Button Bashing Brilliance
When I downloaded KI, I only owned Forza 5, NFS Rivals and Lego Marvel Superheroes. Don’t get me wrong, these games are great, but there was something missing from my library, and that was a fighting game that I could pick up for 20 minutes, play a few matches, and then put back down. With no story/narrative mode, Killer Instinct is exactly that. It consists of versus matches, survival matches (non-stop versus), and online ranked and un-ranked matches. It may not seem like much, but when you think about the “story” modes in MK or Tekken, they are just versus matches with a cut scene either side, so I think KI has done right to exclude a story mode.
Killer Instinct is a typical button bashing fighting game, but as always, if you take the time to learn the combos, you’ll do much better in matches. Comparing KI to my experiences with MK9 and Tekken 6, I’d say that combos in KI are harder than MK but easier than Tekken. There’s a pretty extensive dojo mode where you will learn the ins and outs of combos, but once you get the general idea, you’ll be back to button bashing, but with a rough idea of what you want to press at least.
One of the best things about Killer Instinct is the price. The game is free and allows you to use one character. This character is on rotation and after a certain period of time is no longer available, and is traded out for a different character. If you want access to all 6 characters, plus the 2 DLC characters (Spinal is already available, Fulgore is coming soon), you need to buy the Combo Breaker add-on. I paid £15.99 (around $20), which I think is pretty decent for the full game. There are then however alternate costumes that you can buy for £2.49 each, if you really want them. Alternatively, you can pay £31.99 (around $40) for everything; all characters, all costumes and a copy of the original Killer Instinct.
All in all, I think this is probably the best £16 I’ve ever spent. Killer Instinct is a lot of fun, difficult but not too difficult, looks amazing on next-gen and provides hours of local and online play. It might be nice to have a few more characters, even though the addition of Spinal and Fulgore come in the form of DLC, but for this price, I’m certainly not going to complain! I would highly recommend this to anyone who loves to mash buttons until they get blisters. And then mashes some more.