There’s nothing else quite like it, for better or worse
Killer7 was always in the background for me, this game I had heard was unique in a love-it-or-hate-it kinda way. I may have even already owned it because of its reputation for being interesting, but it was hearing this quote from Yahtzee Croshaw that finally made me fire it up:
“There we were, living our gray, predictable lives, playing our gray, predictable games when along came Killer7 in a technicolor dream coat … showing exactly what could be done when you flout all established convention and just start exploring what can really be done with gaming as an art form.”
And sure enough, whatever your feelings about this game, “gray and predictable” it ain’t. It is one of the most unique games I’ve ever played, and that’s coming from someone who’s pretty obsessed with unique games. It’s a mash-up of genres and mechanics (puzzle-solving, exploration, first-person shooting) set against a bizarre narrative and cel-shaded visuals. Each of the individual parts of the game have significant shortcomings, but they come together to form a unified vision that ultimately works. It’s not the best game I’ve played this year, but it is one of the most interesting and memorable, and that’s no small praise.