There's certainly no shortage of bargains in Steam's Autumn Sale, but I'd highly recommend sparing some dollars for the freshly-pressed PC version of GRASSHOPPER MANUFACTURE's killer7. The bizarre, yet compelling on-rails FPS came out almost 13 years ago on PS2 and GameCube and now we can all enjoy it — again, or for the first time — in what by all accounts is a stellar port from Dutch studio Engine Software BV.
Last night, I continued my playthrough of Suda51's cult classic Killer7 on Kotaku's Twitch channel. The game has a reputation for being weird, and as I keep playing I'm discovering that its unflinching dedication to not explaining a damn thing is one of its most compelling quirks.
Being a new release, the game's only discounted by 10 per cent, bringing to down to $21.55 (from $23.95). Mind you, that's still cheaper than it was a decade ago.
For those unfamiliar with killer7, here's a snippet from the game's description:
Dive into a dark world of underground assassins in a tale of revenge as Harman Smith, a man who manifests 7 deadly personalities into the real world, known as the killer7.
Take control of this distinct murderers' row as they hunt down the sinister Kun Lan, to stop his plan of world dominance, and end his organization of deadly suicide bombers known as "Heaven Smile."
According to Steam reviews, it's a "solid port" that "runs flawlessly with no issues at 60 FPS". In addition, the game has received "cool features" tailored for PC, including " fast Smiths swapping with the numpad" and "in-game control remapping options".
If you want to see some gameplay, NIS America released a playthrough with writer/director Goichi "Suda15" Suda to promote the release.
Yes, it's a bit weird. But good weird.