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  • Summary: The latest title from the mind of game creator SUDA51 serving as a spiritual successor to previous cult favorites No More Heroes and Killer 7. Stylish cel-shaded visuals set the mood in this gritty, bloody, ultra-violent world where biomechanical augmentations increase the power of criminalsThe latest title from the mind of game creator SUDA51 serving as a spiritual successor to previous cult favorites No More Heroes and Killer 7. Stylish cel-shaded visuals set the mood in this gritty, bloody, ultra-violent world where biomechanical augmentations increase the power of criminals and “executioners” alike. Mondo Zappa, a newly recruited executioner, hunts criminals wielding a Japanese sword in his right hand, and powerful biomechanical engineering in his left. Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 38
  2. Negative: 4 out of 38
  1. 90
    At this point, though, you already know, if Killer is Dead is for you. It's shrill, chaotic, stupid and quite simply all sorts of genius. Finally, Suda did that one final step to grow as a game designer, no longer banking solely on the weird.
  2. Aug 26, 2013
    80
    Pure Suda, Killer is Dead is a really good action game with lots of flavor and many of the elements that have made special this director.
  3. Sep 6, 2013
    80
    This is as surreal as stylish, as uncompromising as relentless, as odd as any other game from Suda 51. But is also more mainstream than ever before, which is admirable.
  4. Aug 27, 2013
    70
    Killer Is Dead packs the style and swagger that's defined Suda 51's output to date, highlighted by the smart, well-designed boss battles. It's only really let down by awkward pacing and the padding between those boss battles.
  5. Sep 3, 2013
    65
    Killer is Dead is a Suda51 game. If that makes you smile, there is probably something here you will enjoy. If not, then its mediocre combat and weird direction are not going to carry you through the whole experience.
  6. Aug 27, 2013
    60
    The high-contrast art style lends a cool flair to characters and environments, but works against you on the gameplay front.
  7. 40
    I've not felt wronged by a game to this degree in a long time. Hatred just about captures the emotion. Killer is Dead has the kernel of an acceptable game, swathed in unlikable characters, a Benny Hill attitude to women, alienating self-regard and some obnoxious gameplay decisions. It's impossible to recommend.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 24
  2. Negative: 4 out of 24
  1. Aug 27, 2013
    10
    This game is fun. I don't care about the silly plot.The action is great and I'm loving it. The graphic design is a welcoming fresh change. TheThis game is fun. I don't care about the silly plot.The action is great and I'm loving it. The graphic design is a welcoming fresh change. The sound effects and voice acting are very good. The gameplay is varied and at times it is challenging, but not because of an 'artificial difficulty'. This game needs some skill to get through some levels. I don't have the slightness clue why this got low reviews. 10/10 Expand
  2. Aug 30, 2013
    10
    Please ignore the unfair reviews of this game, it's actually very funny how the critics assume this game will somehow offend all women becausePlease ignore the unfair reviews of this game, it's actually very funny how the critics assume this game will somehow offend all women because the women in this game are sexy. I'm female, and I completely ADORE this game. It's a hack-n-slash much like DMC, Metal Gear Rising, and Bayonetta, the cel-shaded art style is gorgeous, and the story is completely campy and insane in the best possible way. What the biased reviewers at Polygon and IGN won't tell you is that the female characters in this game are incredibly competent, some of them are quite intelligent, and some of them can (and do!) even beat up Mondo. Yeah, the dating missions can come off as a bit cheesy to some people, but the whole game is supposed to be cheesy. What a professional reviewer shouldn't do is take off 4 or 5 points out of 10 just because they were offended at a small minigame. Honestly, I'm getting quite sick of this third-wave feminist "SEXY=BAD" mentality in gaming, and I ask you to buy the game for yourself before listening to these foolish "professional" reviews. Expand
  3. Aug 29, 2013
    10
    Awesome game, truly. You'd have to be a pretty boring person to not enjoy it. Fast and visceral action, awesome boss fights and a ridiculousAwesome game, truly. You'd have to be a pretty boring person to not enjoy it. Fast and visceral action, awesome boss fights and a ridiculous plot, what more do you expect from a Goichi Suda game? If you see comments about loading times it's because they haven't installed it. Go ahead and do that like me, my 'loading screens' are just a flash of text. Expand
  4. Nov 14, 2013
    8
    This game has some issues, certainly, but overall this was a fun experience.
    Cons:
    1) Terrible camera and lack of lock-on. Most of the time
    This game has some issues, certainly, but overall this was a fun experience.
    Cons:
    1) Terrible camera and lack of lock-on. Most of the time you will simply be fighting from the side as seen on camera, which creates problems with dodging.
    2) While unique and interesting visuals generally will be in pros, how they handled black in this game is quite bad. There are a lot of areas that are dark. Now if they would be simply dark, that would be fine. But they are drawn as dark blue and sometimes this takes half, if not more, of the screen of dark blue. You don't see any shapes inside it as well.
    Pros:
    1) Music. Fits very, very well. Some compositions are worthy of listening outside the game.
    2) Story. Now, it is for the most part unclear. You do have lots of questions "why?" and "What happened before the game started?". Think about Nier, though not as bad. However, if you just stop caring to answer every little question, you will enjoy the story. You get enough information about the main issues, you understand the motives and even some of the main mechanics of this world. It is more than enough to enjoy.
    3) Visual style. Besides black-dark blue areas, colors in this game are mixed in a very interesting way, cell shading looks quite good. Overall, it is simply curios, you don't see such visuals every day, so might as well enjoy it.
    Kind of pro: Battles. While this is not as satisfying as many others hack-n-slash because you are not given that much freedom and creativity in combat, the mechanics are solid. Dodges seems to have no invulnerability frames, which makes you aware of the flow of the combat. About half of the game fighting with regular monsters makes you yawn, because they are weak and are killed simply by whacking at them, with occasional dodge. After that, you get extremely aggresive and tough enemies that often require different approach (or at least are best killed by different approaches), prioritizing targets, and common staff like that from hack-n-slashes. At this point, the combat is interesting. Not the best, but solid and fun. Boss battles are ok, you mostly have seen all their mechanics before. They look good though.
    Overall, worthy experience.
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  5. Apr 2, 2015
    8
    Killer is dead, un juego con una historia extraña , pero interesante, con graficos tipo cell shading que le da un aspecto muy atractivo, unKiller is dead, un juego con una historia extraña , pero interesante, con graficos tipo cell shading que le da un aspecto muy atractivo, un sistema de juego bastante simple, pero no se torna aburrido(a mi gusto) muy rejugable con bastantes sub misiones que alarga mas la vida de este juego, con unas chicas muy atractivas;) Recomendable para quien busca algo diferente. Expand
  6. 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 pleaseI 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. Expand
  7. Sep 20, 2016
    1
    Great graphic style. Bullsh*t QTEfest instead of gameplay. Press X many-many times when it shows up or you will die. Games nowadays are allGreat graphic style. Bullsh*t QTEfest instead of gameplay. Press X many-many times when it shows up or you will die. Games nowadays are all miserable. For nobrainers only. Expand

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