As amusing and as eclectic as the first, made even more fun by the omission of certain tedious gameplay elements that dragged the original "No More Heroes" down. You no longer have to roam a huge, boring overworld in order to travel places (just select a destination on the world map, and voila, you're there), nor do you have to pay exorbitant entry fees in order to enter a proper level; now it's free. This means you don't have to play dull mini-games over and over just to earn some arbitrary sum of cash (although the mini-games here - all inspired by 8-bit classics - are more fun than those in the original "No More Heroes"), and the cash you do earn can be spent on things like weapon upgrades and new clothes.
Keeps the good, jettisons the bad. That's what a video game sequel should do.
Having played and loved the original I came into this game with high hopes. Some of them were met.
The things I liked about this game:
1. Getting rid of the bike. Driving around Santa Destroy was pretty annoying in the original and I'm glad they got rid of it. 2. The 8-bit mini games. They were all enjoyable and were at a pretty fair difficulty level. If you enjoyed yourself some classic NES, then you'll dig these simplistic games. 3. The progression of Katanas from fastest/least damage to slowest/most damage and the choices you had to make to beat certain areas much more efficiently. 4. The Giant Robot boss fight. Someone said they hated this, but I couldn't stop laughing. The lampooning of Anime is quite humorous in most of the game. 5. The gameplay in general. It's very gratifying running around as a tiger mauling people in half.
Now to the things I disliked:
1. The end boss fight. It just seemed cheap, and it wasn't very fun. 2. The length of the game. My roommate and I beat this game in 2 days and it's not like we played all day both days. 3. The lack of Katana upgrades. The Katana lady builds two Katanas the whole game. weak. 4. The difficulty of the Strength training. If you beat the final level of strength training I want to shake your hand.
All in all though, I had a good time playing this game and did a good deal of laughing at the sheer ridiculousness of it all and at the end of the day that's why it deserves an About Average rating.
I was really excited about this game, considering the first one was AMAZING. After playing into it for about an hour, I realized that they did away with the "roaming" of the city, and the fact that you had to actually earn $$$ in order to advance in rank. With that in mind, it was kind of a plus because it did get a bit tedious having to go across town on a bike that was kind of hard to drive and such, BUT it considerably did cut down on the gaming time. A LOT!
After repetitve battles leading up to the main boss, I also noticed that they shortened the effects of the "special attacks" (i.e. the slot machine that appears after finishing up with an enemy) which was kind of a downer. (hey there were pretty neat) The bosses were interesting of course.
All except the very last one...UGH...I won't say anymore...just be prepared for a REAL lame thing.
Anyway, in short, overall this game was not as good as I was expecting. The story was just mediocore, and not as good as the first one. Either way, if you have nothing better to do on a weekend, indulge yourself in this. It is a good time waster.