Friday, 14 June 2013

Flashback Friday - Killer Instinct

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Killer Instinct is a fighting game developed by Rare and published by Midway. It hit the arcades in 1994 and was ported to the SNES and Gameboy a year later. The story is about a fighting tournament finded by a mega corporation called Ultratech so they can test out their weird and wonderful creations oh and Ultratech also just happened to of found a way to travel through dimensions and also just happen to unleash a daemon in the process.

Killer Instinct introduced a few new gaming mechanics:
  • Double Energy Bar: Instead of fighting for 2 rounds each player has 2 life bars but at the end of the round the winners life bar does not refill. 
  • Automatic Combos: Normally to perform a combo a player has to press multiple buttons but in Killer Instinct the player can get a combo from the push of 1 button.
  • Combo Breaker: When a player is on the wrong side of a long combo they have the chance to break it by inputting a series of directions and buttons.
  • Finisher: Each character has at least 2 moves called No Mercy that are used to kill the other players. One of them can be used at the end of a combo and they also have a Humiliation.
  • Ultra Combo: These are combos that you can only start once the other player is on their second life bar and it's flashing red.

Playable characters:
  • Orchid: A spy.
  • Cinder: Criminal who's been tested on and his body is now made of flames.
  • Fulgore: A cyborg.
  • Chief Thunder: Native American revenging the death of his brother.
  • Jago: A Tibetan monk following his destiny.
  • Sabrewulf: A werewolf.
  • Glacius: An aliens captured by Ultratech.
  • Riptor: A Velociraptor-Human hybrid created by  Ultratech
  • Spinal: An animated skeleton.
  • T.J Combo: Ex champion boxer.
 Secret characters:
  • Eydol: The daemon that Ultratech unleashed. (Also the games boss fight)
If you are wanting to play Killer Instinct now you will have to track either a SNES copy or the N64 port of Killer Instinct 2 that was renamed as Killer Instinct: Gold for some reason. Or you can wait till the launch of the Xbox One as it's getting a reboot!

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