Fans of Devil May Cry and Bayonetta will feel right at home slicing and dicing enemies in KILLER IS DEAD. Newcomers will also pick things up extremely quickly thanks to a gentle learning curve, on-screen tutorial prompts and simple controls for attacking, dodging and shooting. Mondo's katana is his main weapon, but his cybernetic left arm can also be used as a gun or later upgraded with other objects such as a drill.
Defeating enemies, known as Wires, across the 12 missions lets Mondo absorb blood, which is used up whenever you shoot or perform a finishing move. Later in the game, enemies are only vulnerable if you manage to dodge their attack at the last second, allowing you to unleash a combo of your own.
Gigolo missions are your chance to earn extra weapons. The game switches to a first-person view as you attempt to woo a female character by gazing at her face and body. This raises your guts meter until you're courageous enough to give her a present, which in turn fills a series of hearts. Fill all the hearts and a new weapon is yours, but if she catches you gawping for too long then you lose out.
There are also special challenges against the clock for further rewards, such as defusing five time bombs, shooting down 50 power cells, or crashing into at least 25 Wires across four laps on a motorcycle.