Get ready for some seriously stylish action from renowned designer SUDA51. In this exclusive version for PC, players will be slicing, dicing, and shooting as the suave executioner Mondo Zappa. Prepare for the thrill of love and kill in KILLER IS DEAD!
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Release Date: May 23, 2014

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Get ready for some seriously stylish action from renowned designer SUDA51. In this exclusive version for PC, players will be slicing, dicing, and shooting as the suave executioner Mondo Zappa. Prepare for the thrill of love and kill in KILLER IS DEAD!

Exclusive Features for Nightmare Edition:

  • New difficulty mode called Nightmare Mode. In this mode, enemies can only be defeated using the following attacks: Adrenaline Burst, Dodge Burst, Headshots, so the gameplay requires far more skill and tactics. Players will not be able to use the Final Judgement finisher (QTE mode) to defeat enemies.
  • Theater Mode - Rewatch cutscenes and get extended background information on characters, helping to unravel the story after your 1st playthrough
  • Smooth Operator Pack for console will be included, which includes X-ray glasses, bewitching outfits, stunning beauties, and a killer new mission and boss!

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows Vista 64-bit
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Quad 2.3 Ghz or AMD Phenom X4 2.3 Ghz or above
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GPU that supports Shader Model 3.0
    • DirectX: Version 10
    • Storage: 13 GB available space
    • OS: Windows 7 Professional 64-bit, Windows 8 64-bit, Windows 8.1 64-bit
    • Processor: Intel/AMD Quad Core 2.3 Ghz or above
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTS 250 or AMD Radeon HD 2900
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 13 GB available space
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16 of 16 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 30
Killer is Dead can be described as a weird and strange action hack and slash game.
The art style is unique in a way that sometimes you have the feeling that this is a sort of LSD-trip.
The story is very confusing and to this day I still not know what exactly I was doing. There are a lot of cut scenes that tell the story. It’s something complicated like some anime movies.
In short you play an assassin who’s called Mondo. Your weapons are a katana blade and a bionic arm – which can also transform I a gun that shoots blood. The fighting is rather simple and there are not a lot of combo’s – this is not a Devil May Cry style of game – the most important here is to learn to dodge and block enemy attacks. The game can be very violent and is not for children.

Graphic style: this can only be described as weird. It’s not something for everyone – check some YouTube videos
Sound: music and sound effects are OK
Gameplay: this sort of game plays best with a gamepad. I played it with an Xbox One wired controller and it works flawlessly.
Quality of the console port: this game is a console port and it has been ported with almost no graphic options. Resolutions are limited to 1920*1080. The only way to use other resolutions is via editing of an ini-file (check the forums) and via the program ‘Flawless Widescreen’. I tested it with a resolution of 2560*1080 and it works.

I took me 11 hours to finish. Replay value comes from playing higher difficulty, finding all the secrets, getting high high scores for every level and missions.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
33.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 26
Killer is Dead achieves to be a very simple and very complicated game at the same time. The simple part is gameplay. It doesn't even has complicated or different combo moves. All you have to do mash that button and get higher combos and it will go faster and faster. The complicated part is story. Actually it's not that complicated but game doesn't explain the whole story so you gotta do some research to get the full picture. Characters are awesome, level design is OK, side missions... well you have gigolo missions to do so what do you think? Artstyle is very good I really liked it. It fits well with the game. There are some annoying bugs and unbalanced stuff so they're the only bad things about the game for me. Long story short, this is a great hack n slash game in my opinion. A must play!
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
6.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 15
Unlock the FPS by editing one file they said. Make enemies move 2x faster.

10/10 would unlock FPS again.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 16
A very good character action game,although not nearly as amazing as No More Heroes this is still one of the better games made by Suda51 and overall a great representative of it's genre.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
29.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 6
Rating 7/10
Overview: Third Person Action

The Good:

+ Art style and presentation

+ In addition to the 12 main missions there are side missions and challenges, you can play every mission after you complete the game with different difficulties to try and get a higher ranking providing a lot of replay-ability.

+ The combat although simplistic for a Japanese action game, controls very well and feels very satisfying killing enemies. Combat revolves around slashing enemies and dodging at the right time. Hitting enemies also fills up a meter which allows you to pull off one hit kills.

+ Killing enemies rewards you with different types of gems that increase health, blood meter and skills

+ Cool looking bosses

The Average:

What happens when you do drugs and decided to write a story? You get a Suda51 game. This is one crazy game which is to be expected if you ever played any other Suda games before. Its not good or bad but it certainly is unique and creative. The dialogue can be pretty bad at times and the characters are one dimensional.

The camera can be problematic especially when you move against walls.

30 frames per second although this can be modified in .ini files which may cause some problems.

Easy achievements although many of them require some grinding

The Bad:

- A bizarre mini game has you ogling at women's private parts filling up a meter after which you can then give gifts in order to win her favor. Give enough gifts and watch a sex scene play out. Why is it in the game...who knows, like everything else in the game in doesn't make sense and it feels completely out of place.

- very poor graphical options

- The game froze on me and after rebooting my computer I lost my save file with no way of recovering it.


