Fighter Within has plenty of shortcomings, but more importantly, I'm having a lot of fun.
Fighter Within has nice ideas, but it also lacks variety and its moves are entirely ruined by how you can handle its poor controls.
God is a Geek
I can only hope that something else comes along soon to show us what Kinect 2.0 is truly capable of, because if this is it, we’re in for another generation of shockingly disappointing movement-controlled video games.
The imprecise combat of Fighter Within does an awful job of showcasing the new and improved Kinect 2.0 tech. This is easily one of the weakest Xbox One launch window titles yet.
Fighter Within is the perfect example of how game designers shouldn't work on a project. Everything in this game doesn't feel right. The controls are a mess, the fighting system is boring, the character design is generic. Feel free to ignore it.
Fighter Within is a lazy tech demo with a poor story, unimpressive fighting engine, and a forgettable cast.
It's gesture recognition is abysmal, its fighting is shallow, and it wastes too much time trying to clumsily tell a silly, unnecessary story. In short, it's everything Microsoft promised Kinect 2.0 wouldn't be.
Fighter Within was buried under the rest of the Xbox One launch lineup for a reason. This one-on-one fighter is a throwback to the problems of the first Kinect—and does nothing but sow seeds of doubt that the next-gen Kinect sensor is any different from its predecessor.
Official Xbox Magazine
In every respect, Fighter Within feels hacked together and devoid of interesting ideas or precise execution. The result is a game that would’ve been lousy at the launch of the original Kinect, but on Xbox One it’s just embarrassing.
With the help of the new Kinect, Fighter Within features better movement recognition, but It is very difficult to exploit the subtleties of gameplay (counters, use of the environment and super moves) when your opponent just need to hit like a nag, without thinking, to put you on the mat.
This is a totally flawed game that offers little more than a slow, barely competent combat system and a laughable storyline. And hey, if you're that desperate to experience Fighter Within, get a friend to repeatedly kick you in the shins. It's free, a nearly spot-on representation of the game, and far less painful.