Round Up: Killer Instinct Lands Solid Reviews
Posted by Dave Letcavage
Guess you could call it an ultra comeback
Another game that is earning a healthy amount of praise on the review front is Killer Instinct. Out of the 19 reviews currently factored on Metacritic, the general consensus is that developer Double Helix has brought the series back from the dead in commendable fashion, with the only major downfall of the package being the lack of content at launch — new modes and characters will be added in the future. The game holds a 73 Metascore, which obviously isn't as high as it could've been had there been more content from the get-go, but we're sure fans will be happy to know that the combat and core mechanics are as tight as ever.
We've compiled review highlights for you to peruse below.
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.
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 titles.
Excellent mechanics and incredible playability make up for Killer Instinct's shortage of single-player content.
For now, our recommendation would be that if you're looking for a fighting game that skimps on story and has just a handful of options, but still delivers tournament-ready credentials, look no further. Killer Instinct is making a brash play at the top table and, as far as we can tell, it's got the goods.
While I’m still not a fan of Killer Instinct’s dial-a-combo mentality nor its eclectic cast of characters, Double Helix’s efforts to bring the series back from the dead are commendable—and while some mistakes were made along the way, this is probably the most interesting and enjoyable the franchise has ever been.
Who's going to be going head-to-head with their friends in Killer Instinct when the Xbox One arrives this Friday? We know we will be! Also, make sure to check back for our Killer Instinct review in the coming weeks.