18. Killer Instinct Gold (1996)
Welcome to Killer Instinct Gold! Let me start by alleviating any fears you may have, you do not need to be an expert to finish this game, or even experienced. There is a potential problem however, in that to get all the achievements it requires you to have two controllers (There is a location you can only visit with two controllers, Sky). It also makes the arcade mode much easier as you can choose this easy map to win on. If you don't have a second Xbox One controller but have a spare Xbox 360 controller and a computer running Win10, you can plug your 360 controller into your computer to use as a second through the Xbox app. This game has no Rare Replay cheats, but there will be an in-game one we use to make it a bit easier. So lets get started! After loading up the game you will unlock the following achievement;
Note that for the entirety of this walkthrough, I will be showing buttons for the default layout. When the game has loaded, don't press anything and wait for it to start showing you the character bios. Once it has started, enter in the following combination;
(Note that it is press left with the right joystick).
This will unlock a few more options for us. Press start to initiate the menu (Note you press start to select in this game), then scroll all the way to the bottom to Options. In here, change the following settings;
Game Speed: Slow
Cheap Juggles: On (Found in Level 4 Options)
Blocking: Off (Found in Level 5 Options)
With these settings we are now ready to go beat the game on Easy! Press Start to exit the options menu and head all the way back up to the top again to Arcade. We will be playing as Sabrewulf, he is quite obvious as he looks like a werewolf. For those you don't have a second controller, select him and skip the rest of this paragraph. Otherwise connect the second controller now and press start. It doesn't matter what character player two is, but the trick here is for both players to be holding down and select their characters with at the same time. If it worked properly, you will load up the map Sky. It is a floating platform in the sky that makes this rather easy, as you can kick your opponent off the side for an easy victory.
The main combo we will be using is as follows,
This will cause Sabrewulf to do a flip. If it connects with the opponent, it will make them go flying up, and with cheap juggling on you can almost do it continually until the opponent dies. If you're on Sky it has a high chance of knocking your opponent off the map, and it's not surprising for most fights on this map to take less than 10 seconds. If you're not on Sky, the following combo is generally much better;
This causes Sabrewulf to do a cartwheel, and because we have turned off block if you get in the rhythm of it you can chain hit them until they die. There is also another combo you can do using instead, if you feel neither of the above two are working!
The next two notes are specific on the amount of controllers you have.
-For those with two controllers, start by killing off your second controller. After you have won this fight, do not press continue on the second controller. You can disconnect it at this point. You will have to face the same opponent again as an AI, as well as every following one, but what we have done is forced it to be on Sky to make for easy victories using the first combo I mentioned.
-For those with one controller, from here you will be work one by one through each opponent on rotating maps until you make it to Gargos, the final opponent. I find the combo much easier for these maps you can't knock any enemies off, but you will get a feel for what one you like the most.
Regardless of set-up, if you end up dying at any point make sure you press continue. If you don't pay attention and let it count down to 0, you will have to start the entire process from the start again! Note that even on easy your opponents will occasionally be extremely unforgiving, but as you have unlimited continues just keep trying. You will have to work your way through every opponent until you come up to Gargos, the final opponent. The method here is the same, I found the combo worked better but you may find you prefer another one. Once he is down to red flashing health, you will need to knock him off the stage. Fortunately for us our attack already does this, so just do it one more time and you will finish him. Congratulations, you're now done with Arcade mode and will have the following achievement;
If you have one controller, go to the options again and change the difficulty to Very Easy. Otherwise Head into arcade again, and pick Sabrewulf. If you have two controllers start up the second one to create an opponent that won't fight back. What we're aiming to do here is 5 Ultra combos. To do an ultra combo you must do a particular combo as your opponents health is flashing red (So almost dead). This isn't too hard if you're doing it against yourself, but if you're doing it against AI you will need a bit of luck! Once you're opponent is ready to be Ultra'd, enter in the following combination;
,,, HOLD ,,
After the combo you will be doing a cartwheel. As soon this attack starts, begin to hold . Just before the cartwheel ends, you then need to release it and quickly press the ,. The timing is critical, but once you've done it once you'll find it easy to replicate most times. In total you need to win 5 fights with this ultra combo, after the 5th one you will unlock the following achievements;
Killer Instinct Gold: Perform five No Mercy or Fatality finishers over time.
From here, continue playing the arcade mode you are currently in as you need to get a streak of 10 wins. Against yourself you shouldn't have any problem getting this. Against AI, you should by now have the ,, combo down to a near art, and as we changed the AI difficulty to Very Easy earlier they should have much less chance of turning the fight around. After 10 straight wins, you will have the following achievement;
Killer Instinct Gold: Get a win streak of ten or more in Arcade Mode.
From here you will now need to finish off getting a total of 25 Supreme Victories, if you haven't already. A Supreme Victory is one where you have defeated you opponent without loosing your first green health bar. With two controllers you can either finish it off on random maps, or head to Sky again and knock your opponent off the edge for quicker victories. Against AI, just make sure they are set to Very Easy as well as all the other settings so that they will give you the least grief possible. With the combos we've been using thus far, it isn't odd to finish a fight against the AI without it getting a single hit in. After a lifetime total of 25 you will unlock the following achievement;
From here, head into Practice mode and select Sabrewulf again. We are going to doing Master (or above) combos here, as we need a lifetime total of 25. A master combo is a combo with at least 7 moves in it. We will be using a slightly longer variation of a move we have already been using, as follows;
As this is a repeating pattern, I found once I started to get the timing right I would just keep doing the pattern over and over. As the commands you enter appear on the bottom of the screen, use this as a good reference as to whether you are timing it right or not. In the games language, it should appear as follows;
If you're well experienced in fighter games you will probably have this done in 5 minutes, but it could easily take you half an hour if this is your first. After a total of 25 you will unlock the following achievement;
Killer Instinct Gold: Perform 25 Master (or above) Combos.
High chances are you have already done a combo breaker and have this achievement, but if you haven't we'll try set up a scenario in which it will happen. Head into the Options tab again and change the difficulty to very hard. This makes your opponents much more likely to start a combo. Head into Arcade mode again and select our favourite Sabrewulf. As the enemy starts their combo, you want to retaliate with the following;
If you don't feel confident in knowing when to do the attack, just spam it over and over and you will quite likely get this within a few games, if not your first. Once you break and enemy combo you will unlock the following achievement;
All we have left to do now play every character, map and game mode at least once. We'll start with game modes, head back to the main menu and start up each of the following modes until you're controlling your character at least once;
- Team Elimination
- Focused Training
After the last one you will unlock the following achievement;
Killer Instinct Gold: Sample every single game mode.
Next up we'll do the characters. Start up an arcade game, pick a character, let the game start and quit out. Do this over and over until you have played as each character once, I'd suggest going in order on the character selection ring so you don't miss one and have to go through it again. After having trialed every character you will unlock the following achievement;
Gargos, the final boss, is a playable character we must unlock with a cheat. Leave the game on the main menu until the character bios start. Once they're up, enter the following sequence;
(Note that it is right with the right joystick).
You will hear Gargos laugh, and he will now be a playable character. Head into arcade and select him, as soon as the game loads you will unlock the following achievement;
This achievement requires two controllers. There are two ways to get the majority of these, either play the game naturally or force specific maps until you have them all. Following is a list of all the commands needed to force every map, note you must either have two controllers connected or be in Practice mode for these to work;
,: Space Ship
,: Spinal Ship
,: Sky (Must be down with both controllers at the same time)
Once you have played every map once you will unlock the following achievement;
Congratulations, you are now finished with Killer Instinct Gold!
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