Killer7 GameCube
Metascore
74

Mixed or average reviews - based on 57 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 38 out of 57
  2. Negative: 5 out of 57
  1. 91
    One of the most unique titles ever to hit a console, as well as one of the Gamecube's best. It uses an original art style with simplistic gameplay to create a unique and addictive experience.
  2. If your looking for a good mature action/ adventure game that makes you think in more ways then one, do yourself a favor and pick up Killer 7.
  3. 90
    The title's incredible atmospheric power is derived from how the presentation is conveyed through gameplay, and how the resulting simplicity helps strip the pacing down to a fine line.
  4. Between gamers' potential lack of patience and the people needlessly dismissing the title after half an hour simply because it's 'trying too hard', many are going to miss out on one of the most unique and rewarding gaming experiences of the last few years. [Aug 2005, p.120]
  5. It's eye-candy from start to finish - sometimes you forget you're playing a game and feel like you're controlling the outcome of a blockbuster film instead. The boss battles are some of the best I've experienced, the graphics are some of the best I've seen, the musical score will make every game I review after this one pale in comparison and the unique gameplay will be something that I miss when I finally have to put this gem down.
  6. Vile and bizarre, refreshing and absorbing, Killer7 is an aggressive blessing to cleanse us from the masses. [July 2005, p.70]
  7. The plot has so many subtle nuances of political and social commentary; you could dissect it for days on end and still not completely understand it. The ending alone will leave you thinking for hours, pondering the different story twists and turns.
  8. Ultimately, Killer7 is both an interesting and creative game. The controversial control method needs some getting used to and may turn off certain gamers, but if you give it a chance, you'll find yourself intrigued with the game and its amazing story.
  9. But for us mature gamers out there a game like this is akin to seeing a great rated R flick. Don't miss Killer 7, with all the critical reviews putting it down as a waste of time, it would really be a shame if you miss out on this.
  10. Laced between the confusing story, unique gameplay, and interesting sounds is SUDA 51's dream of a game that breaks all boundaries and really tries something new and innovative.
  11. A great start for what will hopefully become a style of console gaming that will grow, meet many improvements, and finally show the world that art and videogames can, indeed, be one.
  12. If you consider yourself a true gamer (and one who's able to buy Mature games legally), you absolutely must play Killer 7, period.
  13. While it's certainly too violent and heavy for kids under 18 (as the appropriate ESRB rating states), and perhaps too ramblingly intellectual for every taste, Killer 7 is a brilliant piece of work when taken as a whole.
  14. The pacing and movement restrictions (particularly in areas where the paths take needlessly circuitous routes) will frustrate players who are looking for more conventional play, but for those who stick with it, the experience will be highly rewarding. [July 2005, p.96]
  15. 85
    The overall package of the game is excellent and should be considered in any hardcore gamer's collection.
  16. Just like a Lynch movie, debate over the merits and meaning of Killer7 will no doubt rage for months to come, if not years. But just as some dismiss surrealism as trivial waffle, others will find great delight and much scope within the fixed parameters of what is presented here.
  17. Greater than the sum of its parts. It's pretentious and can be frustrating or tedious at times. And it's also one of the most unusual, politically charged, and thought-provoking video games since "Metal Gear Solid."
  18. A stylish visual panache grabs your attention early and a straightforward control scheme makes the game accessible to everyone.
  19. With Killer 7, Mr. Suda has taken the classic adventure genre, injected it with an incredible amount of hallucinogens, and put his own stamp on Capcom's classic design philosophy. It's a mad world in there; are you mad enough to enter?
  20. Recommending Killer 7 is frightening, much like recommending A Clockwork Orange, or Pulp Fiction, or Eraserhead. The art we love is not always universally enjoyable, but we all want to share that favorite special vision with others, while still worrying about what they will think. We offer our sincere but guarded blessing to Killer 7.
  21. 81
    Players who can look beyond the control mechanics will find a truly bold and intriguing adventure game lurking within Killer 7's beautiful cel-shaded visuals. This is a game that oozes style from beginning to end and also one with a story so brutally off-the-wall that it practically demands your attention.
  22. A game whose characters and storylines are far more engaging and confrontational than any number of big-balled third-person grit-'em-ups, presenting subjects like domestic abuse, politics and grisly execution without getting bogged down in them.
