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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"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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May 12

Killer is Dead - Nightmare Edition now available for pre-purchase

Killer is Dead on PC is now available for pre-purchase at 10% off until the release date of May 23, 2014.

Preload should be available from May 16th onwards!

The Nightmare Edition includes the "Smooth Operator" DLC -- previously released for the console version -- as well as a brand new Nightmare Mode difficulty in which you can only kill enemies with skillful play (so no button mashing).

Japanese and English audio is included, with your choice of subtitles in English, Japanese, French, Italian, German, and Spanish. Please note that Windows XP is not supported for this PC version.

Steam Trading Cards will also be available for Killer is Dead - Nightmare Edition.

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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
108 of 135 people (80%) found this review helpful
37.2 hrs on record
Please port all of Suda 51's games to pc. I will give you all my monies.
Posted: October 13
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22 of 25 people (88%) found this review helpful
11.7 hrs on record
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.
Posted: October 11
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15 of 17 people (88%) found this review helpful
15.2 hrs on record
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!

Posted: October 8
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17 of 26 people (65%) found this review helpful
1.4 hrs on record
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" :)
Posted: October 7
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14 of 21 people (67%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
I only recommend this game if you have good computer. It has a problem with dual cores and it seems the developers have no intent to fix this problem. Your can't get past any part of the game where you talk on a phone, it will endlessly load.

Aside from that it is an awesomme game, I played this on ps3 when it first came out, but I regret purchasing this on steam and supporting developers who ignore the community.

Make sure you have a quad core and a good amount of memory if your interested in purchasing.

If you like Suda51 games get it just know what your getting before you purchase. I have to wait to play as I have to upgrade my computer even though I can run it on the highest setting.

Great game but bad port.
Posted: October 24
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
42.5 hrs on record
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.
Posted: October 16
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
8.9 hrs on record
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 kill 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. the importance of keeping the combo meter going as well cannot be overstated - it increases the speed and strength of your attacks, as well as having various other effects as you climb higher into the numbers.
Posted: October 6
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25 of 46 people (54%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
I wanted to like the game. Hell, I wanted to PLAY the game. But I cant, because the game doesn't let me. There is a glitch that causes endless loading at certain parts of certain chapters. It will ALWAYS happen, and the only workaround is to download a save file and skip like half the damn game. The developers don't give a rats ♥♥♥ either. If you want to roll the dice on the game, go ahead. As for me, I don't think I need Suda games badly enough to give them more money for a PC port.
Posted: October 23
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
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.
Posted: October 25
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
30.8 hrs on record
I thoroughly enjoyed this game. Tight controls, fun combat, a perfect (for me, anyway) difficulty curve, stylish and surreal visuals, a ridiculous story that doesn't take itself seriously, decent music, and tittilating elements. Maybe it's not a game for you, but it's absolutely a game for me.
Posted: October 24
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
8.8 hrs on record
♥♥♥♥ing Beautiful, Blood looks great, Hilarity at every corner, Mind-♥♥♥♥ign to the point where you are just like, "wait what?", Swords, Arm Guns, Arm CANNONS, Fisticuffs, And Gigolos.
Posted: October 23
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5 of 8 people (63%) found this review helpful
3.4 hrs on record
Full of Blood , Massacre and more Blood plus the Japanese Voices are sugoi.
I really loved to play this kind of Games and this is just like God of War game same Gameplay , same Massacre , but Mondo is wearing a Gentleman Suit with a Bionic Arm which is make more a Badass Killer. I recommend players to buy and play this game if you want a Hack and Slash Game with a Bloody crap effects. Thumbs up on this game 9/10.

Also , Mondo's Gigolo Glasses are awesome.
Posted: October 12
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
The game will glitch at the beginning of episode 2 and quit itself at that point. Yet I recommend and wait for the patch, hope its fixed asap.
Posted: October 23
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
13.4 hrs on record
Do you like fast paced hack and slash action? Do you like a story that might be confusing, but makes the game that much better? Do you want tons of upgrades, and akward dating scenes? Then this game is for you. Killer Is Dead is an awesome character action game by SUDA51. Its art style, its action, and its story is all you need to get you to play till the end. And if thats not enough for you there are many upgrades, and really cool bosses. To top it off if the game is way to easy for you then there is Nightmare mod (I would only play this if you are an experienced player). So start the hack and slash. Killer Is Dead
Posted: October 24
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
19.7 hrs on record
(not technically a review, proper one will arrive soon)
To fix the Episode 3 loading bug, buy a quad-core CPU. Probably anything with 3+ threads will work.
Aby naprawić bug ładowania w Epizodzie 3, kup czterordzeniowy procesor. Najprawdopodobniej każdy z 3+ wątkami będzie działać.

(It's not some "brilliant" protip, but it's the only way for now.)
(To nie jest jakaś "genialna" wskazówka, lecz to jest jedyny sposób w tej chwili.)
Posted: October 25
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.1 hrs on record
Based on limited gameplay:

Great game, stylish, bloody, and just badass. Very worth it on sale.
Posted: October 25
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15 of 29 people (52%) found this review helpful
8.3 hrs on record
This game is NOT for everyone. It strange, it is shallow, it is sexist, it is ugly, its repetetive,
the story is bizare at best and the characters are as awkward as you could expect from a japanese title.
Yes, it is ugly. This style, that is presented in the trailers gets old very quick
and it seems, the only reason for this is to hide shortcomings in the graphics department.
Now, the game is not all bad, it actually is quite fun, and the perfect material to get when it gets on sale.
It is interesting what some crazy people will think off.
In todays tripple A days, it is hard to come by such a campy-crazy title.

So while it is not a good game, it also is not a bad game.
Just be sure you know what you are buying.

EDIT: I also had no bigger problems with bugs... but I have 4 cores. I had one glitch, were the sound disappeared suddenly, but it was enough to check file integrity in steam preferences. Steam re-downloaded missing files and after this I had no other problems.
Posted: October 13
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20 of 40 people (50%) found this review helpful
9.0 hrs on record
Japanese James Bond with a pet unicorn. What more can I say?
Posted: September 26
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4 of 9 people (44%) found this review helpful
50.7 hrs on record
Dispite the game breaking bugs this is a stylish romp that isn't entirely soiled by it's mediocre gameplay that tries to push the boundaries that shouldn't exist in the first place.

it's hard to be a fan, dispite how suda wasn't as involved as i'd like but I had fun.
Posted: September 28
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2 of 5 people (40%) found this review helpful
4.2 hrs on record
Probably one of the best hack n slash game I've played in a while, 8.5/10
Posted: October 23
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