Review by PokemonEX356
"If I review this game, will you do it with me?"
Along time ago when the Wii was first released, many gamers criticized it for being a system for kids due for not having many M rated games such as the 360 and PS3. But one day, Nintendo announced a game that hardcore Wii owners were waiting for. They rejoiced, knowing that they wouldn't have to play games that are garbage and suck. And thus the game No More Heroes was born.
You've never seen any other story like this one. The No More Heroes story line is about a man named Travis Touchdown. (I'm serious. That's his name) Travis is your basic nerdy otaku who loves anime, video games, porn, etc. One day, Travis is at the end of his rope. He has no money, zip, nada. He meets a woman named Sylvia Christel who works for the UAA (United Assassins Association). Sylvia is sly, beautiful woman who gives Travis an assignment to kill an assassin named Helter Skelter. Travis runs off and buys a beam katana off the internet. After he kills Helter Skelter, Travis realizes that he's stuck being an assassin and Sylvia encourages Travis to become the top number one assassin in the USA. And thus his bloody journey begins!
The story is entirely unique and original. What makes this game so interesting and worth playing is the characters, which I'll talk about later.
The gameplay, while fun, has some issues. You control Travis with the nun chuck and control his katana with the Wii Remote. Travis attacks with the A button and to do a special or a wrestling move you must swing the Wii Remote as the direction on screen. Sometimes, enemies my try to fight back and you must shake the Wii Remote to defeat them. The Z button on the Wii nun chuck locks on enemies. If your enemies get dizzy from being hit too much, you can perform a wrestling move on them by pressing the B button. From time to time, Travis must charge up his beam katatna which can be activated by pressing one and shaking the Wii Remote. Before the boss at the end of each level, Travis can save his game by using the toilet.
No More Heroes is an open world game (much like the Grand Theft Auto series). Whenever you're not killing assassins, you're exploring the city of Santa Destroy, California, the city where Travis Touchdown lives. The world of Santa Destroy has many unique places that Travis can travel by riding his motorcycle to such as the Job Center(where Travis can get job to earn money for his missions), Area 51 (a clothing store where Travis can buy outfits), Beef Head Videos (a video store where Travis's friend Bishop works and where Travis can buy wrestling videos at), a gym (where there is strange guy named Thunder Ryu who works there and Travis can improve his stats), K-Entertainment (where Travis can do assassin missions for money), and a bar (where there is a drunk guy that teaches Travis special skills by beating the crap out of him).
In order for Travis get into the next ranking battle with UAA assassins, Travis must first get jobs to earn money. There are plenty of jobs such as the Coconut Collector, Lawn Moving, Trash Collector, Gas Station, and finding lost kittens. These jobs require a lot of effort, but they do pay a lot. Sometimes, they can be redundant, but they are still fun none the less.
In Travis's motel room, you can change his outfits by going to the closet (new clothes can be bought at Area 51). Travis can restore his health by getting a drink out of his mini refrigerator. The game also shows off Travis's sweeter side by allowing you to see him play with his kitten Jeane. (AWWW!!) Travis can watch old wrestling videos, allowing Travis to learn new moves that he can use in battle. In his motel Travis can also save the game data by using the toilet.
Next is Santa Destroy, which can be a confusing place to navigate through. There are a lot of turns on the roads and things to throw Travis off his bike. What's worse is that a lot of places you have to go such as the Job Center feel like they're really far away. It's a shame you would have to drive so far just for a job.
One thing I noticed about the gameplay is that the camera can mess up a few times. This is a big issue because it's annoying when you're trying to kill people at the same time. Granted, you can change the camera directions by using the D-Pad on the Wii Remote, but it still messes up and it's frustrating going back and forth with it. Another issue is that it feels like there are too many people trying to attack you at the same time.
Despite some of these flaws, No More Heroes has a repetitive, yet fun gameplay.
The music is perfect for this game. If you are a fan of punk music, then the songs in this game are for you. Each song fists the boss battles perfectly and has an addicting beat to them. My only complaint is that they reuse the No More Heroes theme way too much! When you're fighting the enemies before the boss battles, the theme is always playing. It's fine at first, but it gets annoying as the game progresses. If it wasn't for this issue, then I would probably give it a ten out of ten.
Graphics, although not terrible, aren't good enough for the Wii's potential. The graphics look like something that came off of the GameCube. The graphics don't bother me that much, but it sometimes makes the characters a little chubby looking. But remember this about gameplay, not graphics.
The controls work pretty well. It's fun to motion the Wii remote in order to do finishing moves on the enemies. Sometimes trying to motion the Wii remote did not work, but this was kind of rare when it did occur. These controls overall make good use of the Wii remote and nun chuck.
Like I said, the style, story, and characters are without a doubt the best part about this game. Suda 51 chooses his games to have a punk feel to them and this is one of them. Some may like it, some may not. It's all matter of opinion.
No More Heroes has something that most games these days are missing: a good sense of humor. I've never laughed at a game this much before. There are some funny lines including If I become number one, will you do it with me? or What is it, Mr. Cosplay? or Maybe I can steal a kiss before I steal your life. Another funny thing in this game is that Travis gets reminders on his phone's answering machine about returning his late porn videos including some like How to Please a Woman in Bed 101 Part 3.
The characters are some of the best characters I've ever seen in a video game. Gamers will fall in love Travis Touchdown with his aggressive attitude, his awesome looks, and his incredibly hot voice! (I love you Robin Atkin Downes! BTW, I'M A GIRL!) Sylvia Christel may be cold-hearted , but she's a loveable character. That is what makes her so enjoyable to me . Why can't other video game characters these days be as quirky as Travis and Sylvia?!
Replay value: 8/10
No More Heroes does not have any multiplayer or online. It would have been nice, but this game has a lot of stuff for you to do to get a lot of enjoyment out of it as it is. There are tons of stuff to collect and buy in the game that it's enough for you come back to it after you beat it.
No More Heroes is an excellent game that is perfect for hardcore gamers that are looking for a mature title on the Wii. Everything in the game is flowing style which makes the game so awesome. Granted, it does have some flaws such as the opening world, but the game makes up for it with its creative story, loveable characters, and crazy style. If you're dying for a game that is funny and violent, then look no farther than No More Heroes.
Reviewer's Score: 8/10 | Originally Posted: 02/13/12
Game Release: No More Heroes (US, 01/22/08)
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