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Short Peace: Ranko Tsukigime's Longest Day Review | 80% Anime, 20% Suda

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Jonathan Lester
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Short Peace: Ranko Tsukigime's Longest Day Review | 80% Anime, 20% Suda

Platform: PS3

Developer: Crispy's Inc.

Publisher: Bandai Namco

This is by far the hardest and most futile review I've ever had to write.

See, I review videogames, but Short Peace is absolutely not one of those. It's a feature-length compilation of five standalone anime shorts, each hailing from a luminary in the field or left-field upstart. We have an opportunity to savour Shuhei Morita's Oscar-nominated Possessions, a fascinating and playful tale of animism that puts Pixar to shame, while Akira creator Katsuhiro Otomo sallies forth with the breathtakingly lovely Combustible. Hiroaki Ando and Gundam mech designer Hajime Katoki join them, bringing unique storytelling and eyepopping visual flair to the mix.

Short Peace: Ranko Tsukigime's Longest Day Review | 80% Anime, 20% Suda

...and then there's Goichi "Suda51" Suda, the madcap if inconsistent auteur behind Killer7 and No More Heroes, who lobs a spanner into the works. His offering, Ranko Tsukigime's Longest Day, absolutely is a videogame - yet the gorgeous, bonkers and fleeting experience can only be purchased alongside the rest of the compilation on a single Blu-Ray costing a whopping £40.

So over the next few hundred words, I'm going to try and make sense of the package as a whole, step out of my comfort zone to review an anime compilation, assess the game on its own merits and work out whether it can possibly be worth the premium price. Before desperately finding an appropriate number to slap on the end.

Stick around. This is going to be fun!

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Killer Is Dead Review | Style Is Substance

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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Reviews
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Brawler, Deep Silver, Goichi Suda, Grasshopper Manufacture, Killer Is Dead, PS3 games, Suda51, Xbox 360 games

Killer Is Dead Review | Style Is Substance

Platforms: PS3 | Xbox 360 (reviewed)

Developer: Grasshopper Manufacture

Publisher: Deep Silver

Killer Is Dead hits our retinas like a neon Picasso wrapped around the business end of a sledgehammer. No-one can accuse Goichi "Suda51" Suda of being anything less than a recklessly imaginative artist, and here he's painted what is quite possibly the most gorgeous ultraviolent brawler on the market. Exquisite cel-shaded visuals gel perfectly with insane themes and bizarre distractions, not limited to chasing a tiger-riding crime boss on a motorcycle and seducing nubile débutantes in 'Gigolo Missions.' While jazz music plays in the background. On the moon.

Sometimes, however, mediocre games can sneak past undercooked mechanics and half-baked ideas behind sensational visuals. I could certainly name one or two. It's all too easy for games to trick us into believing that retinal stimulation is the same as genuine innovation, so we were delighted to discover that we were given nearly a whole month to see past the stunning good looks.

Killer Is Dead is not one of those games. Suda51's latest effort harks back to the likes of Killer7 and No More Heroes, delivering both sensational style and undeniable substance.

Killer Is Dead Review | Style Is Substance

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Gorgeous Killer Is Dead Screenshots Hype Next Week's Release

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Brawler, Goichi Suda, Grasshopper Manufacture, Killer Is Dead, PS3 games, Screenshots, Xbox 360 games

Gorgeous Killer Is Dead Screenshots Hype Next Week's Release

Killer Is Dead releases next Friday in Europe, so rather than vainly trying to describe it, I'll let these screenshots do the talking. Goichi Suda's latest brawler is sensationally stylish, and frankly makes most other games look like wallpaper paste.

We'll have an exhaustive review for you on Tuesday (the American release date), but before you start to worry, review copies were dispatched the best part of a month ago. Deep Silver have nothing to hide, rather they want to make sure that coverage doesn't get swallowed up by Gamescom 2013.

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Killer Is Dead Flounders In Japan

Author:
Matt Gardner
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News
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Goichi Suda, Grasshopper Manufacture, Japanese charts, Killer Is Dead, Sales

Killer Is Dead Flounders In Japan

Killer Is Dead, the latest game from Suda51 and Grasshopper Manufacture, has not exactly fared brilliantly in its first week in Japan, debuting at number five in the Media Create Charts.

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Suda51: It’s “Just A Matter Of Time” Until Xbox “Explodes” In Japan

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Carl Phillips
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News
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Goichi Suda, Japan, Microsoft, Suda51, Xbox One

Suda51: It’s “Just A Matter Of Time” Until Xbox “Explodes” In Japan

Grasshopper Manufacture Head Confident Of Eventual Success

The Xbox 360 has not enjoyed the level of success that its competitors have enjoyed, but in an interview with NowGamer Japanese developer Goichi Suda, known to many as Suda51, spoke of his hope that the Xbox brand, including the upcoming Xbox One, would eventually enjoy higher levels of success.... eventually.

