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Killer Instinct

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Killer Instinct

Watch Killer Instinct's Kim Wu in action


Big changes for Season 3
Jan 30
// Jordan Devore
Our prior coverage of Killer Instinct has been repeatedly met with comments expressing love and affection for Kim Wu. Well, y'all, today's the day. We're getting our first full look at the martial artist with a "friggin' drag...
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EVO 2016

EVO 2016's lineup includes Street Fighter V and Pokken


Vegas, baby
Jan 26
// Zack Furniss
In the middle of a Twitch stream for Redbull's eSports channel, the Evolution Championship Series (call it EVO if you want to make friends) co-founder Joey Cuellar announced the lineup for this year's event. Here's what the f...
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Killer Instinct

Killer Instinct Season 2 is discounted, Season 1 still free


They work in tandem of course
Jan 20
// Chris Carter
As you may have heard, Microsoft is holding an Xbox sale, which includes Season 2 of Killer Instinct. As a PSA of sorts, Season 1 is still free for Gold members during the month of January. So you can swoop in and collect all...
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Killer Instinct

Killer Instinct's Season 3 will be playable at multiple events


Leading up to its March release
Jan 11
// Chris Carter
If you're itching to try out Killer Instinct's Season 3 before its release in March, you may get a chance pretty soon. According to the game's lead combat designer, it will be at PAX South at the end of January, as well as th...

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Tusk

Classic character Tusk is in Killer Instinct Season 3


Game is still Windows 10 exclusive on PC
Jan 04
// Chris Carter
Killer Instinct is bringing back another old-school character for Season 3. In addition to Kim Wu, Tusk will be joining the fray, and both fighters have been confirmed for launch. According to creative director Adam Isgreen t...
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Games With Gold

PSA: Killer Instinct is Cross-Buy on PC, so your free Games With Gold download transfers


Season 1 is free this month
Jan 01
// Chris Carter
Microsoft announced that Killer Instinct will feature Cross-Buy with the upcoming Windows 10 version earlier in 2015, but has since clarified recently that picking up the free Xbox One download in January will net you al...
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Killer Instinct

Killer Instinct: Season 1 Ultra Edition is free with Gold


Original Killer Instinct included
Dec 31
// Jordan Devore
Oh, hey, look at that! One of January's Games with Gold offerings is up early. Killer Instinct: Season 1 Ultra Edition normally costs $39.99, but it's free to download with an Xbox Live Gold membership through January 31, 201...
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Killer Instinct amiibo

Killer Instinct is getting its own amiibo-like toy line


Starting with Shadow Jago
Dec 12
// Chris Carter
Killer Instinct Season 3 is still in development, but that hasn't stopped the team from adding in a few more tweaks and extras along the way. One of the biggest upcoming changes is the addition of a Shadow Jago figure, that w...
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Killer Instinct

It's Shadow Jago's time to shine in Killer Instinct


New trailer and release info
Dec 01
// Jordan Devore
Shadow Jago has his own trailer for Killer Instinct, so you know what that means: he's nearly ready. The character will first be available on December 4, 2015, for folks who bought the Community Fund Bundle or Day One Xbox Live Gold. After a short window of exclusivity, he'll then be up for purchase from December 18 to January 15. Iron Galaxy hasn't given full pricing details yet.
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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

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


Amazing
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


Unconventional
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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Omen

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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