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Killer Instinct

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Killer Instinct

Killer Instinct is getting a HUD refresh soon

And Shadow Jago
Nov 23
// Jordan Devore
The terrible twos aren't terrible at all when you're talking about Killer Instinct. The Xbox One launch title celebrated its second birthday over the weekend, and its future looks promising. Season 3 drops in March, but befor...
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Killer Instinct

Shadow Jago is still coming along for Killer Instinct

Check out the changelog
Oct 02
// Chris Carter
Remember Shadow Jago? He's turning into much more than just a skin for Killer Instinct, and thanks to the Community Fund efforts, he's going to be a full-on character in the future. For starters, he's going to be faster than ...
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Killer Instinct

More Killer Instinct Season 3 info is coming soon

Would like some PC details too
Sep 25
// Chris Carter
Killer Instinct had a pretty massive showing at E3, followed by a surprise beta period for Rash, and then...that's basically all the news we've heard since then. Thankfully, more news is coming next week, as the develope...

Rash in Killer Instinct is a cameo done with love

Aug 17 // Patrick Hancock
What I love: Rash plays like he's ripped right out of Battletoads. He can grow ram horns and headbutt his opponent, turn into a wrecking ball, kick with a giant spiky boot, and even call in the infamous speeder bike. While these sounds completely ridiculous, it never feels out of place or strange. I mean, this is a game with robo-dinosaurs and flame cats. Rash has a ton of mobility around the stage. He can zip around the screen using his tongue, though it won't do any damage if it hits the opponent. An added benefit to the tongue is that it will eat projectiles, which in turn helps Rash build meter! The wrecking ball move can also be used to get around the stage, making Rash able to zip and zoop around the screen to keep the opponent on their toes.  My favorite moment so far has been against an Orchid. We were both very low on health, so she starts spamming her fire cats across the stage. Since Rash doesn't have a projectile, I just decided to keep eating hers. Eventually she ran out of Instinct and I was able to use the Shadow version of the Wrecking Ball to seal my victory! The animations and sound prove that this isn't just some ham-fisted nostalgia-fueled cameo done for the money. It's clear that a lot of care was taken when re-creating Rash for the modern era. Going back and forth between Rare Replay's Battletoads and Killer Instinct's Rash is way too seamless. Players can even button mash while fighting to perform a combo, though this isn't super useful. [embed]297480:60011:0[/embed] What needs to change before he's finished: The biggest thing that irks me about Rash is that he only has one linker move, Battering Ram. Every other character has more than that and I expect Rash to by March as well. Rash's trailer seems to have a second linker in the form of a traditional Russian dance, so perhaps we'll see that come March. Other pieces are missing as well, like an actual Ultra, but that's a given for his final version. His throw demonstrated in the reveal trailer has Rash picking up the enemy and moving with them, just like in the original Battletoads, but this is not implemented in the current version.  Rash feels like a great addition to the Killer Instinct cast. If this is how all future cameos are done, then I am all for adding in more. I have a feeling I'm going to go through some intense withdrawal between September and Match without having Rash on the roster.
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Just give him like, one more linker?
Battletoads is an interesting entity. It's really hard, and everyone knows it. It garnered a big following long after its release and has become more and more infamous over time. Then, the characters appeared in Shovel K...

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Kim Wu Killer Instinct

Kim Wu will be joining the cast of Killer Instinct in Season 3

Remember her?
Aug 14
// Chris Carter
Kim Wu entered the Killer Instinct arena in the second game in the series, and now she'll be returning for the Xbox One and PC editions for Season 3. Set to drop in March of 2016, Rash and Kim Wu are the only ones confirmed s...
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Rash kicks some major ass in these pro Killer Instinct videos

Go go Battletoads
Aug 10
// Chris Carter
Rash has only been out for roughly a week, and already some pro Killer Instinct players are kicking ass with him. Take a look at these combo videos to get an idea of what to expect, both in terms of his raw fighting pow...
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Killer Instinct

