The rebooted fighting game: Killer Instinct is set to launch exclusively for Xbox One this November and will be free-to-play (much to the surprise of fans). KI will offer a tired pricing model. Here are your options.
- You can download the game for free and it will feature one playable character for.
- Additional characters – can be purchased individually for $4.99
- The Combo Breaker Pack – will cost you $19.99 and include all 8 characters (6 will be available at launch, the other two will be released later)
- The Ultra Edition – will cover all 8 characters, their costumes, accessory packs and a copy of the original Killer Instinct for $39.99
So those who download the game for free and purchase the additional characters individually will end up spending $24.95 around launch and $34.93 in total once all playable fighters are available. Take note that Killer Instinct will not feature a story mode.
This is a first for the Killer Instinct franchise but it isn’t the first fighting game to go this route. This is the ultimate way to draw in the casual crowd, as they don’t have to feel intimated by the full price tag into second guessing or even passing up a fighting game they have an interest in. Below we’ll take a look at the other free to play fighters, their pricing model (for those of you who are willing to spend)and what they offer for free for those who don’t.
First up, Tekken Revolution. Developers and publishers Namco Bandai’s first foray into free-to-play territory follows a different model than that of Killer Instinct. Here’s the rundown:
- The game is free to download and features 8 unlocked characters to play with.
- Playing Ranked, Casual and Arcade mode will earn you gift points. Every time you reach a certain milestone for gift points you will unlock a new character. Who you unlock is random and there are 14 extra characters to unlock at this point in time. More will be added over time via updates.
- Purchasing the Character Unlock Pass will allow you to unlock a specific character regardless of how much gift points you have for $5.99.
This system sets Tekken Revolution apart from previous Tekken games and other fighting games in general as they affect the duration of your play time;
- Arcade Coin – allows one playthrough of Arcade Mode and will replenish every hour. The player can hold up to 2 of these at any given time.
- Battle Coin – allows one match in Online Battle (either Ranked Match or Player Match). These will replenish every 30 minutes and up to 5 may be held at any given time.
- Premium Ticket – functions as either one of the above with the exception of being awarded when certain conditions are met. When consumed, these will continue to regenerate in Online Battle as long as the player does not lose. This gives an advantage to advanced players.
- Premium Coin – Purchasable with real money and functions as a Premium Ticket. 4 Premium Coins cost $0.99, 10 for $1.99 and 30 for $4.99. Up to 999 Premium Coin can be held by a player.
- Coin Priority – By default, free coins are given priority. However, after the version 1.02 update, the player can select between free coin or premium coins/tickets by pressing R1 at the main menu. Sign-In Bonus there is a reward for consecutively logging in daily. With each day logged in, the player is awarded with gift points, fight money, and premium tickets. The amount of reward varies with how many consecutive days logged in.
Along with Premium Coins and Character unlocks you can also purchase;
- Costumes – Purchased in sets. Each set contains 3 color palette swaps. Priced at $1.99 each.
- Premium Effects – Flashy colors that enhanced the look of each character’s special attacks called critical arts. Jut for visual effect. Once purchased, the effects cannot be removed.
- Reset Drinks (1, 5) – Tekken Revolution features a RPG style system that allows the player, using skill points to upgrade each individual fighter’s stats; Strength, Endurance and Vigor (Health). Reset Drinks allow you to rest those points if you are unsatisfied with your fighter’s stats. The player can have up to 99. 1 Reset Drink cost $2.99 and a set of 5 cost $4.99.
If you don’t mind the grind and don’t care about paying for costumes then you can play Tekken Revolution and unlock every character without ever having to spend a dime. Warm-Up Space; the game’s practice mode can be played for as long as you want, due to there being no time limit. Unfortunately TKR does not feature a local versus mode, so you can forgot about having friends over for some couch sessions.
Tekken Revolution is out now exclusively on PlayStation 3’s PSN.
