Killer7 is a 2005 action-adventure video game for the GameCube and PlayStation 2. It was written and directed by Goichi Suda, also known by the nickname Suda51, and produced by Hiroyuki Kobayashi. The player controls the on-screen character, a member of the killer7 group, from a third-person view using the gamepad. The remastered version of Killer7 for Windows was released in 2018.
About Killer7 in brief
Killer7 is a 2005 action-adventure video game for the GameCube and PlayStation 2. It was written and directed by Goichi Suda, also known by the nickname Suda51, and produced by Hiroyuki Kobayashi. The player controls the on-screen character, a member of the killer7 group, from a third-person view using the gamepad. The game features first-person shooter elements and a unique on rails control scheme, but the core adventure-style gameplay has been compared to Myst and Snatcher. It received polarized reviews due to its unconventional control scheme and complex noir plot. The remastered version of Killer7 for Windows was released in 2018, and the successful launch of No More Heroes was announced as a follow-up to the game’s release in 2011. It is one of the few games to have been released outside of Japan, and is considered one of Suda 51’s most successful works to date. It has been described as a “stylized arthouse” game with a “thought-provoking” story and an “unconventional” control scheme with restricted movement and a “strange” story line. It takes place in an alternate 21st century where all nuclear weapons are destroyed and the world is ruled by a terrorist group called the 21st Ethics Committee. In an alternate version of 21st Century Earth, the world ends in a nuclear arms treaty with the U.S. However, a new system of air travel and public transportation is replaced by a group of terrorist groups known as the Airways. This event symbolizes world peace and symbolizes the general populace’s desire to express themselves in a new way.
In the game, the player can redeem thick blood for serum, which is used to improve the attributes of the characters such as power and speed. Completing the game unlocks a new difficulty called Killer8 where the character Young Harman can be played along with the original seven personalities. It also unlocks a comical Hopper mode where the first level can beplayed with weaker enemies that wear grass masks, mirroring the developer Grasshopper Manufacture’s logo. It can also be played with the character Garcian Smith, who can be used to retrieve the fallen character’s head and bring them back to life; if Garcian dies, then the game ends. Players may save their game in designated Harman’s Rooms. Some puzzles require the talents of a specific killer7 member. Other puzzles require magical rings or other items collected throughout the game that can only be obtained by defeating a number of enemies before they can be awakened. This also unlocks special abilities for the characters, such as the ability to recover stamina and fuel special abilities. In one level, players can re-play the game with one of Harman Smith for one more mission. This mode is more difficult than the original mode with most enemies able to kill the player with an attack. In this level, most enemies can be killed by the player using an attack that wears grass masks.