Killer is Dead Retro-Analysis for Xbox Series X
I come back one more day with a scan, but this time picking up an Xbox 360 title from the Memory Vault. Hand of Suda51 The title called Killer is Dead came to us in 2013, a particular game with a rather unique aesthetic. The studio responsible is known for other hard-to-categorize games such as Lollipop Chainsw (2012) and No More Heroes (2008). As you see, I like to bring you different things that you maybe overlooked back then, but thanks to the improved backwards compatibility, it’s still a good time to read them.
Timeless audiovisual work
You can’t talk about Killer is Dead without getting into the art and sound section. In works like these, the audiovisual section is always essential. The title opts for a comic book style cut with intense color and blurry effects on the screen. Even the contrast applied to dark areas can be aggressive or annoying. In some situations, it’s like trying to watch a movie with dark settings in a room that is too bright. By removing this, the staging comes together and even after 8 years have passed since the premiere
Obviously, playing on Xbox Series X we can enjoy a completely stable frame rate and the maximum resolution allowed by the title. Without forgetting additional details like Auto HDR next-generation consoles from Microsoft. What brings us a new spectrum of colors to capture the work of Goichi Suda. However, we don’t just live on graphics, as Killer is Dead sports a very striking and well-organized soundtrack to accompany every situation. From punk rock to classical music, every moment has its climax.
As for the decorations, I can confirm that there is a good variety between them and a lot of creativity in their design.. There is no doubt that the spirit from which all these traditions and this staging come is an authentic chaos of ideas and colors. I always enjoy finding games that explore more dreamlike and intangible ideas when it comes to capturing the places we walk through during the game. The whole thing turned in a succession of strange, disturbing and very insane moments. The game plays all the costumes of madness and mental imbalance.
If we focus on the plot, which is not mucus, we do not find uA story of about 5 or 6 hours depending on the ability of each. As we could see in the retro-analysis of Asura’s Wrath, this title too bet to bring anime into the world of video games. And it is not a question of aesthetics, but of how to tell the story and of separation by chapters. In addition, each chapter has its presentation and the opening of a few seconds of the game. As for the text that turns the plot, we could classify it more as seinen than shonen.
Simple but effective hack n slash
Be serious. This is not an anime website, we are here for video games. Killer is Dead is a time hack n slash. A frenzied third-person action title. Combat is based on hitting with X, breaking defense with Y, and dodging or blocking with B, depending on whether we are still or moving. Added to this are secondary ranged weapons and new acquired movements. What looks like three buttons eventually turns into combos, dodges, counterattacks, and various charged attacks. If we acquire improvements for the character, the action becomes varied and quite addicting.
Other than that, if we stun the enemies we can execute it directly, that’s the only way to kill some of them. Boss fights offer memorable duels in a wide variety of settings and with very philosophical endings. Best of all, there is a light layer of RPG through which we passively and actively improve the character.. If we eliminate enemies, we improve health and the amount of blood, which is used to fire secondary weapons or to heal ourselves. While skills are purchased with Moon Ore.
Like I said, the game lasts about 5 or 6 hours. However, Like any good Xbox 360 action game, there are a number of additional content and post-campaign goals.. With each chapter passed, new sub-objectives and additional missions related to the scenarios visited appear. These missions keep being kill kills to learn more about lore and rack up money and upgrades. Apart from that we have the conquests, which far from violence focus on romance.
There are a number of female characters that we can build “carnal” relationships with if we can win their hearts. In true Japanese style, a mini-game of exchanging gifts and indecent glances can lead us to another kind of climax. Far from being just an excuse to put erotic-festive content in the game, if we move forward in these conquests we will unlock secondary weapons and useful items for the character. Nothing is wasted in the Suda51 game.
Finally, Killer is Dead is one of those works worth playing at least once.. One of those games that is rare today between such an open world and a third person adventure with a camera on the shoulder. If you are looking for a game with the scent of a generation gone by (although there are already 2) you are up against a good candidate. However, we have to assume that the game is 8 years old and suffers from playable shortcomings which have been fixed over time. Since this is a retro-analysis, I won’t be reviewing the game, but will call it a recommended experience.