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'Killer Instinct' Brings Fighting Action To Xbox One

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With the Xbox One now launched in various countries across the world, gamers are able to get their hands on a number of new experiences. However, one in particular should be a big hit with nostalgic gamers – "Killer Instinct." 

This fighting game, featuring characters including a jacked-up werewolf and an axe-wielding Indian warrior, got its start in arcades in the 90's, before making its way to home consoles like the SNES and Nintendo 64. It's been dormant since that time, but Microsoft has picked up the reigns, calling upon developer Double Helix to bring it swinging back into the mainstream.

"Killer Instinct" relies on multi-hit combos, which players can "chain" together using a number of rapid analog stick and button presses, for opponents to beat one another in the ring. Combined with a high-energy presentation and a number of fighters from the original game, it's one of Microsoft's premiere Xbox One releases. The free-to-play structure doesn't hurt either, with the first combatant, Jago, being offered for no charge, and others going for $4.99 apiece. 

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True fighting fans can opt to pay $39.99 for the full six-member cast, along with a download of the original "Killer Instinct" arcade game. Additional fighters will be added in January and March. 

Check out the trailer and prepare to get in a "Killer" mood.

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    SonSon1 , November 29, 2013 3:40 PM
    The title should be, 'Killer Instinct' Brings Yet More Microtransaction Action To Xbox One
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    rsktek , November 29, 2013 2:02 PM
    Six damn characters... no.
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    Norrec69 , November 29, 2013 2:22 PM
    I keep watching that trailer. How can anybody not buy a Xbox One after watching it? I'm gonna have to break down and sell my gaming computer to get me a Xbox One. Nah I wouldnt want it that bad. I'd sell everything in my house to get a Xbox One though, just for Killer Instinct.
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    banmaster , November 29, 2013 2:24 PM
    I've been playing it a bit, and its a nice look back in time to when these titles were everywhere.
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    tachybana , November 29, 2013 2:58 PM
    Classic. This game was awesome when it hit the Arcades. Loved Jaygo and Chief Thunder (Fulgore was all Cheese!) :) 
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    SonSon1 , November 29, 2013 3:40 PM
    The title should be, 'Killer Instinct' Brings Yet More Microtransaction Action To Xbox One
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    tanjo , November 29, 2013 9:53 PM
    W-W-W-Wallet breaker!!
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    Travis Rice , November 29, 2013 11:15 PM
    its 20 dollars for the entire game....W-W-W-What the fck are you complaining about?
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    back_by_demand , November 30, 2013 1:41 AM
    Looks like a sweet game, I just hope this is the start of some more old games being rebooted. Next on the list should be Golden Axe, Rastan Saga, Altered Beast and maybe, just maybe, Gauntlet
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    LePhuronn , November 30, 2013 2:41 AM
    No Cinder and Riptor? Entirely new villian instead of Eyedol? Feels incomplete, although I like the idea of a Counter Breaker.

    Will wait for a year until they've put everything in and charge a reasonable price for it, instead of this microtransaction bollocks.
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    schnitter , November 30, 2013 8:27 AM
    The voiceover guy in the trailer seems to have drank too much coffee while having a hazelnut stuck in his throat... seems to have flatlined and died at the end of it.
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    technicalbass , November 30, 2013 8:54 AM
    You like the idea of a counter breaker??? Did you even play the frickin original game?? Combo breaker has been there since the beginning.
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    spectrewind , November 30, 2013 11:05 AM
    "along with a download of the original "Killer Instinct" arcade game."

    I wonder if the original KI will be emulated with multi-player or not. I played enough of this thing back in 1995/1996 where I'd buy the console and the title just for that piece of it.

    It is possible to emulate it over Kaillera/MAME, but I have a hard time finding anyone that knows how to set this up and play it. Dumbing it down to the console level might add some players, since most folks just want to pick it up and go, without worrying about the background configuration of a sync'd MAME session. (I have done this).
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    masmotors , November 30, 2013 11:11 PM
    pc port i wont get xbone till tax time mayabe or a handgun ?
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    mcgee101 , December 1, 2013 11:52 AM
    Until they finish off the roster.. Nah. Where the heck is RareWare. MS has nothing that I want on this generation at this time. + I have a PC that would be like Randy Cotoure fighting your 13 yr old nephew for the ultimate championship of the world.. I wonder who would win..
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