Killer Is Dead Xbox 360

User Score
7.2

Mixed or average reviews- based on 143 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 95 out of 143
  2. Negative: 31 out of 143
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  1. Aug 29, 2013
    7
    Killer Is Dead, when it comes to the gameplay, is the best Suda 51 title by far. Everything else? ehhh. The visuals are outstanding but sometimes too chaotic and hard to follow. The music is awful, probably Akira Yamaoka's worst soundtrack yet. The story doesn't know what it wants to be but it's good enough with the unique Suda51 flair. The Gogolo mode that so many reviewers are claimingKiller Is Dead, when it comes to the gameplay, is the best Suda 51 title by far. Everything else? ehhh. The visuals are outstanding but sometimes too chaotic and hard to follow. The music is awful, probably Akira Yamaoka's worst soundtrack yet. The story doesn't know what it wants to be but it's good enough with the unique Suda51 flair. The Gogolo mode that so many reviewers are claiming is the most offensive thing ever is honestly boring and not offensive in any way, there is NO REASON to dock points from the game for it. Expand
  2. Sep 13, 2013
    6
    It seems that most of the other reviews are either defending the Gigolo mini-games or condemning them. In all honestly, they are just there... A silly mini-game that becomes a total chore if you want related achievements. My issue with Killer Is Dead is that the combat is sloppy. After beating the game 3 times on on Normal, Hard, and Very Hard, the combat never felt satisfying and theIt seems that most of the other reviews are either defending the Gigolo mini-games or condemning them. In all honestly, they are just there... A silly mini-game that becomes a total chore if you want related achievements. My issue with Killer Is Dead is that the combat is sloppy. After beating the game 3 times on on Normal, Hard, and Very Hard, the combat never felt satisfying and the dodge mechanic didn't feel properly implemented for all enemies and their attacks. This is coupled with a camera that defaults to a view that is too low to the ground and tends to freak out near any object. This ruins the flow of the combat for a number of reasons: 1. You lose your character constantly in some rooms due to camera freak outs in small space; 2. The camera is so low on some large characters that you cannot see their life bar and constantly need to correct it; 3. The dodging becomes problematic because the camera is always at an angle that makes it difficult to see characters winding up for attacks (some characters have very subtle attack animations). The shooting feels solid until higher levels where the A.I. cheats it's way out of head shot with auto-dodges. The lack of a jump and only having one attack button makes the combat feel shallow and incomplete. There is little depth to the combat.

    Add in cool looking but basic level design, and a forgettable story... and you have a fun game that doesn't stick with you. A good game that never gets great. A good game that could have an amazing sequel, but is currently too flawed to wholeheartedly recommend.
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  3. Dec 13, 2013
    6
    I am done with the most of the game and so far it looks like an O.K rental to play for maybe 5 hours and get some achievements but please don't have high expectations or spend too much for the game.
  4. Aug 27, 2013
    0
    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 wordDon'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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Metascore
64

Mixed or average reviews - based on 38 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 38
  2. Negative: 4 out of 38
  1. Hyper Magazine
    Oct 3, 2013
    50
    Suda 51's unique off-the-wall style comes at a price, with gameplay, polish and coherence left by the wayside. [Nov 2013, p.77]
  2. Oct 3, 2013
    80
    A classic Suda 51 game, with a unique art direction and a well written story. If you are a fan of Suda you know what to expect here.
  3. Sep 23, 2013
    65
    Not Suda51's best effort.