Killer Instinct: Season 2 Review
Killer Instinct: Season 2 Box Art
System: Xbox One
Dev: Iron Galaxy
Pub: Microsoft
Release: October 15, 2014
Players: 1-2
Screen Resolution: 480p-1080p Blood, Mild Suggestive Themes, Violence

Maya is even weirder than TJ in that her gameplay revolves around two different daggers that she can throw. When holding the daggers, she is more powerful than she is unarmed. However, she has to throw the daggers in order to “charge them up.” Each dagger which is blocked gives her a level of charge, and when both daggers are fully charged, she can either throw an unblockable homing projectile, which is bound to get you into a combo, or use an incredibly powerful special ender which does easily 20% damage. Of course, when she throws her daggers she has to pick them up in order to use them again as well. So it’s this big complex back and forth of having the daggers and ditching them that may be a bit much for some new players, but is really fun for people who get the hang of it.

Killer Instinct: Season 2 Screenshot

Two other Killer Instinct classic characters will be joining the fight as well. Riptor and Cinder will be coming in later months, though we don’t quite know how they will play yet. This all plays into the overall theme of Season 2, which is Ultra-Tech has released its experiments to deal with the other fighters. We are also likely to see four completely new characters come out this season as well, and stage based ultra-finishers are also coming back as well.

The last interesting new addition to the game is the new XP system. Taking the place of KP from the previous season, XP simply allows you to level up as you play each character. You get more XP if you complete certain challenges during the fight. For example, you’ll get more XP if you ultra-someone than if you kill them normally. Gain enough XP and you’ll level up, gaining new costumes and accessories. Of course, you can always choose to just buy the “ultra edition” for $39.99 to get most of the costumes and accessories right at the start, though there will still be some you can only earn by leveling up, and some which you can only buy. Ultra edition owners will also get characters and costumes before everyone else as they are released by Iron Galaxy.

Like Killer Instinct Season 1, Killer Instinct Season 2 is a free to play game, so there’s no reason not to simply get on board and start playing today. However, I highly recommend you at least purchase the “combo breaker” pack at $19.99. That gives you all the characters in the season, at the very least. K.I. Season 2 is a fantastic way to rejuvenate one of the fighters that stood as an icon for the next-gen console launch. If you were a fan of Season 1, you should hop online and start playing Season 2 today!

Angelo M. D'Argenio
Contributing Writer
Date: October 15, 2014

The graphics are the same as they were in the original, though the new stages do look awesome.
Now that everyone has arcade sticks, the game is incredibly fun to play.
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
Same great announcer as before.
Play Value
An incredibly fun update to an already fun game.
Overall Rating - Great
Not an average. See Rating legend below for a final score breakdown.
Review Rating Legend
0.1 - 1.9 = Avoid 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 3.5 - 3.9 = Good 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair 4.0 - 4.4 = Great 5.0 = The Best

Game Features:

  • Completely rebalanced cast, each with new move properties and abilities.
  • New characters including returning favorites such as Maya, TJ Combo, Riptor, and Cinder
  • New system changes including air combo breakers, air counter breakers, increased hit-stop, and more.

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