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 (1,813 reviews) - 76% of the 1,813 user reviews for this game are positive.
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: 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
Helpful customer reviews
339 of 446 people (76%) found this review helpful
21 people found this review funny
16.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 1
game is superawesome but port is terrible
to get it going had to:
- switch to windowed mode by looking up commandline parameter on web to prevent BSOD on crashes (ther's no option in settings)
- replace ini files with gpu settings to prevent crashing on 2nd stage (can't do in settings)
- manually edit .ini files to fix gamepad controls (can't do in settings)
- hex edit executable to prevent game getting stuck in infinite loop on 3rd stage
so, better wait until it's fixed or costs a dollar
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113 of 151 people (75%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
11.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 20
Killer is Dead - Nightmare Edition Review

Game Details

Game: Killer is Dead - Nightmare Edition
Genre: Action/Hack 'n' Slash
Developed by: Grasshopper Manufacture
Published by: Deep Silver
Release Date: 23 May, 2014
Metacritic Score: 71 (Link)

Game Review

"Killer... Killer is Dead."

Killer is Dead is the latest title made by the iconic game creator SUDA51. In it you get to control the newest recruit of a reputable execution agency, Mondo Zappa, as he stalks and beheads a wide variety of criminals all across the world (sometimes even outside of it). As he settles into his new job, he also comes to terms with his own inner demons, balancing his talent for dispensing swift and brutal justice with his fleeting memories of a traumatic past, and peppering it all with his many sensual conquests.


Gameplay wise this is an extremely fun game. It is very simplistic and linear, yet you will have a good time slicing through large ammounts of enemies with your katana. Combat consists in lots of button smashing though, which after a while, gets repetitive, but you have a nice diversity of enemies too keep it "fresh". Combat which is in its majority through the game, insanely frenetic and challenging at times, being the boss fights the strongest attribute of it. You also have a nice selection of secondary weapons too once you unlock them through side-missions. Side-missions which are a nice way to offer some diversity to this game, since the main story missions are super linear, with a few collectables here and there, but excepting that, you will be walking around corridors most of the time. Some of these side missions are very fun, others are kinda lame after a while since they get extremely repetitive (gigolo missions), but they help giving the japanese vibe that this game possesses.
The game also as a good longetivity, I spent around 12 hours in order to complete it (side missions included).


I found the story to be very weak. It was insanely confusing and awkward with lots of bland dialog and boring cutscenes. The oscillating tone does not work well too, it varies from emotional scenes to lame humor very fast. It has some pretty cool characters though, which help this category of the game.

Graphics and Presentation

Graphically this game is marvellous to look at. Incredibly stylish cel-shadded graphics give life to this incredible world. Most of the levels are gorgeous and well designed. Some are kinda lame though. I remember that one of the chapters was so dark that I had many difficulties to navigate through it, even with the brightness maxed out. Also a minus the lack of graphical options in the menus, since there is only one option to choose that goes from low, medium, high, no other options whatsoever. Despite that, the menus are slick and easy to navigate, loading screens are fast, and the menus also have a nice array of music to complement them.


The music and sound effects in this game are great. I deeply enjoyed the soundtrack, and the sound effects all felt right too. Voice acting is kinda "meh", nothing special, the story and dialog surely dont help in this case.


Performance is great. I played on a considerably weak laptop and almost never dropped from the 30 fps cap on max settings. Unfortunately it is locked at the 30 fps mark but you can change that in the config files by following this guide - here. I also had to change the resolution in the config files since my native one was not available in-game, which is a big minus.


  • Great presentation and japanese vibe
  • Amazing graphics and creative art style
  • Fun and frenetic combat
  • Good longetivity

  • Hugely confusing, weak story
  • Extremely linear story missions
  • Lack of use of the PC technical potencial

My personal score: 7.0

If you like Hack 'n' Slash games and games with a japanese vibe, this is a game to get. I would advice to get in on a sale, even though the standard price is not very high, for the mixed experience you get its better to pay a little less. Nevertheless, you will have a good time playing this game, it feels good to slash through hordes of monsters and assassins.
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136 of 199 people (68%) found this review helpful
15 people found this review funny
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 3
Expected a hack-n-slash with unique visuals and lots of virtual babes because why not.

Got a broken Unreal 3 console port that needs tweaking with ini files (and the exe if you have a dual-core CPU), frame rate drops, random slow down during boss fights, broken animations and a frustrated game review.

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19 of 22 people (86%) found this review helpful
33.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 5
I'll start out by saying i love Goichi Suda aka Suda 51. I first got introduced to his game with killer 7 on the Nintendo Gamecube. With that being said i truly enjoyed the romp-through of this game, the randomness, the comedy that is normally expected from Suda 51.

This game i will admit is the reason why i upgrade my PC. Killer is Dead had an error that would cause a event in the game to lock and prevent the player from progressing the story. This error pretty much effected those with dual core processors. Because of the devs reluctance to patch this game i was forced to upgrade since their were no patch in sight.

When i finally got back into the game their were put offs about it that prevent me from playing. Bumping into blockage that are boss fights also prevent me from progressing further. I then realize that their were key elements to mastering this game and its enemies. The key element being "Dodging", the main fundamental of this game, the key to your victories. You master this, you master the game.

