Style prevailing over substance,
This review is from: Killer Is Dead: Limited Edition (Xbox 360) (Video Game)
Anyone that has played a Suda 15 game should know what to expect at this point. Killer is Dead is a game that delivers brilliant visuals and a typically absurd plot but never reaches the same heights in terms of gameplay. As a fan of action games, I was certainly interested in Killer is Dead because of the similarities it shared with Bayonetta, which was possibly the best action game released in recent years. The gameplay of killer is Dead is solid, the control scheme makes sense and everything feels satisfyingly fluid, but the it never goes the extra mile and delivers the same level of depth that its action compatriots offer. That being said, Killer is Dead is a high-concept title that has to be seen to be believed, the shortcomings in gameplay seem less important because of the game's sheer bombast. The plot is wacky and the characters are shallow but lovable, it's a game that oozes charm for the most part. A lot has been said in the gaming press about the "gigolo mode" in Killer is Dead, which sees Mondo (the protagonist) attempting to win the affections of various females with racy consequences, the payout for the mini game is an item that will help you in the game's many stages. I wasn't offended by these scenes but felt that the fairly indecent nature of them didn't do the game any favours.
I contemplated giving the game three stars but ultimately opted for four, Killer is Dead is a short game and it isn't particularly clever, but I was smiling for most of the way through it and at the end of the day, is that not what gaming is all about?