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Killer Is Dead

Let me start off by saying, what a bizarre and entertaining game.  Killer Is Dead takes place in the near future where tourism exist on the moon and people are fitted cybernetic enhancements. The story follows an assassin by the name of Mondo Zappa (voiced by Patrick Seitz) who works for a company called Bryan Execution Firm. Leading the charge of the firm is a cyborg named Bryan Roses. Bryan and his staff send Mondo on missions to execute targets of dangerous criminals and assassins.

Two things came to mind when I started playing Killer Is Dead; the animation show Cowboy Bebop and comic books. The game definitely has an Anime feel to it and the cinematic scenes seem as if you are reading a comic book. I almost quit playing after the first action scene, but I’m glad I continued through the story.

After Mondo joins Bryan’s firm, he begins picking up missions to execute targets. Each level has a guided progression to lead the player to the boss. Using a katana sword and a cybernetic arm equipped with a gun, Mondo must fight off enemies to achieve his mission goal. Throughout the fight Mondo will pick up blood, crystals and gems. The collected blood is used to replenish Mondo’s health and also when firing his weapon. The crystals can be used to unlocked weapon enhancements and combat abilities. The gems are actual health and when collected increase the players overall health bar. These items can be collected by killing an enemy or destroying items during the levels.

Aside from the main story missions, Killer Is Dead also has side quest. Some of these missions is really where I thought the game was a bit strange. The side missions include combat and also winning affection of a certain lady. The combat missions were pretty straight forward. During the lady missions, Mondo must flirt with a certain girl and gain her affection. If done correctly, Mondo will be rewarded not only with a little physical action, but also an upgrade for his abilities.

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I really enjoyed the combat of free attacks and combos. One thing that was a little frustrating for me during boss combats was the rapid tapping of a button to finish the kill. I’m sure it would be a heck of a lot easier if I was using a “cheater controller” but I’m a cheap guy and won’t spend the money for one. It took me several tries to get pass this, but eventually I managed.

GRAPHICS

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The graphics for Killer Is Dead were done really unique similar to that of a comic book.

SOUND

Combat sounds like you’re truly in the fight.

FINAL THOUGHTS

I think this game can sway either way for some people. Killer Is Dead can probably be referred to as a ‘like it or hate it’ type game. My suggestion would be to rent it and try it out for yourself before buying.

Pros

  • Skill and ability progression
  • Great combat style
  • Unique graphics

Cons

  • Difficult finishes for bosses
  • Story needs more depth

 

Style – Single-player

Developer – Grasshopper Manufacture

Publisher – XSeed Games

Release – August 2013


 

JUNKIE SCORES
  • 3.5 – Gameplay
  • 3.2 – Graphics
  • 4.0 – Sound
  • 3.5 – Entertainment
  • 2.5 – Replay Value
  • Jake Grunwald
3.3

Summary

I think this game can sway either way for some people. Killer Is Dead can probably be referred to as a ‘like it or hate it’ type game. My suggestion would be to rent it and try it out for yourself before buying.

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