Achievement Preview Spotlight: Killer is Dead

By Jonathan Barnes, 5 years ago
After conducting a highly scientific poll* via Twitter yesterday, I left it to you, the twittering masses (you do follow us, don't you?) to decide which of three games should earn the coveted spot in our Achievement Preview Spotlight. After minutes hours of waiting and four hundreds and hundreds of replies, a pattern emerged; you all can't make up your mind, democracy is completely and irrevocably broken, and we should all tear at our clothes, howl like wolves, and watch as our women and children cry in despair at the utter failing of populism as we know it.

* In other words, not scientific in the least.

So I picked Killer is Dead. Let's dive in, shall we?


Coming out of Grasshopper Manufacture Inc., I expected Killer is Dead to have a completely uninspired achievement list full of standard Japanese tropes that will force you to be perfect in your execution, collect and wear various costumes, and complete every level on every difficulty.

...and I was right.

By a quick tally, you've got twelve achievements for beating each Episode, three achievements tied to beating the game on "Normal", "Hard", and "Very Hard" modes, ten achievements tied to missions or sub-missions, three achievements surrounding beating missions with an "AAA" rating, and two achievements tied to costumes.

Now that the cat is out of Killer's bag, let's take a look at some of the notable achievements.

The Beatles may have an issue with this achievement, but I don't think Charlie Sheen does.

Cash Enough For Love in Killer is Dead
Have a total of $100 million in cash.

Without knowing just how the currency system in Killer is designed, it's tough to tell how difficult raising $100 million in funds will be. Nevertheless, that's a big number.

In Killer, your right hand will handle primary attacks and special skills while the left hand will handle sub-weapons. Thusly, the next achievement might take some varied focus.

Left-Hand Man in Killer is Dead
Increased all sub-weapons to maximum upgrade level.

If you're anything like me (and who's to say you're not), you tend to find a favorite auxiliary weapon and stick with it. I'm hoping that this achievement was primarily designed to get gamers to vary up their attacks and not stick to the ol' tried and true.

This next achievement has caught my eye simply because my birthday is next week, and I wanted an excuse to bring that to your attention.

Gift Collector in Killer is Dead
Gave a present 50 times or more.

If you're looking to give ME a gift next week, please know that I'm a connoisseur of fine alcohol, I wear an XL t-shirt, and Microsoft Points never go out of style... wait... crap.

Anyway, back to this achievement. Just be a giver. It pays in the long run.

I'm pretty sure this next achievement/gameplay mechanic is required to be in action titles that involve swords.

Feeling So High in Killer is Dead
Sliced an enemy upward and finished it in the air.

Yep. Toss 'em and slice 'em. You know you love it.

OK, grand finale time, the big-boy, Brahma Bull achievement in this list is pretty predictable and will predictably be a pain.

The Mass Murderer is Dead in Killer is Dead
Ranked AAA executioner on 44 missions.

Yep, you're going to have to polish those skills for the stereotypical achievement that you either love going for or hate seeing on the list.

Other high-value targets of note would be Darksider of the Moon (Cleared all episodes on Very Hard Mode), Gigolo Mastership (Cleared all challenge missions), and Mondo's Girls Collection (Collected all female costumes).

As I said at the outset, those familiar with games in the genre could probably predict about 40 of the 47 achievements included in the game, and they'd be right. That being said, fans of the genre should enjoy the achievement retreading when Killer is Dead hits retailers next week.

If there's an upcoming game or DLC pack that you'd like to see featured in the Achievement Preview Spotlight, be sure to let us know in the comments!
Jonathan Barnes
Written by Jonathan Barnes
Jonathan has been a news/views contributor since 2010. When he's not writing reviews, features, and opinion pieces, he spends his days working as an informal science educator and his nights as an international man of mystery.