Killer 7 PC Review
Release Date: November 15th, 2018
Developer: GRASSHOPPER MANUFACTURE
Platforms: PC (Reviewed), PS2 and GC
Killer7 it starts off with a few more options than I remember on GameCube. Players get to pick some resolution options, and if they want to play with mouse and keyboard or controller. I decided I would try the controller and maybe think about the mouse.
Personally I first played Killer7 last year, it had been on my want list for a long time. Right away I can see the PC version is a very good port. This may be the best and easiest way to play this obscure game and at $20 this is a decent deal. The GameCube version has been hovering around $40 and for those of you with PS2s, that version can be found for under $15.
The game has players playing as a Harman Smith an elderly man who has access to several different personalities. Some of these include violence-loving Dan Smith who is an ex-cop with a large and powerful revolver. Mask de Smith is a luchador who favours a pair of grenade launchers. Kaede Smith uses a scoped pistol and can reveal secrets by harming herself. There are more personalities to discover, but the general idea is you can switch between them anytime.
The story is baffling and takes some weird turns. The game is one part 3rd person action adventure, and one part 1st person shooter. The enemies are strange and to kill most of them players have to build up their vials of blood by hitting enemies in certain spots.
The game has no free roaming camera, players cannot adjust it. Players move on a strange rail systems, backwards, forwards and turning if the game lets them. So an odd story, a stange control scheme and cell shaded graphics, these may seem strange to modern gamers. But trust me, when you hear the creepy laughter of an enemy and you get to unleash some destruction, the game gets fun.
I enjoy Suda51’s modern games, Shadows of the Damned, No More Heroes, Killer is Dead and to an extent Lollipop Chainsaw, all of them are unique. Killer is Dead is pretty bizarre too. Killer 7 is worth a playthrough especially if you are one of those gamers who has never played it, The controls have not aged the best and I quickly found out it's easier to hit enemies with the mouse controls. But for $20, give it a shot and enjoy this odd game from the PS2/GC era.
Big thanks to the publisher for letting us review this great game.