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Every now and then a game comes along that is a little bit different. No more heroes maintains the quirky and nerdy theme that Suda 51 have made a reputation for with games such as Killer7.
The art style is excellent, all toon shaded and neatly presented. The music is also another big plus, with excellent toe-tapping tunes that you will find yourself whistling later.
The gameplay itself is very satisfying. I am very glad that the developers were not tempted into making this a mindless wiimote swishing affair, instead they have intelligently reduce the wiimote swinging to times when you want to make a killer low with a single swipe, there are also some waggle sections when in melee battle, but these are few and fair enough between to stop them being annoying.
This is a must for any true gamer nerds or anyone after something a little different. With about 8 - 10 hours of gameplay (with many more hours to be had exploring the city and playing minigames) it is a fun adventure.
If you want pure hilarity, this game is totally for you! Developed by Grasshopper studios, the game puts you in the shoes of Travis Touchdown, a otaku (anime, manga and video games geek) who wants to be the best assassins in Santa Destroy! From this description alone, you already know that the game doesn't take itself too seriously!
It is full of Japanese culture (from the T-shirts that he wears) and the constant banter between the girl on the front cover and Travis is genuinely hilarious! Each of the assassins is crazy and has their own funny dialogue and quirks when Travis is fighting them! The game is made up of defeating 11 assassins, where inbetween you need to earn money from doing odd jobs (such as collecting coconuts inbetween fights) and these jobs a full of hilarity.
Your only weapon is a lightsabre knock-off that Travis buys off Ebay! You need to shake the wiimote to charge it up. You can get two stances, high and low and you need to switch betwen them to defeat enemies! Pressing the A button hits them and then in certain combos, you get a quick time event to swing your sword and outright kill them! Hold the A button charges up the attack and one slice can kill them! The B button gives you access to knocking them back by kicking them and a multitude of wrestling moves that you find through the game!
The graphics of the game are like Killer 7's if you ever had the chance to play it! It mainly uses a very light amount of cell shading for the characters!
This game is so cheap, if you are a Wii owner or a games fan in general, do pick this up!
No More Heroes sees you take the role of Travis Touchdown in his quest to rise to the top of list of the best assassins in the world. The game plays in an open world environment where there are mini games dotted around and your ultimate objective is to raise the money to enter the next fight and take on the assassin above you in the list.
The gamplay is fun as you slice and wrestle waves of enemies to the ground however the pre boss sections can get repetitive as you face clones of the same enemies for a while before you can take on the next assassin. The main boss fights however are all different enough and each requires a different tactic in order to take them down.
Graphically the game is nothing specila even on the wii but the sharp colours mean that it will still catch your eye with its arcade game style.
This is a great game for the older wii owner and should definately be picked up as one of the more mature experiences available on the console.
No More Heroes is a action packed cell shaded game for the Nintendo Wii.
Also known as just Heroes amongst gamers of the World. Versions are this weird but fun game have been made for PS3 release and the XBOX360 under the new title "No More Heroes Paradise"
About the Game :
You control a sufer kind of character called Travis, who has free access to the World by foot and his motor bike. Your job is to kill the top ten assasins in the game and this will open up new stories/missions in the game.
There are many side quests to keep you busy if you wish to stray away from the main missions, these missions earn you money so you can buy things such as training sessions,clothing and weapons.
The controls in this game are super fun and give you a great sense of fighting by flinging the nunchuck around in swift actions.
Has a real Japanese arcade feel to it.
Fantastic cell shaded character and background, as mentioned above very Japanese anime style. This is a joy to look at and very diffrent from most relases out for the Wii.
The colours are great and there is no slowdown at all even though the screen can get busy sometimes with alot of enimies and powerups to collect.
Fun speaking audio, but can get a tad reperterive, cool arcade music also. Very clear and catchy soundtrack. You can actually buy the offical soundtrack for this which is very rare.
This game is weird and wacky, and i just love it. A total delight and brings something fresh to the table. The game is opened ended so there is pleanty to do and i would say keep you playing for about 15 hours.
The visuals for the game is great and the music has a real feel good factor to it.
There is alot to do and you will be coming back for more until completion.
