NMH2 is a great game and features some great new people. This time around you start at rank 51 and continue to number 1. There are only 15 people to fight so dont be afriad. You also play as henry and shinobu which is fun. however the bosses do become extermely anoyying. NHM2 has 8-bit mini games that will make you earn small change but you don't need to meet a certain amout of money to meet the next assisin. the clothing is over priced and so are the katanas.NMH2 does have the cool jackpots like the first one did, its still there just not as cool. The story is more important and Travis grows up... a little. And the game always has a mysterious tone.
-No More Heroes 2 is one you shouldn't miss it has great plot and even has a retro movie feel not to mention some great humor
No More Heroes 2 is overall a fun game. It's just too bad that you don't get more of the fun parts.
What this game does best is the boss fights. Hacking and slashing will get you to the boss, but it won't work on the bosses themselves. You'll need to learn bosses' attack patterns and capitalize on openings. It requires a small bit of strategy, but not to a frustrating degree, at least not on lower difficulties. Each boss is unique and they are generally a blast to fight.
But besides the bosses and the overall absurdity of the story and characters, the game falters. When you aren't watching a suggestive cutscene or beating up the next boss, you are either beating up generic enemies on your way to the boss or playing a minigame of some sort.
Beating up random thugs before the bosses can be rewarding at first; watching enemies spew blood while simultaneously exploding into cash is its own reward. Early levels are short and make you yearn for more baddies to beat up. Later levels, however, make up for this with wave after wave of generic thugs shouting generic threats. You quickly grow to wish the enemies would stop showing up so you can just move on. Swinging at enemy after enemy is only entertaining for so long.
Then there are the minigames. Unlike the first game, you aren't forced to earn money in order to progress. But if you want to buy the extra swords and stat buffs, you don't really have that choice. Most the games are in an 8-bit style, but they lack the main game's fun factor. While fun initially, playing them over and over for the money you need grows tiresome and frustrating.
My playthrough on the mild difficulty took just under 10 hours. But much of that was spent playing minigames or mashing A with the occasional dodge to get through the stages. I certainly enjoyed fighting the bosses and certainly enjoyed the character interactions. But beyond that, the game was almost a chore to play. NMH2 is a good rental, but it isn't good for much beyond that.
This is the first time I’ve played the franchise, and it really makes me want to go back and play the original.
No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle takes a lot of it’s ideas from the original and I say from Madword. It’s the ultimate Anit-Wii game there is.
Let me explain; most of the games that come out for the Wii are family friendly games that are made for the casual gamer. They have very little violence in them and their sexuality content is almost zero.
But many a hardcore gamers are turned off by the sanitized content, and want something very hard core. That’s when games like the original No More Heroes, Madworld and this game were made for.
Make no mistake; there’s plenty of blood to be shed via our protagonist’s (Travis Touchdown) light swords. And there are many scenes where the camera is fixed on a woman’s … um … you get the idea.
Desperate Struggles also makes fun of anime, magna, giant robots, sequels, horror games, cheerleaders, and many other things. It’s really funny to see how the writers parody these genres with great skill.
And when the fun cut scenes are over, you get to hack your way through a lot of bad guys with simple, yet fun controls, before you take on the boss.
Between these massive battles, you can take on side jobs like delivering pizza, connecting pipes, cooking meat and so on. These are actually mini games, and they are a mixed bag - I like the delivery game, but not thrilled with the meat cooking one.
Still, the biggest problem I have with this game is the change of mood. Late in the game, the protagonist makes a speech about the value of life, but to get there, he has to kill dozens of guys. Can’t have it both ways. Also, the ending is really flat.
Still I had a lot of fun with No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle. It’s a cut above the average adventure game. BUY IT