Killer Is Dead Katana Arts And Gigolo Missions Revealed

By Spencer . April 15, 2013 . 10:02pm

Most of these screenshots from Killer is Dead come from the boss battle with Victor, which I saw with Grasshopper Manufacture CEO Goichi Suda explaining how the game works. More details about Mondo Zappa’s katana arts.


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Mondo uses a sword called Gekkou (literally translated as Moonlight) and this weapon has the unique power to absorb the blood of his enemies. Your basic attacks in the game are a slash, guard, and dodge to evade. Mondo also has his interchangeable mecha arm, which we’ll get to in a bit. After you absorb enough blood Gekkou glows blue and Mondo does more damage plus his attacks chain into combos.


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On top of a basic block, Mondo has a just guard technique. If you press guard right when an enemy attacks you can momentarily stunt hem. So, if you’re good at timing attacks you can stagger enemies with a block and follow up with a slashing combo. Alternatively, you can dodge attacks, which is a good technique to use when you want to close distance between you and enemy. Mondo’s gun arm gives him a long range attack. If you can land a head shot you can kill some enemies in one hit.



Here’s a look at the regular enemies. The Guard Weak and Big Guard are members of the Wires. Guard Weak is a small fry enemy armed with a stun rod or a shield or a machine gun. The Big Guard is a large dude with a rotating blade weapon or a huge mace.


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Killer is Dead isn’t all blood and guts. The game has romance too… kind of. Gigolo missions have Mondo seduce women. Natalia, a 27 year old from Brazil called the "Pheromone",  is one of the women Mondo meets in Killer is Dead. They start the night at a hotel bar where they grab a drink to break the ice. If you fail to impress Natalia and try to make a move she might slap you. On the other hand if you can increase her feelings to the max you can win her heart by giving her a present.


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Mondo has a tool to help him in gigolo missions called Gigolo Glasses, which let you literally see through a woman’s heart and body. There are two kinds of glasses one with a pink frame and black sunglasses. When you put on the black sunglasses this happens…


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Killer is Dead is slated for a summer release in North America care of Xseed. Deep Silver will release the game in Europe.



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  • Rafael Monteiro

    Looks like No More Heroes and Shadows of the Damned had a threesome with Lollipop Chainsaw

    • Zal_Yagun

      And after the long ordeal, Killer7 enters the room locks them in, and sprays them in its essence.

      • Asura

        Oh I really hope so; no Suda game actually took on the essence from Killer 7 up to this point and I really really really hope that changes.

  • Fr33Kingdom

    I can’t wait. This reminds me of running across Paula’s body in Shadows of the damned.

  • JustThisOne

    X-ray glasses is a nice touch, but I don’t see that winning any points with the ladies. Nice view, of course, but she ain’t gonna love you for it. :P

    • ShadowDivz

      Thats why you dont tell her

  • KyoyaHibari

    Needs moar Karas.

  • Any option to hit on his boss?

    • puchinri

      For a second, I thought you meant the bosses in battle, and I got really excited and thought that’d be fun and hilarious.

  • Go2hell66

    every time he puts on the glasses they should play this

  • Yeah. I’m sold.

  • Göran Isacson

    … Huh. That took an unexpected turn into the sillier parts. Not sure what to think about it yet, could be fun, could be kind of jarring considering the tone the rest of the game sets. I honestly think I would have preferred they play the game a bit more seriously, but hopefully the see-through Gigolo Glasses are optional.

  • Ouch My Head Said Dionysus

    Jesus Suda, kind of offensive

    • Ouch My Head Said Dionysus
    • puchinri

      Kind of sad how many downvotes that got. Even though it didn’t bother me as much as I thought that would, I still had a heavy sigh and that feeling that comes with it. (But I should kill all my hopes now of good handling in this department for his other game.)

      • Awaiting HD remake of Flower Sun and Rain where instead of solving numerical riddles, Sumio Mondo ogles babes in their underwear!

    • At first I thought the whole Gigolo Mode thing was kind of gross. Then I read about the Gigolo Glasses, and thought it was pretty funny. Then I saw what the Gigolo Glasses DO, and went back to thinking it was kind of gross.

      • puchinri

        It is pretty gross and disappointing. I can’t even conceive why they thought to add it (I feel like Suda is pandering harder more and more with each title after NMH).

    • Edzo04

      sexy dating sim mini game = offensive? no

      • puchinri

        If it was just the dating sim minigame part, that wouldn’t be offensive. It’s the part where you look at the woman’s underwear (supposedly without her knowing/consenting) that is fairly offensive (and for no reason that seems to apply to the game’s mechanics at that).

  • gamefreak86

    Day one. Backlog is making me cry.

  • vileBrenman

    Soo.. He has Boob vision glasses

  • KingRuff

    I wonder if they will make the glasses a pre-order bonus? Seriously though, this game is starting to sound pretty good…or maybe I’m just a sucker for any action game with swords in it. Either way I’m fairly excited for this game.