I had a lot of fun with this even though it felt really strange at times. If you are a fan of Japanese action games this is a good game to check out.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
10.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 20
It's good stuff! Can we get more ports from these devs on Steam? Like "No More Heroes" or "Lollipop Chainsaw"?
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 4
well, what i can say........
A lot of combos, ecchi, and good history, it´s really good,
Meanwhile, i just had a problem with a bug, but is really easy solve it, (well i am in the episode 5, i don´t know if there will be a lot of bugs more)
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 21
My game just crashed twice upon the start of the 3rd episode. Since I didn't buy on Steam I can't get a refund!
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
10.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 15
Imagine what would happen if japanese versions of David Lynch and Terence Malick wrote a story together. Well that is what you get with this game. In short you've got a story with colonel Sanders like looking aliens, vampires,unicorns, angry decomissioned russian trains, robots, peeping at underwear with xray glasses and guys stealing moons and some persons hearing and none of these are basically related to each other in any coherent way storywise.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 14
I Loved it all the way up till...chapter 3 when I killed the boss but she wouldnt die. Went to restart the chapter now the picture goes black... PLEASE FIX IT TT.TT
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1.1 hrs
Posted: October 23
A bad console port.

I got this in a bundle, mostly for this game. Damn, that was a waste.

You cannot navigate the menu fully with just keyboard and mouse. You must have a controller to go Back at all. What kind of a lazy studio is this.

The game... the game is this: Waiting for load times, waiting for (and skipping, but still waiting 5 seconds per scene, and they often go back-to-back-to back) cut scenes, killing a couple of enemies with your eyes closed by spamming a button, then another cut scene.

The missions are seriously about 2 minutes long and about 45 seconds of it is just waiting for a cut scene to show you 2 guys walking in the room. Kill 2 guys, another cut scene showing 2 more show up. Finish 2 minute mission, watch another cut scene. The character is slow, cant even sprint, and there is zero tension from getting shot at when your guy auto-blocks all bullets 100% of the time. Why even bother with that mechanic?

This is not the worst gaming experience ever, it's not Assassins Creed 2, but it's up there. If you like watching things, and not playing games, maybe you'll like this more than I did, but I doubt it.

Bad port, bad game.
Oh also it uses up over 13 GB on your hard drive to store all those cutscenes you'll be skipping through.

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Franss the Coffee Addict
7.3 hrs
Posted: October 23
I highly recommend this to those who like third person hack-and-lashes, such as Devil May Cry, Batman arkham series ground combat and/or Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance

NOTE: be aware this game can stop working in windows 10 and currently there's no fix to be found (atleast I didn't find one) I've got 7 hours on record and I think just passed half of the game. Only problem is I couldn't get a refund anymore so I went right ahead and wrote this.
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2.4 hrs
Posted: October 22
$99.c best money youll ever spend
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Uraraka Ochako
12.4 hrs
Posted: October 22
You know, I loved the works of Suda51. They always have this bizarre and surreal storylines as well as exciting gameplay plus some unusual yet unique visuals. However, what about his another stylistic opus, Killer is Dead? Is it a hack n slash fan’s wet dream or just another irritating action experience?

Killer is Dead is another artistic effort made by the visionaire himself Suda51, along with his guys at Grasshopper Manufacture. It has some familiar elements from Suda’s previous titles, such as the gameplay of Lollipop Chainsaw mixed with the visual style of No More Heroes.

First, let’s talk about the story a bit, shall we? You enter the shoes of Mondo Zappa, an assassin-for-hire who works for an assassination firm who tasks Mondo to kill dangerous bad guys around the world. Along with him in missions are his beloved katana and his mechanical arm “Musselback”, who helps him when fighting enemies as well as his friends the cyborg Bryan, the hot chick Vivienne, and his sidekick and best girl Mika. The game lets you go through the missions of Mondo’s assassinations as well as his personal struggles and his childhood later on.

Out of all the stories that Suda51 has written for his games, KID has the most bizarre and nonsensical of them all. Not David Lynch’s Eraserhead type of bizarre, but really bizarre ♥♥♥♥ that makes people go “What the hell is going on?”. Most of the time the plot doesn’t make any sense and doesn’t correlate well with each episode. There are some characters that were introduced to the story with little to no explanation at all and certain events in the game just.........sorta happened for the sake of the story. Also (ehem, spoilers), the ending is bullsh*t

The gameplay is what you might expect from a Suda51 title. It’s the usual “You hack this, you slash that, you dodge this, you block that, plus press this to parry” style of gameplay. However, it doesn’t really add anything new to the table and just revising the old stuff that has been the thing in the hack n slash games over the years. Well, there’s a cool counter-attack system when you dodge an attack successfully and an easy-to-understand character upgrade system, but besides those things, gameplay is “meh” at best. There’s nothing wrong with it, but it could’ve been done much better.

Another thing that I kinda have mixed feelings with is the game’s soundtrack. I appreciate that the composer was trying to be diverse with its style of music in each episode, but cmon man, try harder than that. Most of the tracks are generic and forgettable. They don’t really get you in the mood of fighting the biggest, baddest villains of the game. Probably the only good thing about the whole soundtrack is that the jazz-themed loading screens are nice, so kudos to that.

