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Killer Instinct  



Reviewed: 7.5/10: Good
( Xbox One version reviewed )





6:30 PM on 04.10.2014

Impressions: Killer Instinct: Fulgore

Double Helix's first season of Killer Instinct is over, and here to close it all out is Fulgore, which makes eight total characters in the mix. While only two more fighters have come post-launch, they make a huge difference in terms of the meta-game, and help change things up considerably. Spinal was a nice addition for sure, but Fulgore ups the stakes considerably.

Chris Carter




12:30 PM on 04.09.2014

Fulgore closes out season one of Killer Instinct

When I think "Killer Instinct," I think "Fulgore." How could I not, given that iconic, badass black Super Nintendo cartridge featuring the cyborg front and center? It's nice, then, to finally see him added to the game today a...

Jordan Devore




9:00 AM on 04.01.2014

Learn everything you need to know about Fulgore in this short video

Killer Instinct is still alive and well with new content, and following the addition of Spinal, Fulgore is on the way for an early April release. He's pretty much done as well based on the video above, which gives you a...

Chris Carter




1:30 PM on 03.27.2014

Iron Galaxy Studios is taking over Killer Instinct

Microsoft Studios needed to find a new development partner to work on Killer Instinct after Amazon went and acquired Double Helix Games, and its selection has turned out to be spot on. Divekick and Street Fighter III 3rd Str...

Jordan Devore




8:00 AM on 03.01.2014

New Killer Instinct Killer Cuts album is in the works

Killer Instinct composer Mick Gordon, has announced that a new version of Killer Cuts is scheduled to release this March. The album will feature music Gordon created for the Xbox One reboot of Rare's classic fighting game. No...

Wesley Ruscher




11:15 AM on 02.21.2014

Killer Instinct update wipes the Jail slate clean

Double Helix will release a patch "very soon" that will fix the current known issues with Killer Instinct's Jail mode, the game's penalty for disconnecting before the end of a match. Also included in the update is a seri...

Brett Makedonski




3:00 PM on 02.06.2014

Microsoft to find a new dev partner for Killer Instinct

Amazon's purchase of Killer Instinct developer Double Helix Games as part of its "ongoing commitment to build innovative games for customers" came out of nowhere. We know the company is getting into gaming, sure, but Double H...

Jordan Devore




12:30 PM on 02.03.2014

Orchid rotates in as Killer Instinct's free character

Like Jago, Sabrewulf, and Thunder before her, Orchid is the new free playable character for Double Helix's Killer Instinct. As the trend has gone recently, she'll probably only be available for a week, at which point another ...

Brett Makedonski




4:00 PM on 01.31.2014

Impressions: Killer Instinct: Spinal

Killer Instinct surprised a lot of people when it hit the Xbox One. No one really expected much from Double Helix given its track record, but a decent following has been with the game ever since, and there's even an arca...

Chris Carter




12:00 PM on 01.31.2014

Killer Instinct's Spinal launches today on Xbox One

Killer Instinct is still trucking along, and more fighters are on the way, starting with Spinal, who is launching today on the Xbox One. If you have the Season Pass, he's included as a free download, otherwise he can be...

Chris Carter




8:00 PM on 01.30.2014

Killer Instinct to put rage-quitting players in 'jail'

In detailing an upcoming patch for Killer Instinct, developer Double Helix Games has broken down its plans for rage quitters. Players whose disconnect percentage rises above 15 percent in ranked multiplayer matches will be se...

Jordan Devore




4:30 PM on 01.24.2014

Thunder is the next free Killer Instinct character

Thunder may have been stripped of his chiefdom in the new Killer Instinct, but he's the next free-to-play character in the Xbox One fighter. He replaces Sabrewulf, who replaced Jago earlier this month. Killer Instinct can be ...

Steven Hansen




9:30 PM on 01.16.2014

Oh hey it's Spinal's new design in Killer Instinct

Killer Instinct is still played weekly in my house, especially with the Mad Catz Xbox One stick. The problem is it needs more characters sooner than later, and it looks like Spinal is almost done. Play XBLA has posted th...

