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

    Minimum:
    • 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
    Recommended:
    • 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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レトリン ANZU
( 7.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
Mika is love, Mika is life. The purchase button is above, buy it.
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Quotation-Dono
( 0.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
I reccomend this to some one who purely likes the style over the substance as this games interested waned for me in under an hour

dmc4 caught my eye not only because it's stylish but missions weren't over in the blink of an eye even on easy
considering this is a suda 51 game (IMO I'll stick to No More Heroes 1 and 2 for this campy stuff as it's done better there thank you)
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.Sn4ke
( 10.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
The only reason I am recommending this game is because of the awesome art style and the gameplay which is kinda basic, but it gets really cool.

Other than that, it's really short (8.5 hours, not counting challenges), the story and plot is like grabbing a weird anime artist and writter blend up with a bunch of random words like trains that speak, unicorns, soft boiled eggs, and many more and just blend them together, the result is what you see.

6/10

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dopel
( 1.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
Played for an hour.

The core gameplay is that of a typical slasher: you are a one, powerful guy with a sword that kills everything that moves.

The game is very weird and shows that the devs had a lot of imagination.

Overall, this seems like a pretty decent game - but there is one problem.

THE PC PORT IS A STEAMING PILE OF SHIT

For starters, in the very second mission you get a cutscene where one of the characters calls you. After the cutscene is done the main hero is supposed to resume the business as usual, but he doesn't. This is know as "neverending call glitch". You can search far and wide, but you won't find a fix to this. I managed to find a remedy to this problem by applying a fix to an another issue - and the fix involves playing with a hexeditor, which clearly is not that anyone who wants to play a game has in mind.

I managed to get through the neverending call, but it didn't get any better. I got to the first boss fight and died. When I restarted the game decided that some of the resources aren't actually loaded and starts loading them while you play, slowing the game to sub 1 FPS speed. I got around that by pausing the game as soon as it starts doing this, but it is still unacceptable.

Finally, I beat the boss... only to find out that the game corrupted my save file and that I'm forced to restart the game.

The developers clearly doesn't care, their forums are flooded with compaints but they do nothing about it. I got this from Humble Bundle for 5$ and I feel like I've been ripped off. I'd feel ripped of if I'd pirate it. This is such a shame, because otherwise it looks like a solid game, but the port is just awful. Even Devil May Cry 3 on PC wasn't that bad, at least it's possible to make it playable unlike this mess.

Do not buy this, even from Humble Bundle.
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Pillbugable
( 9.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
Killer is Dead is a pretty decent action game with an interesting art style, good music, and Suda's standard symbolic weirdness. You'll have to put up with the annoying Gigolo missions, which the game nags you about if you don't do them. The port also isn't that great, as it's 'locked' to 30fps, but it stutters between 29 and 31. However, despite those hiccups, I had a good time with the game overall.
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Red-Mage [Baloar]
( 8.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 27
Who is this Game For?
==================
Fans of Suda 51’s will be right at home, but those unfamiliar to his style of games might fight the story to bizarre for their tastes. You need to be looking for a tight brawler with a story that’s both nonlinear and left for interpretation.

Is it good?
=================
The gameplay is that of a hack and slash and somewhat reminiscent of Devil May Cry. Mondo’s main weapon is his beloved katana, Gekkou, which absorbs blood and boosts his fighting ability. Most of the time, however, expect to be hacking and slashing. Perhaps the most shocking feature about the game is that of the “Gigolo Missions,” which is surprising in a game that has a character sprout legs out of her back and crawl around the ceiling. These are mini-games that can be completed in-between missions, with the ultimate goal being to seduce a woman for pleasure and weapons.

Does it have any problems?
========================
There’s a lack of options when it comes to visuals as it’s summed up in a single quality meter ranging from high to low. That’s not the concerning matter – it’s actually more stunning a nine month old console port of this caliber had any graphical selections at all – but it’s the five supported resolutions and limited frame rate that’s worrisome. It’s only disappointing because the game actually supports more than 30fps and any resolution possible, but to unlock these, players will have to go into ini file and manually change the settings themselves. Besides that, though, the Killer is Dead really shines on PC, showcasing the studio’s beautiful artwork.

