Killer is dead killed my enthusiasm for Suda51

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I love Goichi Suda. I love him; I love Grasshopper Studios and I love the quirky games they make. Heck, I wrote my Master’s thesis about them, that’s how much I love them. Then Killer is dead came around and pretty much killed all my enthusiasm I got for these games.

See, to me Goichi Suda isn’t just some bloke who creates videogames. He is pretty much one of the very few videogame “auteurs” people can identify immediately by the look and feel of their work. But, Killer is dead is so damn bad. It’s not just the clunky combat, the glitchy graphics and terrible story that ruin the experience. Though they do a pretty admirable job at that. Nope, it’s the Gigolo missions that are the ultimate turn-off to me. Not only are they not fun to play, nope, they are also terribly sexist. I mean, staring at half naked women in order to get a better drill weapon? Are you kidding me?

But somehow, seeing the overly negative response from videogame reviewers, I’m also happy about this. Because it shows that reviewers today at least pay some attention to these things already. At least in the international outlets. Since I live in Europe, I get to read a lot of German videogame reviews too, and they somehow seem to not notice that. It’s weird, really.

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Sexism aside, the writing is all over the place. Most line makes little to no sense, most characters are terribly annoying and after the first three hours of the game, I wouldn’t be able to give you a plot summary, because I’m not even sure the game knows what it is about. Rarely has a game felt this messy to me when it comes to the story.

So, am I looking forward to the next Suda game? Sure, but my interest will be seriously limited and more cautious. Fool me once, shame on you…

4 Gedanken zu “Killer is dead killed my enthusiasm for Suda51

  1. I don’t understand. You say you wrote a thesis on Grasshopper studios. Was it longer than three paragraphs? The only thing you wrote here was that you didn’t like Killer is Dead.

    Okay, great. Almost no one liked this game. It was universally panned. You failed to make any case for how one bad game ruined an entire studio for you. You failed to make any point at all.

    This article is completely pointless. Couldn’t you have just tweeted this? You don’t need more than 140 characters to simply say you didn’t like the game.

    • ” The only thing you wrote here was that you didn’t like Killer is Dead.” – No, I also explain, why I did not like it.
      ” You failed to make any case for how one bad game ruined an entire studio for you.” – I didn’t write that it ruined the studio for me, but focused on how my enthusiasm pretty much disappeared.
      “This article is completely pointless. Couldn’t you have just tweeted this? You don’t need more than 140 characters to simply say you didn’t like the game” – Well, it’s sad you don’t see the point of the article.

  2. Hi. First of all, I would like to apologize for my first post. It was a bit harsh and I’m sorry.

    Secondly, I did understand your article. You said you didn’t like Killer is Dead. But if you “love” Suda 51 so much, then how do you allow one misstep to derail your opinion of him? I say “one” misstep because you only mention Killer is Dead, so I must assume that you were completely on board with Lollipop Chainsaw. But your main complaint about KID is the sexism. Is the rampant sexism in Lollipop more easily dismissed as “quirky,” and therefore forgiven?

    What I read was yet another article piling on about gigolo missions in the game. Well, you’re about a month late. This article has already been written about a thousand times. I would have preferred to know how this one game warped your opinion of a developer who you claim to have loved. Especially when the elements you complain about are present in his other games.

    • Hello,
      Lollipop Chainsaw was, at least in my view, a deconstruction of sexism, since the actual sexism is targeted against men. There are several scenes in the game where objectification is openly and directly critizised. That made it at least partially accepable. It’s also important to keep in mid that LC got a grindhouse feel to it, while KID does not replicate that tone.

      And no, Killer is Dead isn’t just “one” misstep. It does several things completely wrong. The misogyny actually acts as some sort of final insult.

      Also, I don’t care if I am a month late. I have an opinion and a blog and I will publish said opinion on that blog when I want it.

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