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Killer Is Dead review: blunt instrument

While Grasshopper Manufacture's previous games have been divisive releases with minimal commercial success, they all possessed a certain kind of bizarre, tonal self-assurance. Grasshopper figurehead Suda51 has served as a sort of exploitation auteur, liberally borrowing ideas and aesthetics from genre film, comics and other games to make some of the more memorable Japanese games in recent memory. Now Grasshopper is back with Killer Is Dead, bringing with it another mysterious assassin and a strange cast of characters and villains. But the charm and energy of previous Grasshopper games is gone, supplanted by a lethargy and choppiness that plagues Killer Is Dead from start to finish — and a misogynistic mean streak a mile long makes it memorable for all the wrong reasons. Killer Is...

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Why Suda51 wants to 'thoroughly demolish the existing Grasshopper traits'

Grasshopper Manufacture CEO Goichi "Suda51" Suda wants to "thoroughly demolish" the traits associated with the studio that created games like Lollipop Chainsaw, Killer Is Dead and No More Heroes, according to a 4Gamer interview that was translated by Siliconera. Suda acknowledged that, even within Grasshopper, the studio's traits are debatable but ready for destruction. "I believe that when it comes to ‘Grasshopper traits,' people have different ideas [as to what they are]," Suda said. "Even for us, each staff member at Grasshopper has different ideas. "In the midst of that, I personally would like to thoroughly demolish the existing Grasshopper traits, one by one. And by demolishing them, I'd like to propose new ideas, and create new ways to play". The idea behind that creative...

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Killer is Dead coming to PC in May with new difficulty (update)

Killer is Dead, the assassin action game from developer Grasshopper Manufacture, is being ported to Windows PC and will be released May 9 in Europe and the U.K., publisher Deep Silver announced today. The original game launched on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in August 2013. The PC port is being developed by Kadokawa Games, which published the console release in Japan. Known as the Nightmare Edition, the PC version will include some new content and features over the existing game. On the new Nightmare Mode difficulty level, players will only have three options to kill enemies: headshots, Adrenaline Burst and Dodge Burst. The Nightmare Edition will also come with the Smooth Operator Pack, which was available only as a pre-order bonus for the console version of the game; it will be...

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South Australian Attorney General says game classifications need further scrutiny

South Australia Attorney General John Rau believes the country's new video game classification rules are not being applied strictly enough and should be further investigated by the Federal Government, according to a report from ABC Australia. Rau said the updated classification system could be giving children access to violent and sexual content, despite the government's agreement last January to introduce the R18+ mature classification and fine-tune restrictions for the MA15+ rating. He believes that more than a dozen games have launched in Australia last year that have been rated MA15+ while receiving higher, more mature ratings in Europe and North America. Rau plans to voice his concerns to the Federal Government, despite being satisfied with the recent launch of Grand Theft Auto 5...

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Gamescom, Video Game Championship Wrestling, Lost Planet 3, Killer is Dead: Speed Run

We've got a wrap-up video that captures the essence of Gamescom, a feature on Video Game Championship Wrestling and our final verdicts on Lost Planet 3 and Killer is Dead. The booths, crowds and nightmare pandas of Gamescom 2013 Wrestling with absurdity: inside Video Game Championship Wrestling, the internet's glitchiest sport Lost Planet 3 review: snow day Killer is Dead review: blunt instrument

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Killer is Dead trailer features moonwalks, eggs and Ode to Joy

A new Japanese trailer for Killer is Dead, Grasshopper Manufacture's upcoming action game, offers an Ode to Joy-themed look at the game. Killer is Dead is set in the future, where cybernetic enhancements and trips to the moon are commonplace. The game stars an assassin who hunts criminals and fellow killers around the world. In addition to gameplay of the title's bloody battles, the trailer above features several styilized cutscenes, characters and more. Killer is Dead is currently slated for release Aug. 27 on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Launch copies will include an 80-page hardcover book, soundtrack, in-game bonus items and more.

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Japan Review Check: Killer is Dead

A quick look at the most interesting games coming out next week in Japan, courtesy of Famitsu magazine's review pages: - Killer is Dead (9/9/9/8, 35 out of 40 points): The latest from Suda51 and the gang at Grasshopper Manufacture earns a Platinum award from Famitsu, seemingly out of sheer force of impact. "The unique world setting isn't for everyone," began editor Reona Ebihara, "but the exacting balance between hilarity and insanity is definitely worth seeing for yourself! The airy, fast-tempo action lets you do all these flashy attacks even with button mashing, so it's great to play. There are a lot of features packed in here, making it seem a bit complex at first, but there's a certain depth to it that makes it a lot more approachable than you'd think, which I like." "The...

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Killer is Dead will launch Aug. 27 with bonus items

Grasshopper Manufacture's stylized action game Killer is Dead will launch on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in North America on Aug. 27 for a suggested retail price of $59.99, publisher XSeed Games announced today. All launch copies will come packaged with an 80-page hardcover art book, a soundtrack CD containing 25 songs and the Smooth Operator DLC pack, which contains bonus in-game items like Gigolo Glasses (an alternative costume for characters Vivienne and Mike) and a bonus Gigolo Mission with the character Betty. The content also includes an entire additional episode with the vampiric Sebastian. In Europe, publisher Deep Silver is distributing the game, but instead of receiving all the bonus items by default, Killer is Dead will be available in two special editions. The Limited...

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Killer Is Dead trailer breaks the fourth wall, has bondage-gear swordfights

A new trailer for Suda 51's surreal hyper-violent action game Killer Is Dead mixes action and cutscenes with protagonist Mondo Zappa facing off against a myriad of foes. The trailer introduces us to an antagonist named David, who says he's seeking power to take over the world. Mondo calls him out on this by breaking the fourth wall between fiction and the audience, saying it's trite and cliche and that the gamers will complain about it. Following up on that, the trailer introduces enemies like a spider-lady fought in a house made out of sweets like candy and doughnuts and a giant that shoots lasers out of its eyes. Mondo and David duel, with the antagonist clad in what appears to be a golden fetish harness and jock strap. Killer Is Dead releases on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 this...

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Killer is Dead European special editions include in-game goods, artwork and soundtracks

Killer is Dead will receive two special editions in Europe when it launches later this summer, each offering a handful of bonus in-game and physical goods, publisher Deep Silver announced today. The Limited Edition will cost £49.99 and include the Smooth Operator pack, a bundle of new items and missions for protagonist Mondo Zappa. Players can put the assassin through his paces in bonus mission Episode 51 — The Man Who Stole Blood, as well as add character Betty to his list of seductions in Gigolo Mode. The pack also includes the Gigolo glasses, a special item that allow Mondo to see through clothing, and an unannounced item that is "perfect for summer." The Europe-exclusive Fan Edition, which will cost £54.99, will include the Smooth Operator pack as well as a physical copy of...

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North America
  • PlayStation 3
    • Publisher Xseed Games
    • Developer Grasshopper Manufacture
    • Score 4.5
  • Xbox 360
    • Publisher Xseed Games
    • Developer Grasshopper Manufacture
    • Score 4.5
Europe
  • Windows
    • Released 2014-05-09
    • Publisher Deep Silver
    • Developer Grasshopper Manufacture
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