Killer Instinct won't win awards. At the end of this new generation, it won't turn up in the lists of greatest console launch titles ever. And it won't cause the established fighting game creators - the Capcoms and Namco Bandais of this world - to fear for their jobs. But its heart - and its business model - are in the right place. Success!
Though the roster limits the possibilities a bit, Killer Instinct makes a triumphant return with smart, fluid fighting.
An excellent reboot of an unfairly forgotten fighter, but the way it's being sold does it no favours and severally restricts the fun to be had online.
Excellent mechanics and incredible playability make up for Killer Instinct's shortage of single-player content. Franchise fans and fighting game junkies will be most pleased.
Double Helix has competently filled the gaps in Killer Instinct's foundation
Killer Instinct shows you the ropes quite well and has a combo system that's fun to execute, though slightly less fun to defend against.
The revival of the old-school fighting game has over-the-top appeal but still feels like a half-strength title, even when you buy everything.
Killer Instinct may seem little light with only six characters at launch, no lobbies for online play, and no Story mode until March, but the fighting mechanics are top notch. You can't argue with how easy the game is to pick up and play, and you'll have a ton of fun in the process. This is easily one of the best Xbox One launch title.
Killer Instinct may not be the new king of fighting games, and it feels a bit rushed in terms of content, but it is very solid and far exceeds my expectations for it. With a pricing scheme that doesn't feel exploitative and a balanced character roster, the well developed mechanics will keep you busy until the new content drops next year. It'll be interesting to see what the community at large thinks of it over time, but in my living room, it's a welcome addition to my fighting game roster.
If only there were more of it across more characters that had a story, Killer Instinct would be gold. But as it stands, it's not yet living up to the potential the series has.