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Posted: 2 years ago, last updated 10 weeks ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.


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.

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.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 22/11/2013

Platforms: PC and Xbox One

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Players: 1-2 (2 online)

Genres: Action and Fighting

Accessibility: 10 features

Developer: Iron Galaxy (@IronGalaxy)



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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.

Play StylePlay Style

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:

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 to £33.49. 

Killer Instinct

XBox Store Xbox One Free
Steam Store PC £29.99

Killer Instinct: Definitive Edition

XBox Store Xbox One £33.49
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. 
It's important to set up your accounts and devices appropriately. More information is on our Financial Resources page.


Our Killer Instinct Accessibility Report documents 10 accessibility features:
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.

Diversity and InclusionDiversity and Inclusion

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