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 (753 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."

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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: 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
8 of 9 people (89%) 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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7 of 8 people (88%) 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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4 of 4 people (100%) 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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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
23.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 16
Killer is Dead is a Suda51 title that might not live up to its predecessors like Killer7, but it does deliver a very strange and over-the-top experience you'd expect from him nonetheless. If you're willing to give the Hack and Slash sub-genre a chance, you'll witness a very stylish cell-shaded game with challenging gameplay and hot chicks.

The premise is similar to Suda51's No More Heroes and Killer7 in that you work as a hitman or "executioner" (in this game's terms) named Mondo Zappa. You're given contracts that serve as the game's main story mode, as well as side missions like dates and challenges. After every completed contract, you're paid an amount based on the difficulty and can unlock new missions, challenges, costumes, gear, and even gifts for you to use on dates.

Mondo's main weapon is a sword, it's upgradable via the Moon Crystals that drop after killing enemies. You're also able to upgrade a sidearm, literally. You're entire left arm is 4-in-1 weapon that is upgradable in the same way as your sword. You're also able to upgrade Mondo with new abilities such health recovery via blood and an upgraded dash.

Dodging and dealing consecutive damage is important in this game. You're rewarded for dodging enemy attacks at the last second with a counter attack called "dodge burst" with turns you into Kenshiro with a sword. This also becomes essential in later boss fights, where survival is key. Increasing your combo duration can also land you bonus drops from enemies like extra moon crystals for your upgrades. Overall, it becomes important to learn the enemy's movements.

Let's not forget that this game is a port. It runs at 30fps by default, but with a few guides in the game's hub, you'll be able to run it at 60fps or higher. The game also fails to provide a decent amount of video settings at all. If you have a computer that runs most games pretty well, you have nothing to worry about.

For $20, is a good deal. I'd recommend it to anyone looking for a challenge or to any fan of Hack and Slash games in general. If the dating sim is your thing, just think: A delicious brown woman, a cute Japanese girl, a vampire lady, and a healthy nurse that speaks in sexual innuendos are waiting to be picked up by you right now!
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 22
I have no idea what is going on, but it's a solid action game which is worth your buck (when on sale). I like games that use a much-used formula but still manage to be a new (am I high or something) experience.

The common enemies are relatively easy to get through, but the bosses are the most fun. While you can purchase cards you can use to be revived in a fight, the game does little to hold your hand. I sometimes found myself running around, not know what's going on, not knowing what to do. Then I realized I had to shoot the camera. Smart move, game.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
It is clearly a game of style over substance but I actually had quite a lot of fun with it. This sort-of suda51 game has the incredibly unique style that you come to expect from his work. With such a awesome visual style it is kind of a shame that the combat is merely just servicable. That's not to say I didn't have a lot of fun playing the game, which I did, it was just largely due to great animations, interesting enemy design, a great soundtrack, and so on. The actual game systems are, unfortunatley, not the best in the spectle fighting genre. It's a button masher, which is fine, but I would have like to have seen some sort of combo system. That isn't to say the gameplay was terribly designed in any way. It's just good that the game was rather short or otherwise I feel the gameplay would have gotten fairly repetitive.

Another sticking point is a bit of a contentious one. The game has problems with its portrayal of women that made me feel a bit uncomfortable. There are these side missions where you "date" women to gain weapons and other items. This might be a cool feature if there were any depth there in characterization and actually fit into the overall narative of the game. Instead, the mission is literally you as the player objectifying a sexily designed woman, lacking in any agency, by staring at her boobs and crotch until you build up the courage to give her present to which she will instantly fall in love with you. At it's best, it's kind of creepy and at its worst it is sexist or even mysogonistic. And, even outside of these missions the portrayal of women is on the cringeworthy side. Vivian and Mika, the two female characters in the game with any kind of agency, though that's debatable, have optional sexy lingere outfits for the player to gaze at. And they aren't exactly the most well designed, well written female characters to begin with. Ultimately, I can look past these parts of the game I find kind of weird and terrible because the rest of the package makes up for it.