Chris Carter




4:00 PM on 01.03.2014

Sabrewulf is the next free Killer Instinct character

Killer Instinct has swapped out its first free playable character as of a new 675MB update. Since launch in November, Jago has been freely available to test out. Now, it's Sabrewulf. The full list of patch notes from develope...

Jordan Devore




12:00 PM on 12.06.2013

Review: Mad Catz Killer Instinct Arcade FightStick TE 2

Mad Catz and I have a rather interesting history. One fine summer day, I had rented the PlayStation One game Ninja: Shadow of Darkness, and decided to try out my brand new Mad Catz controllers. Halfway into the final lev...

Chris Carter




7:15 AM on 11.25.2013

This might be Killer Instinct's new Fulgore design

Killer Instinct may have launched with a paltry six characters, but that number is set to increase to eight early next year. Currently, fan favorites Spinal and Fulgore are in development, and thanks to a forum thread over at...

Chris Carter




12:30 PM on 11.23.2013

Review: Killer Instinct (Xbox One)

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...

Chris Carter




10:50 AM on 11.21.2013

Killer Instinct launch trailer teases Fulgore

As the release of the Xbox One approaches, the official launch trailer for Killer Instinct is out now, and it's teasing plans for the future. Much like their previous trailers, they showcase much of the existing content whil...

Alessandro Fillari




12:30 PM on 11.18.2013

Microsoft Stores hosting Killer Instinct tournaments

On Thursday, November 21, six Microsoft Stores will host the Killer Instinct Ultra Fighter Tournament and if you're among the first 256 people in your city to register, you could ultimately win a trip for two to the store ope...

Jordan Devore




2:45 PM on 11.13.2013

Killer Instinct Classic won't be sold separately

Currently, the only way to get Killer Instinct Classic is by purchasing either the Ultra ($39.99) or Ultimate ($59.99) edition of Double Helix's new Killer Instinct. I say "currently" because these things have a habit of gett...

Jordan Devore




2:45 PM on 11.08.2013

Killer Instinct's Survival mode will be ready for launch

With the Xbox One coming in just two weeks, it's about time Microsoft let out a bit more information about one of its more talked-about titles. Killer Instinct is easily one of the most commonly-seen titles for the new consol...

Alessandro Fillari




8:30 PM on 11.04.2013

Leaked character roster outs Fulgore for Killer Instinct

Less than a week after the reveal of Spinal, we get a nice little leak showing Fulgore as the final character for Killer Instinct's season-one roster. Yes, there is a God. The leak comes by way of Penny Arcade, who seemingly ...

Abel Girmay




5:15 PM on 10.31.2013

New Killer Instinct trailer reveals Spinal and much more

During IGN's recent livestream event for Killer Instinct, much of the focus was on B.Orchid's return in the newest entry of the series. As a fan favorite, Double Helix was keen to show off its redesign and new mechanics for ...

Alessandro Fillari




9:00 PM on 10.22.2013

Killer Instinct's training mode gets further detailed

With Killer Instinct drawing nearer, so too are details, specifically about the game's training modes. You can expect the standard training mode, of course -- just you and a dummy with A.I. The twist here is that the previous...

Abel Girmay




4:15 PM on 10.14.2013

Killer Instinct gets gimmicky limited retail release

The Xbox One's KIller Instinct has an...interesting pricing structure. It's limited free-to-play, sort of like League of Legends. You can sort of buy it outright though, too. It's a potentially good idea. "The world's most ge...

Steven Hansen




12:00 AM on 10.11.2013

Mad Catz' Killer Instinct TE 2 fightstick is $200

The Mad Catz Killer Instinct TE 2 fightstick pre-orders are now open. It's going to run you $199.99, and will be available on the Xbox One's launch day, November 22, 2013.  The fight stick features Japanese-style Sanwa j...

Hamza CTZ Aziz




8:00 AM on 10.04.2013

Balancing act: Killer Instinct to have early access tests

Though every Xbox One has the potential to become a development kit, that feature won't be available on day one, like seemingly many of the Xbox One's features (third party headset support, the ability to use the controller w...

Steven Hansen




1:30 PM on 09.20.2013

B.Orchid confirmed for Killer Instinct in Sadira trailer

Killer Instinct is just a few months away, and you can get a glimpse of newcomer Sadira in this brand new trailer. She shows off her stuff in a cave that's particularly fond of arachnids, which compliments her web-based move...

