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!
User reviews: Mostly Positive (794 reviews)
Release Date: May 23, 2014

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"Fun, cool artstyle, easy enough to learn combat. The biggest complaint is the camera controls, otherwise this game would be a real gem."

About This Game

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: 2.0 Ghz or above
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GPU that supports Shader Model 3.0
    • DirectX: Version 10
    • Hard Drive: 13 GB available space
    • OS: Windows 7 64-bit, Windows 8 64-bit
    • Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-2400 CPU @ 3.10GHz(4 CPUs
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTS 450
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Hard Drive: 13 GB available space
Helpful customer reviews
214 of 257 people (83%) found this review helpful
37.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 13
Please port all of Suda 51's games to pc. I will give you all my monies.
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42 of 46 people (91%) found this review helpful
12.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 11
First off, let me preface this review by saying that this game is rather short and if you wanna play it on a computer with a dual core processor you are ♥♥♥♥ out of luck. However, if you can run this game, it is well worth your time and money despite these two problems.

Be sure to see the guide as well on getting this game to run up to snuff, unless you're one of those people who think a game is enhanced by a subpar framerate.

tl;dr? Get this game if you're into the hack and slash genre even slightly, enjoy a moderate amount of difficulty, or appreciate a unique visual style in a video game. (Seriously, some of the frames in some of the cutscenes in this game are wallpaper worthy.)

Killer is Dead is one of the most unique games I have ever played. Perhaps not mechanically; after all, this is at it's core a hack and slash game and it does have many tropes of the genre such as a grading system and guarding/dodging mechanics. As for the mechanics themselves, they're actually very solid if a bit overly simplistic to those who are used to DMC levels of depth. However, everything about it otherwise, from it's beautiful visual style that's reminiscent of 70's esque color pallettes, character, and outdoor design gives this game loads of personality and unique identity among others in the genre. I will forever remember this game because of how unique it is.

Oh, and the soundtrack is a beautiful blend of electronic ambient and classical music. Often very dreamlike, much like the game itself.

This game is not without it's problems though. Sometimes, the camera may not zoom out enough to give you vital information on the next enemy telegraph, leading to mild frustration at times. You will hate the gigolo missions not because they're bad (They lack a lot of depth, though.) but because the people you date will bother you in the middle of a mission to remind you that there are, in fact, gigolo missions and the girls want to see you before their mission gets locked off until you complete a few other missions. A minor inconvenience, of course. But I am of the personal belief that side missions should not detract at all from a main campaign and should be able to be played at your own leisure. I assure you, this is said in the interest of informing about an unsatisfactory gameplay mechanic, not in regard of a controversial subject at the time of this review that I don't want to touch with a 1,000,000 foot pole because I honestly, really, could not give less of a ♥♥♥♥ if I tried, since said subject does not detract from a game for me at all. I only offhandedly mention it because some people do care and they should know it is in the game. There isn't a lot of enemy variety in this game either.

However, this game is well worth your time and money, and I would even go as far as to say that it is a must own if you want to experience a game that is unlike most you've played. Expect challenge.
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30 of 33 people (91%) found this review helpful
15.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 8
About the Game:

> Release: 23.05.2014 [PC]
> Developer: Grasshopper Manufacture
> Publisher: Kadokawa Shoten [JP] & Deep Silver [PAL]
> Writer: SUDA51
> Engine: Unreal Engine 3
> Genre: Hack & Slash
> Modes: Singleplayer

The Story:

The Main Character is called " Mondo Zappa " an he´s an Executioner who receives "Jobs" from Bryan. Bryan is a Cyborg and also the Head of the Company " Bryan Execution Firm ". You get Contracts from various People and you have to Kill Criminals from around the World. Easy & Simple. . . :)

Pro´s & Con´s


+ great visuals! ( but first you need to get familiar with it )
+ The Cutscenes and Ingame Videos are pretty good!
+ Each Character has their own "strange" personality
+ The Japanese dub is good to understand and the voices fit to every Character
+ difficulties are good balanced
+ Different side-missions to complete
+ Cool Combo & Health System ( you need to Pickup Red Roses to refill your Health Gauge )
+ Mondo´s Special Moves and Weapons
+ You can Level Up Mondo´s Weapons , Health , Shield etc.
+ Enemy Types!


- capped at 30 FPS
- Mouse & KB unfriendly ( but still playable )
- only 3 Graphic Options
- a console port that i don´t like from the technical perspective


If you liked "Killer 7 " and you already Enjoyed Games from SUDA51 then you won´t be disappointed.I really love the Visuals , The Characters and the Fighting System.I think they put a lot Effort in this Game and they tried to giving you that " WTF Moment " all the Time.

It´s more an kind of Art Instead of a Game because it´s different. . . very different. And thats why i like this Game so much! You like Hack & Slash and never heard about SUDA51 ? You should change that. . . . . . . . really!

