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.
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…