I would reccomend this to anyone with the Wii that likes to have good fun and try a diffrent style of gaming.
Roll on part 2!!
Suda 51 (maker of the twisted but brilliant Killer 7 for gamecube) bring us this bizarre assassin's tale for Wii. No More Heroes centres around Travis Touchdown and his rise from rank 11 in the United Assassins Association league to number 1. What prompts this? Well it's all down to a lady - the mysterious Sylvia Christel who promises him something, shall I say, intimate, if he makes it.
The ranked battles are the main thrust of the game, but to fight the next ranked hitman, a fee has to be paid. So Travis spends the rest of his time driving around Santa Destroy on his unnecessarily large Schpeltiger motorbike, competing in free fight missions, taking on extra assassin work, and doing side jobs (pumping gas, coconut collecting etc.). The money he earns can be used to train in the gym, upgrade his beam katana weapon (think lightsaber) and buy some new clothes (I particularly enjoyed this, however more customisation options would have been appreciated). These add variety to the game, but in themselves can become repetitive. This applies especially to the free fight missions, and it has to be said that the side jobs are pretty easy and kind of boring. Another issue is that the world of Santa Destroy itself is somewhat barren, and that quite a bit of the game is just spent driving between places on the slightly shodily controlled schpeltiger (I couldn't make it do a "handbrake turn" in the right direction).
However, even taking the above negatives into account, there are many things about this game that are really good. The outlandish ranked battles are amazing (although sometimes a cut scene will finish off the boss for you which is a bit disatisfying), the graphical style of the game suits the manga obsessed Travis perfectly, and the eccentric humour running throughout is what really makes No More Heroes shine. Hearing the dialogue, or the first time you save the game by having Travis go to the toilet, certainly puts a smile on your face as you wonder about the wierdness. The plot is deliciously ludicrous, and the fighting style is fun and easy to pick up. Incorporating wrestling moves makes it a bit more diverse, and the odd random "specials" that are available throw something different into the pot. It's just a shame that the beam katana isn't controlled by swinging the remote around.
With No More Heroes 2 hitting the shops soon, and hopefully addressing some of the issues from the previous game, No More Heroes is still worth picking up. Play this, and you'll definitely want the sequel!
This game is a perfect example of an excellent idea implemented in a really really poor way.
Essentially there are two parts to this game, the combat, which is great and the rather mundane 'jobs' section.
The game focuses around becoming the number 1 assassin in the world and you have to fight your way through the henchmen to get to the assassin and then fight the assassin to move up the rankings. This part of the game is great, you use a lightsabre style sword and flick the wiimote up down left right to attack, it's great fun to play.
Then you have the other side of the game, the tasks. You have to complete tasks to advance further in the game but typically they are really dull (collecting coconuts...) the transport in the game (a huge Judge Dredd style motorbike) is also badly implemented, it just feels like they pushed the Wii too far and it's struggling to keep up.
I hardly played any of this, mainly because I got bored of collecting coconuts.
This is a very original game for the WII with a great story...when you get further into it. The Game features a character with what can be described.... well lets call it a light saber. This is a strictly hack and slash control which dousnt feature a free hand movement as if you were carrying a sword which is a shame but does not distract from the over all game play. The characters main aim is to kill all the top bad guys but has to earn money in oki..ish side games so that he can pay to fight them. This is one of the main sticking points as it can take forever to afford to fight the main bad guys but the game does give you other side task to while away the time like checking dumpsters for cash or collecting clothing at a store but this might cost you cash which could go towards your main fights. The graphics are sharp and give it a nice cool look which is good for when you want to go site seeing around the large areas GTA style and to help you, you have a massive bike to get you around! I do wish there were more things in the game tho, like side stories rather than the main one as the main story does not move on till you kill more super bad guys. There are not many building you can go into and most are just side games anyway. The main villains all have different styles of combat and you really do have to think in some of them rather than charge ahead, i feel these guys do make you want to continue the story as you want to see what other crazy ones are out there but still the length you have to go to get there can sometimes sour the gameplay. The whole game is cool tho beyond imagining and i have yet to see a game that offers this type of styling and tho some of the game test your patients i feel it deserves to a high score for the simple fact it makes me smile... like for example the only way you can save is when you sit down on the toilet.