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25 of 29 people (86%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 25
Initial impression: Oct, 25

Samurai Champloo/Cowboy Bebop directed by Quentin Tarantino on LSD with the visual style of windwaker

I feel like this game might be trying to parody or mock other japanese video games or some injoke I don't get.
Combat is unforgiving, you must be a fast learner.

Not many grapical options, only about 4-5 resolutions ot choose from.
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22 of 24 people (92%) found this review helpful
16.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 4
-No idea what was going on 100% of the time
-Seriously, what the hell was going on
-talking trains, unicorns n ♥♥♥♥
-fourth wall doesn't exist
-That ending?
-Action game dating sim -- insta 10/10
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14 of 15 people (93%) found this review helpful
5.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 8
+ The combat system is fun and easy to learn for any level of gamer.
+ The game oozes style thanks to the graphics.
+ The story is typical Suda51 meaning it's over the top, hysterical, and even dark. Goes wherever it feels like going which is a nice change of pace when compared to a lot of other game stories that keep with one tone.

- Camera can be a bit finnicky with effects obscuring what you're doing in combat.
- The gun enemies can be a pain with the gun mechanics not really being all that great.

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12 of 13 people (92%) found this review helpful
10.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 4
It doesn't matter if you target is in USA, Europe, China or even The moon mondo can kill you. this video game has a weird story but it has a great characters, great voices acting and the most important thing the gameplay is awesome and easy to interact this video game has beside the main mission has side quest missions that could help you to progress in this game of course if you want to become a killing machine, about the graphics are so amazing this game use cel shading technique and is just wonderful to see that, but there are some things that i do not like about this game such as just only 3 graphic options vsync, resolution and graphic performance developer team you could do better and the another one is this game is too short.

in conclusion if you like this game genres (hack and slash) you will enjoy this game I really recommended.
by the way if you have Intel core 2 duo or similar this game has a glitch in the chapter 3 so I recommended to play this game with a core i5 or better. I hope this little review may help you to decide if you buy this game or not
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25 of 37 people (68%) found this review helpful
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 7
Suda51 is the best developer EVER, these games are the true argument that videogames can be an artform and I'm usually totally against that.

Surreal experiences coupled with a mix of good (Liam O'Brian AND Patrick Seitz!? earsex holy ♥♥♥♥) and bad voice acting, probably on purpose, with repetitive but not monotonous combat

while this game is AMAZING, Killer7 is one of the best games ever made and I HIGHLY recommend it to anyone and everyone, hopefully one day it might come to steam so that the perfect platform can have the perfect game without needing a "dolphin" :)
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13 of 16 people (81%) found this review helpful
43.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 16
This straightforward hack and slash game is perfect for players who loves performing special attacks that are triggered by perfect blocks, perfect dodges, or by simply just maintaining a high hit count. The only downside is some of the enemies and bosses can only be efficiently fought with ranged attacks, so prioritize on upgrading the subweapons and the blood meter as early as possible.
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24 of 37 people (65%) found this review helpful
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 1
BUYERS BEWARE! I am already sitting in this boat and the crew wont do their work to turn the ship into a moving ship.

Almost 2 months gone and there are still a lot of people who cant play KID caused by several saving/audio bugs, even if their system specification is better than the recommended requirements.

Watch out! Your system may be affected
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13 of 17 people (76%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 29
If you have a dual-core processor (be it AMD or Intel) stay away from this game! At the moment of writing this, one of the game's scripts simply stops working at the first real stage, locking you forever in a loop and impeding any further progress. No solution has been given by the developers themselves so far, in which appears to be yet another case of a Japanese developer being unable to port a game to PC. The game itself looks fun, but with no way to play it until I upgrade my currently very-capable C2D E8400 (which has played Dark Souls 2 in its entirety without hassle), I cannot possibly recommend it.
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23 of 37 people (62%) found this review helpful
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 26
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
14.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 14
이 게임은 고자도 춤추게 한다

"K I D" can even make a eunuch dance
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 3
Yo, this game is bugged for a LOT of people on Steam. Some will say their game works perfect, but many are stuck in endless loading during chapter 3. Don't gamble with this headache!!
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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
From the finest hippie stoners we have, Killer is Dead.
A game you will like, but understand only if you are tripping balls.
(honestly, look at my screenshots of this game)

+ Pros
Pretty unique
Interesting art style
Decent fighting mechanism
It has some old-school/retro feeling for some reason, don't know why

- Cons
A game with such recommended hardware , yet, no mirror reflections, INDEED IS SCARY.
Decent to horrible port, with tons of bugs.
It will make your brain hurt