Final Thoughts!
====================
Killer is Dead is not everybody’s cup of tea. It’s avant-garde, darkly humorous, hyper-violent and different from most every game out there. It’s like the weirdness of Killer 7, Lollipop Chainsaw, Anarchy Reigns and Catherine rolled into one game, but narratively removed from anything that’s come before it.
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Originalgamer13
( 0.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
could be a really sweet game but the sound drops out and cracks. unplayable unless you like the silent games
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TheMarziman
( 23.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
Killer is Dead is 100% stlye over substance. There's ♥♥♥♥tons of style, but there's definetly some substance.

The story doesn't make much sense beyond very basic cause effect, there's definetly nothing unique about the standard hack and slash gameplay, and any of the side missions and content are actually pretty crap.

That being said, if you know what you're signing for, you still get a game which is aware of it's self indulgence, and plays that off well. The artwork is super slick, the characters are interesting, albeit quite pointless, and gameplay is still, mostly, satisfying. It's not overly long, but there's enough to do.

As I said before, combat is nothing new, but what it does do, it handles very well. Controlls are, aside from crouching (????) fluid and intuitive. Counters, slashing and executions feel and look great. Any of the silly (and even for the trash human I am, a bit insulting) dating sim missions, the token ♥♥♥♥♥♥ bike mission of every action game and the hectic turret sections all quite suck, but luckily they are rarely forced upon you.

If you want to play one slick as hell comic book, Killer is Dead is one of the better, albeit not the best, option for you. This game is kind of like the junkfood you occasionally crave that you otherwise really hate in a unusual flavour, like ketchup chips. Killer is Ketchup.
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motzand
( 6.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
This game oozes style, highly recommend anyone and everyone trying it.
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Gorilla Dash
( 0.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 23
This game is weird.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
10 of 10 people (100%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
23.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 26
Killer is Dead is 100% stlye over substance. There's ♥♥♥♥tons of style, but there's definetly some substance.

The story doesn't make much sense beyond very basic cause effect, there's definetly nothing unique about the standard hack and slash gameplay, and any of the side missions and content are actually pretty crap.

That being said, if you know what you're signing for, you still get a game which is aware of it's self indulgence, and plays that off well. The artwork is super slick, the characters are interesting, albeit quite pointless, and gameplay is still, mostly, satisfying. It's not overly long, but there's enough to do.

As I said before, combat is nothing new, but what it does do, it handles very well. Controlls are, aside from crouching (????) fluid and intuitive. Counters, slashing and executions feel and look great. Any of the silly (and even for the trash human I am, a bit insulting) dating sim missions, the token ♥♥♥♥♥♥ bike mission of every action game and the hectic turret sections all quite suck, but luckily they are rarely forced upon you.

If you want to play one slick as hell comic book, Killer is Dead is one of the better, albeit not the best, option for you. This game is kind of like the junkfood you occasionally crave that you otherwise really hate in a unusual flavour, like ketchup chips. Killer is Ketchup.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 27
Who is this Game For?
==================
Fans of Suda 51’s will be right at home, but those unfamiliar to his style of games might fight the story to bizarre for their tastes. You need to be looking for a tight brawler with a story that’s both nonlinear and left for interpretation.

Is it good?
=================
The gameplay is that of a hack and slash and somewhat reminiscent of Devil May Cry. Mondo’s main weapon is his beloved katana, Gekkou, which absorbs blood and boosts his fighting ability. Most of the time, however, expect to be hacking and slashing. Perhaps the most shocking feature about the game is that of the “Gigolo Missions,” which is surprising in a game that has a character sprout legs out of her back and crawl around the ceiling. These are mini-games that can be completed in-between missions, with the ultimate goal being to seduce a woman for pleasure and weapons.

Does it have any problems?
========================
There’s a lack of options when it comes to visuals as it’s summed up in a single quality meter ranging from high to low. That’s not the concerning matter – it’s actually more stunning a nine month old console port of this caliber had any graphical selections at all – but it’s the five supported resolutions and limited frame rate that’s worrisome. It’s only disappointing because the game actually supports more than 30fps and any resolution possible, but to unlock these, players will have to go into ini file and manually change the settings themselves. Besides that, though, the Killer is Dead really shines on PC, showcasing the studio’s beautiful artwork.

