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Killer Instinct Gold (Nintendo 64)

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Critic Reviews

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GamePro (US)
KI Gold's the best fighting game on the N64 (sorry Mortal Kombat Trilogy). Although purists may argue the original Killer Instinct is a better fighting game, this version is Gold when it comes to the Fun Factor. Instinct tells us this one's a winner.
Aunque yo hubiera preferido que se hubiese programado el primer KI antes que este KILLER INSTINCT GOLD, he de reconocer que es muy buen juego, sobre todo teniendo en cuenta la cantidad de opciones y los nuevos movimientos como los especiales, super linkers, etc. Si te gustaron las dos recreativas, ya sabes...
Officiel Nintendo Magazine
Une référence de la baston, mais il faut du temps pour le maîtriser. Pour les aficionados du genre.
Game Play 64
Après deux épisodes en arcade et une conversion sur Super Nintendo pour le moins impressionnante encore aujourd'hui, ce jeu de baston développé par les américains de Rare pour Nintendo se voulant à l'origine un aperçu des jeux de nouvelle génération du géant japonais se devait d'être l'un des premiers au catalogue de la Nintendo 64. Compilation des deux précédents opus, il se veut la version ultime de la saga, même si certains personnages manquent à l'appel.
Acquisto essenziale per ogni possessore di Nintendo64 considerando anche il costo molto accessibile e la scarsezza del genere su questa piattaforma. Apprezzabile anche perché, nel periodo di uscita, rappresentava una valida, coraggiosa alternativa a Tekken e relativi cloni che dettavano legge in un mercato ormai completamente virato al 3d.
Total! (Germany)
Killer Instinct Gold ist in jeder Hinsicht ein exzellentes Prügelspiel und wird mit Sicherheit noch für eine geraume Zeit die Spitze des Genres auf Nintendos 64-Bit-Konsole anführen.
Killer Instinct Gold supone la continuación directa de aquella primera entrega en el ámbito consolero, aunque en esta ocasión, la saga se desplaza hasta N64...
KI Gold est un jeu moyen. Pour les fans d'arcade et combinaisons compliquées au pad, c'est un bonheur. Pour les autres, ce n'est pas assez tactique. Et à deux, c'est du n'importe quoi ! Il se joue seul, un point c'est tout !
Player One
Finalement, seuls les fans du jeu d'arcade peuvent se le procurer sans trop cogiter, puisqu'il en est très proche. En revanche, les autres feraient bien de réfléchir à deux fois, surtout avec Mace : The Dark Age qui se pointe dans les parages...
Looking back, Killer Instinct Gold is still a very solid fighting title despite being in the shadow of the first KI. While it seems that KI3 has been in the rumor mill forever and a half, we’ll hopefully see another Rare fighting game on the Dolphin with a better-refined battle system and all the old characters back for more punishment.
KI Gold may lack that final finesse, but it more than makes up for it with fun. Killer Instinct Gold was to be one of the first two games released with the Nintendo 64. However, while KI Gold didn't make the initial release (Mario 64 and Pilot Wings shared that honor), it is clearly the best fighter currently available on Nintendo's next generation system.
Game Freaks 365
Here's the low-down on KIG. While it is by no means a 3D version of Mortal Kombat or a N64 version of Soul Calibur, it succeeds at giving gamers their fix of fighting on the N64. For the N64, which lacks any fighting games, this might be as good as they get.
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM)
If you're a fan of KI2, you'll be real excited about this ultra-deluxe N64 version. The hi-res graphics - particularly the 3-D backgrounds - are incredibly sharp and much improved over KI2's visuals. Combat itself is also true to the arcade game, with all the massive combos intact. Trouble is, I'm not a huge fan of KI2. I just don't think the game is as fun - or demands as much skill - as SFA2 or even the MK games. It just has you memorizing pattern after pattern, and you can do pretty well if you go crazy on the buttons. Still, KI Gold does pack a comprehensive Training Mode for KI neophytes. It controls just fine with the N64 pad, too.
In the final analysis, Nintendo 64 users desperate for a fighting game will probably snatch this game up, but the title is showing signs of age from its extended stay in the arcades. If you're a fan of Killer Instinct, you won't be disappointed, but KI Gold really can't be considered in the upper echelon of next-generation fighting games.
Incredibly, it’s been more than two years since Killer Instinct hit the arcades. Stubbornly 2D, it won many fans over with a staggering range of combos and hi-res pre-rendered sprites. On the N64, however, it now seems horribly dated.
All Game Guide
All in all, Killer Instinct Gold is fun for the casual game player, though those accustomed to the depth of the Virtua Fighter titles should stay far, far away. Still, if you're looking for Mortal Kombat on speed (with a hyperactive Barry White as the announcer), you really can't get much better than this.
The Video Game Critic
I found Killer Instinct Gold less enjoyable than its SNES cousin, and more prone to cheap attacks and sore wrists. Graphically, the characters look astonishing, and a few of the 3D backgrounds (like the castle) are somewhat interesting. The edgy dance music is good, but it's hard to hear over the loud sound effects. There aren't many good fighting games on the N64, and even fewer 2D fighters. Killer Instinct Gold serves its purpose, but didn't really advance the franchise too much.