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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Mixed (69 reviews) - 69% of the 69 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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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

    • 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
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16 of 16 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 30
Killer is Dead can be described as a weird and strange action hack and slash game.
The art style is unique in a way that sometimes you have the feeling that this is a sort of LSD-trip.
The story is very confusing and to this day I still not know what exactly I was doing. There are a lot of cut scenes that tell the story. It’s something complicated like some anime movies.
In short you play an assassin who’s called Mondo. Your weapons are a katana blade and a bionic arm – which can also transform I a gun that shoots blood. The fighting is rather simple and there are not a lot of combo’s – this is not a Devil May Cry style of game – the most important here is to learn to dodge and block enemy attacks. The game can be very violent and is not for children.

Graphic style: this can only be described as weird. It’s not something for everyone – check some YouTube videos
Sound: music and sound effects are OK
Gameplay: this sort of game plays best with a gamepad. I played it with an Xbox One wired controller and it works flawlessly.
Quality of the console port: this game is a console port and it has been ported with almost no graphic options. Resolutions are limited to 1920*1080. The only way to use other resolutions is via editing of an ini-file (check the forums) and via the program ‘Flawless Widescreen’. I tested it with a resolution of 2560*1080 and it works.

I took me 11 hours to finish. Replay value comes from playing higher difficulty, finding all the secrets, getting high high scores for every level and missions.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 15
Unlock the FPS by editing one file they said. Make enemies move 2x faster.

10/10 would unlock FPS again.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
33.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 26
Killer is Dead achieves to be a very simple and very complicated game at the same time. The simple part is gameplay. It doesn't even has complicated or different combo moves. All you have to do mash that button and get higher combos and it will go faster and faster. The complicated part is story. Actually it's not that complicated but game doesn't explain the whole story so you gotta do some research to get the full picture. Characters are awesome, level design is OK, side missions... well you have gigolo missions to do so what do you think? Artstyle is very good I really liked it. It fits well with the game. There are some annoying bugs and unbalanced stuff so they're the only bad things about the game for me. Long story short, this is a great hack n slash game in my opinion. A must play!
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 16
A very good character action game,although not nearly as amazing as No More Heroes this is still one of the better games made by Suda51 and overall a great representative of it's genre.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 20
It's good stuff! Can we get more ports from these devs on Steam? Like "No More Heroes" or "Lollipop Chainsaw"?
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
29.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 6
Rating 7/10
Overview: Third Person Action

The Good:

+ Art style and presentation

+ In addition to the 12 main missions there are side missions and challenges, you can play every mission after you complete the game with different difficulties to try and get a higher ranking providing a lot of replay-ability.

+ The combat although simplistic for a Japanese action game, controls very well and feels very satisfying killing enemies. Combat revolves around slashing enemies and dodging at the right time. Hitting enemies also fills up a meter which allows you to pull off one hit kills.

+ Killing enemies rewards you with different types of gems that increase health, blood meter and skills

+ Cool looking bosses

The Average:

What happens when you do drugs and decided to write a story? You get a Suda51 game. This is one crazy game which is to be expected if you ever played any other Suda games before. Its not good or bad but it certainly is unique and creative. The dialogue can be pretty bad at times and the characters are one dimensional.

The camera can be problematic especially when you move against walls.

30 frames per second although this can be modified in .ini files which may cause some problems.

Easy achievements although many of them require some grinding

The Bad:

- A bizarre mini game has you ogling at women's private parts filling up a meter after which you can then give gifts in order to win her favor. Give enough gifts and watch a sex scene play out. Why is it in the game...who knows, like everything else in the game in doesn't make sense and it feels completely out of place.

- very poor graphical options

- The game froze on me and after rebooting my computer I lost my save file with no way of recovering it.


I had a lot of fun with this even though it felt really strange at times. If you are a fan of Japanese action games this is a good game to check out.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 4
well, what i can say........
A lot of combos, ecchi, and good history, it´s really good,
Meanwhile, i just had a problem with a bug, but is really easy solve it, (well i am in the episode 5, i don´t know if there will be a lot of bugs more)
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 15
Like DmC?

Like Metal Gear Rising?

Killer is Dead is a perfect combination of what make those two games amazing. With sleek, DmC style combat and crazy over the Metal Gear Rising action, Killer is Dead is a must for anyone who enjoys Hack n' Slash games.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 21
My game just crashed twice upon the start of the 3rd episode. Since I didn't buy on Steam I can't get a refund!
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
12.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 18
Men In Black 3: The Sailor Moon Files

Directed by Quentin Lynch

Starring Vergil "The Bloodedge" Touchdown, Barret Wallace, Mitsuru Fapbait and KAWAIIUGUUrsula
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8.8 hrs
Posted: October 22
Killer is Dead is boring, short, shallow and has a really bad storyline.

This game feels like an anime game, but it is a disgrace. The whole storyline is trying to be over-the-top and full of action sequences, but almost everything they did is boring. I'm okay for non-sensical storyline as long as the game doesn't force you to go through it and full of cool stuffs. But this game forces you, as it has said "Hey look, our story is dramatic and 4th wall breaking!" but what they did tell is just mediocre and really bad 4th wall breaking line. I gotta give props to the jokes though, they are funny but that's about it.

