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GF Rating
5.8

182 ratings

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GF Rating
5

Fair

Play the Game, Skip the Story

posted by Breazy (PORT ORCHARD, WA) Apr 15, 2014

Member since Oct 2013

Killer is Dead is decent as an action game. It's similar in play to games such as Devil May Cry or Ninja Gaiden...you're a dude that's put in various levels killing a whole lot of baddies. It's Suda-51 so you know what you're getting here.

The game itself isn't bad, I would describe it as serviceable. A few issues with screen tearing, wonky camera, and collision detection persist throughout the game, but overall...serviceable. It looks great though, the art style works very well here.

The best thing about Killer is Dead is that it doesn't overstay its welcome. I completed the game in around 3.5 hours, but I skipped about 95% of the cutscenes. For good reason as the story in the game is seedy and not flattering towards women. Example: Outside of the main story missions, there are "Gigolo" Missions in which you essentially gawk at a half naked female. Blech, no thanks.

If you're willing to skip the story and play the game, I'd recommend giving this one a shot. It's a few hours of fun, but limit your expectation.

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GF Rating
5

Fair

Do they even make turbo controllers for 360?

posted by Jinto_Hyacinth (NEWMAN, CA) Sep 29, 2013

Member since Oct 2012

2 out of 2 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

Killer is Dead is the latest game coming from Suda 51 and team.
For those that have played No more Heroes for the Wii then you should be familiar with the combat immediately. The game plays exactly like No More Heroes which is both good and bad.

The Good: The combat is fast paced and keeps you alert at all times, same game play mechanics from NMH can be found here. Slashing, sideswiping to dodge and find an enemy opening, and quick melee attack that drops the defenses of weaker enemies. Also the dark cel shading graphics are amazing.

The Bad: Expect to spam the sideswiping technique a lot, as in practically every encounter, most of the time I set it off without even meaning to. The melee attack is done with the "Y" button but in my opinion should have been "B" like NMH which makes controls annoying at first and no you cannot change the button layout.
The game seems like it should have came with a turbo controller because this game appears to have a button mashing fetish. The second boss fight with "David" was amazing up to the part with the button mashing portion which then ruins the experience immediately. Also if you die there is a chance your assistant can revive you and continue the fight. How do you get her to revive you? Button Mashing....and if you mess up once as in your finger slips or don't keep a quick pace your screwed.

Is Killer is Dead a great game? No
Is it horrible....well No, there are things about it that are enjoyable.

Simply put Killer is Dead is to Suda 51's reputation just like how Cars 2 is to Pixar's reputation. It doesn't deserve to be burned at the stake but it won't be something your going to be going back to once your done.

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GF Rating
6

Above Average

Killer IS Dead

posted by Se7enth_Pr0ph3t (PHOENIX, AZ) Nov 25, 2013

Member since Nov 2013

2 out of 2 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

I gave this title a very generous 6. Sadly I had been waiting for this underground title to release and was very disappointed in its presentation. Although the artwork was more than impressive, with its cell-shaded like animations, the storyline does not hold up very well. The plot itself has too many holes in it and has a very touch-and-go feel as you complete each episode. Even the combat engine leaves much to be desired. Its almost like a very poor attempt at emulating the combat system from Metal Gear Rising, a title I encourage anyone to play if you want a satisfying alternative hack-n-slash. Overall I would definitely give this title another shot if a sequel were attempted but with an all too biased opinion. With its many downfalls the game does offer enough substance to complete the game however I was almost excited to seal this and send it back.

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