Killer is Dead – Nightmare Edition Review: A Stylish, Over-the-top Gem

SUDA51, the incredibly twisted and creative mind behind many other style-dripping action games — such as No More Heroes, Shadows of the Damned and, my personal favorite, Lollipop Chainsaw — brings us yet another over-the-top gem; Killer is Dead.

The Pros:

  1. Just like previous games from SUDA51, we get a uniquely cliché character with a noteworthy weapon at his side. Juliet was the dumb blonde cheerleader who had her Chainsaw, Garcia Hotspur the rough tattooed badass had Johnson, and Mondo Zappa is the smooth talking ladiesman who just gets the job done and has his cybernetically modified left arm; Musselback.
  2. A simple yet satisfying combat system that gets deeper and more complex as you unlock upgrades and the story progresses.
  3. Over-the-top ridiculous story with a wide array of interresting characters you’ll already knowa thing or two about due to the stereotypical standards.
  4. Special upgrades are aquired through playing gigolo minigames; you buy gifts at the store with money you earned by playing that can then be given to women who, in exchange for a little “tête-a-tête”, will give you an upgrade of some sort. Before you can give her a gift, however, you have to build up enough confidence… by peeking at her privates or legs. If she catches you staring, she’ll slap you right the f**k out and leave you with blue balls. Put on your sunglasses to find out what kind of gifts she’d like, give her those gifts to fill the meter even faster, and get rewarded. It sounds silly and sexistic, and that’s exactly what it is. Because SUDA51.
  5. Everything you love about SUDA51 and it’s still not getting old!

The Cons:

  1. The story sort of throws you right in and doesn’t explain itself too much. If you really want to know what’s going on exactly (if you can handle that), you’ll have to do some research outside of the game.
  2. The style of the game is sometimes a bit overwhelming. Scenes can get chaotically stylish and colors don’t always come over the way they’re supposed to.

The Visuals:

Killer is Dead doesn’t give you triple-A quality realism, but it clearly doesn’t want to. Style just pours out of every single frame of Killer is Dead, giving it the unique SUDA51 feeling you’ll want. SUDA51 once more annihilates the limits of style.

Final Verdict:

If you’re even remotely interrested in Killer is Dead (most likely because of its stylish visuals), don’t doubt and pick it up. Killer is Dead gives you ridiculously stylish fun that few other games can live up to. Score: 8/10