Metascore
64

Mixed or average reviews - based on 39 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 39
  2. Negative: 3 out of 39
  1. Oct 3, 2013
    40
    Grasshopper has made one of their more mechanically satisfying titles, but to enjoy it you have to put up with all of the other muck. You’ll have to choose whether Killer is Dead is the loveless romance for you.
  2. Sep 10, 2013
    40
    Suda 51s latest piece manages to be both predictable and hollow. As an action game it is unfinished and poorly built and as an art game it only manages to shallow posing. The graphics may be beautiful and the soundtrack even more so, but that is not enough to make Killer is Dead worth your time.
  3. Sep 1, 2013
    40
    Between the tedious levels, incoherent story and offputting gigolo missions, I found very little to appreciate about Killer is Dead. I grew quite tired of the shallow game design and weak attempts to distract me from its vacuous lack of substance, and put the game down before rolling credits.
User Score
8.1

Generally favorable reviews- based on 180 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 35 out of 40
  2. Negative: 2 out of 40
  1. Aug 27, 2013
    10
    I had to create an account just to say this: This game is criminally underrated. Critics are bashing it and critisizing it for what it's not. This isn't your next DmC or Bayonneta. If you're a Suda 51 fan then you already know you're gonna love it. It is very enjoyable. The story is all kinds of anime style crazy and the gameplay is simple yet very fun.
    This is the type of game that you can just sit back, relax and play the hell of.
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  2. Aug 27, 2013
    9
    Don't let the white knight reviewers fool you into thinking Killer Is Dead is a bad game due to the sexualisation of women in it. It's not perfect, that's true. The combat isn't as deep as Devil May Cry or flashy as Bayonetta, but it's incredible over the top Suda51 fun. Fighting enemies is fast paced and enjoyable, and on higher difficulties, requires serious skill. I don't use the word often, but Killer is Dead is just awesome. The art style looks amazing, genuinely artistic. Colors are vibrant and flashy, and make Mondo Zappa and co. really come to life. The characters aren't necessarily fleshed out, but it feels like a Tarantino movie in the sense that they don't have to say a lot to know their life story.
    As for Gigolo Missions, they're great too. Before everyone starts screaming MISOGYNIST, get off your high horse and enjoy Killer is Dead for what it is: a flashy, over the top game that's about fighting robots/monsters, and banging buxom babes.
    Killer is Dead is my favorite Suda51 title yet, and I highly recommend it.
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  3. Aug 27, 2013
    10
    Pay no heed to the reviewers of this game that gave it low scores because the Gigolo mode "offended" them in some way, I'm fairly certain that they're fundamentally retarded. To condemn a game for such a minor feature that they deem to be sexist is laughable, at best. When people like these are reviewing games based off features that irk them instead of focusing more on gameplay, art direction, characters, and story, it really makes me fear for the gaming industry as a whole.
    "B-but, the Gigolo mode is perverted and gross!"
    To this, I ask, "Who cares?". It's an optional mode anyway, you don't even have to play it if it really irks you so much. Besides, I sincerely doubt that any of the (This comment is mostly aimed at the males) critics have any qualms with watching porn. Not one of them shudders at the thought, telling themselves "No, porn is perverted and gross!" Then why the would they apply this to Video Games?
    Ignore the moronic reviews of critics. This is an excellent game, with enjoyable combat, a great soundtrack, and a fantastic art style.
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