  • Kyle Solis

    Japanese Devs: 1
    Femanazis : 0

    • puchinri

      Aside from the mispelling, this kind of comment is kind of a rude generalization and you may want to consider the point you’re trying to make (and the implications you’re making).

      • Caleb

        What implications is he making, that this game looks amazing BUT is going to get a negative response from a select few who think women are being objectified?

        • Ouch My Head Said Dionysus

          Feminism is equated with Adolph Hitler how, now?

          • ShadowDivz

            Usually, because of the way they go about it.

          • SuperBrother

            Then you don’t know a whole lot about feminism.

        • puchinri

          To me, there was the implication of “feminists are going to whine and hate anything with sexuality (no matter how problematic it is anyway),” and using that word kind of slanders those who are feminists, no matter how extreme, etc.

          Honestly, some of the female characters are being objectified here, and it’s okay to critique that and still enjoy the game for what it is. We don’t need to skirt around the issue, and creating drama where there isn’t any is unnecessary and counter-productive (and to imply that we can’t call out the problem is another issue in itself).

          The game still be amazing, and it probably will be tons of fun, but Suda and team obviously aren’t being shy about the objectification. (At least he’s usually a bit cheeky or more modest even.)

          • SuperBrother

            Thanks you for being a voice of sense here. video game website comment sections can get pretty disgusting with regard to women sometimes glad it hasn’t gone too far here.

          • puchinri

            Yeahhh. Siliconera has that problem too, but I am very glad that the conversaton at least has a few voices that actually understand.

    • SuperBrother

      I’ll just sit over here and bathe in the misogyny, yeah?

  • Solomon_Kano

    Suda’s sense of humor never ceases to amuse me. I can’t wait for this!

  • l777l

    The black glasses seem distracting.

  • Paradox me

    Pretty hyped for the game proper, not so much the ridiculous sounding Gigolo missions. Hopefully they’re optional.

  • XiaomuArisu

    Metal Gear Rising meets No More Heroes meets total insanity….

  • This game is going to be so cool lol

  • Agley

    Look – the problem with ‘gigolo missions’ is that they’re going to make some people feel awkward/excluded. Imagine (if you’re a straight male :p) how you’d feel if Mondo had no shirt, wore leather chaps with a visible bulge and after each mission went to a gay bar where you selected which muscle-man you’d let pick you up.

    If you think that sounds fun, well, it’s not like these sidequests are offensive to all women either. But can you at least understand how sad it is that totally unnecessary content could keep someone from playing what looks to be a damn awesome game? Suda51 should be for everyone, and even if this is the sort of thing that makes you feel warm and fuzzy inside, it’s good to respect that a little less sex appeal for you means an entire game experience for someone else :3

    • Edzo04

      you play as a straight guy in the game so you seduce women. this makes sense and shouldnt offend anyone but im sure it will. i think this mode looks very fun and *giggle* rewarding. also i loved the bulges in saints row 3 and im straight

      • puchinri

        I think it’s more that the gigolo missions don’t really add anything to the game except fanservice, and the length they go to add it can be at a bit of a loss for some.

        Personally, it’s not offensive to me having a dating sim-like element in a game (though disappointing that these options do go to overwhelmingly male exclusive titles), but what comes along with it.

        Given this is also Suda, to me, this just feels like pandering more than anything. But who knows, maybe I just didn’t know/understand Suda as well as I thought I did.

        • JustThisOne

          Honestly, I have no problem with having to romance ladies at bars. But the fact that these x-ray glasses are supposed to help you score makes no sense to me. xD

          If they were going to throw in fanservice like this, I would have at least liked it to make a little more sense… I’m kind of hoping that Suda’s throwing this in for some reason and not purely for fanservice. Maybe he’ll throw in a fourth wall breaking mind screw when you check out a lady with the glasses on. Or maybe some of these ladies won’t be ladies…

          • puchinri

            Haha, exactly how I feel! It could be fun seeing if you’re suave enough and not to get slapped (or funny just getting slapped), but the glasses are what took it overboard (and for even less reason, lol).

            It’s Suda, and that’s why I’m disappointed right now. He does such quirky things; like you said, if this is just fanservice then I’m going to be very disappointed in him and the game. But I would love if it proved to be like you said~! (Especially if some of the ladies aren’t ladies, I’m really curious about how Mondo would handle that.)

    • puchinri

      Thank you for stating that eloquently and politely~.

  • ShadowDivz

    If you fail to impress Natalia and try to make a move she might slap you.

    His arm transforms into a freakin’ gun!
    If that doesn’t impress a girl nothing will.

    • puchinri

      Well, given that might be somewhat normal for this world (or at least, a certain line of people), I’d say he’d have to do better than that. Now if he picked her up for a date with a mecha? Then I’d say that’s impressive.

  • Those screenshots look pretty good. That is some really nice work they did with the shaders on this game.

  • Hachio

    I like this game.

  • Vash bane


    action game? check

    sword? check

    cyborg looking main character? check

    fan service? check
    and? I MUST have this game *o*

  • AndyLC

    My god, killing AND dating? GOTY

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