Rash turns into a wrecking ball in Killer Instinct

Stick around for the character tease
Aug 05
// Jordan Devore
The screenshots were a treat, but seeing Rash in action is something else. Smash Hits are back. If you own Rare Replay (you should!) or Killer Instinct paid DLC, you can play as him until September 8, 2015 at 12:00am Pacific. This is just a trial run ahead of the character's final release. Go give 'em the boot!
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Battletoad KI

Here's the rundown on Battletoad Rash's appearance in Killer Instinct, with a catch

It's a timed test right now
Aug 04
// Chris Carter
Today, Microsoft announced Season 3 of Killer Instinct, set to debut next year on PC and Xbox One. But wait, there was another tidbit too -- Rash from Battletoads will be playable today! Unfortunately, the reality is a l...
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Rash from Battletoads is confirmed
Microsoft announced today at gamescom that Killer Instinct will be getting a Season 3, which will debut in March 2016. That goes for the Xbox One and the upcoming PC version, and Xbox One fight sticks and controllers will work on PC. Also, Rash from Battletoads will debut in the game today, which is pretty awesome. I'm up for a Season 3, as the core game has been excellent so far.

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Killer Instinct

Killer Instinct runs much faster than 60 frames per second

'Our game is running really fast'
Jul 21
// Brett Makedonski
Yeah, it's a post about frames per second, but it's going in a different direction than usual. The standard is that a game runs at less than 60 FPS, and a lot of people get angry about it. This is about a title running at a ...
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EVO day 2

EVO 2015 Day 2: Here's everything that happened

Tekken, Smash 4, and KI finals conclude
Jul 19
// Ben Pack
The second day of EVO 2015, the world's largest fighting game tournament, has come to a close, and champions for Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, Tekken 7, and Killer Instinct have been crowned.
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Killer Instinct

Practice Killer Instinct's shadow breakers in your browser

Now this is cool
Jul 16
// Chris Carter
A friend of mine who plays Killer Instinct competitively linked me this gem late last night, and I have say, it's pretty damn awesome. In short, it's a way to practice the timing of breaking shadow linkers in your browse...
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Killer Instinct

Killer Instinct's Shadow AI mechanic is insanely detailed

Jun 01
// Chris Carter
I feel like I'm always gushing about Killer Instinct on Xbox One, but that's partially because it defied expectations and carved a very nice niche for itself inside the FGC. Ever since launch its co-development team has...
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Killer Instinct

Killer Instinct closes out Season 2 with Aria

A successful season, I'd say
May 28
// Chris Carter
I'm glad that Killer Instinct was able to rise above the monumental bad press it obtained pre-launch. It really stands on its own as a fighting game, and I'm excited to see it played at tournies across the country, incl...
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Killer Instinct

Killer Instinct's final Season 2 character is a CEO

Send in the drones
May 08
// Jordan Devore
Season 2 of Killer Instinct gave us a golem, a sorcerer, and a Japanese ghost, among other characters. Who's next? The CEO of UltraTech. ARIA may be an artificial intelligence, but that's not about to stop her from getting ph...
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Killer Instinct

You can now support Killer Instinct tourney pots with the Shadow Jago pack

For $20
Apr 30
// Chris Carter
Killer Instinct continues to improve with every passing month, and now, you'll be able to contribute to a community prize pot by way of DLC. For $20 you can buy the Shadow Jago pack, which comes with the character, as we...
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Killer Instinct

Cinder's bringing his hot stuff to Killer Instinct April 30

Get it? Because he's fire? Eh I'm wasted on you lot
Apr 28
// Joe Parlock
Killer Instinct’s second season is well underway, bringing us some pretty cool characters like Aganos the Golem and Hisako, the most god damn disturbing character from any fighting game ever. She jumps inside of you an...
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Killer Instinct S2 DLC