Travis touchdown is a man after my own heart. He's a perverted otaku who one day buys a beam katana (lightsaber) off ebay and decides to become an assassin. There's no sob story, no other motive, he kills because he wants to. Travis is convinced to become the number one assassin by killing off the 10 people above him. After playing so many rpgs where every little thing is analysed this somehow makes for a really refreshing story; he's in the game for the same reason you are - to have some fun and this game really is just that - its fun.
The fighting mechanics are good but not perfect and are the only reason I didn't give this game the whole 5 stars. Most of the time they simply involve locking on to a target and mashing the A button to swing the katana then moving the remote to perform a final slash to defeat the enemy, weirdly this never really feels repetitious and can be spruced up a bit by adding in throws with the B button. However it can be difficult to change the target from one enemy to another and the camera likes to spin around merrily at times making it sometimes impossible to see whats goes on.
In order to partake in a fight with another assassin you must first earn a certain amount of money. This can be done by part time jobs (mini games) or assassin missions, these are good but can get tiresome to reapeat if you need that little extra cash. While in town between missions you can travel around on Travis' motorbike, this is a real pain to control when first starting and it does tend to stick to the scenery at times.
I realise the past two paragraghs haven't been especially postive but the boss fights against each assassin are the true gem of the game and reason enough to buy it. Before each one there is a short, often funny, cut scene and then the fight begins. These fights are challenging but in a good way, you have to learn how to read the enemies movements and dodge or attack accordingly.
WARNING if you do finish the game do not select the bad ending then save over your old save when prompted. Instead go back into town, earn some money and buy the true ending which is a million times better.
During No More Heroes the player controls the character Travis Touchdown in what has become a popular action video game among more mature Wii owners. A stylish, visceral and entertaining game, No More Heroes provides one of the few truly compelling adult titles among the myriad cutesy pre-teen games for this particular video game system.
Travis navigates his way around the free-roaming fictional city of Santa Destroy, either on foot or on his motorcycle the "Schpeltiger". The user controls Travis using the Wii remote and nunchuk attachment together with the remote controlling his weapon, and the nunchuk moving Travis. The weapon of choice for Travis is a beam katana and the control method for using this particular weapon is where No More Heroes may disappoint some users initially. You may think that the Wii remote would be ideal for mimicking the swinging of a sword, but unfortunately there is not enough accuracy for the Wii remote to relay exact translational movements to the console....yet. We will have to wait for the arrival of the WiiMotion Plus peripheral for the Wii remote to see this ability added to the already impressive control system that is the Wii's unique selling point over other consoles. Not that the WiiMotion plus will benefit this particular game. The control method that the developers of No More Heroes devised centres on repeated use of the A button to attack enemies, followed by certain other moves, including the "death blow" and sword lock tussles, enabled by following the on-screen instructions. One of the more quirky features are the many professional wrestling maneuvers Travis can employ to finish off stunned assailants with a combination of various swings and thrusts with both the Wii remote and Nunchuk. While it is initially disappointing that you can't start flailing around in your lounge with the Wii remote while dispatching your enemies by the dozen on the screen, the control method soon becomes familiar.
The story centres on Travis' attempts to become the number-one ranked assassin after winning a beam katana in an internet auction. He meets Sylvia Christel, who he immediately takes a shine to and she makes regular appearances during the game as Travis moves up the rankings. After killing the tenth ranked assassin, Travis is informed that if he stops killing, he will be targeted by other lesser assassins that may be intent on also climbing the rankings.
Travis lives in near poverty in a grimy motel which is decorated with professional wrestling and anime collectibles. As Travis negotiates his way up the rankings there are numerous part time jobs and distractions to earn money which can be spent on updating his beam katana, weight training sessions, new clothes and video tapes. The user is able to change the clothes that Travis wears back a the motel; he has the coolest set of T-shirts ever!
The many mini-games and challenges encountered throughout the game provide an amusing distraction in all their numerous guises; the one where Travis has to rescue kittens which have been left abandoned on the streets is especially cute.
