Genre: Third Person Action
Platform: Wii(reviewed), PS3
I was a huge fan of Grasshopper Manufacture's Killer7 so I came into No More Heroes expecting an absolutely amazing experience. While it didn't quite live up to my sky high expectations, it still wowed me in a lot of ways. It's a much more lighthearted, comedic game than the utterly abstract Killer7 so it disappointed me a bit in that department, but if you go into it without any expectations you'll find a hilarious take on modern brawlers.
|This is our protagonist, Travis. What a charming young man.|
|You save by using the toilet. Classy.|
I have to applaud Grasshopper on one thing here. You attack by tapping the A button rather than waving the Wii remote like most games would have you do, and thank God for that because the number of goons you have to kill in each area is ridiculous. The only gestures you have to make are when you use special moves, finish enemies off, and the hilarious jerk off motion you have to make to recharge his beam katana when it gets low on energy. I'm serious, look:
|Just hold on loosely, but don't let go. If you cling too tightly, you're gonna lose control.|
The music and sound effects are good but they can get repetitive. The game's theme song plays on most of the levels so you'll hear it a lot but its a pretty catchy song at least and each boss has their own theme song. Enemy dialogue was one thing that could have used some more work. I swear half the enemies who die yell out "MY SPLEEN". I guess that's part of the joke but it gets tiring. The voice acting for Travis and the other assassins is great though. Travis' voice is especially fitting for his character, sounding geeky and tough at the same time.
|Aww, Travis is really a nice guy at heart.|
|Oh dear lord! Forget that last caption. Did I mention this is a rather violent game?|
|Apparently you can block a lightsaber with a freaking shovel.|
#4 in my top 5 games of 2008
The end of an old soldier's long fight.
I'll leave you with probably the most hilariously out of place song in the game, The virgin child makes her wish without feeling anything, sung by the second boss before you fight him, courtesy of YouTube user luisveny: