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  • Summary: Featuring visual artistry and dark imagery with striking cel-shaded graphics, Killer 7 chronicles the connection between two men whose intertwined paths develop into a compelling tale of revenge and altering personas. Killer 7 propels players into the consciousness of one man and his seven different personalities. The player’s challenge is to stop a wave of indiscriminate violence that is plaguing the world. In Killer 7, players take on the role of Harman Smith an unlikely assassin who leads a life as the intermediary link between seven alter egos. Switching between his seven different personalities, Harman employs each character’s abilities to terminate targets he deems "deserving to die." Now a powerful underworld kingpin has unleashed violent creatures called "Heaven’s Smile." These crazed soldiers, affixed with horrific smiles, have started to wreak havoc on city streets destroying anything unlucky enough to cross its path and overtaking the minds of the populace. It is up to the player to interchange Harman’s seven ‘partners’ and utilize the special powers that dwell within them in order to assassinate Kun Lan, the notorious criminal overlord behind all the madness. [Capcom] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 39
  2. Negative: 4 out of 39
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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."
  4. 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.
  5. The gameplay part unfortunately subtracts from an otherwise exciting experience – but Capcom deserves credit for releasing such an alternative game in times where most companies stick to the safe blockbusters.
  6. The stylish visuals and the sound design are undeniably cool, but at its core the game is just a straight-forward lightgun shooter without a lightgun. [Aug. 05]
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    At best, playing the game is like having someone shout in your ear for 15 hours straight. At worst, it's like getting a high colonic with balsamic vinegar.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Feb 15, 2012
    One of the most underrated games I know, but then again I think that is exactly what it wants to be. This is one of the very rare (and maybe dying out) games that create an own universe for itself, where its own rules and laws apply. At first glimpse, one might think it is just a rail-shooter with a very weird design, but only until you find that what you have in front of you is one of the most cleverly written, though-provoking and politically controversial game you might ever have seen. Add one of the most amazing bunch of playable characters and a completely immersing soundtrack, you get Killer7, a game that is certainly not for everyone and most certainly wants it exactly that way. A game for eternity. Expand
  2. May 22, 2011
    Excellent. This is truly a one of a kind game. I don't understand how this can get negative reviews. When I play a video game I expect things to be out of this world, and this game definitely delivers. Play this and take a step outside mainstream gaming; you wont be disappointed. Expand
  3. Nov 4, 2011
    A truly unappreciated masterpiece. Killer 7 is slick, stylised with fresh-faced game play that will keep you engrossed from start to finish. 10 out of 10 Expand
  4. Mar 11, 2012
    This is a game way ahead of its time. Not only in the PS2/GC generation but in this generation as well. With an unique (and weird) gameplay and a plot filled with filosophy, religion, politics and the shock of ocidental and oriental cultures, Killer7 is one of those rare games that offers not only art but substance as well. Defintively the best game SUDA51 made so far. Expand
  5. Feb 22, 2014
    this is probably the best game you never played, i say game but its more of a work of art its different and dark styling will draw you in the story will make you never want to leave, but some of the best features are the soundtrack, excellent voice acting, and distinctive sound effects the unconventional game play and innovative style is the main attraction which is one of the reasons this became a cult classic but the game suffered from one problem and that problem was the pacing, this does damage the game a bit but that by no means makes this game bad it just stops it being perfect Expand
  6. Oct 19, 2012
    One of the weirdest (and sometimes scary) game I've ever played, all thanks of the magnificent cel-shading graphics and an insane plot that really makes people think and reflect on the meanings of the actions in game and what not. The game is structured as a shooting game...and somehow a driving game: you'll run on a line and sometimes choose a path to follow. Eventually you'll find enemies and there you shoot them like a normal FPS, and that's it. However, the shooting stages are actually well done and even though they can be repetitive they are challenging because the enemies, very scary and VERY well designed, need different tactics in order to be defeated and sometimes they can be quite a challenge...especially because you can't move freely, since you can only move forward and if you need to move away, you have toturn around. Infact, the big flaw here is that the fights can be hard "also" because of the inability of moving freely: you'll basically stay in one place while you aim and you cannot move unless you "gently" turn around and run away. However it's not a huge flaw and it will bother only those who want freedom at all costs in their games. The plot also is very interesting and has various scenarios and ideas behind them (the power rangers level remains epic!), and the feeling we get is that we don't know what's going to happen next: the scenes are weird and sometimes they don't make sense, but that's how the game is thought and basically it tries to be visionary. However...the plot itself is very confusing...and not because of its nature. I have finished this game several times but I still can't understand quite a lot of this game because of the confusionary plot and the fact that, basically, the game doesn't really follow a line: the plot is splitted into mini plots where basically we follow the character(s) and eventually things come up, but it's not as obvious as it should be. To be honest, that's all the flaws I can find really, because the rest is all about tastes: the game attempted to be different and basically you can either like it or not depending if you want to experiment a different type of game. I do like games that try to be different in both style and gaming experience and this game will be fascinating for that reason...but then if you rather want to play a normal fps with a proper realstic graphics and such (afterall this review is made 7 years after the game so graphics have improved quite a lot), then this game is definitely not for you, but for those who really want to experiment a different type of game, with simple yet amazing graphic, weird storyline and creepy enemies, then this game is for you. Expand

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