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7.1

Mixed or average reviews- based on 142 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 92 out of 142
  2. Negative: 32 out of 142
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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. Apr 15, 2017
    6
    It's a pretty decent game. I picked it up for $5 and I'd say it's worth it at the price (paying over $15-20 would be ridiculous). The story is nonsensical and barely exists, the combat takes a while to get used to and the Gigolo mode is just plain fan-service pandering. The graphics are cell-shaded and dark, kind of like an anime, and the sound in the game is done really poorly. If you canIt's a pretty decent game. I picked it up for $5 and I'd say it's worth it at the price (paying over $15-20 would be ridiculous). The story is nonsensical and barely exists, the combat takes a while to get used to and the Gigolo mode is just plain fan-service pandering. The graphics are cell-shaded and dark, kind of like an anime, and the sound in the game is done really poorly. If you can live with those, you should enjoy this relatively short game. Expand
  5. Aug 27, 2013
    9
    I have been blown away once again by Suda 51. As some of the other positive reviews have stated, there are many elements of the game such as sexualization of women that many are calling out as poor content, but there's a reason why no one can understand it. This game is Art.

    Suda 51's career has been focused solely in the production of pieces, rather than games. This, like Killer 7, is
    I have been blown away once again by Suda 51. As some of the other positive reviews have stated, there are many elements of the game such as sexualization of women that many are calling out as poor content, but there's a reason why no one can understand it. This game is Art.

    Suda 51's career has been focused solely in the production of pieces, rather than games. This, like Killer 7, is not a game as much as it is a presentation of visuals, audio, writing, and overall mastery of the craft that is involved in any art based game. While I do agree that the sexualization is sometimes not necessary, it's not put in the game so fans can touch themselves, it's to present the main character as a smooth womanizer who rather than talking, woos women tactically with gifts instead of speech. As he doesn't actively care about these women, he doesn't care enough to talk to them. If there's anything to walk away from this game with is, it's that Suda 51 games are all about context and about artistic value. Do a little research about the Japanese audience, play his previous games, and let the game feel more like a representation, rather than a basic beat'em'up.
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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.