Fans of the first No More Heroes will be familiar with the plot of its sequel, as once again the player takes control of Travis Touchdown as he tries yet again to climb up the ranks to be the #1 Assassin. This time around Travis is motivated by revenge for the murder of his best friend Bishop (the guy from the video store).
No More Heroes 2 is greatly improved over the first game. The graphics are improved (much greater detail), the overworld has been completely reworked (now you can just choose where you want to go, instead of having to drive there), and the enemy AI is improved (enemies will now gang up on you and even grab you so that the other guys can get free shots). Also, the sidejobs are now rendered in glorious 8-bit (self explanatory); Travis can now choose which Beam Katana he wants to use on the fly; the game environments are now destructible; and Henry and Shinobu from the first game are now playable characters (although you can’t choose when you want to use them). Lastly, no longer do you have to pay to get into rankings fights: if you want you can just jump in and go.
While the game is improved in just about every area, most of the game mechanics that made the first game great reappear in the sequel, like wrestling moves, humorous dialogue, a colorful cast of characters, an awesome soundtrack, and fast and over the top gameplay.
Graphics are much more detailed than in the first game, but still keep that classic No More Heroes look. Gameplay-wise, little has changed. The game still retains the same gory, over the top, expletive-filled, brutal violence from the series’ first installment. The controls are exactly the same as in the first game. So if you have played No More Heroes 1 then you can just skip the tutorials and jump right into the story.
There are a few points of criticism, however. While the bosses are colorful and have some funny lines, they lack personality which made the bosses in the first game so memorable. To me, the new bosses felt very generic. The only bosses that were memorable were the ones that have returned from the first game (New Destroy Man, Dr Letz Shake and Nathan Copeland (Nathan was cut from the first game). On top of that, it also seems like the difficulty in the majority of boss fights were toned down a lot – bosses were much easier to defeat this time around. Lastly, while the new way to get around Santa Destroy is great, I do miss driving around on the Schpeltiger.
Overall, No More Heroes 2 is a more polished sequel to the first game. The numerous improvements make the game all the more enjoyable, while retaining the things that made No More Heroes great. No More Heroes is a shining example of what a sequel should be.
No More Heroes 2 is a fantastic Wii game. If you liked the first game then by all means go out right now and buy this game. No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle gets an 8.0 out of 10.
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