In contrast to all of today's 3d aspect fighters out there this may look like it lacks the skills necessary to be a brilliant game. Does that mean it's true? Can you continue to judge a book by it's cover, turn your head and complain that it's no street fighter? Hopefully some light can be shed onto this dark fighter. Rare, in their golden age released another brilliant idea into the market to add to their Ultra combo of already great games such as the Donkey Kong Country series. That game being Killer Instinct!
In the spotlight for this reading is what I recognize as a game that simply went that extra mile. I do not like fighting games, however, I'm reviewing a fighting game I like? Intriguing. What that means may be obvious at this point but I'd like to take a moment to look at this in all aspects, in all angles. Playing in the background now is the main theme from this game on CD. That's right, this game's music was so popular that it was put on a CD and packed in the box along with the Killer Instinct cartridge. Clever. Never have I seen this done any other times that I can recall and it ain't a bad touch. Not by a long shot. The music, while not as good in the game is still really catchy and captures the essence of what was capable for a Super Nintendo soundtrack.
To be blunt, the graphics aren't high quality; it's Super Nintendo, what do you expect? They get the point across and did a decent job in doing so, in contrast to the arcade version it isn't too impressive, however. When do arcade ports ever really reach the heights of the almighty arcade games themselves back in the day? That's what I thought. One minor thing that actually happens to be the most major graphical difference between the two games, is the Super Nintendo's lack of full-motion video for the small cut scenes or when you knock your opponent off the building your fighting on. I'm serious. This cut scene is pathetic on the Super Nintendo (falling off building), yet I still love to see it. Shows just how much they tried with the graphics. It is average and very playable though, and that is the important thing.
Lacking the skills to win in this game is not an issue, it has 5 difficulties offering a good AI experience no matter how good you are. Offers a reliable replay value no matter how good you have gotten. The single-player is pretty much the story mode no matter what. You fight your way up the ranks randomly and fight all the other characters in the game. If you happen to be on a harder difficulty you get to fight the secret character 'Eyedol' who has 3 heads and is somewhat retarded. I mean seriously. If you listen carefully this character says "Play" whenever he's winning, a fight to the death is all a big game to him. Consequently you have to knock him in the lava to win, or at least that's what the cool people do. Playing on these harder difficulties poses new heights in which you must conquer and more fights. Sometimes hidden maps on the harder difficulties. All around a sweet setup.
While the single-player is nifty and an all-out good time the real good times are with a friend or a brother. Yes, I have played this many times with my brothers and they always win... They were always much better than me but even I'm quite good, at least good enough for the first 2 difficulties which is good for me. Most people learn almost all of the characters like my brothers did and can remember the controls to each like riding a freaking bike. I however know 2 characters and often forget vital moves... Having played this a lot recently though I've mastered those 2 characters and for that I am proud. Along comes Snes Net play and I'm given the chance to play this game against people I can beat. Both Rin and RPG_Dude have faced me several times and faced the consequences. What happens next is they play it for a few days and suddenly they are whipping out 25 hit combos on me and it's either a close match or I'm absolutely owned by them.
All in all, Killer Instinct has a lot to offer for its time and that has to say something since I don't like fighters and I like this game. I will have to say that I love this game despite how difficult the learning curve is for me; I mastered my characters Cinder & Glacius. The controls are the same as any fighter so it really isn't confusing. Killer instinct is gold and perhaps that is why the n64 one was titled KI: Gold? Killer Instinct rules!
For reading, all comments, suggestions, etc. are well appreciated.