Next up is Tecmo Koei Games’ Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate: Core Fighters. This game is basically a free to play version of the recently released Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate and like it offers a lot of content with several different modes to play and features to mess around with. Many of which are free;
- Core Fighters – 4 of the game’s playable fighters are available for free with the download.
- Local Modes – Versus, Arcade, Time Attack, Survival which can be played solo or in tag teams (Up to 4 players). Team Fight (Up to two players) and 4 Training modes including Free Training and Combo Challenge. A Spectator mode that allows you to watch two CPU controlled fighters duke it out and or watch replays of fights you have saved. An Album for viewing saved photos. You can watch movies unlocked from playing story mode. There’s Fight Record for viewing your player.. erm…fight record and titles you can view and equip for your online profile.
- Online Modes – Rank Match (1-on-1) and Lobby match (Up to 16 players). Leaderboards.
- Additional Characters – Can be purchased individually for $3.99. There are 25 additional characters available for purchase.
- Complete Character Set – Unlocks all 25 additional characters for $34.99.
- Dead or Alive 5 Story Mode – Yes you read that right, this game does feature a story mode but it is locked in the free to play version. In order to unlock it you will have to fork over $14.99.
- Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate (Full Game) – For 39.99, you get the full Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate experience. All of the characters, trophies will be enabled etc.
- Background Music – For $0.99 each you can purchase two separate packs that feature music from Dead or Alive 2 and Dead or Alive 3.
- Costumes – All 81 costumes can be purchased for $39.99 or individually and they range from $0.99 to $1.99. Smaller bundle packs can be purchased and they range from $5.99 to $8.99.
It’s worth noting that players who download the free version can play online, with and against others who purchased the full retail version.
Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate: Core Fighters is also available now exclusively on PSN, though don’t rule out the possibility of a Xbox 360 version according to Tecmo.
Last but not least is Ubisoft’s Spartacus Legends, a game developed in collaboration with the critically acclaimed Spartacus TV series from Starz. In Legends the player takes on the role of a Lanista and one of their Gladiators in battle. The player must buy, train, and equip a stable of warriors and send them to the arena to fight other gladiators. Remember this is still a fighting game, so the player does get to control the gladiators during these brutal showdowns. Here’s the rundown:
- The game is free to download with complete access to all of its contents; the single player story, online multiplayer, weapons, equipment, perks, execution moves and additional gladiators.
All of the purchasable items within Legends can be bought with silver and gold, the game’s form of currency. Currency is earned from winning fights, though gold is a lot harder to come by than silver. Items that cost about 1,000 silver coins would only cost a few gold, making it easier and quicker to get better things. For those who don’t want quicker access can purchase gold coins. These are the different options available.
- 50 Gold Coins – Priced at $4.99
- Gladiator Starter Pack – This pack gifts the player with 100 gold coins, the Oenomaus sword and shield, Fame, Silver, Health Boosts, and the fatal Lobotomy Executions. Priced at $14.99
- 240 Gold Coins – Priced at $19.99 (Your)
- 650 Gold Coins – $49.99 (Eyes)
- 1100 Gold Coins – $74.99 (Do not)
- 3000 Gold Coins – $149.99 (Deceived You!)
A fair word of warning if you want to play through this game without paying a dime. You better bring some insane skills, I’m talking Chuck Norris (I know it’s played out) level skills. Even then it may not be enough if you also don’t have good enough equipment, as the A.I. in this game gets insanely difficult as you progress and start possessing some of the best weapons and armor in the game. If your gladiator is executed then you are allowed to revive him for free once and only once. Any other revive attempt will cost you gold. In the long run you will be tempted to spend your actual money in order to progress as the game drifts towards the pay-to-win category.
Spartacus Legends is available on PSN and XBL.
There you have it, all of the free-to-play fighters that are currently out on the market (except Killer Instinct).
Editor’s Note: RealGamerNewZ has moved web servers, some older posts can no longer be commented on and have been preserved without their images. Thank you for your understanding in this matter. This article was written by Jermain Jackson on 20131030 and was last modified on 20131030 .