The Good: BLOOD!!! Okay, that was just kind of a starter to show what the majority of the game entails, but besides that the game revolves around an aspiring assassin named Travis Touchdown. He is a great character (check out my top lists) with a lot more depth than you might think for a game like this. There are secondary main characters such as Sylvia, who feminists would HATE. Speaking of Sylvia though, a very nice touch for the game is when Sylvia calls you to tell you about a battle, you listen to it out of your wii remote, like a cell phone. I liked it, I thought it was quite inventive and very fun. Anyway, you start ranked number 11 in the UAA (United Assassins Association) and work your way up to number 1. Along the way you run into boss battles that involve characters that you will never EVER forget.
This makes the story never boring and makes the game a lot more fun to play. In between these boss battles there are tasks that must be performed in order to earn money, which will be used as an entry fee into the next battle. These tasks seem boring, like making food, or mowing lawns, but these are quite fun and occasionally quite challenging. Also in between boss battles there are assassination missions which are incredibly fun, but that kinda goes with out saying, what with the beam katana.
This game does controls by button mashing and then to do power ups and finishing moves you move the wii remote to correspond to the motions shown on the screen. This is pretty cool, but gets repetitive. The graphics in this game are not stunning in the usual way, but they are very well done. They work well and look good for the setting, which is a city called Santa Destroy (clever, I know). The story for this game is great by the way, great twists and homages to classic media. Oh and Gene is important, and look for connections within the characters, they are aplenty and are interesting enough to keep you attentive.
The Bad: The bad about this game for me lies almost completely in the monotony you tend to get into after a while. Everything is fun, but the things that were crazy fun in the beginning get to be only kinda fun by the middle and by the end just sort of boring. The fighting system is really just swing, swing, swing, finish move or power up, swing. The massive amount of blood and interesting characters help, but this was a game that I was not too sad about beating. Once I finished, I was a little glad I was done.
Overview: This game has fantastic gameplay and even better characters and story. That being said, there needs to be more to the game itself. Suda 51 (the developers) have an idea with great potential, but this one is not quite there yet. No More Heroes 2 will be amazing if they keep the good elements of this one and just add a little variety and freshness in the middle and then mix it all up.
(Special category) Continuing enjoyment: 6.5/10
Replay Value: 7.5/10
No more Heroes 2 trailer
The sequel is out now, but here’s just a look at the E3 trailer and what it will look like.