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Killer Is Dead Gameplay Footage Shows Insane Combat, Tiger Bike Fights & Worrying Gigolo Missions

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Deep Silver, Goichi Suda, Grasshopper Manufacture, Kadokawa Games, Killer Is Dead, Oh that Suda, Suda51, trailer

Killer Is Dead Gameplay Footage Shows Insane Combat, Tiger Bike Fights & Worrying Gigolo Missions

Suda 51's Killer Is Dead has revealed more of its secrets thanks to two new gameplay videos captured by Famitsu Magazine [via Gematsu]. The first clip shows off some tight, colourful and furiously-paced combat that looks to be incredibly involving, along with a bike chase against a massive transforming tiger.

The second video, however, sheds some more light on the 'Gigolo Missions' that our protagonist Mondo Zappa will find himself pursuing from time to time. It's... a bit sleazy, to put things as mildly as possible. With luck, these sections will provide a meaningful gameplay experience that makes sense in context. Maybe?

See what you make of Killer Is Dead ahead of its August launch.

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Killer Is Dead Trailer Is Pervy, Sleazy, Jazzy

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Deep Silver, Goichi Suda, Grasshopper Manufacture, Kadokawa Games, Killer Is Dead, Suda51, trailer

Killer Is Dead Trailer Is Pervy, Sleazy, Jazzy

This latest jazzy trailer for Killer Is Dead shows us some of the "lovely ladies" who task hitman Mondo Zappa with all manner of assassinations. They'll get a discount of course, for the bargain price of a smooch... right before Mondo uses 'Gigolo Glasses' to look at their lingerie. Then he goes to the moon, because this is a Goichi Suda game and nothing has to make sense.

Oh, come on Suda. More gameplay, less potentially offensive cheesecake next time please. Killer Is Dead is out in August on PS3 and Xbox 360, and it's set to be bonkers - though we hope that all of this embarrassing titillation actually adds something to the experience beyond tawdry sex appeal.

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XSEED Confirmed As US Killer Is Dead Publisher, Deep Silver Handling Europe

Author:
Matt Gardner
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News
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Action Games, Deep Silver, Goichi Suda, Grasshopper Manufacture, Killer Is Dead, Localisation, Suda51, XSEED

Rejoice, young grasshopper. Killer Is Dead is coming West, and it looks like the rumours were true. XSEED will indeed be publishing the game in the US, with Deep Silver handling distribution here in Europe.

You may now go nuts.

Suda51 Lifts The Lid On Killer Is Dead Details

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Matt Gardner
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News
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Action Games, Goichi Suda, Grasshopper Manufacture, Killer Is Dead, Suda51

Suda51 Lifts The Lid On Killer Is Dead Details

Says You'll Fight A Yakuza Member Riding A Tiger

If I had a brainwave every time I sat down on the loo, I'd almost certainly be a trillionaire by now.  But Suda51's creative eureka moments yield the weird, the onderful, and the downright batty.

Talking to Famitsu about the latest instalment in the loosely-collected 'assassins' series - Killer Is Dead - Suda lifted the lid on a few extra details about Grasshopper's upcoming carve-em-up, with one such revelatory vignette having central character Mondo sat on a motorbike, facing off against a Yakuza boss riding a tiger.

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Killer Is Dead Trailer Is Bloody, Balletic, and Beautiful

Author:
Matt Gardner
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News
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Goichi Suda, Grasshopper Manufacture, Killer Is Dead, Suda51, Trailers, Videos

It's over the top, almost ridiculously violent, the opening scenes of this new trailer made us blush with its sexiness, but there's something utterly captivating about Grasshopper's aesthetics when they're on form. The gorgeous cel-shaded art, the fantastic music. We dropped jaws at the screenshots, and changed underwear at the initial announcement, and now Famitsu have graced us all with a trailer.

Put it right in your face.

Killer Is Dead Screens Hit The Web

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Matt Gardner
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News
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Goichi Suda, Grasshopper Manufacture, Killer Is Dead, Screenshots, Suda51

Killer Is Dead Screens Hit The Web

Hot on the heels of their unveiling of Suda51's latest 'assassins' title - Killer is Dead - Famitsu have splurged a whole bunch of screenshots all over the internet.

The latest hyper-violent action title from Grasshopper Manufacturer looks beautifully stylised as per usual, and outrageously visceral as always. If the combat is as deliciously smooth as their previous games, we'll be mightily happy indeed. Being prepped for a summer release on PS3 and Xbox 360, you can find Famitsu's enormous gallery of shots here.

Suda51 Spills The Beans On Killer is Dead

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Matt Gardner
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News
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Action Games, Goichi Suda, Grasshopper Manufacture, Killer Is Dead, Suda51

Suda51 Spills The Beans On Killer is Dead

Grasshopper Manufacture's Goichi Suda has revealed a bunch of new details regarding his upcoming game Killer Is Dead. Though not a direct sequel to either game, Suda described Killer Is Dead as "the first game in the 'assassin' series that Grasshopper Manufacture has worked on in a while, a title that picks up where Killer7 and No More Heroes left off."

