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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Killer Instinct is a Teen-rated fighting game available only via download for Xbox One. Players start with one character for free and can upgrade to eight characters for $20. None of the characters' motives for fighting are explained. Players pummel their opponents with a series of punches and kicks, with the occasional weapon tossed into the mix. There is some blood but nothing gory. Players can communicate freely and without moderation to strangers via voice chat.
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What's it about?
KILLER INSTINCT is a free-to-play fighting game based on the classic arcade franchise. The free version features one fighter, Jago, whom players master through a series of game modes and tutorials. Player can opt to purchase additional characters -- from the werewolf Sabrewulf to a mysterious icy creature called Glacius -- separately or upgrade to a $20 version of the game with six characters at launch. Players participate in standard one-on-one matches or engage in a Survival mode where they'll face an endless array of opponents.
Is it any good?
Killer Instinct a great fighting game that's easy to pick up and learn. Players can easily mash their way through fights and have an enjoyable time, but they'll need to work on their timing to learn more advanced techniques. The free version may offer access to only one character, but it includes all game modes, so players can find out if they like it before spending any money.
That said, it's pretty thin on options. Even when upgrading to the $20 version, players have only six fighters to work with at launch, with two more arriving in future downloads. There's also a limited number of game modes. Regardless, Killer Instinct is a fun, exciting brawler at a low cost.
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