Anyway this game is pretty much a thrill ride. The lack of complex moves and skill will prevent the most die hard of beat em up fans from enjoying their play-through, but the satisfying feel of taking down enemies will keep your average player hooked.

The story; though not great, is your semi-cliche anime type of twist, but who is playing for the story? Not me! The game is separated in episodes so you'll feel like you're watching a season of a particular anime series. The presentation is all there for the player to love and enjoy while enemy bashing your way through the end.

I found this game very enjoyable once i mastered dodging into countering and boy is that satisfying. This game is a definite buy for the beat em up crowd and definitely a game one should have in their Steam library. My dream one day is to have even more Japanese beat em ups to choose from in the future but having this game among others on steam is a great start.
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24 of 31 people (77%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
35.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 22
'In this job you will come face to face with the darkness.[...] I've been enchanted by her beauty!'

'We are executioners. Professional killers hired by the state and high ranked clients to do jobs that no one else should ever know about. Monsters, maniacs and creepy mutants – everything is real in this world and we try to keep it a secret. The ‚Dark Matter‘ curses everything it comes in contact with, transforming it piece by piece into the abominations called 'Wires'. Do you know where this ‚Dark Matter‘ comes from? From the moon! The dark side of the moon to be more precise. It is ruled by a mysterious man and this person gathers the darkness to take over earth. Sounds like solving this problem is the perfect job for you Mondo, isn‘t it?‘

Are you confused? Yes? Then remember this feeling, you’ll get used to it: welcome to the world of ‚Killer is Dead‘ – where everything is possible and possibly wants to kill you. Playing as a professional executioner called Mondo Zappa you start slicing your way through so called ‚Wires‘ to find the truth behind the mysterious ‚Dark Matter‘, a lady in red and the dark ruler of the moon. It’s a typical Suda51 game – at first you don’t understand anything that is happening and after reaching the end you stopped believing that you would ever understand what is going on. However at least you can enjoy some great fighting scenes, some unusual locations and of course… beautiful women.

The things about 'Killer is Dead' that really stand out from the crowd are the special art style and the visuals: Not only the setting and the atmosphere, but also the fast fights and some really badass scenes create a nice overall picture and hide the fact that e.g. the textures are pretty much just average. Lots and lots of blood, beautiful and stylish fights, fast-paced animations and the usage of different art styles in cutscenes create some amazing scenes and a nice, totally weird atmosphere (and due to all the blood it looks like it's directed by Quentin Tarentino). This atmosphere is also supported by an easy but badass looking fighting system (that unfortunately lacks some depth) and an amazing soundtrack - there are some really entertaining and catchy tracks that keep you pumped up while slicing enemies into itsy-bitsy pieces or blast the right onto the moon. The twelve main missions with a weird but at least solid story will entertain you for approximately 5 or 6 hours in the first run, but to keep the executioner in you entertained there are also five difficulty levels, different side quests and twenty challenges. And of course there are beautiful ladies waiting for our beloved Mondo if he needs to relax after some missions. He’s the real Prince Charming – riding on a shiny unicorn and armed with a katana and a mutated dark arm that can turn into a plasma cannon. Yes he has his own unicorn. Business as usual.

Unfortunately these good points can’t hide some of the problems that the game really suffers from: First the fighting system is ‚easy-to-learn‘, has a nice feedback and looks badass, but unfortunately it has the depth of a small puddle – this professional killer don't really has a huge repertoire of awesome moves, so most fights will feel the same to you. Furthermore some side quests are a real pain and you definitly notice that the game is only a port and has been developed for consoles - few settings, some problems like crashes and there may be even possible game-breaking bugs (fortunately I didn't encounter any problems while playing). Another point is the story itself: it is solid, has some great scenes and introduces interesting characters, but at the same time it holds back with information and tries to throw out some profound quotes and meaningful conversations. They should question moral aspects, actions and behavior of the characters but most of the time it ends with weird sentences that aren’t actually making any sense and leave a quite confused player (to be honest: without reading some background information in the ‚Theater Mode‘ you won’t understand what is actually happing for at least 50% of the time, sitting there and asking yourself why exactly everybody is freaking out, what is actually happening or what the symbols and figures (e.g. the planets) the game uses from time to time actually mean. But hey, at least you can enjoy the nice scenes and beat the crap out of bosses.).

In the end this game is a double-edged sword katana – fast and badass fights without much depth meet linear levels without many secrets and an extraordinary story that tries to provide meaningful dialogues but often ends with a confused player just slicing up everything he meets. All this is happening in a weird atmosphere, with special art-style and some really great cutscenes that cover up some 'meh' textures.

Overall this game is special and typically SUDA51: Not for everybody, it would have definitly benefited from some nice polishing, nevertheless it's entertaining enough to maintain your attention and excitement for several hours. I’d call it a solid 6 or 7 out of 10. If you like freaky stuff mixed up with badass scenes focusing on style and even more weird stuff that's happening all over the screen you can add some more points.

And after finishing this review I feel like ending it with Mondo‘s words:
'Killer… Killer is Dead.‘
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