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

    Minimum:
    • 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
    Recommended:
    • 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
164 of 199 people (82%) 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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31 of 35 people (89%) found this review helpful
11.7 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.

http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=262696032

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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25 of 28 people (89%) found this review helpful
15.2 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


Pro:

+ 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!


Cons:

- 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


Conclusion

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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23 of 34 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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12 of 14 people (86%) found this review helpful
42.9 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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12 of 14 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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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 26
I DONT KNOW WHATS GOING ON! 10/10
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10 of 13 people (77%) found this review helpful
8.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 6
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.
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25 of 44 people (57%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 24
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.
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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
8.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 23
♥♥♥♥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.
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2 of 2 people (100%) 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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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 26
anyone who loved the visuals and mad storyline of previous suda51 titles (killer 7, no more heroes etc etc) are in for a treat. buy!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 26
I love this game so far, i'm only 3 missions in and I definitely think it's worth the money, the only thing that I have to complain about is Mondo's sidekick Mika or whatever. She tries TOO hard to be a stereotypical anime girl under the age of 16. The music is great, the gameplay is pretty fast paced, the story actually seems kind of interesting at this point.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 23
It's your standard friendly neighborhood Hack n' Slash from Suda51, so you already know what you're in for. Make sure you bump up your frames or else this is going to feel clunky as ♥♥♥♥.

FPS Fix (with Revival fix): http://www.userinsult.com/2014/05/killer-is-dead-nightmare-edition-is.html?m=1
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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
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 26
Stylish and Sexy~
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.7 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
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 28
Im just in it for the mondo girls.

10/10
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1 of 1 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 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
13.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 26
RUNS LIKE GREASED BUTTER.
SMOOTH LIKE A FLAT PEBBLE.
COOL LIKE JAMES FRANCO ON ICE.
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