Killer Is Dead PlayStation 3


Mixed or average reviews - based on 39 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 39
  2. Negative: 3 out of 39
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  1. Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    Oct 7, 2013
    While the narrative is bonkers, Killer Is Dead iterates on tired gameplay to make a gorgeous game playable. [November 2013, p84]
  2. Sep 3, 2013
    Killer Is Dead is some great concepts marred by flawed executions. If Suda51 and company do a sequel, hopefully they can spend a bit more time working on story exposition.
  3. Aug 28, 2013
    An unusual adventure with better-than-average fighting mechanics and a mostly likable cast. But it falls short nearly everywhere else.
  4. Aug 27, 2013
    Killer Is Dead is a competent, and oftentimes superb, action title that is held back by an overly obtuse plot and a dating minigame that did more to turn me off from the game entirely.
  5. Aug 27, 2013
    Its combat is neat if still a bit limited, and its dark direction and weird narrative a bit tainted by self-indulgence, but this is still a Grasshopper grindhouse romp worth most of its issues. The danger, I guess, will always be one drink too many.
  6. Aug 27, 2013
    Taking cues from its contemporaries, particularly Metal Gear Rising Revengeance, Grasshopper’s hack and slash tale of moon power and misogyny is an entertaining diversion, particularly narratively and artistically, but its gameplay unfortunately lacks the inventiveness or ingenuity to see it mature into a truly timeless action game.
  7. Aug 27, 2013
    Killer Is Dead successfully separates itself from the pack, but it doesn’t live up to all its potential. It ends too soon, is padded with reused areas, and suffers from tech problems that should be defunct.
  8. Aug 27, 2013
    Overall this is a middle of the road experience out of Grasshopper Manufacturer, and I hope to see something bolder and better for their next effort.
  9. Sep 1, 2013
    Killer is Dead is probably the weakest Suda51 game that I have played, but it has a very enjoyable combat system that might draw in some players like it did with me.
  10. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    Oct 24, 2013
    Stylish and most of the time entertaining as well, this carnage from the mind of a well known weirdo designer Suda 51 doesn't bring anything new to the table, except for its bizarre aesthetics that may or may not suit you. [Issue#234]
  11. Games Master UK
    Sep 18, 2013
    Brilliantly mad and visually striking, but the combat can feel repetitive. [Nov 2013, p.64]
  12. A strikingly beautiful game that suffocates its solid action core with clumsily scripted waffle and a hodgepodge of bizarre ideas. [Oct 2013, p.90]
  13. Arguably the main theme of the game is revenge, like many of the games in the Kill The Past Series, but it’s wrapped in an incomprehensible package.
  14. Sep 1, 2013
    Killer is Dead is playable, but it commits a far worse sin than being awkward or glitchy. It takes the fantastic and makes it boring.
  15. Aug 28, 2013
    Killer is Dead is a pure Suda51 game, crazy in its story, background, sequences and graphics. But despite some flashes of genius, it is actually quite classic and not so surprising.
  16. Aug 27, 2013
    Intriguing – despite a mounting pile of evidence showing that it should be terrible. The characters and story are so outlandish and bizarre that they are fascinating – but the nonsense and clunky mechanics never coalesce into a satisfying experience. It lures you in with the promise of something unique, then botches the execution.
  17. Sep 1, 2013
    Killer is Dead functions decently, the art is occasionally nice, and it has shades of greater ideas, but beyond that I can't find a reason to spend money or time exploring its gradual deterioration.
  18. Sep 3, 2013
    Killer is Dead has a lot going for it. The foundation is there. But the positives are mired beneath a poor gameplay mechanic that makes even simple control a chore. The story isn’t allowed to shine due to simplistic writing and stereotypical characters, the difficulty can be very erratic, and too many deaths feel cheap and unfair.
  19. 50
    Killer is Dead is a decent action game, but seeing as the genre is brimming with other titles that offer a much more complete experience, there’s little reason to spend your time here rather than elsewhere.
  20. Sep 16, 2013
    The visual style is fantastic and the Gigolo Mode certainly will catch the attention of many players given its nature, but behind it hides an empty game with little to offer.
  21. 50
    If you’re an experimental gamer who seeks out the weird and unusual, no matter how unintelligible it is, Killer Is Dead will be right up your alley. For everyone else, the game is bargain bin at best.
  22. CD-Action
    Aug 28, 2013
    Besides mildly satisfying swordplay (Grasshopper failed to come up with a really good combat system) Killer is Dead offered me nothing that could raise my blood pressure. [CD-Action 10/2013, p.60]
  23. Aug 28, 2013
    Shallow, sexist, and largely nonsensical. The action is amongst Suda51’s best but it’s not leveraged in any way that justifies the failings of the rest of the game.
  24. Aug 27, 2013
    This is not a bad game, it’s just a boring one – and we never thought that we’d say that about a release that sees you chasing a tiger on a motorcycle.
  25. Aug 27, 2013
    Killer Is Dead is a real missed opportunity. The fighting mechanics are there, the ideas are there, but the end result is just so totally average. It’s a game that’s hard to dislike, but also one that fails to impress on pretty much every level.
  26. Aug 27, 2013
    Killer Is Dead is filled with Suda 51 eccentricity, but it struggles to stay relevant with inconsistent combat, a poorly told story, and some awkwardly sleazy moments.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 202 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 35 out of 41
  2. Negative: 2 out of 41
  1. Aug 27, 2013
    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.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
    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 notDon'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
    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 thatPay 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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