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Suda51's Liberation Maiden Out Now On 3DS eShop

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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3DS Games, Crimson Shroud, Goichi Suda, Level 5, SHMUP, Suda51

Suda51's Liberation Maiden Out Now On 3DS eShop

Level-5 Announce Two More Western Titles

Liberation Maiden, an anime-inspired shooter from the legendary Suda51 and Level-5, has released today on the 3DS eShop. It's an intense 3D SHMUP that costs £7.19 - and we'll have a full review for you soon.

Level-5 has also confirmed that two more localised games will be headed to the European eShop soon: airport management sim Aero Porter and a Crimson Shroud: a new RPG from the creator of FInal Fantasy tactics. Guess which one we're more excited about? You can see all three games in action thanks to a new trailer, stashed below.

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Grasshopper Unveils Killer Is Dead As Next Project

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Action Games, Goichi Suda, Grasshopper Manufacture, PS3 games, Suda51, Xbox 360 games

Grasshopper Unveils Killer Is Dead As Next Project

No, It's Not A Killer7 Sequel

Goichi "Suda51" Suda has revealed Grasshopper Manufacture's latest project as Killer Is Dead. Set for a 2013 launch, this new PS3/Xbox 360 game intends to rekindle the swordplay-focused assassination gameplay of No More Heroes and Killer7, though Siliconera reports that it's not a direct sequel to Killer7 despite the suggestive title.

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Grasshopper: Crossover Success Due To Doing 'What We Want To Do'

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Matt Gardner
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News
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Akira Yamaoka, BlackKnight Sword, Goichi Suda, Grasshopper Manufacture, Lollipop Chainsaw, Sine Mora

Grasshopper: Crossover Success Due To Doing 'What We Want To Do'

Akira Yamaoka, acclaimed composer and Grasshopper Manufacture's Chief Creative Officer, has suggested that the company's success has been down to their willingness to pursue the things that they want to pursue rather than necessarily skewing their efforts towards a target audience as some games do.

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Suda: 'I Think It's Really Difficult To Be Successful With A New IP'

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Matt Gardner
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News
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Goichi Suda, Grasshopper Manufacture, Shadows Of The Damned

Suda: 'I Think It's Really Difficult To Be Successful With A New IP'

Grasshopper visionary Goichi Suda has lamented the difficulty in being successful with a new IP in today's industry. The man behind the quirky Shadows of the Damned - a game that tanked in sales terms on release, debuting at 31st here in the UK and only selling 24,000 copies in the first week of the US release - told of his regret regarding that game.

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Super Director James Gunn Working On Lollipop Chainsaw

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Felix Kemp
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News
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Goichi Suda, Lollipop Chainsaw, Suda51
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Lollipop Chainsaw

Lollipop Chainsaw was announced last week to not-much fanfare. Suda 51's followup to Shadows of the Damned is shaping up to be typically weird and wonderful, with a teenage cheerleader sawing up all manner of undead monstrosities who bleed blasts of pink light when struck by her trademark chainsaw. We know little to nothing on the title, except that the director or cult-classics Slither and Super, James Gunn, penned the script.

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Lollipop Chainsaw To Be Published By Warner Bros. Outside Of Japan

Author:
Matt Gardner
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News
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Cheerleaders, Goichi Suda, Grasshopper Manufacture, Lollipop Chainsaw, Warner Bros. Interactive

Grasshopper Manufacture's Lollipop Chainsaw has been picked up for publication and distribution outside of Japan. Warner Bros. Interactive will be releasing the latest quirky slice of gaming from the mind of Suda51 in 2012, having announced a new partnership with Lollipop's Japanese publisher, Kadokawa Games.

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Shadows Of The Damned Review | The Good, The Bad And The Very, Very Weird

Author:
Felix Kemp
Category:
Reviews
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Action Games, Games reviews, Goichi Suda, PS3 games, Shadows Of The Damned, Shinji Mikami, Suda51, Xbox 360 games
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Playstation 3 | Xbox 360

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Platform: Playstation 3 | Xbox 360 (Reviewed)

Developer: Grasshopper Manufacture

Publisher: EA Games

It's not often we're treated to work from not just one, but two esteemed auteurs of a particular craft. The upcoming Tintin film has cinema legends Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson teaming up, and I suppose we can count David Cameron and Nick Clegg as a decidedly odd power partnership. The point is; heaping established names atop of a product generates a certain amount of expectation accordingly.

So when Shadows of the Damned begins with a sweeping title credits sequence proudly declaring the names Shinji Mikami - creator of Resident Evil and Devil May Cry - and Goichi Suda - otherwise known as Suda51, the cult-classic developer of No More Heroes - it's difficult to remain objective. But do big names make a great game?

Before You Die, Demon...

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I'll cut to the chase; Shadows of the Damned is insane. You're armed with a pistol dubbed The Boner - which, incidentally, expands in length when you dial a demonic sex-line - your best friend is a flaming demon skull named Johnson - geddit? - and you'll breathe a huge sigh of relief when you spot a ceramic goat's head perched on a wall, nibbling nonexistent cud.

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