  23. It's difficult to shake the sensation that Killer 7 is an important production, as paving for future creative leeway if nothing else. But its likely love/hate status is testament to just how adamant it has attempted to be in its flair for extraordinary presentation. [Aug 2005, p.84]
  24. The dark stylish action is a perfect backdrop to a rather good story and the beautiful cel-shaded look to the entire game is a refreshing and an effective way to engage any gamer.
  25. It represents a welcoming step away from the masses of clones, while its serious tone, portrayed in equal doses of graphic brutality and absurd comedy will keep those willing to persevere hooked on the edge of the seat awaiting the sounds of cackled laughter.
  26. 80
    The movement system of the game is extremely commendable although I can imagine some people finding it terribly annoying.
  27. Twisted, deep, engrossing and genuinely different. It's a very grown-up experience, stretching what games can be and making set-piece based scare-em-ups like the recent "Doom 3" look horribly crude and simplistic in comparison.
  28. Gamers eager for something different and darker will eat Killer 7 up. Whereas some gamers will absolutely loathe the game because it takes time to get into and time to relearn controls. [JPN Import]
  29. 80
    An experience first and a game second. Players going into it with that in mind should enjoy this immensely, those looking for a deep gameplay experience may want to try before they buy.
  30. It's brilliant and obscure and like all the best satire, you probably don't even know that it's laughing at you. [Oct 2005, p.88]
  31. If you stick with it you'll be generously rewarded with a twisted tale that'll leave you guessing until the very end. It also doesn't hurt that the game is quite easy on the eyes, featuring slick cel shading that is liquid cool.
  32. The brilliantly stylised comic-book visuals are extraordinary. However, many will tire of the lengthy loading times and protracted dialogue but the script includes clever pop culture references and political commentary.
  33. It's a strange collection of weird imagery, gorgeous graphics, impressive music, and a crazy story that'll hold your curiosity. Note that in that list I didn't say anything about the gameplay.
  34. It is different - no doubt about that - but rest assured months from now people will still be talking about that game that turned convention on its ear and showed that there are still some ideas left untapped. It's just too bad there isn't more of a game here of which to speak.
  35. Originality in the storyline and art design boost Killer 7 from being one of the bunch to a game worth taking a look at, and maybe one that will set a precedent for others to come in the same line.
  36. No game can claim to be as visually and aurally stunning as Killer7. There has been no video game as heavily and expressively stylised before, with the beautiful, cel-shaded visuals forming an integral part of the game, rather than a back of the box bullet point.
  37. At the end of the day, I walked away with a handful of great memories and the satisfaction that I had experienced something so innovative and insane. Unfortunately, I also left Killer7 with an insatiable hunger for answers and clarity. [July 2005, p.115]
  38. What will keep you playing isn't the gameplay, or even the story, exactly, but just wanting to figure out what the hell is going on. Let it take you with it and you won't be sorry.
User Score
8.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 58 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 31 out of 32
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 32
  3. Negative: 1 out of 32
  1. Oct 31, 2011
    10
    if you like resident evil or action and puzzle solving adventures this is a must have......original and mad i LOVED this game
  2. [anonymous]
    Oct 26, 2008
    10
    A game that is unlike any other, a psychological thriller with many layers of symbolism creating a story that is unmatched in many aspects. A game that is unlike any other, a psychological thriller with many layers of symbolism creating a story that is unmatched in many aspects. The gameplay is great, and also unique, combining on-rail shooting, puzzle-solving, and first-person shooting. Full Review »
  3. DemonicAngel
    Jul 17, 2005
    9
    Quite, quite extraordinary. This is a game that has polarized opinions among the critics. Some think it's utterly fantastic. Others Quite, quite extraordinary. This is a game that has polarized opinions among the critics. Some think it's utterly fantastic. Others think it's pretentious drivel. I am definitely on the "fantastic" side. In killer7, you play as Harman Smith, a legendary wheelchair-bound assassin who has the mysterious ability to change his physical form to that of one of 7 split personalities, each with their own style, personality (well, duh), weaponry, strengths and weaknesses. The game plays like a combination of rail shooter, first-person shooter, point-and-click adventure and RPG. None of the gameplay elements are especially innovative or original in themselves, but somehow the game becomes greater than the sum of its parts, thanks in no small part to a unique, arresting and utterly gorgeous visual style that draws inspiration from animé, comic books and film noir to create a downright bizarre atmosphere. If you've an open mind and are tired of clones and sequels, give killer7 a try. You might just be surprised. Full Review »