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  • Summary: Killer Is Dead is the latest title from the demented mind of celebrated game creator, SUDA51, serving as a spiritual successor to his previous cult favorites, No More Heroes and Killer 7. Stylish cel-shaded visuals set the mood in this gritty, bloody, ultra-violent world where biomechanicalKiller Is Dead is the latest title from the demented mind of celebrated game creator, SUDA51, serving as a spiritual successor to his 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 the crushing power of biomechanical engineering in his left. Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 8
  2. Negative: 1 out of 8
  1. May 26, 2014
    80
    It may be confusing and an outright crazy adventure, but it’s one that will have gamers readily engaged.
  2. Jun 2, 2014
    80
    The multifaceted creativity of Suda51 arrives to pc. A must-play action oriented game for veteran/experienced players.
  3. Jun 6, 2014
    80
    On PC Killer is Dead reaches its best. It's a funny game with a good combat system and an original artistic aspect.
  4. Aug 11, 2014
    76
    Killer is Dead Nightmare Edition is definitely up there with one of the weirdest but fun games that I have played on the PC.
  5. GameStar
    Jun 9, 2014
    75
    Quotation forthcoming.
  6. May 26, 2014
    70
    If you haven't played it yet, having it on PC is a good chance to do so, since it's a unique experience with Suda51's "seal of weirdness". The adaptation from console to PC isn't as good as you might expect, though.
  7. May 29, 2014
    45
    The very definition of style over substance. Great art, but boring levels, lightweight combat, and dubious minigames sour the experience.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 24
  2. Negative: 6 out of 24
  1. Jul 10, 2014
    10
    I don't get why are you complaining about, the port is good, it has a good Mouse and Keyboard controls unlike the other Japanese hack andI don't get why are you complaining about, the port is good, it has a good Mouse and Keyboard controls unlike the other Japanese hack and slash games.
    And stop lying, this game has no glitch.
    All this negative user scores are made by a butthurt console gamers, the question is, why? Are you butthurt because this game was released on PC?
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  2. Nov 28, 2021
    9
    actualmente el juego no me presento ningun error, el juego es bastante completo, cuenta con buena historia, personajes carismaticos y un buenactualmente el juego no me presento ningun error, el juego es bastante completo, cuenta con buena historia, personajes carismaticos y un buen gameplay. no tengo mucho que decir. pero es muy buen juego COMPRALO AHORA MISMO, ES UNA JOYITA DE JUEGO. Expand
  3. Jun 14, 2014
    8
    Playing this game is essentially signing a contract saying that you'll be willing to accept whatever strange insanity is going on in developerPlaying this game is essentially signing a contract saying that you'll be willing to accept whatever strange insanity is going on in developer Suda51's head, and it's certainly a doozy. If you're willing to accept that you're probably not going to understand what the hell is going on (at least on your first playthrough), then you might be able to look past the veil and find a charming game worth loving.

    It probably won't rock your world, but it's worth a playthrough if you're into solid character action games. It plays in a third person cel-shaded style, which looks good in cutscenes, but does make it kind of hard to see during gameplay. The combat is varied, with a variety of sword moves, sub-weapons, and cool instant-death abilities. The sword impacts feel heavy and satisying, probably more so when playing on a gamepad as opposed to the mouse and keyboard.

    Nightmare Edition comes with an extra difficulty setting, the Smooth Operator pack, and Theater Mode, helping you decipher the story you just played through. Only for 19.99, which is a pretty good value if you haven't checked it out yet.

    Overall, it's a good game with good combat, and interesting albeit sometimes unintelligible writing.
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  4. May 29, 2014
    7
    Very stylish game, fighting feels good. PC version works ok so far. You can modify an ini file and unlock the 30 fps cap, but it might causeVery stylish game, fighting feels good. PC version works ok so far. You can modify an ini file and unlock the 30 fps cap, but it might cause glitches so it's not advised. It uses the Unreal engine so no problems with PC performance.
    However you can't even customize controls ingame. (Maybe can be modified in an ini file though.)
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  5. Feb 16, 2017
    6
    Pros:
    + Mysterious world
    + Curiously bizarre + Fun boss concepts + Enjoyed the challenge overall + Interesting character design Cons:
    Pros:
    + Mysterious world
    + Curiously bizarre
    + Fun boss concepts
    + Enjoyed the challenge overall
    + Interesting character design

    Cons:
    - Too short
    - Convoluted story
    - Combat should have had more dept
    - Menu navigation is so slow
    - Graphics are very bare bone
    - Some missions/task were boring

    Verdict: C+
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  6. Oct 29, 2016
    4
    Incredibly disappointing. Starts off great, but after completing Episode 3, everything starts to play like a prototype rather than an actualIncredibly disappointing. Starts off great, but after completing Episode 3, everything starts to play like a prototype rather than an actual game.

    The Gigolo missions were funny the first time but you actually need to do this pointless crap to get stuff to help you in the actual game.

    The story never goes anywhere. Most episodes don't even contribute anything to a central plot, they're just one-off nothings. But they have those long drawn out pan scenes and lengthy breaks between every spoken *line* of dialogue to add emphasis to the absolute nothing it's delivering.

    It also doesn't actually go beyond 1280x720 regardless of what you set it to in the menus, unless you go to the ini and directly edit the resolution there. Game is also capped at 30fps unless you make an ini edit as well, capping at 60fps the game worked fine for me aside from one Gigolo mission that would always hang (the one with the Japanese girl), basically they could've easily worked in the 60fps option and fixed this one issue and had a proper PC port.

    The game is constantly interrupting the hack-n-slash action to show off how "cool" it is. Almost every time enemies spawn, the game will take control away from you to zoom in on the enemy to show you they're there (because you're too stupid to figure it out apparently) and spend five seconds having them do a taunt animation.

    The camera is garbage and needs a lock-on system. It isn't uncommon to have your vision obscured by an art piece, or be fighting something when another enemy jumps in from off-screen to smack you in the back and break your combo. Needs a wider camera like the DMC series. You cannot plan much of anything.

    Dodging also does not immediately break attack animations (unlike Dark Souls) so if you hit a button you're committed, considering it's a button masher this is a huge handicap.

    Incredibly disappointing because I went in expecting something good because it's Suda51 but nothing ever gets delivered.
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  7. Jun 4, 2019
    0
    Low fps, low resolution, crazy camera... the game bad in every aspect. Story is a way off.

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