Killer is Dead, the latest from Grasshopper Manufacture and Suda 51, is a stylish game, no doubt, but until now we’ve been fairly unaware as to how its gameplay really works.
This latest trailer, spotted by Polygon, is a mix of artsy procrastination to classical music (Chopin’s Etude no. 3 in E major, Op. 10 no. 3, “Tristesse”) and fast hack and slash-y gameplay set to pounding twiddly wank metal.
The gameplay certainly looks slick, reminiscent of this year’s brilliant Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance and certainly a lot more agile than Suda’s last sword and blood assassin affair, No More Heroes. That game focused on mixing high and low attacks with wrestling moves, Killer is Dead looks more about Devil May Cry like gymnastics.
Speaking of Suda 51, Killer is Dead holds added interest for myself as it sees Mr. Goichi Suda back in a more active role. He became more of a brand with Lollipop Chainsaw, Shadows of the Damned, Diabolical Pitch and the like. A name to lure fans of his brand of quirk, his influence more in creating the world than creating the game.
Shadows worked for this, it had Mikami, but Lollipop fell short. Hopefully Killer is Dead can see Grasshopper’s work attain the standard set by Killer 7 and the first No More Heroes.