Excerpt: Killer is Dead is hard to love and easy to hate. It is undeniably bizarre, pretty much the norm for all of Grasshopper Manufacture’s previous titles. But unlike Suda’s finest works, Killer is Dead seems to be built on a flimsy and somewhat despicable foundation. Though the game tries desperately to exude the effortless cool its auteur is known for, the fiction winds up undermining what is an otherwise enjoyable action title.
Summary: Killer is Dead proves that auteur Suda51 still has the capacity to deliver deep and arresting play experiences. The game is an impressive and well-rounded package, and may very well be worth playing twice.
Pros: Signature Suda madness, Striking art style and engaging score, Diversified play, Great combat mechanics
Cons: Gigolo missions, Design incentives play tug-of-war with players
Summary: Nothing about this game is firing on all cylinders. Occasionally it can be funny or witty, but more often it is confounding and most of the time it is just there. It’s fun, for a little while, if you like mindless, button-mashing beat ‘em ups, but not $50 fun. All in all, it manages to do nothing as well as No More Heroes did nearly six years ago.
Excerpt: Killer is Dead can be fun when everything works; the dodging and guarding is responsive, and Mondo builds speed as he racks up combos. Destroying large groups of enemies when nothing goes wrong is satisfying. Its similarities to No More Heroes scale accordingly; it’s a mess, but a fun mess. The problem here is context. It’s a lot easier to be okay with certain faults when the game you’re playing is funny and satirical as well as stylish.
Pros: Usual Suda flair in character design and visual style, fast combat
Summary: What do an assassin with multiple personality disorder, an otaku warrior , a foul-mouthed demon hunter , and a chainsaw-wielding cheerleader have in common? Why they're all creations from the legendary Suda 51 of course! For quite some time, Suda has been gracing us with some of the most interesting characters and worlds in all of gaming, despite the technical shortcomings of each title.
Excerpt: Killer is Dead is developed by Grasshopper Manufacture and published by Xseed Games in North America. While not a true sequel to Killer 7 and No More Heroes, Killer is Dead picks up where both of those games left off and shares the same overall style. The game is much like the spiritual successor to Suda51's previous assassin series. The game features cell-shaded graphics and an overall surreal look just like it's predecessors along with hack and slash gameplay.
Excerpt: Killer is Dead is the newest work from the Suda 51 company that has brought the world some of the most unique and entertaining action titles ever including No More Heroes , Killer7 , and most recently, Lollipop Chainsaw . Where these titles offered up fun experiences that relied on great combat and a polished storyline, Killer is Dead offers a game that is marred by a poor presentation and several gross design choices.