'Killer is Dead' Trailers Show Off Wild Action, Zany Dating Mini Game [VIDEOS]

By Mike Andronico , Updated Jun 01, 2013 11:09 AM EDT
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Between last generation's Killer 7 and last year's Lollipop Chainsaw, Goichi Suda (better known as Suda 51) has become famous for providing over-the-top action experiences to both Japanese and American audiences. And if the recently released trailers for his new game Killer is Dead is any indication, Suda's taste for the outrageous has only grown stronger.

Kotaku showed off a few new trailers for Killer is Dead, with the first one focusing on the title's core gameplay. Killer is Dead boasts a fluid, cel-shaded look, and the game's hero Mondo Zappa packs an arm-cannon and sword while being able to teleport around the environment with ease. Fans of slash-and-shoot-em-ups like Bayonetta and Devil May Cry will find plenty to love here, as the trailer shows off a steady mix of improvised combos and button-mashing quick-time events. For those waiting for one of Suda's signature bizzare villains pop up, fret not: You will fight a boss character who rides a tiger.

The second trailer is decidedly more strange. Killer is Dead will pack a dating minigame called "Gigolo Mode" (you read that right) in which our hero earns points for blatantly staring down a female at a bar. Once you rack up enough points, you earn a pair of x-ray glasses that allow you to see even more of your new lady friend (This all earns you in-game health by the way). It's innapropriate, it's wierd, and it couldn't fit better inside of a Suda 51 game.

For those interested in swords, guts, and, um, gigolos, Killer is Dead launches in Japan on August 1 for PS3 and Xbox 360. No word yet on whether the title is connected to 2005's Killer 7 or if an American release is on the way, but stateside Suda fans are certainly hoping for the latter. Many Suda 51 games such as No More Heroes and Killer 7 have found their way to Nintendo consoles, but Killer is Dead's even more over-the-top nature may prove to be a bit much for the family-friendly Wii U.

What do you think of Killer is Dead? Are you ready to slash up baddies with unprecedented fluidity, or are you just looking forward to getting your mack on at the bar?

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