 2 for arcade and Killer Instinct: Gold ported onto Nintendo 64. Since this initial release window, fans of the classic fighting series have had few ways to pile up the massive combos and perform iconic c-c-c-combo breakers outside of these two releases.
Summary: " Killer Instinct " is in many ways the most surprising launch game on Xbox One. It looks great, and the refined, balanced, accessible gameplay makes it probably the best fighting game out there for non-traditional fans of the genre. Coupled with a host of ways to get into the game and a good sweet spot on pricing and you’ve got a solid offering for the price.
Summary: It's been 17 years since 'Killer Instinct 2' and 'Killer Instinct Gold' (N64) roamed their respective arcade and home audiences, and the intervening years have rarely seemed like the right time for the franchise to return. Microsoft's acquisition of the franchise's original developer Rare from Nintendo has kept even a re-release of the games a long shot, even as the entire fighting game scene has undergone a resurgence full of fighting games old and new in tournaments,...
Summary: When Killer Instinct was announced, I don't think I had heard the silencing of so many screams since the destruction of Alderaan. While many gamers quickly jumped for joy at the mere mention of this resurrection, said joy was completely obliterated when Microsoft said these two fateful words -- "Double Helix." The Rare of old is dead and buried, and handing off such a storied franchise to a developer who generally handled licensed games was..
Excerpt: Killer Instinct is back to bust heads and break combos after an almost two-decade-long hiatus. Once you decipher the game's free-to-play pricing , you discover a bombastic brawler whose balanced fighting mechanics buck the trend towards very long, very technical combos while still providing an engaging challenge for all types of players.
Pros: Fights are intense and engaging, Combo and counter breakers emphasize mind games, Online play runs smoothly, Ultra Edition includes classic Killer Instinct
Cons: Barebones online and offline modes, Lacks replay sharing
Conclusion: The sad truth about fighting games is that much of what makes playing them against others interesting is usually kept obscured. Killer Instinct succeeds enormously at exposing all of that information to players of all skill levels. Not only is its combat system flashy and well thought out, it's well explained too, thanks to its powerful training tools, and what is easily the most complete guide to terminology and tactics ever assembled in a fighting game.
Excerpt: Loitering temptingly in the Xbox One's store, Killer Instinct's freemium model at first appears to be a good deal. Look closer, however, and you'll see a game hamstrung by obvious design failings and a microtransaction system, both conspiring to keep a good fighter down. Its initial setup is solid, as Killer Instinct can take on many roles to satisfy players of varying skill levels.