Release Date: August 28th, 2013
Developer: Kadokawa Games, Grasshopper Manufacture
Publisher: XSEED, Deep Silver
Platform: [Reviewed: PlayStation 3], XBOX 360
Rated: M for Mature
Have you ever wanted to take on a role where enough was enough? Have you ever been pushed to your limits. Think and look into the microscope of Dexter, a serial killer that kills serial killers. Only if they deserve it, it’s a honorable slaying through his eyes.
Now you can immediately understand what to look forward to in Killer is Dead. Developed by Grasshopper Manufacture, creators of Lollipop Chainsaw and Shadows of the Damned, Killer is Dead has you starring as Mondo Zappa, a new hire for a small group called the Bryan Execution firm, carrying out assignments to massacre demons and such.
Killer is dead is a hack and slash that truly owns up to its specific genre. Mondo’s abilities are fully upgradable by collecting roses, synapses for regenerate health and sleazy nights at the bar. The downfall to Killer is Dead is everything else beyond the action. And it’s specifically due to the bland cutscenes that invites gamers to boredom. Mika, Mondo’s assistant however, was a great mix in the story. Her persona is witty, but fun. In short, memorable.
Now another issue is hearing “Killer is Dead” constantly throughout gameplay. Killer is Dead! Even when you least expect it, because there’s no reason for the tagline, “Killer is Dead.” The random chant will really wreck your brain after sometime.
Killer is Dead!
When completing missions, you can replay them and complete mini Challenges. Some will involve killing waves of enemies or climbing an elevator and decimating enemies on each floor. Again, not enough nostalgia to push the overall experience however.
The most bizarre section of K.I.D is the erotic scenes. Show the ladies that you have a way with them by not saying a word. Instead you sneak in as many peeks as possible at her rack and below. It’s a little degrading and a perverted mess. It is optional, but quite juvenile
The soundtrack had a nice jazz feel to it in between missions. Graphically, it has a dark anime feel to the game that feels under par. It uses vibrant color s at times, but overall doesn’t hold strong.
In the end, Killer is Dead honestly put me to sleep, four times. I thought I was just tired the firs time. After plenty of rest I found myself starring at a wall. The game wasn’t a “horrible” experience, just bland.
Replay Value: 2/5
Overall Rating: 2/5