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Killer Instinct

Double Helix Games, Microsoft Game Studios
Sep 23, 2014 - Xbox One, PC, Xbox Series X/S

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Critic Reviews for Killer Instinct

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!

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Though the roster limits the possibilities a bit, Killer Instinct makes a triumphant return with smart, fluid fighting.

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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.

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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.

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Double Helix has competently filled the gaps in Killer Instinct's foundation

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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.

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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.

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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.

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