Parents' Guide to

Fighter Within

By Chris Morris, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Buggy, disappointing brawler will get your heart pumping.

Game Xbox One 2013
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Fighter Within should be a game that showcases all that Kinect 2.0 can do. Instead, it reveals the weaknesses of the camera and relies on outdated ways to interface with the system. The menu, for instance, is a frustrating affair, requiring you to hold your hand in the air and push in toward the screen rather than simply voicing your desires. The fighting system works well at times and certainly gives players a good workout, but there are aggravating moments when it doesn't read your movements correctly. Some actions, such as picking up a stick, are virtually impossible. Others, such as throws or finishing moves, are very hit and miss. There's no online multiplayer mode, but players can take on local opponents in the same room. (Just be sure there's enough space so they don't accidentally hit each other.)

The corny story, meanwhile, is ludicrous and takes itself much too seriously. Skipping it isn't really an option, though, since the game takes an annoying amount of time to load each fight. Fighter Within has some good ideas, and its basic mechanics work most of the time, but overall the execution is badly fumbled.

Game Details

  • Platform: Xbox One
  • Available online?: Not available online
  • Publisher: UbiSoft
  • Release date: November 22, 2013
  • Genre: Fighting
  • ESRB rating: T for Blood, Mild Language, Violence
  • Last updated: January 13, 2022

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