CaPCom has a killer game under wraps for some time now and Killer 7 is definitely going to shine some light at this E3 2004. Killer 7 has a storyline that’s sure to make even the advanced gamers confused. Killer 7 will feature a very deep and complicated storyline, one that is sure to grab not only the player, but an audience of gamers. It is already looking to be a cult classic with new game play style and innovation. CaPCom has a knack for creating awesome looking titles like Viewtiful Joe, P.N. 03, Onimusha, Resident Evil and Devil May Cry.
The story will follow one of the worlds greatest assassins, a 60 year old man named Harman Smith, although in a wheel chair he is hired by the government to stop a known terrorist named Kun Lan. Kun Lan has unleashed a so-called virus named Heaven Smile. Now here is where the plot twists, each of the seven characters in Killer 7 is actually only one person, and they all are one of Harman’s multiple personalities.
These multiple personalities are going to be the heart of the game play. During the game the characters take on physical shape and are not just an illusionary image of Harman himself. All the different characters will have their own personalities, strengths, weaknesses, physical capabilities and skills that will help get through each level. For instance, Garcian one of Harman’s personalities is clairvoyant; he can see enemies’ weak points and even resurrect fallen characters. Another personality is Coyote who has the power to move through physical matter (walk through walls etc.) and is extremely violent and does not get along with the other six characters. Kaede another character is in love with Dan and Coyote who was killed by Harman himself years ago. How this all fits together I do not know, but Killer 7 seems to be one huge puzzle and it is up to the players to put the puzzle pieces in the right places. Most of Harman’s personalities are all violent killers and some get along with the others and some don’t; some even want others dead which lead to many plot twists and turns in the story. Some may even play the game just to see how the story will play out.
The game is said to take place across six scenarios and are filled with cut scenes that will unfold the complicated story. If the game sounds weird then try this one, you Switch personalities by changing a channel on a TV screen (can you not be any more confused). Killer 7 is loaded with these insane elements.
Everything about Killer 7 is unique and innovative like gameplay, style and graphics. The game play is not exactly cased in 3D environments; instead you have to choose from a multitude of directions given to you. Then you can choose to proceed down the same path or go back and take another path. This may all sound lame but it fits Killer 7 and its stylized theme. After all Killer 7 really does not focus on how you travel during the game, but rather on the gunfight battles that take place as you travel through different paths. CaPCom has also done a marvelous job using the shadowing method. Everything in Killer 7 is shadowed in real time and one basic color, which makes the gore and blood scenes all the more delightful to watch. Killer 7 will have violence and gore when shooting enemies as blood literally showers the screen, limbs are torn to shreds and torsos blown off the bodies of these virus infected enemies. There is certainly no shortage of blood in this Gamecube title. Everyone always says how the Nintendo Gamecube is a kid-like console, well, mom will not be buying little Timmy this game when its released this winter. In my opinion Killer 7 looks like they are definitely trying something new and I happen to be a sucker for something different. CaPCom and Killer 7 are doing just that and it looks astonishing. Killer 7 looks like it will be a game worth noticing, with a storyline that’s hard to resist and the gameplay possibilities that the seven different characters will bring this game could turn out to be one of the most thrilling cult classics of recent times.