Killer Instinct gets a spooky ghost and a human torch

Season 2 is getting hot hot hot
Mar 26
// Jed Whitaker
Hisako is a spooky ghost lady ripped straight from Japanese horror films with long black hair and creepy crawling intact, certainly a cool addition to Killer Instinct for Season 2. Also revealed in the trailer is t...
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Killer Instinct

Killer Instinct's Hisako looks like one of the most unique fighters yet

Mar 09
// Chris Carter
Double Helix and Iron Galaxy have done a great job at turning Killer Instinct into a serviceable fighting game over the past year and a half. The newest character to join the fray is Hisako, which basically looks like t...
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Killer Instinct

Killer Instinct is getting a multi-faced golem and a 'Ghost Girl'

Available Feb. 27 with the Ultra Edition, March 5 with the Combo Breaker Edition
Feb 20
// Jordan Devore
From a cosmetic perspective, I'm digging this new round of Killer Instinct characters. While the trailer is focused on next week's Aganos, a golem who looks more like a boss than a combatant, there's also a tease at the end for a character everyone seems to be calling "Ghost Girl." I hope that name sticks. Videogames can and should be weird like that sometimes.
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Iron Galaxy is teasing Omen, a new Killer Instinct character

He looks sufficiently evil
Jan 09
// Chris Carter
[Update: Now we have a picture of the leg -- really cool shadow effects. Remember this sort of old school style teasing in magazines?] A new character is coming to Killer Instinct, and developer Iron Galaxy is hinti...
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Riptor is looking pretty killer in her new Killer Instinct trailer

From Ultratech
Dec 16
// Chris Carter
Although we had confirmation of Riptor's existence in Killer Instinct already, now we have a better look at her moveset and backstory. Evidently she was created as a result of a competing project with Fulgore and Cinder...
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Killer Instinct

Riptor is coming to Killer Instinct this week

Clever girl
Dec 15
// Chris Carter
Another classic combatant returns. Killer Instinct will get Riptor this week, as announced by the developers. Early access members are set to get her today, while the rest of the public will get her on December 17. The n...
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Killer Instinct

Brendan Fraser wouldn't like this next Killer Instinct Season 2 character

He's all about that Riptor, though
Nov 21
// Jordan Devore
Kan-Ra seems about as menacing as an Saturday morning cartoon villain, but that's why I like him. The mummy sorcerer is next in line for Season 2 of Killer Instinct. He'll be available first for Ultra Edition ($39.99) player...
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Killer Instinct S2

Killer Instinct Season 2 starts tomorrow with TJ Combo and Maya

I genuinely like the trailer music in this specific setting
Oct 14
// Jordan Devore
Iron Galaxy took over continued development of Killer Instinct for Microsoft following Amazon's acquisition of Double Helix earlier this year. We'll get to see what the studio has come up with starting tomorrow when the firs...
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TJ Combo

Watch TJ Combo wrack up a 195-hit combo in training mode

It's training with no combo breakers, but still
Sep 30
// Chris Carter
TJ Combo is an absolute beast. We knew that back in the older Killer Instinct games, and that seems to be true to this day. Fans have been experimenting with the new iteration of the character in Killer Instinct fo...
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Killer Instinct

Watch Maya wreck Sadira in these new Killer Instinct Season 2 screens

Hopefully Season 2 will match up to the base game
Sep 18
// Chris Carter
Killer Instinct is still chugging, and I still go back to it occasionally to play with friends. It's really held up, and Season 2 looks to bring more characters in along for the ride. In addition to the confirmed TJ Combo and...

Killer Instinct: Season 2 begins October 15

Eight new fighters including TJ Combo and Maya
Aug 12
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Season 2 of Killer Instinct begins on October 15, 2014. Fans can expect new fighters, enhanced game modes, and a revamped interface. The Ultra Edition will cost $39.99 and will include eight fighters starting with TJ Combo an...

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