Excerpt: There are many mysteries in life and during its lengthy development cycle, killer7 has been one of them. No one knew what to expect on the gameplay side of things, but something everybody did actually know was that the game featured stylish anime esque visuals. It’s official, games can be art. However, it isn’t only killer7’s lovely visual style that is unique as the game in its entirety is about as far removed from your average title as you could possibly get.
Excerpt: killer7 is a very unusual game, and somewhat fittingly it features a very unusual protagonist. It concerns Harman Smith, a wheelchair-bound decrepit old man who also happens to be the world’s most successful assassin[s]. You see, Harman has seven alternate personalities which result in not only a mental but also a complete physical change. The motives, in-fighting and back story of these characters and their victims provides much of the game’s narrative and uniqueness.
Excerpt: It's impossible for the connected gamer not to have heard some of the hype, the questioning curiosity, or even the abrasive sound caused by people scratching their heads and wondering what the @#$#@ this strange game titled Killer7 is about. The devotees of the enchanted school of hardcore gaming, who are relieved to see otaku bizarreness other than the King of All Cosmos with his magnificent codpiece, of course counter the philistine masses to revel in Killer7 's...
Excerpt: A wall ahead of you has some nonsensical text written on it. A rather freaky bystander informs you that the text isn't exactly as it seems; some of it is written in blood. He also tells you that the girl can tell what is written in blood and what isn't. An obvious puzzle, but the way it is solved is anything but ordinary. You switch to the young woman and perform her rather special ability.
Excerpt: The Killer 7 are a group of international super assassins led by a man named Harman in a world without use of nuclear arms and a generation unknowing of terrorism. Or so your character thinks. In fact after playing this game and I’m still not entirely sure what was real and what wasn’t. Where do I begin?
Conclusion: THE VERDICT: A perfectly polished, well crafted and wonderfully presented game, many elements of which are designed to challenge both game players and developers; even perhaps to challenge the concept of what a game can be. Its worth cannot be underestimated; however, its appeal will be incredibly narrow. Of the Capcom 5, this is without doubt the bravest release.
Conclusion: This game is so unique, you’ll likely either love it or hate it. If you’re willing to try new things and approach Killer7 with an open mind, you’ll be rewarded with one very memorable gaming experience.
Summary: In these predictable days - when few publishers are willing to take risks that may dent their profit margins - it's rare to find a game that offers a true alternative to the Identikit racers and substandard brawlers that clutter the shelves in HMV. But with Killer7, Capcom has created a unique, compelling adventure that's unlike anything else on the market, but an experience that's sure to alienate as many players as it charms.