Average User Score: 8.1Aug 27, 2013Suda51 games are never the most well-received. In fact, if you ask most video game enthusiasts, they'll likely be able to only name NMH and Lollipop Chainsaw, and maybe Killer7 if you're lucky.
Suda has always gone a bit against the grain, and the way the games he directs are received by Western gaming journalism tends to suffer for it. With Killer Is Dead, there's a lot of aspects of the game that simply don't jive with what's popular among the Gaming Journalism clique.
For one: Challenging combat. On the hardest difficulties, Killer 7's combat is rough. Sure, it's no DMC3's Dante Must Die, but it provides enough challenge (And Frustration, if you are a certain Gamespot reviewer), to be derided as "inconsistent", and sloppy by many major gaming sites. In an age where cinematic, story-driven games are the most popular, narrative is king, anything that hinders a player from getting to the next cutscene (such as challenging gameplay) is often looked down upon.
The art direction, aside from the stylish combat, is one of the prime strengths of Killer Is Dead, and Suda51's creativity simply oozes out of every bit of design present, from Mondo's outfit to the exquisitely beautiful backgrounds and settings he rides around in.
The world is a crazy, hyper-eccentric parody of a Bond film, from the way Mondo interacts with women, to his exaggeratedly 'cool' personality. Unfortunately, this has struck a bit of a negative chord with many reviewers, especially those with a Social Justice agenda, unable to see the hyperbole and exaggeration present, and simply cry about Misogyny, taking the scenes presented at face value just because a woman is in a sexy outfit.
With the current state of what is popular in gaming, Suda unfortunately released it at the wrong time, but to all of his fans, this is more of what you love from him, and the only reason this isn't getting a 10 from me is that the camera is finicky, and gets in the way at times, and that the somewhat short length of the game may not justify the 60 dollar price tag for many gamers.
If you are a fan of Suda51, there is absolutely nothing to fear, despite what the major critics are saying. He hasn't changed, and is giving you more of his unique brand of creativity.
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