Final Thoughts!
====================
Killer is Dead is not everybody’s cup of tea. It’s avant-garde, darkly humorous, hyper-violent and different from most every game out there. It’s like the weirdness of Killer 7, Lollipop Chainsaw, Anarchy Reigns and Catherine rolled into one game, but narratively removed from anything that’s come before it.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
18.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 23
This is the kind of game that you need to want to get. If you are iffy about whether or not you will like it, don't buy it. This game is not for you. The plot is mostly incomprehensible, the artstyle is painful, and initially the level design is horrendous. The game poorly explains its own mechanics and avoids all conventions. At least one Gigolo mission is necessary, and Mika is one of the most painfully voice acted characters I have ever come across.

I went into this game expecting something other than I got. After Killer7, I realize that this game might take an appreciation for oddball design and Suda51/ David Lynch hyper♥♥♥♥♥♥♥t. If you can love how smooth as ♥♥♥♥ Mondo is, if you are the type of person who can say "Holy ♥♥♥♥ look how awesome that looks! Look how blue the blacks are" then this is for you. If you have the tolerance to learn the game's rules, and the world's, this is for you. If you can appreciate a defense based hack and slash combat system, you can enjoy this game.

If I were to describe this game in one word it would be smooth. Not addictingly fun, not artsy and meaningful, but creative and smooth.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
6.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 2
Amazing game with incredible style and characters, plus an extremly bonkers story. When it comes to gameplay, "Killer is dead" is similar to the devil may cry series (although less polished), while many silly things in the story give me a godhand vibe. There are also some strange gigolo sidemissions where you peep at a woman's boobs and groin in order to work up the courage to gift them with random crap, this in turn let's you sleep with them. Sleeping with girls ends just how you'd expect, they give you new weapons to kill things with...

Some of the reviews mentioned this port isn't so good, and they are right. You can play at a decent resolution, but if you want 60+ FPS you will need to edit the ini files. Many quick time events are also based on the framerate so you need to edit those too. Also I could only bare playing with mouse and keyboard for about 15 seconds before switching to my PS3 controller, I recommend you do something similar. The game also suffers from huge framerate drops at apparently random times (Not even usually in fights).

Killer is dead is also a relatively short game, the main story is maybe 5 hours long at most. There are sidequests, but most of the ones I tried weren't all that interesting. I still highly recommend this game, but pick it up on sale.

This is the first "Suda51" game I've played, and it captured my heart. I'm definitly thinking about trying more at this point. (Especially killer7)
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
10.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 28
The only reason I am recommending this game is because of the awesome art style and the gameplay which is kinda basic, but it gets really cool.

Other than that, it's really short (8.5 hours, not counting challenges), the story and plot is like grabbing a weird anime artist and writter blend up with a bunch of random words like trains that speak, unicorns, soft boiled eggs, and many more and just blend them together, the result is what you see.

6/10

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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 25
This game oozes style, highly recommend anyone and everyone trying it.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
21.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 21
Fxxking X button mash! I hate it!
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
22.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 16
Why must you play Killer is Dead? Well first and foremost. If its anything to go by.
Suda 51 made this with his Grasshopper Manufacture. A supurb blend of Violence yet sexy with class as many of their games have been in the past. This one takes the cake.
Let me get to the nitty gritty. The combat is reworked from the previous games of Suda 51's repetoire. No More Heroes Katana fighting with one button presses, Lollipop Chainsaw with the gritty and bloody combos and Shadows of the Damned Gunplay. The more you play the better it gets. Mind you if you don't mind killed hordes and hordes of corrupted humans to reach to the goal of Triple As and bedding beauties to get upgrades and items such as customes for your main character and the side characters. (Which are rather risque in taste.)
Overall the music of this game is quite fitting espcially towards the conclusion and more over the story does quite befuddle some folks. But hey. Its a Suda 51 game. The story will always be crazy.

"The job....
..KILLER IS DEAD."-Mondo Zappa
Give this game a shot. Its short but sweet.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 1
if you like DMC try this
it\'s not as fast as DMC but nice gamplay ^^
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3 of 6 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
38.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 10
Killer is Dead - Nightmare Edition
fast game with modern day graphics with easy controls that moves from location A to B to C and so on,
good amount of action and special effects

good game.
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