So despite having a few misgivings about some aspects of the game, I ended up enjoying it quite a bit for some really strong elements. I'll have to recomend it for the most part because I think this will be a game that will stick with me for awhile.

Also I should note. I didn't have many technical problems with this game aside from a few framerate dips randomly. I did have to edit the .ini file to get the resolution I wanted which isn't a huge deal. There isn't really many graphical options or resolutions to choose from. Also, I hear that if you only have a dual core processor the game is literally unplayable at a point. Maybe someone has created a work around for that but I don't know. So yean, not the best port.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
17.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 9
Pretty nice!
I love the weapons and features.
But the ending is odd, don't ask what it is no spoilers.
But everything is good!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
47.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 8
The main story is short but this game is fantastically good. Definitely an ideal example of video games as art. The gameplay is fun & satisfying.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
13.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 12
I must say that after beating this game that I am satisfied with the result. I definitely intend on going back and unlocking the extra content. The art style was fantastic and so were a majority of the camera angles for the cutscenes (very Tarantino-esque). The only downsides I could find were the "Mondo's Girls" missions (I felt they had no actual point except getting upgrades) and the constant awkward camera angles while actually controlling Mondo (which were very wonky at times). The game's story on the other hand is very interesting and quite abstract (again, very Tarantino-esque). It was quite enjoyable. I would definitely recommend this game!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 10
The art style was cool, the combat had some redeeming qualities but the button mashing and the soso reviving system really turned me off of the game. Its fun to an extent but I was done after an hour or so. The story (or at least what i got) was pretty weak. If you love DMC but with a MUCH more restricted combat system then this is the game for you.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
12.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 23
This game is what would happen if Devil May Cry was written by a 13 year old boy on acid. Combat is fun and stylish. Camera controls are a bit wonky at times.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
Killer is Dead is a character action by Suda51 and the first of his games to be ported to the PC platform. The game's mechanics are solid and while not as deep as other games in the genre such as Devil May Cry 4 they are more than serviceable and the addition of mechanics like Burst Rush (similar to Witch Time in the Bayonetta series) and an unlockable counter ability.

The game performed well on my (high-end) PC. I didn't encounter any glitches or crashes. I was really happy about not haivng to install any mods or tweak any settings for the game to actually run for once! It's a solid port.

The game is amazing on an aesthetic level. The black shading that the game makes heavy use of looks great. Screenshots of the game look great but it's another thing to see it in motion. The OST is remarkable as well. Mondo and David's VAs do great jobs. The story is understandable but at the same time abstract like some of Suda51's other games. It never prevented the game from being enjoyable and enabled a lot of cool moments and funny dialogue. The game likes to break the 4th wall and uses it to create a powerful ending.

The game is short, but still well worth anyone's time, especially if they enjoy action games. I played through without doing any of the Challenges and most of the Gigolo missions (which unlock subweapons). I highly recommend it! Hopefully more of Suda51's games will make their way to Steam as time goes on.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
15.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 26
K.I.D is a great game that comes from classical Suda 51 style. For 8.00$. this game is a big understatement. This is one of the very few games I would actually pay full price to get. I haven't played a full game through in one sitting since ♥♥♥♥ing, I don't know. Punch Out!!. Anyway none the lesss. This game gives you your classiv hack n' slash feel. It's a lot more crisper and fluent than DMC or Ninja Gaiden In my own opinion. The story definitely lacks some answers in it. But the gameplay itself is enough to keep you playing game whether you know what's going on. Definitely a buy if you like these style games and this art. 10/10 (y).
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
13.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 26
Amazing and fun game, with crazy japanese action inspired by Suda51, including erotic minigames. I have read that are people with problems using a dual-core processor, and I have a quad-core which allows me to play normally. Oh, and do a favor to yourself and play with a gamepad.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
14.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 9
Pros -
- The combat system is very simple, but it feels rich and full of complex animations. The team did a great job on creating a simple hack and slash that feels authentic. At first, I did not like not having the ability to jump, but I now feels it adds to the game authentic katana weilding feel.