If you are a basement hippie stoner, GET IT ABSO-♥♥♥♥IN-LUTELY NOW!
If you are a gamer, get it on a sale, i promise you, it's different from the rest of the games.
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9 of 12 people (75%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 22
I was denied a refund for a common glitch in chapter 3 of this game which the publisher and developer refuse to fix.
They are aware of this problem though which makes me think they are amateurs or money hungry. Although this may never get fixed, I can assure you that I will never buy another game from these clowns again. At least make contact with us gamers to let us know you care:
KADOKAWA GAMES / GRASSHOPPER MANUFACTURE + DEEP SILVER. Just another slap in the face, thanks.
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9 of 12 people (75%) found this review helpful
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 9
Warning- Do not buy this game (Unless you have a quad core pc)
There is a serious glitch in episode 3 and onwards where the game tries to load,save,Do and play sound that causes an endless loading bug that prevents you from being able to finish the game, As a side note episode 3 is where the game starts to let you do something properly. The devolopers "have been noted" though they don't seem to care coming the amount of time it has been since realease and what it is now and beyond.
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10 of 14 people (71%) found this review helpful
12.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 6
unlocking your framerate WILL break the game. the game is not even rendered in a style that anything higher than 30 fps would be all that flattering to anyways so just don't do it!!

that out of the way ill make this review simple: if you like Suda 51, Grasshopper, innovative hack n' slash games, high risk/reward combat, and/or this game even looks remotely interesting to you, i can just about guarantee that you'll have a great time with it. if you don't like those things, this game will do nothing to change your mind, but you probably wouldn't even be looking at this if you didn't like at least SOME of those things, in which case, you should probably give it a shot.

btw, while the game does explain some things to you as far as combat goes, there are some things that are not quite apparent at first, like the fact that you can do an instant execution on enemies that are not only stunned but also those who are mid-attack, unaware, and those a sufficient enough distance away from mondo to be considered unaware. you can chain these insta-kills together as well to take out entire mobs instantly, and this is the only way to survive on nightmare difficulty. the importance of keeping the combo meter going as well cannot be overstated - it increases the speed and strength of your attacks, and has various other effects as you climb higher into the numbers, like a blood multiplier which allows you to pull off more executions.
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11 of 16 people (69%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 7

If you have a dual core you'll not be able to go beyond chapter 2.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 6
Killer is dead is the first time one of Suda51's action games got a spot in the PC market. The final result of this is an outstanding port (thank you unreal engine) from the "how well it runs" section. Unfortunetly the options leave much to be desired giving you only low, medium, and high options for visuals.

The story is as predictibly unpredictable and crazy as every Suda51 game is. Essentially you play Mondo Zappa who is a badass. He does badass things with a badass katana and the government pays him millions just so he can upkeep that hair. There's also something about him being an assassin and killing things but really the game is all about that hair. If you have never played a Suda51 game expect to be confused at first, but things fall into place and it all (mostly?) makes sense by the end. Expect to learn and discover many things you missed if you ever give it a second go through.

This is an action game not a world conquering simulator just as a warning for anyone who may be confused. The combat is very simple yet incredibly well done. From the start there is an attack button, a block/dodge button, a guard-break button, and a sub-weapon you may use. There are also alternate context-specific buttons and an upgrade tree that allows for progression as you play granting you new moves. Through the simple attack and blocks you will be pulling off incredibly satisfying combos of over 100 hits in just a matter of seconds. The better your combo the faster you attack. These mechanics all come together to create a deep engaging experience that leaves very little left to be wanted. I do suggest you play on hard your first go-round as (with most action games) the mechanics do not shine on lower difficulties. While not being a badass your main character is busy sexing it up with a woman. Of course by sexing it up I mean staring at a woman's chest and thighs while throwing presents he discovers they like (by putting "gigalo" glasses on) and then throwing said presents at them until they throw their bodies on top of him (like I said that hair is irresistable.) "Why is this under the gameplay section?" I'm sure you're asking. Well I'll tell you why! You have to control these actions and MUST do them if you want to acquire all weapons and if you want to get the cheevie for it then you will have to do it a number of times with the scenes getting more graphic with the amount of sexing they show of course! Did I mention Suda51 is a Japanese developer?

The graphics are wonderful. Also, no. That isn't your LCD moniter. The game does indeed look like that. You can stop rotating it up and down now.

At the end of the sexing it up missions the main character screams really loudly 10/10

The PC doesn't have too many spectacle fighters/hack and slash games so if you want one of those then yes. Get it. If you like Anime then get this. If you like Action games then get this. If you like confusion (usually goes along with anime) get this. If you like to have fun get this. If you have ever played and enjoyed a Suda51 game before (e.g. No More Heroes 1/2, Killer7, Shadows of the Damned, and Lollypop Chainsaw) then get this game.

You have played a Suda51 game and did not like it. His style remains imprinted everywhere here and it will not make you like something if you already don't. You enjoy not having fun. If staring through a woman's (read: empty vessels filled of nothing but giggling and sexdollism in this game) clothes is offensive to you. You don't like asian things.
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