Travis also has regular dealings with a number of characters, notably a sexy weapons engineer by the name of Doctor Naomi, a former pro-wrestler Thunder Ryu who owns the gym, and a drunk, Randall Lovikov.
One of the highlights in the game is the song "Heavenly Star" by Genki Rockets, which is heard in many parts of the game. A music video of it can be watched on Travis' television in his motel room. While the song initially appears ioncongruous set aganst all the killing central to the game, there is no denying that it is a great piece of pop and that it adds to the quirky charm of the game.
The graphics found in the game have an alternative feel to them, sometimes being deliberately low-fi and grainy, but this just adds to the overall experience. They just feel right. During fight scenes, the action is frenetic, but well handled; as attackers are dispatched they do not explode in large fountains of blood. This does disappoint, as seeing clouds of coins explode out of someone is a little unrealistic.
Some small reservations aside, if you are a fan of the action genre, then No More Heroes should be in your collection as it contains exceptional satire, satisfying gameplay, a unique alternative visual style, and a fantastic soundtrack. The fact that it is now likely to be found at budget price makes it a no-brainer.
For me No More Heroes was a waste great waste of time and money. The reviews I had herd before purchasing the game were very postive, but after having first hand experince with the game I can tell in my opinion to look better game. The story line makes the game feel like your playing the same old missions over and over again. As you have to do mini misson to gain cash to further through the game, the produces of the games have to look at this again and see where they went wrong. The mini games feels like the free game you get with the Wii, which is fun playing it once but after playing it a number of times just makes you want to play another game. For me the only postive is the violent and actively rebellious gameplay and its so god damned fresh and fun. But after a couple of hours you will lose interest and end up never returing to the game.
No More Heroes is a brilliant game all together. The idea of the game is to get your character to the top of the assassins list by killing off the assassins in front of you.
This game has a mixture of retro and more new graphics. When you play the game, you have the Grand Theft Auto type of graphics. If you kill enough people and luckily get onto Dark Mode, you may end up going into a more retro mode where the music changes. Also when ever you go up a rank, the screen turns space-invaders like showing that you have went up a rank. This just makes the game even more interesting.
The controls are reasonably simple but it is recommended that you take the tutorial in the beginning which is offered to you. It teaches you about high attacks and low attacks.
The game play itself can be difficult which is a good thing. The only bad thing is that sometimes it can get very repetitive - you have to do jobs to earn money and sometimes if you have to earn large amounts you need to repeat the job a few times. This isn't really a big issue and it makes the game more fun in some sense because you know you have worked to get so far.
This game contains no blood and is a 16+ because of the swearing. Yes, the language is quite colourful but if your 16 or over, I recommend this game for you.
It's not Grand Theft Auto, can we just get that straight? NMH has elements of the sandbox success but is a great game in its own right. Travis and his lightsab- ... beam katana provide a fun slashfest and the job and assasination mini-missions in between are a fun distraction between some fantastic boss battles.
Most of the swordfighting is controlled by smashing the A button and tilting the Wiimote up and down for your stance. Is this a bad thing? Actually, no because finishing moves where you slash the Wiimote in a direction shown on screen actually feel far more satisfying, as do the wrestling moves where I found I was going all out to slam my opponents to the floor.
Admittedly the game is a lot more linear than I expected with most of the boss stages being basic corridor affairs and the Santa Destroyer overworld being an empty soulless landscape, but I'm letting it slide because NMH is a humour-filled, cleverly crafted adventure and will provide a solid couple of days entertainment. Bit of a shame about the lack of gore in the European version...
No More Heroes; Travis Touchdown certainly is not a Hero not by any Super Hero standards such as Superman or Spider-Man.
In NMH you take on the role of Travis Touchdown, a perverted, manga reading, cat owning, bike riding, shades wearing, beam wielding wannabe bad-ass.
The main mission in NMH is to ascend a ranking list of 10 fighters and eventually becoming number 1, there are numerous side missions disguised as part-time jobs and others which contribute to your overall mission and this makes the game elements pretty solid as you never feel like you are wasting time.
