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Killer Instinct (Series) Accessibility Report

We've documented 13 accessibility features for Killer Instinct in the Difficulty, Getting Started, Reading, Controls, Visual and Audio areas to aid enjoyment of the game for different players. This report is created with input from accessibility experts and the player community to help people find games that have the accessibility features they require. Once you have found potential games on the database, there are excellent specialist accessibility sites that offer in-depth reviews to guide your purchasing decisions.

Killer Instinct 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.

NotesAccessibility Notes

Killer Instinct is a game enjoyed by players without sight. The key features they use are enabled in the audio menu. You can turn the background music down and the HUD volume slider. When the HUD volume slider turned up, this allows for additional audio cues that help play the game without sight.

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 22/11/2013

Platforms: PC and Xbox One

Genres: Fighting

Accessibility: 13 features

Developer: @IronGalaxy

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room and up to 2 players online

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases

 

DifficultyDifficulty

We've documented 2 accessibility features for Difficulty in Killer Instinct which deal with how you can adjust the challenge of play, and assistance the game offers when you fail or get stuck.

Difficulty Options

Select Difficulty: Select the level of difficulty from a range of presets. This not only offers a way to adjust the challenge of a game but enables you to do so without dealing with individual criteria.

Competitive Difficulty: Difficulty not adjustable, because you compete against other players.

 

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If you want to play Killer Instinct, but it doesn't offer the Difficulty accessibility features you require, these similar games extend the Difficulty accessibility:

Getting StartedGetting Started

We've documented 4 accessibility features for Getting Started in Killer Instinct which deal with what support is offered to get started with the game. This includes customising the experience when you first open the game via any onboarding processes it provides as well as tutorials and other assistance when you first start playing.

Assistance During Play

View Control Mapping: You can view a map of controls during play. This clearly displays the mappings of actions to buttons/keys/mouse/keyboard without having to leave the game.

Assistance With Controls: The game can automatically assist with aiming, steering, reloading, jumping, running etc. This reduces the challenge of certain aspects of play to remove barriers and make control of characters more accessible.

Practice Area: You can practice freely without opponents or time pressures. This can be a specific practice option, or the ability to play levels with the easiest opponents to improve understanding and skill.

Tutorials: There are helpful tutorials, instructions and tips. Information is provided in a timely manner, with appropriate levels of detail. Ideally, this includes ongoing tips that relate to contexts in the game where the player is failing.

ReadingReading

We've documented 1 accessibility feature for Reading in Killer Instinct which deals with how much reading or listening comprehension is required, how well the game provides visual and audible access to the text and whether subtitles and captions are a good fit for purpose.

Reading Level

Moderate Reading: Moderate reading required. The quantity and complexity of reading are at a level that a high school student would appreciate.

 

Similar Games With More Accessibility Features for Reading

If you want to play Killer Instinct, but it doesn't offer the Reading accessibility features you require, these similar games extend the Reading accessibility:

NavigationNavigation

We haven’t documented any accessibility features for Navigation in Killer Instinct which deal with how the game provides guidance and assistance to navigate its worlds and spaces. The following games are similar to Killer Instinct, and offer accessibility features for Navigation:

ControlsControls

We've documented 2 accessibility features for Controls in Killer Instinct which deal with how you control the game, different options for alternative inputs and whether you can remap these settings to suit your needs.

Mouse And Keyboard

Keyboard Alone: Can play with just the keyboard.

Remap Controls

Can customise the controls for the game as follows:

Remap Buttons: Can re-map all buttons so that you can use alternatives that better suit your play.

 

Similar Games With More Accessibility Features for Controls

If you want to play Killer Instinct, but it doesn't offer the Controls accessibility features you require, these similar games extend the Controls accessibility:

VisualVisual

We've documented 2 accessibility features for Visual in Killer Instinct which deal with how you can adjust the visuals to suit your needs, and offer additional information if you can't hear the game.

Audio Cues for Visual Events

Audio Cues for Visual Events: Audio is provided to indicate visual events. Game events or progress highlighted by visual icons, effects or animations are also accompanied by audio to signify that progress. This is useful for blind players.

Play Without Sight

Play Without Sight: The game can be played without sight. Positional/stereo sounds and haptic feedback enable play without the need to see the screen. This is useful for blind low-vision and sightless players.

 

Similar Games With More Accessibility Features for Visual

If you want to play Killer Instinct, but it doesn't offer the Visual accessibility features you require, these similar games extend the Visual accessibility:

AudioAudio

We've documented 2 accessibility features for Audio in Killer Instinct which deal with how you can adjust the audio of the game and whether audio cues compensate for aspects of the game that are hard to see.

Adjustable Audio

Balance Audio Levels: Set music and game sound effects separately. This enables you to select your preference as well as ensure critical game sounds aren't obscured by other audio.

Customise Audio Levels: Control volume levels of specific events and elements in the game. This enables you to tailor the most important sound levels to ensure you can hear them.

CommunicationCommunication

We haven’t documented any accessibility features for Communication in Killer Instinct which deal with how you can communicate with other players in the game and what options are available to customise and control this interaction. The following games are similar to Killer Instinct, and offer accessibility features for Communication:

System Accessibility Settings

In addition to the accessibility features provided in the game, you can also use system-wide accessibility settings:

PC
Windows has extensive accessibility features. Some, like colour correction, work with games. Lots of accessibility software can be used with PC games, from voice recognition to input device emulators.
 
Xbox One
Xbox One has a system features, the excellent co-pilot share controls mode and adaptive controller support for all games.
 
Read more about system accessibility settings.

VSC LogoAccessibility Report supported by VSC Rating Board, PlayabilityInitiative and accessibility contributors @SightlessKombat



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