The first great game of '08 is here. It's name: No More Heroes.
Travis Touchdown is a nerd-cool anime otaku who lives out of the No More Heroes motel in Santa Destroy, California. One day he realizes that he's flat broke, and decides to become an assassin for a living. Meeting with a mysterious girl, Slyvia, he fights to become the number one assassin, and to get Slyvia in bed.
To do this, he's going to have to cut through a lot of people with his beam sword (think: lightsaber, but not copyrighted by Lucas). The meat of the game is a beat em up, hack and slash that relies on the Wiimote and Nunchuck to do the killing. Most of your fighting is done with the A button, but when it comes time to finish your enemies off, you'll have to slash with your remote like a real sword. It's not necessarily deep, but the blocking, dodging, different stances and special moves keep you on your toes at all times. Nothing is more satisfying than waving your hand and watching eight people's heads fly off in a beautifully bloody display.
Once you get through the chaff, you'll face against one of the ten (or more? hmm) Assassin's in the game. These characters are the highlight of the game, as they are each so uniquely wierd and off kilter that every one will leave and impression on you. You'll fight school girls, superheroes, sharpshooters, twisted barbie girls and more.
Between the missions, you have an open world game in which to do side jobs, upgrade your character and customize your clothes, but its no GTA by a long shot. You'll find yourself wanting to get through the bland world just to get to your next hit, but the crazy style of the game will be what keeps your going. You'll wonder what will come next in a world that slips between the cartoony and the ultra violent so effortlessly, mixing serious moments with the outright goofy. The best part is, you'll almost always be surprised by what comes next.
If you have a Wii, you've no excuse to not try it.
posted by JediAngell (GREENSBORO, NC) Jan 27, 2008
Member since Mar 2007
Ok if you want to see every beed of sweat roll off your hero's face, go play your 360 or PS3, but if you wanna play a FUN game with a creative use of the Wii's graphic capabilties in the most stylistic, anime inspired look EVER; RENT, BUY, or misappropreate (just kidding) NO MORE HEROES! I totally get it. Its not that the Wii isn't capable of more "realistic" looking graphics (take metroid prime 3), but that's not the look the developers where going for. That's not where the Wii shines best. The controls are intuitive and the gameplay is fun. It has a since of humor about itself and is as much fun as I have ever had right out of the case for a Wii game. If you are lookng for a real world simulation and ground breaking sandbox game play this isnt for you. If however you have an open mind to stylistic use of Wii processing power and fun creative gameplay with over the top satire, blood and violence, YOU AINT GONNA FIND ANY BETTER than No More Heroes.
I've only played the game for 2 days now, but it stands out already as one of the best for the wii. Stunning graphics, awesome action and a great story line, No More Heroes will leave you wanting more. The game starts out with action, pushing you right into the enemy. The controls are more button based than motion control, but gives you just enough motion to make you feel like you're doing some of the wrestling moves. You'll mainly slice guys in half, but when you do the wrestling moves it will change up camera angles sort of like Manhunt. Once you're finished with the first main action area, you'll dive into the sandbox side of the game. This side of the game isn't quite as enjoyable and the graphics seem to get worse outside of action missions, kinda weird. For example, the high school gym looks really good for wii standards in the 8th assassin's mission, but the grass looks horrible in the lawn mowing missions (it's flat sprites). Also, the sandbox side of the game is quite empty with not many buildings to enter. Although, I do realize it only serves as a way to get from assassin to assassin, making it pretty cool. I really enjoyed to details of No More Heroes. Playing with his cat, changing your clothes and all the cool retro style pointers and screens. Even saving your game is done by using the toilet! If you like good action games and have been looking for a really good title on the wii, then look no further.