Review by rios always

"Easily one of the best games on the Wii."

No More Heroes is the latest offering from Japanese video game producer Suda51, also known as Goichi Suda, the man who gave us Killer7 and a few other titles. Anyone who's played Killer7 knows how idiosyncratic and unique Suda's games are: funny-looking graphics, weird storylines, and weird gameplay (the rails in Killer7...need I say more?). His previous offering, Killer7, was largely a hate it or love it type of game. However, in this latest title, available exclusively for the Wii, Suda51 has created a game that will appeal more to the general gamer, rather than the one looking for an art experiment (i.e.: Killer7). Now, let's talk about the game, since I've mentioned Killer 7 a few times in this small paragraph already, and this is a review of No More Heroes, right?

Story: 9/10

As is the case with most of Suda's work, the story is pretty uncommon and very original. You play as Travis Touchdown, a resident of Santa Destroy, in some dead-end motel where the rent is low and the service is lower. As the instruction booklet states, Travis has ordered a Katana from the internet, and the next thing you know he ends up being the eleventh ranked assassin in the world. The UAA (United Assassins Association) is in place to help you become the number one ranked assassin in the world by killing the ten other assassins. Now, as with all original games, there are a lot of twists and revelations along the way, which I'm obviously not going to spoil. Let me just say this: you will want to find out how the story ends. Unlike most games where your main character is a chosen one who has to save the universe from evil and restore peace back to the land, the story is original. Numerous twists and "what just happened?" moments will keep you playing for as long as you finish the game once, at least.

Graphics: 7/10

Cel-shaded is the key word here. It's not trying to look realistic, it's just trying to look cool, and it excels in that department. Some people might compare the graphics of this game to the PS2, the Gamecube or the Xbox, but to be honest with you, it doesn't really matter. The graphics may not be as good as DMC4 or other games in that league, but they're good. I didn't play this game for the graphics, anyways. Simple yet efficient.

Characters & Presentation: 9/10

This, along with gameplay, is where the game really sets itself apart from the other games out there right now. The characters are nothing short of spectacular: a punk with funny shades who swears every three and a half seconds, a fine-looking vixen who keeps on telling you she'll sleep with you if you achieve the #1 rank, and the bosses...oh, the bosses. Before every boss fight, there's a cut scene with dialogue. This will let you know the men and women you are about the kill, and make you want to kill them even more. Let's see, you've got: a model with a prosthetic leg, a native-American crook, an approximately 70 year-old woman, and a "bad girl" that uses alive dummies to play baseball, just to name a few. Every single one of these characters has a unique personality. Another thing that adds to this game is the countless pop culture or video game references. I'm not going to name you any, as that would be time-consuming and it would spoil the fun for you, but there are plenty of them to be found in all aspects of the game. My favourite one is the Duke Nukem Forever reference.

Gameplay: 9.5/10

The gameplay is that little thing that will keep you coming back for more and more once you've completed the game. Now, let me start off by saying that this game is nothing like the GTA series. If you're looking for countless side missions and an immense city where you can just drive around and kill people, this isn't the game for you. You navigate the city in your Schpel Tiger (a motorcycle), and the only purpose of this is to get to jobs. You can't steal cars, buy guns, kill people and things like that. You just get to your mission and go to places like the gym and the video store, among others. The fighting is really fun. You can do wrestling moves and finishing slashes once the enemies are dizzy. You can upgrade your katana to kill three guys at once. You can collect coconuts. Yes, it's all possible. There are two types of side missions in No More Heroes: "regular" jobs and assassination jobs. The regular jobs are totally random and absurd but very fun nonetheless. Things like killing scorpions, collecting cats and picking up trash are all part of the fun. The assassination jobs are also a great deal of fun but are quite easy. Basically you have a number of guys to kill in a certain amount of time, or you have to kill a certain target (kill the CEO of a company, for example). All these side missions get you money, and when you have enough money you pay the entrance fee to the next boss battle, you beat the boss, you unlock new missions, and so on and so forth. It's a simple formula, but it doesn't get old. The gameplay in No More Heroes is addictive and unique.

Overall: 8.6(9)/10

No More Heroes is just an awesome game. The little things that add to the bigger picture make the game that much more fun. The characters are unique, the gameplay is addictive, and the story is out of this world. You owe it to yourself to get this game. Suda rocks!

Reviewer's Rating:   4.5 - Outstanding

Originally Posted: 02/25/08

Game Release: No More Heroes (US, 01/22/08)

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