Yet another fantastic production by the man himself, Goich Suda.
In Killer is Dead you take the role of Mondo Zappa, an assassin from Bryan's Execution Agency that wields a Katana named Gekkou with his right arm and possesses a robotic left arm, and you must fulfill the assassination of a certain target. First things first, this is a very episodic game, there's 12 chapters and most of them are unrelated to each other, minus a few ends that get tied up as you go along. This is an action game, and a very straightforward one at that. Stages are mostly linear, with an occasional puzzle every now and then that's very easy to solve. That's not to say exploration isn't encouraged, as there are plenty of secrets hidden among stages, if you can find them.
Besides the health meter, there is the Blood meter. This meter increases when you grab certain enemy drops or as you attack enemies, and these allow you to use any of Mondo's four different sub-weapons(Normal Shot, Freeze Shot, Drill and Charge Shot). You also get access to an instant-kill move that works on any normal enemy, although there are a couple of armored enemies that must be dizzied first. When killed, enemies will drop a mixture of 5 different items: Moon Ore, used to buy upgrades, Health refills, Blood Refills, Health Upgrades, which grant permanent Health boosts, or Blood Upgrades, which provide permanent Blood boosts. As stated, you can upgrade a couple of Mondo's moves and even buy a couple of new ones. There's not a whole lot of them, but you'll probably be missing many of them after the game ends.
Speaking of Scarlet, her Gigolo Missions are a bit different. During most of the 12 main chapters you can run across her, if you find her as she is hiding, and she will unlock different challenge missions. Challenge missions offer a nice variety, and they get quite challenging by the end. Besides the money you get after completing each challenge, you also get points towards unlocking the scenes with Scarlet, should you want to watch awkward 3D sex. While all of these sound plentiful, the game is a bit on the short the side, particularly if you don't plan on replaying side-missions for the money.
It's easy to tell thatI loved this game. I have almost no gripes at all. Maybe the insanity of the game might take people not familiar with Suda by surprise, as characters hardly react when coming across aliens or ghosts, they treat it as nothing out of the ordinary. There's also the tacky Gigolo Missions that the game could've been done without. Still, despite everything, I had a blast with it, I had planned on playing a bit yesterday before going to bed, next thing I know it's 9:00 AM. It's really good.
9.0 out of 10.