- The animation is simply gorgeous! The shadows and light parts are breath taking. Once again, Mondo's movement animations are spot on and really creates the "swordmaster" feeling.

Cons -

- The story is confusing so far. I have not completed this game yet (Shadow of Mordor came out :). The story is very random and has that Japanese Magna sort of feel. If you enjoy Magna/Anime, you will probably appreciate the story more than I.

- I'm not a big fan of the Gigilo (or however you spell it) challenges. Unfortunately, you need to complete these from my understanding to unlock more of his arm abilities.

- Voice work is pretty annoying at best, but once again, this is hard to place as a con as if you watch anime, this is a common theme.


Worth playing simply for the amazing animation and combat system. I turned the music off the first 30 mins of the game as it was terrible IMHO, but others may enjoy. The story is a bit strange. I recommend the game if you love anime/magna, or if you are looking for a really fun hack and slash. It has they Bayonetta type of system, which I really enjoyed.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 16
At it's core, it's a spectacle fighter. That is, grab your gamepad and kill dudes. What makes it unique however is the WTF-esque presentation. I'm also quite surprised about how meaty the combat is. I mean, you're killing robots (or wires, as they're called in-game) and yet, the combat is excessively visceral. Ok, wires also bleed due to whatever reason.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 16
If you are looking for a unique gaming experience, get on this!

If you are seeking a shiny polished experience and familiar hack/slash game controls, this is probably not for you!
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 27
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
7.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
Thank you very much Suda51 for this wonderful game! I love the games from this author, I played: No More Heroes, Shadows of the Damned, Lollipop Chainsaw. Thank you Goichi Suda.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
8.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 3
This game is beautiful. Like, it's fun as ♥♥♥♥, it got some nice visuals and an okay story. This phrase I just wrote does not make justice to how fun this game is. It's really ♥♥♥♥ing fun, slicing people up, shooting, making those dodges right at the last moment and slicing your enemy in pieces. It's wonderful. Its gameplay may be simple, but it's fun.

The story itself, may not make much sense at some times, but it's not like it's complete trash and horrible, it's a story that it's there, and if you are as clueless as me, you'll even get surprised by it and find it good. Some characters are also very charismatic (or annoying, depending on your taste), and some are just forgetful and are there just for the sake of having someone.

The gameplay, as fun as it is has some flaws, although some might be my fault, as I suck. Like the spin attack, which is pretty much useless as it leaves you too vulnerable and not once in the game there is enough enemies around you to justify using it. When finishing killing a boss, there is a little QTE where you must hold the F button to raise your sword and release it to cut the enemy. This QTE is used to make the player feel the action was him, it was the player himself killing the person, but the result is not as great, as it is not fun holding down the button. Some upgrades also never appeared for me during my play, which I find it weird (although I think those are unlocked with good score or side missions, which neither I did it).

The music is gold, ♥♥♥♥ing gold. It makes a very good mood, not mattering the stage.

One of my main complaints with the game, is that it felt short. I finished it in seven hours, but it definitely felt less and it also felt easy. If you are a experienced gamer or action player, you might want to up the difficult a bit, playing it on Hard or Very Hard, as I felt normal was too easy, especially the bosses (and mainly the final boss). But granted, the game might feel short, but it has side missions and the gigolo missions, which I didn't even try. Although the main story feels short, especially as some chapters are literally 3 minutes of gameplay and 10 of cutscene, the side missions and gigolo missions and even the rating system and leaderboards try to make up for that fact.

As I bought this game, I was afraid as I heard some comments about the PC port, saying that it crashed a lot and was unstable. I am happy to say that is not true, at least in my case. The PC port is a good port, with good keyboard/mouse controls (although QTEs are kinda annoying to do on the mouse), with, unfortunately, few graphics options. And it didn't crash once.

While I'm not sure it deserves a full price buy, it is a great, underrated game, which any suda51 and action fan must play. It is easily an 8/10.
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