The gameplay itself is easy to pick up like all the GOOD Wii games with a simple button mashing of either A or B mixed with a positioning system of holding the Wii Remote up or down to alter your main weapon a 'Beam Katana' style.
There are many features to NMH which have had it dubbed "Grand Theft Auto with a Light Saber", this is an injustice I believe as NMH plays more like a direct action game over GTA's largely different formula of Story Driven Play.
If you are looking for a game on the Wii which will allow you to pick up and play and enjoy within the first 5 minutes and yet hold depth and features such as working out in a Gym, learning Pro-Wrestling moves, Buying new Beam Katanas, Clothes and a whole sleuth of other purchases all set in a Cell Shaded styled game World, NMH is for you otherwise I suggest you pick up its polar opposite where the Hero actually gives a damn about humanity!
The boyfriend recently bought himself a new toy in the form of a Nintendo Wii and so far the only game that has really hooked me is No More Heroes, admittedly he only has three games so far with a couple more on the way but this one is by far the best of the lot.
You are an assassin by the name of Travis Touchdown who roams around the city of Santa Destroy with the aim of killing ten other killers to become the top man. The game play is pretty easy to master, your nunchuck controls your movement while the controller is for your weapon which is a really cool beam katana (think Star Wars). This is a manga style game with regards to the characters and graphics and visually it is really cool.
When it comes to fighting there is a good combination of button mashing and wrist movements and as well as using the katana you can also execute some nifty wrestlig moves as well. Cutting an enemy in two also means you get a slow motion action view which is quite stylish.
Needless to say this is a violent game and has a 16+ rating so not suitable for children which will mean every 12 year old boy will want to get his hands on it, given that Travis also collects porn then it would be a teenagers dream I guess.
This is the UK review the version that features no blood just like the Japanese version. The game was published by Rising Star games and it was a shame that the blood was removed but anyway this game is still great.
The game is all about Travis Touchdown a guy who loves Manga and wrestling he is an assassin who must kill 10 other people to become the top guy. You play in a free rome city of Santa Destroy to enter fights you have to gain money which is where side jobs come into play. In this game you will be spending time earning money by going to the job centre and getting jobs such as Lawn Mowing, garbage collecting, filling up cars at a gas station, collecting coconuts and there is more. The other side job to the game is kill people to earn money this is at K Entertainment this will not be included on your rank only it only gives you money. You can also go to the GYM to build up your strength and thanks to the Wii control system it has been made fun. You also get shops where you can buy clothes and videos to gain more wrestling moves. To help you get around the city is your motorbike it looks good and has a bit of nitro to get you around a little more faster.
The city looks rather dead not much happens but does it really matter not really. As for the controls of the game they are very simple and totally makes great use out of the Wii control system specially when your fighting people with your Katana.
Travis really is a good character he is funny entertaining this whole thing is funny which is something that keeps me playing. The weapon you have during the game is a Beam Katana which is a great way to kill some enemies. The game is mixed in with anime style and a bit of retro stuff like at one point you play this retro game leading on the way to the 4th rank person.
Silvia Christel who Travis likes and she is part of tournament one of the main members who run it. Silvia to me is boring I hate her French accent (not offending anyone here) and non other annoys me Doctor Naomi would of been better to take her place she looks a whole lot better.
The game does feature crazy enemies from a magician, model, postman, even a 18 year old school girl. The people are funny the postman who is Destroyman is really funny one of my favorites in the game you will battle all these to the death.
In the UK version there is no decapitations or even blood instead you get black dust coming out of the body with coins coming out takes away the great effect that the American version has but no worries. The game still contains a whole load of swearing so this is not for your kids unless you don't really care, but you should care. The UK and Japanese version have the music video by Genki Rockets - Heavenly Star which is featured all the way in this game and good song to. This game did sell poor in Japan this to my mind was due to the less blood effect as you see in most Japanese movies they love blood.
If you are looking for a wacky and crazy game pick up No More Heroes really it does not matter if its the bloodless version or the blood version because this is still an awesome game anyway. I just hope Goichi Suda aka Suda51 will make No More Heroes 2 cause Travis Touchdown is a fantastic character which I hope to see more of.