Killer Is Dead split opinion right up the middle (with a great big cel shaded katana), but we can all agree that £5.59 is a cheap deal for the Nightmare Edition courtesy of Funstock Digital and their #FUNRICE voucher code.
Make sure to use voucher code #FUNRICE for the extra discount! Then make sure to click here and read our Killer Is Dead review before checking around for more, since most of my peers actively disliked the game. You should also be advised that the PC version seems to hate dual-cores, according to user reviews. In good news, the Nightmare Edition contains extra content and a harder difficulty setting versus the original release.
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.
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Wednesday saw the first day of Gamescom proper as the press and trade visitors descended upon the Koelnmesse in swarms. We give our overview of an eventful first day that saw us checking out the likes of Beyond: Two Souls, Octodad: Dadliest Catch, Dark Souls, Wasteland 2, and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. Elsewhere, my microphone breaks, Toby proves to be huge hit with just about everyone, and we can't get the Peggle 2 music out of our heads.
Seriously, it's slowly driving me insane.
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.Click here to read more...
The latest Killer Is Dead trailer resembles a brainwashing device; flashing unpleasantly between numerous extremely fast cuts and odd lines of text while Chopin plays in the background. Don't say I didn't warn you.
Killer Is Dead releases in August on PS3 and Xbox 360, boasting slick combat, a gorgeous cel-shaded art style and what appears to be incredibly tasteless gigolo missions.Click here to read more...
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?
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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.Click here to read more...
Killer Is Dead is still looking gorgeous, though admittedly, this latest trailer is just January's reveal video with an English dub. Still, hyped as we are for Goichi Suda's next game, we'll take it. Deep Silver are handling EU publishing duty, ahead of this summer's expected release on Xbox 360 and PS3.
Note that both English audio and Japanese audio with English subtitles will be available. I personally favour the latter.Click here to read more...
In this week's Game Buzz we kick off with a look at the love that the PS4's been getting from certain quarters, including apparently making Suda51 "horny"; we have a gander at the Xi5 Piston saga and the divisive price point at which it's been placed; we ask if Call of Duty really has ruined a generation of FPS players; we discuss whether or not we'd like to see a third game in American McGee's Alice series; we chat briefly about the God of War trophy controversy; and Jon delivers his verdict on the Army of Two demo.
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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.
Following speculation that XSEED might be publishing Grasshopper Manufacture's Killer Is Dead, in the wake of the US publisher registering domain names that seemed to pertain to the game in question, XSEED have moved to distance themselves from such a notion.Click here to read more...
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.Click here to read more...
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.
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.
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."Click here to read more...
The latest project from Grasshopper Manufacture and Digital Reality (the Sine Mora dream team) will arrive on Xbox Live Arcade next week: a sidescroller that clearly pays homage to Monty Python & The Holy Grail. And looks like one of Terry Gilliam's animations.
Black Knight Sword certainly looks the part, full of blood and offbeat weirdness. Matt has some further gameplay observations for you, in which he may have used the phrase "Terry Gilliam on crack." We'll call it a draw.Click here to watch the Black Knight Sword trailer >>
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.Click here to read more...
A chainsaw wielding, shirt-busting, zombie-slaying cheerleader. Well, it's not the worst way to get your average gamer's attention. In many ways it's professional gaming auteur headcase, Suda51's most accessible title. The humour can be a bit pointlessly crude at times, but there are some surprisingly well-written scenes between Juliet and her boyfriend's head (attached to her skirt in decapitated form FYI). The action is energetic stuff with kicks, pompoms and a ruddy big chainsaw being your tools of zombie annihilation amidst showers of blood and sparkles. So yeah, it's a bit mental and a fiver cheaper at Amazon than anywhere else too.
Platforms: PS3 | Xbox 360 (reviewed)
Developer: Grasshopper Manufacture
Publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive | Kadokawa Games
Juliet Starling is an ordinary 18-year old. She's one of the most popular girls in school, captain of the Cheerleading team and totally in love with her wholesome beefcake boyfriend Nick. She loves lollipops and shopping. She's well adjusted, comes from a loving nuclear family and gets reasonable grades at San Romero high.
Oh, and did I mention that she's a Zombie Hunter who beheads the undead with a massive chainsaw while wearing her cheerleading miniskirt? All while her boyfriend's animated severed head dangles from her belt?
This is a Suda51 game, after all. The
demented genius auteur behind Killer7 and Shadows Of The Damned is at his reckless, most inventive best here, creating a grindhouse slasher flick overlain by a candy-sweet tweeny visual style. Unbridled sexploitation, streams of vicious profanity, upskirts and gory ultraviolence go hand in hand with rainbows and pixie dust; brought to life by a slick and darkly hilarious script from Slither writer James Gunn. Lollipop Chainsaw is a visually exciting, styish and anarchic romp, and one that makes no apologies for being as dumb as it is brilliant, unpredictable fun.
However, there's no denying that Grasshopper Manufacture have gone out of their way to court as much controversy as possible. Perceived sexism and objectification permeates every aspect of the experience, and has already outraged more than its fair share of pundits and gamers. As such, this review will need to tread some divisive ground... and answer a more basic question. Behind the rainbows, gore and glitter, is Lollipop Chainsaw actually a good game?
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