The gameplay is boring as hell, tap the buttons quickly to not die! You sometimes have to break the guard with dodging or hitting it with your arms. The dodge button isn't precise, works as whatever it wanted to, and sometimes it dodges to a different position that you intended to. Atacking with your arms requires 8+taps, and be sure as hell you need to tap it as fast as you can or you can get hit by the other enemy or the combo breaks. When you dodged, you are able to counter attack, BUT You have to tap your attack buttons 8+ times as well. You see the problem here? Mashing buttons, you love them, don't you?

The port is horrendous. performance wise? it is good. Settings wise? It is bad. The Display settings only has 3 options. Quality, Resolution, and V-sync. Quality only has 3 settings "Low, Medium, High" and you can't costumize it. Resolution is the most ♥♥♥♥ed up one. I set the resolution on 1920x1080. The game said like "Yeah got you, fam." but the game it self is still 720p, and the graphic renders on 1080p. I really don't know why and if you think it doesn't matter for you, the UI is really blurry and huge. V-sync is always turned on, no matter if you tried to turn it off, it simply turned it self back again. Here comes the bad part. The game is ONLY in 30fps, setting the game at 60fps (on .ini files) will surely break some physics in-game and other related bugs that is tied to frame rates. For my fix, I found it on PCGamingWiki.

The game is short, and it took me 8 hours to beat this game. The ending is ♥♥♥♥, it took it self the "bad ending" where the villain wins but they told you in a really bad way, like it is a ♥♥♥♥ ending. But what did I expect from a game that has a really bad storyline, anyway?

Overall, avoid this game. I didn't recommend it.
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2.1 hrs
Posted: October 21
awesome arty style
weird and fun story
cool bossfights
its pretty hard, so its challenging

kinda glitchy sometimes
sometimes kinda dull fights.
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4.0 hrs
Posted: October 20
Killer Is Dead Is An Anime Game
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7.7 hrs
Posted: October 20
A horrible Japanese piece of ♥♥♥♥.
I'm beginning to suspect that this is a product of brainwashing propaganda, all those colorful lights and a completely unintelligible story and dialogue that made my head hurt. Must've had some subliminal messages now drilled into my brain.

Indeed, this game is like an autistic 3-year-old's fever dream, on magic mushrooms, and the trip wasn't pleasant.
That's how much sense it made.

"Why would she say that? That doesn't make any sense" "That's incredibly dumb" "Why did he do that? That doesn't make any sense" "What in the world is that?" "Only a child could come up with something like that"
These are the thought that I kept on repeating to myself throughout the whole game. It started to become infuriating because I was in the belief that it would start making sense at some point. But I was wrong. Why would you make something like this? If it was a joke, it wouldn'tve been a funny one, just a strange one.

The combat was fun overall, nothing special, but fun, which is what kept me going. The dodging mechanic was very unresponsive at times (dodging the completely wrong direction).

The graphics still look pretty cool, which got me to buy this game. I don't really play hack n slash games, only some DmC, but that's it.

The gameplay was entertaining, the story was so bad and unintelligible that I started skipping the cutscenes after about halfway of the game, I genuinely believed that I wasn't missing anything. This over-the-top-artistic-Japanese thing isn't really my thing.
But the gameplay and the graphics were entertaining.

I'd give it a 4/10
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12.3 hrs
Posted: October 18
Killer is Dead is a 3rd person hack and Slash spectacle fighter game in the same vein as DMC, Ninja Gaiden, and God of War. The story revolves around a hired assassin named Mondo Zappa, who wields a katana and has a robot arm. The story starts off simple enought, but later escalates and the story introduces fake memories, amnesia, betrayals, and even a unicorn that comes out of nowhere. As you can probably guess by now the story gets really confusing near the end. The episodic nature of all the missions will make it so that you can play the game in short bursts if you please. It has a "Monster of the week" feel since almost every mission has nothing to do with the rest and the assassination targets can be anything from a simple samurai to an evil Thomas the tank engine.
Now for the bread and butter of the game. The gameplay in this game will primarily consist of slicing enemies with your katana and occasionally using your arm's subweapons, such as the blood cannon or drill. I found myself only using one of the four available subweapons though, but maybe you'll find more use of the other ones. You attain these subweapons by seducing women in so called "Gigolo" missions. Basically all you have to do during these missions is stare at a womans breast when shes not looking to fill up your "guts" meter, and when the "guts" meter is full you push a button to give them a present. Repeat until sex. Tasteless? perhaps. Now your only weapon in this game is the katana and there is no combos since there is only one attack button so you'll be mashing the left click a lot. The collest feature of the combat however is the "dodge burst" where if you dodge an opponents attack perfectly at the last second time will freeze for a few seconds and you get to slice up your opponent. It is very satisfying to pull off and takes a while to truly master. If you are a fan of hack and slash games I would highly recommend that you give this one a try. It's very button mash based, but it is a great deal of fun and it should not be overlooked.
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10.2 hrs
Posted: October 17
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7.7 hrs
Posted: October 16
the game is pretty tight.
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