Game music of the day: Killer 7

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June 23, 2010


Game: Killer7

Song: Emoticon

Composer: Masafumi Takada

Above: Emoticon by Masafumi Takada

Killer 7 is a divisive game, in large part because of its bizarreness. Like Actraiser (yesterday's Game Music of the Day), it combines two disparate genres, but where Actraiser's gameplay is divided neatly into sections of sidescrolling platformer and SimCity-style overworld creation, Killer 7's gameplay isn't so easy to describe.  Its unusual, highly stylized on-rails shooter/puzzle gameplay was offputting at best to many critics, and even those who rate Killer 7 highly would agree that its visual style surpasses its actual gameplay.

So with all that emphasis on Killer 7's strikingly artistic visuals, it's easy to forget how its soundtrack also played a part in shaping its world and characters. Masafumi Takada's soundtrack is incredibly strong from start to finish, consisting of a moody, atmosphereric base punctuated with spikes of manic energy. Our first pick, Emoticon, is a laid back, loungy track with an eerie synthesized organ melody. In contrast, here's another, more upbeat dance track called Rave On:

Above: Rave On by Masafumi Takada

Aside from the soundtrack, the rest of the audio in Killer 7 is superb too, from the cackling of Heaven Smile to the vaguely unsettling, scratchy synthesized jibberish voices:

This is one of those rare games that's worth playing purely for the aesthetic even though the gameplay isn't anything special. It's a shame though that the soundtrack is mostly overlooked because the game is so odd in other respects. Somebody remix this already!

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  • Kapwan - June 26, 2010 12:04 a.m.

    I really loved this game but the gameplay and technical issues prevented me ever finishing it. This would be a really think this be a good game to see a HD remake in 3d using and use the Playstation Move. The way this game is designed would be perfect for that.
  • Romination - June 25, 2010 8:36 p.m.

    I'm surprised this is on here, actually, and effing stoked. I love Killer 7 (it's just balls hard for me).
  • litrock - June 25, 2010 6:47 p.m.

    One of my favorite games ever. Glad to see this is on here. To this day this is the only soundtrack I've ever imported from Japan. Worth it.
  • Giinjii - June 24, 2010 10:09 p.m.

    I thought the gameplay in Killer 7 was fantastic and the mexican standoff in the game was the only game that ever had a good mexican standoff. It's also the only game that ever scared the shit out of me, and not in the "Boo I just jumped out from the darkness" it just had a kind of atmosphere where I felt like any minute now I'll see God wearing sequin pants and an S&M Jacket trying to lick me to death.
  • Darkhawk - June 24, 2010 9:44 p.m.

    I always loved in killer 7 when you entered the rave, the music started playing, and your character walked up and down the stairs to the beat of the music. I always joked he/she was dancing. reC; released out
  • FearlessRaven - June 24, 2010 1:54 p.m.

    In the words of tony the tiger "Theeeeeeir Greeeeaaaat" (The game music of the day articles that is)
  • gilgamesh310 - June 24, 2010 1:50 p.m.

    One of my favourite games of all time this. I just loved the uniqueness and eccentricity of it even if the core gameplay wasn't anything special. The music was brilliant also. I like the track that played when you run into a dead end. It helped keep up enthusiasm even when getting lost.
  • Zanthis - June 24, 2010 12:36 p.m.

    Damn, Game Music of the day keeps making my day. Yet another wonderful selection
  • Lemurian - June 24, 2010 11:50 a.m.

    Killer7 was one of those games i said i would eventually get but never bothered to make the effort to purchase but when i did get it all i can say is wow i never thought i would enjoy it as much as i did 10/10 for everything in it one of the most overlooked games i can think of.
  • camelfro - June 24, 2010 11:01 a.m.

    i totally digg all suda 51 game music
  • philipshaw - June 24, 2010 9:42 a.m.

    I love this game and you are right in saying it's because of the style instead of the gameplay. I forgot how great this soundtrack is, thanks for that
  • solidushepherd - June 24, 2010 5:08 a.m.

    Killer7 rocks and so does the soundtrack.
  • CH3BURASHKA - June 24, 2010 4:12 a.m.

    The best thing about this article is that, under 'Related Articles' is 'Dote up a Cat', my favorite entry into the GMotD so far. This musac is pretty awesome, too. Just not as awesome as the intro to a hentai cat game.
  • ihopethisisnotantistasblood - June 24, 2010 3:41 a.m.

    i love the rave, i always stayed in the corridor just to hear the song
  • flabslapper - June 24, 2010 2:17 a.m.

    now here is a game that needs to be remade on the Wii, this was the only Suda game I stopped playing cuz I couldn't get used to the controls...
  • jpalz - June 24, 2010 2:16 a.m.

    Hey! Those songs are my favorites from that soundtrack! Great choice Carolyn! :D If you're interested in Masafumi Takada's music, try the "No More Heroes" OST. It's full of gems like "NMH", "Steel Python" and my fav, "Season of the Samurai". That one's taken straight outta Kill Bill :D
  • Modroneman - June 24, 2010 1:48 a.m.

    very nice!
  • gatornation1254 - June 24, 2010 1:20 a.m.

    I liked both the songs but I loved the moodiness of the first one.
  • Cyberninja - June 24, 2010 1:09 a.m.

    i think this game needs a remake like NMH
  • NathanXplosion - June 24, 2010 1:07 a.m.

    Love this game. I always wished that Suda 51 would make a sequel.

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