The English voice acting in the game is okay (I guess???). Well, it kinda falls into the “generic anime English dub” territory a bit, but it wasn’t exactly the worst English voice acting I’ve heard from a Japanese-made video game. Just wished the whole cast could put more effort into it. However, if you really want the true KID experience, try playing with the Japanese dub on. It’s much more fitting and just fun to hear characters banter with each other in Japanese.

What the game really truly shines on is in its art direction. The cel-shaded visual style of KID does fit with its weird story and the settings, with each of them having a distinct tone and atmosphere. Characters are pretty diverse in the game, with each of them having a unique appearance and personality. Although I can say Mondo himself is one of those protags who is pretty much OP with little character development whatsoever.

At the end of the day, Killer is Dead is just your another ordinary hack n slash title. The story makes little sense whatsoever and the gameplay doesn’t really add anything new to the hack n slash formula. However, its striking visuals, diverse cast of characters and settings, and its overall creativity does made the game sort of different from other hack n slash titles. Still, I can’t really say that the game would be a killer among other well-known HnS games such as DmC or Bayonetta. However, its worth a try, so buy it if you ever have a chance.

P.S Mika is still best girl
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8.8 hrs
Posted: October 22
Killer is Dead is boring, short, shallow and has a really bad storyline.

This game feels like an anime game, but it is a disgrace. The whole storyline is trying to be over-the-top and full of action sequences, but almost everything they did is boring. I'm okay for non-sensical storyline as long as the game doesn't force you to go through it and full of cool stuffs. But this game forces you, as it has said "Hey look, our story is dramatic and 4th wall breaking!" but what they did tell is just mediocre and really bad 4th wall breaking line. I gotta give props to the jokes though, they are funny but that's about it.

The gameplay is boring as hell, tap the buttons quickly to not die! You sometimes have to break the guard with dodging or hitting it with your arms. The dodge button isn't precise, works as whatever it wanted to, and sometimes it dodges to a different position that you intended to. Atacking with your arms requires 8+taps, and be sure as hell you need to tap it as fast as you can or you can get hit by the other enemy or the combo breaks. When you dodged, you are able to counter attack, BUT You have to tap your attack buttons 8+ times as well. You see the problem here? Mashing buttons, you love them, don't you?

The port is horrendous. performance wise? it is good. Settings wise? It is bad. The Display settings only has 3 options. Quality, Resolution, and V-sync. Quality only has 3 settings "Low, Medium, High" and you can't costumize it. Resolution is the most ♥♥♥♥ed up one. I set the resolution on 1920x1080. The game said like "Yeah got you, fam." but the game it self is still 720p, and the graphic renders on 1080p. I really don't know why and if you think it doesn't matter for you, the UI is really blurry and huge. V-sync is always turned on, no matter if you tried to turn it off, it simply turned it self back again. Here comes the bad part. The game is ONLY in 30fps, setting the game at 60fps (on .ini files) will surely break some physics in-game and other related bugs that is tied to frame rates. For my fix, I found it on PCGamingWiki.

The game is short, and it took me 8 hours to beat this game. The ending is ♥♥♥♥, it took it self the "bad ending" where the villain wins but they told you in a really bad way, like it is a ♥♥♥♥ ending. But what did I expect from a game that has a really bad storyline, anyway?

Overall, avoid this game. I didn't recommend it.
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2.1 hrs
Posted: October 21
awesome arty style
weird and fun story
cool bossfights
its pretty hard, so its challenging

kinda glitchy sometimes
sometimes kinda dull fights.
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4.0 hrs
Posted: October 20
Killer Is Dead Is An Anime Game
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7.7 hrs
Posted: October 20
A horrible Japanese piece of ♥♥♥♥.
I'm beginning to suspect that this is a product of brainwashing propaganda, all those colorful lights and a completely unintelligible story and dialogue that made my head hurt. Must've had some subliminal messages now drilled into my brain.

Indeed, this game is like an autistic 3-year-old's fever dream, on magic mushrooms, and the trip wasn't pleasant.
That's how much sense it made.

"Why would she say that? That doesn't make any sense" "That's incredibly dumb" "Why did he do that? That doesn't make any sense" "What in the world is that?" "Only a child could come up with something like that"
These are the thought that I kept on repeating to myself throughout the whole game. It started to become infuriating because I was in the belief that it would start making sense at some point. But I was wrong. Why would you make something like this? If it was a joke, it wouldn'tve been a funny one, just a strange one.

The combat was fun overall, nothing special, but fun, which is what kept me going. The dodging mechanic was very unresponsive at times (dodging the completely wrong direction).

The graphics still look pretty cool, which got me to buy this game. I don't really play hack n slash games, only some DmC, but that's it.

The gameplay was entertaining, the story was so bad and unintelligible that I started skipping the cutscenes after about halfway of the game, I genuinely believed that I wasn't missing anything. This over-the-top-artistic-Japanese thing isn't really my thing.
But the gameplay and the graphics were entertaining.

I'd give it a 4/10
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