Killer 7 Review: Is It Worth It?

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Killer 7 Review: Is It Worth It?

Killer 7 is a puzzle inspired action-adventure video game. This game was published by Capcom for PlayStation 2 and GameCube in 2005. Killer 7 glorifies violence, sex and profanity. The subject matter is extremely adult, and the graphics are …. well…graphic. Killer 7 glorifies violence and profanity. Gamers will be thrown into a story that is focused on two main characters and then players will take control of one main character. Now for the twist in this one the character happens to have seven different personalities! Let’s dive into whether or not this game is worth the time and money.

More of a Puzzle than Action-Adventure

Killer 7 Screenshot
You never know what puzzles you’ll need to solve next or what guns will point at you.

Exploring is almost too linear. Players have different paths that they can take but don’t have unlimited freedom in a 3D environment. In this way the game plays kind of like Myst. It’s not that it’s bad but it’s just something that we’re not used to with today’s action-adventure games.

Puzzle solving blends traditional and obscure solutions that will always keep players guessing. Just keep an eye out for weird things such as words, numbers and sequences that appear in strange places, players will be able to use them later.

Another aspect of the puzzles is using the right character for the right job. Some of their skills include invisibility, the ability to pick locks, speed running, wrestling, knife throwing and sniping. It’s kind of like the Fantastic Four with three more. They are led by a wheelchair bound geriatric named Harmen Smith. All of the characters have the last name Smith and seem to come from within Harman himself. It’s just another mystery that will keep gamers playing through to the end. In a bizarre twist skill are upgraded by collecting the enemy’s blood. There is both thick and thin blood. The thick blood will help you level-up and the thin blood will help revive and replenish characters.

Storyline of Killer 7

Killer 7 storyline screenshot
Be ready to shoot your way out of sticky situations.

In the future, terrorism takes on a new face in the form of a group called the Heaven Smile. They are like insane, zombie suicide bombers. The United States calls on Killer 7 which features a group of seven of the world’s best warriors, all with different skills. They will explore, solve puzzles and shoot at the enemy with a variety of deadly weapons. The blood will flow, and the limbs will fly.

Harman Smith is the troubled man with this problem. Players will be thrown into his role and mind as he switches into each personality. The game takes a time leap and soon you learn that maybe Harmon is not crazy at all. The plot is uncovered and by using Harmans different personalities you must put a stop to this terrible plot to overtake the world. Granted not your typical story line and certainly a first for GC owners. Here is a brief part of the story from Capcom: Years have passed, and violence and instability have started to plague developed nations. People with crazed and distorted smiles are appearing throughout the world. Anyone with this Heaven’s Smile becomes violent and begins attacking anyone within close proximity.

Something to Look Forward To

Killer 7 Harman Smith
Harem Smith on his way to confront his enemy.

The shooting is the most fun, but it’s marred by poor controls. It’s as though the control system was designed for a PC and ported to the GC and/or PS2, neither system faring any better than the other in terms of control. It will take some time to get used to, but it is absolutely essential to master in order to progress.

The cutscenes are amazing. Players will definitely want to show their friends these clips. They are well acted and look great with cel shading which makes it look like it just came out of a Heavy Metal magazine.

Final Thoughts

The gameplay seems like it was an afterthought, but it manages to get the job done. Killer 7 is unlike any other game. It’s not perfect but it’s definitely got a vibe. It’s bound to appeal to critics that are always looking for something new – having played so many clones. It’s like the equivalent of jazz music. It’s not going to appeal to everyone, but it really speaks to those that are looking for something fresh. Although you will have to wrestle with the control system, some obscure puzzles and linear paths, Killer 7 is definitely a sign of things to come. Rent it by all means.

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