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Killer Instinct (2013) is a fighting game series. The third installation released for free with the Xbox One launch. This built on Killer Instinct and Killer Instinct 2 and added more characters as time progressed.

Killer Instinct play is classic combo-based attacks where players need to memorise combinations and series of button presses to trigger attacks. This starts quite simply but soon expands into a highly skilled chess-like series of Openers, Auto-Doubles, Linkers, Enders and Manuals. Each of which require specific skills and knowledge of the game.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Killer Instinct 3 years ago. It was re-examined by Ellen Robertson and updated 3 months ago.
Kids not old enough for this yet? There are lots of games similar to Killer Instinct (Series). Here are some similar younger-rated games:

Play StylePlay Style

This is an Action and Fighting game. You can play with 1 to 2 players in the same room or as a 2-player online game.

You can play this game in the following styles:


Play Time: This game will take between 12 hours and 15 hours to complete. Although you can complete the story in this time, to master the characters in the game and improve competitive performance will require tens if not hundreds of hours of practice.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Killer Instinct Definitive Edition was rated PEGI 16 for depictions of arcade-style violence containing blood/gore. This game features sustained arcade-style violence containing frequent blood effects. Movements and reactions are exaggerated, however, blood appears more with certain characters, often humans. A variety of weapons can be used, including guns, swords and elemental attacks.
Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.

Account Rating

  • You need be 18-years-old to to subscribe to Xbox Live Gold for online play, but can then configure family accounts for younger players to play online with Xbox One.


Killer Instinct usually costs £29.99.

Killer Instinct

Steam Store PC £29.99
XBox Store Xbox One -
There are the following additional costs associated with this game:
  • In-Game Purchases: Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.
  • You need a subscription to play online:
    • You need to purchase a Xbox Live Gold subscription to play online with Xbox One.
You can purchase characters, cosmetic items and game currency. 
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DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 22/11/2013

Out Now: PC and Xbox One

Players: 1-2 (2 online)

Genres: Action and Fighting

Accessibility: 10 features

Components: 2D Side-On

Developer: Iron Galaxy (@IronGalaxy)

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