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 (791 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
213 of 256 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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24 of 36 people (67%) 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 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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13 of 16 people (81%) 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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11 of 15 people (73%) 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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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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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 5
Untill they fix the dual core bug this game will stop working on level 3. Shame because it looks like it could be fun but currently its unplayable for some.
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
9.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 1
From a gameplay standpoint Killer is Dead is not a well designed action game. It's completely devoid of any kind of developed combo system, you simply have normal attacks and guard breaking punches. It's chock full of quicktime events for finishing bosses, finishing normal enemies, even when you dodge an attack with a specific timing you get a little quicktime event pop-up to mash attack for loads of free damage. Fights very rarely have any fancy tactics involved, just mash attack with occasional guard breaks and dodge or block when an enemy flashes red. There are subweapons, but using them puts you into an over the shoulder shooter aiming mode which completely kills the flow of gameplay and controls really sluggishly. For some reason Grasshoper also didn't see fit to put in a lock on function so when you're fighting multiple enemies and you want to target a specific one you have to just push the stick/wasd towards them and hope the game picks the right enemy out of the horde. In normal play this isn't a huge problem but it makes some of the optional challenges a nightmare.

Mechanically this game also has a whole lot of problems. There's a lot of hitbox and collision bugs, I've witnessed more than a few enemies and items spazzing all over the place because they intersected each other and the game didn't know where to put them. Sometimes these collision issues result in you dodging from enemies and getting stuck on other enemies that visually you have plenty of space to pass by making you take unneccesary damage. The game also has issues distinguishing priority between block and dodge which are bound to the same button and you'll end up doing a parry when you're trying to dodge. Again this is more of an issue with the challenges because when you're doing a timed mission you don't want to waste seconds in fancy parry animations when you're trying to roll over to where you want to be. These mechanic issues are all minor compared to the actually game breaking ones, like softlocks when the options disappear from the menu or the audio cuts out in bossfights, and plenty of people have issues with the game completely crashing in the third chapter which as of yet there are no reliable fixes for.

Pretty much the only positive thing I can say about the game is it has a nice visual aesthetic, but even that only carries as far as its cutscenes. The cel shaded visuals look great in the carefully crafted cutscenes but in gameplay the high contrast lighting makes colorful items look plastic and darker areas look muddled and confusing.

Watch it on youtube, you'll get all of the visuals with none of the frustrating bugs and poor game design. If you really want an action game go play DMC4, that's a much better port with a much better combat system.
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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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