Chris Carter




9:00 AM on 08.30.2013

Microsoft: Killer Instinct 'world's most generous demo'

Demolicious. That's what Microsoft thinks of Xbox One exclusive Killer Instinct. It recently released its pricing scheme for the fighter. You can download the game for free with one playable fighter and there are various amou...

Steven Hansen




1:30 PM on 08.26.2013

Double Helix reveals a brand new Killer Instinct fighter

Fresh off of revealing its pricing scheme and initial launch fighter counter, the folks over at Double Helix have revealed a brand new female character for the new Killer Instinct. Although speculation was abound that she ma...

Chris Carter




10:30 PM on 08.22.2013

Original announcer will be in new Killer Instinct

During a TwitchTV live stream of upcoming Xbox One fighter Killer Instinct, Microsoft creative director Adam Isgreen and producer Torin Rettig revealed a few more details about the game that will be sure to make fans of ...

Wesley Ruscher




7:30 AM on 08.20.2013

Killer Instinct reveals its pricing scheme

Earlier this year at E3, some feared that a free-to-play scheme would ensure that Killer Instinct dead on arrival. But it turns out that the free version is actually a demo of sorts, and the game will offer up multiple (and i...

Chris Carter




11:00 AM on 08.18.2013

Drenched in war paint: Thunder debuted in Killer Instinct

A single tomahawk was all it took during the Killer Instinct demonstration at EVO 2013 for fans to speculate the return of Thunder as the fourth announced character in the upcoming Xbox One free-to-play fighter.  In...

Wesley Ruscher




7:00 PM on 07.22.2013

Xbox One records your last five minutes of gameplay

While it sounds slightly creepy to hear that future consoles will always be recording our game performances, the potential is great in this current media landscape where video plays an increasingly prominent role in how we co...

Jordan Devore




7:45 PM on 07.14.2013

Chief Thunder teased as next Killer Instinct character

[Update: Added a video of the KI trailer below. Skip to 0.54 to get to the teaser portion.] Microsoft and Double Helix have been doing their best to keep the hype train rolling for the recently revived Xbox One fighter&n...

Wesley Ruscher




11:00 PM on 07.12.2013

Making-of Killer Instinct documentary shows a humbled dev

There's been a lot of skepticism circling around the return of Killer Instinct. It's understandable, to be sure, that nervousness would be the natural response to a new developer taking point on a long-dormant series. It's n...

Abel Girmay




5:00 PM on 06.19.2013

Microsoft, please stop desecrating Killer Instinct

Dear Microsoft, Please stop making Killer Instinct look like, as our own Jonathan Holmes put it, “a mash-to-win, noob-friendly combo fest.” I've played your game -- even had a proper lesson from Double Helix to he...

Wesley Ruscher




5:30 PM on 06.15.2013

Killer Instinct is a mash-to-win noob-friendly combo fest

The best thing about E3 this year was the constant loitering of awesome developers at the Sony booth. It was like a Sup Holmes reunion special. That's where I bumped into Adam Heart, creator of the PS3/PS Vita/PC fighter Div...

Jonathan Holmes




4:40 PM on 06.11.2013

Killer Instinct may not be 'free-to-play' in a bad way

Earlier today, it was reported that Killer Instinct for the Xbox One would be completely free-to-play, thus putting a rather large, nasty elephant in the room of an otherwise positive prospect. But it appears as if Doubl...

Chris Carter




4:00 AM on 06.11.2013

Killer Instinct is combo-tastic... and it's free-to-play

This is damn ridiculous. When does it all end, Microsoft? When does it all end? I've just returned from a special Microsoft event where select members of the press could sample Xbox One titles before the E3 show floor opens. ...

Tony Ponce




2:18 PM on 06.10.2013

Killer Instinct being developed by Double Helix Studios

It's been a long time coming, but Killer Instinct has finally risen from extinction. Along with its revival comes news that its developer is none other than Double Helix Games. You might remember them from such amazing title...

Wesley Ruscher




12:05 PM on 06.10.2013

Killer Instinct is coming back on Xbox One

You asked for it and now it's really happening!

Alasdair Duncan








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