IGN’s Killer Instinct “Sabrewulf” profile video might sell me an Xbox One

A. Quinton — Nov. 22nd 2013

IGN’s Destin Legarie hangs out with Dave Verfaillie (Design Director at Double Helix) and a mystery man identified only as “Rich” as the latter two show off Sabrewulf from the new Killer Instinct game, available exclusively on the Xbox One. This video is from July, but I didn’t see it until this past #WerewolfWednesday, courtesy of @hamstertoybox. The game (and the system it’s playable on) launch today, with Sabrewulf as one of the six initial  characters, and holy shit does this tweaked-out medical experiment of a werewolf look good. And by “good” I mean “rabid killing machine”.

Throughout the 12-minute video, Dave explains Sabrewulf’s combat style and unique attributes (quickest dash in the game!) and discusses the design decisions behind his appearance and his stage, The Alchemical Lab. Despite Sabrewulf’s efforts to regain his humanity – enhancements like bionic arms are gone, replaced by bandages and other vestiges of medical equipment – they played up the “animal within” angle, which is obvious from the ragged panting, shuddering twitches and sprays of drool that make up much of his animation.

I’m going to level with you. I never played the original KI in the arcade or on the SNES, and I’m still more likely to get a Wii U than an Xbone or a P Ess Four, but there’s something about the gameplay, animation and sound design in this video that makes the hairs on the back of my neck stand up. Did you get an Xbox One and this game today, and if so, what’s your opinion? Should I take my credit card over to Amazon and buy myself an early Christmas gift?

  • Adam Gulledge

    The game is free to download, but don’t make a $500 decision on a single game. CoD players were going to, and that hasn’t gone well since the resolution thing ended.

    Wait about a year, then grab the system if you find enough good games for it. KI is one, but Dead Rising 3 and Forza 5 are pretty good. Hopefully by then, Double Helix will have a physical complete collection on offer.

  • Sam

    Don’t do it man. Wait for the price drop that always happens. The game isn’t going anywhere. If you really need another werewolf game between now and then, there is currently Blood of the Werewolf, McSomething’s Curse, TESV: Skyrim, Darkstalkers 3 (Jon Talbain > Saburwolf), and Diablo 2.

  • Sam

    But damn that is tempting.

  • Joshua L. Roberts

    I purchased the “full” version of this game along with the Xbox One. If you like fighting games that it is a joy. It’s beautiful to look at and it plays like a dream. The fighting mechanics work incredibly well with the standard controller as well. In terms of Sabrewolf. He’s one of the best characters in the game, hands down. He’s quick, powerful, and savage. KI is pretty easy to pick up, but if you don’t want to suck horrifically while playing online, you really need to practice.
    Is it worth getting an Xbox One though? KI helped me choose the Xbox One over the PS4, at least for the moment. The Xbox One currently has the best launch line up, with several really good exclusives coming out next year, like Titanfall, and I believe Halo 5. Much of the old Sony exclusives like Kingdom Hearts 3 and Final Fantasy XV are also coming to the system, so there are plenty of choices.
    In regards to KI Sabrewolf versus DS Jon Talbian… I loves me some Talbian, but playing as Sabrewolf makes one feel like a wuffy god.