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Deadly Premonition, Killer Is Dead Arrive On Games On Demand

By Ryan Winslett 2013-09-16 16:41:47 discussion comments
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XSEED games is providing a double dose of action, adventure, gore and street-rat insanity this week, offering up cult suspense horror game Deadly Premonition and over-the-top beat-em-up Killer is Dead through the Games on Demand service on Xbox Live.

Get ready for a one-two-punch of bizarre and intriguing fun as Deadly Premonition finally hits the Xbox 360’s digital scene for $19.99 with Killer is Dead clocking in at $49.99.

Originally released back in 2010, Deadly Premonition went on to become one of the most critically polarizing games of any console generation, earning review scores that quite literally ran the gamut, boasting final rulings of one star all the way up to perfect 10s.

Later released on the PlayStation 3 and even more recently on the PC, Deadly Premonition puts the player in control of FBI special agent Francis York Morgan who, with the help of his mysterious friend, Zach, must solve the case of a murdered young beauty in the sleepy town of Greenvale.

You can check out our review of the PS3 Director’s Cut of the game for the full skinny, but put briefly: I absolutely adored this oddball delight. Everything about the game feels out of place, from the questionable driving and antiquated graphics to the stilted dialogue and insane cast of characters. But as it turns out, Deadly Premonition is uniformly crazy enough in all of the right places to come together and create a wholly unique, wholly enjoyable package.

I can fully understand why someone would be utterly turned off by a game like Deadly Premonition but, for those who are intrigued enough and willing to dig deep into the game’s abundant supply of content, there’s something truly special to be discovered.



Killer is Dead will likely garner a similar cult following, as is often the case with director Goichi Suda’s offerings. More style than substance, Killer is Dead puts the player in control of Mondo Zappa, a newly hired executioner who takes on jobs that require him to snuff out societies most heinous members.

While I wasn’t a fan of the game’s mostly optional escort missions, I quite enjoyed the fast-as-hell action and bombastic presentation. Suda’s trademark crazy cast and off-the-wall plot are strong with this one, making for a shorter, yet totally entertaining action romp.

And now you can play either (or both) of them on your Xbox 360 without ever having to put on pants and head to your local shop. Look for Deadly Premonition and Killer is Dead on Games on Demand starting today.
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