Good Game: Killer7 (GC)

Another Good Game

Today its Killer7 a 2005 action-adventure game developed by Grasshopper Manufacture, and published by Capcom for the Nintendo GameCube and PlayStation 2. The game was written and directed by Goichi Suda, also known by the nickname Suda51, and produced by Hiroyuki Kobayashi.

The game follows an elite group of assassins called the “killer7”. The assassins, physical manifestations of a man named Harman Smith, perform hits on behalf of the United States government. Through these missions, the killer7 uncover a deeper conspiracy regarding the role of Japan in U.S. politics and secrets about the nature of their organisation. Killer7 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.

Killer7 was Suda51’s first game released outside Japan. It received polarized reviews due to its unconventional control scheme, linear gameplay, and complex noir plot. While some reviewers appreciated the stripped-down controls and stylized art house approach, others panned it as confusing and restricting. However, the game’s soundtrack, presentation, visual style and thought-provoking story received generally positive responses from critics and considered as the best aspects of the game and lead to several accolades and nominations. Killer7’s cult appeal led to remakes of Suda51’s older works, a remastered version of Killer7 for Microsoft Windows released in 2018, and the successful launch of the a new game called No More Heroes.

Watch the video I made below showing about the first 37 minutes of the game.

Video:

Killer7 Gameplay.

Developer: Grasshopper Manufacture.
Publisher: Capcom.
Platform: Nintendo GameCube.
Release: 9th June 2005 (JP), 7th July 2005 (NA), 15th July 2005 (EU).
Genre: Action-adventure, and Rail Shooter.