No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle Reader Review
Video games, girls, food and football. Everything a man could ever ask for right? RIGHT! After playing the game I have chosen to review in a bid to win this sweet competition to Amsterdam, I found myself compelled to make analogies to all the aforementioned gifts to mankind. Mainly girls. After having just typed the word girls I suddenly realised how much the hero of the game Iím reviewing, had rubbed off on me, and that says an awful lot about a games protagonist!
Itís quite simple with me really: I prefer my woman hot in every department; looks, body, legs, chest, the works!! I mean who doesnít?! In the video games world the hottest girls In class would be the , and games. The real stunners that turn heads everywhere, the one every boy wants (And girl, if you will). But you see, thatís the thing with me. As much of a dream come true as it would be having the hottest girl in class, I really donít think I would be entirely happy in knowing that everyone was ogling her and mentally stripping her down to her birthday suit.
Which is why I would prefer the ever so slightly tomboyish girl that no one really ever pays attention to, she has all the talents to equally match that of the and of the class, with the added kick ass attitude, character and unique personality you certainly wonít find elsewhere. But for some funky reason, sheís always criminally ignored and overlooked. In other words Iím more of a Natalie Portman man than a Megan Fox. Natalie Portman could be your if you will. But for me, sheís my . A rare gem of a game that nobody ever bothered to playÖ.. Except me!
When itís possible NMH2 is exactly how I like my games to be, top class quality fun that stands out from the crowd only to a particular eye. Itís every bit the jewel I am describing it to be on all levels of its design, something of a characteristic which just effortlessly paints a crescent like smile on your face.
Enter Our hero from the original, a guy with true class, with an unfathomable passion for wrestling, food, Anime, video games, trading cards, fashion and last but not least, KILLING. Just your typical every day average kinda guy then!
NMH2 oozes sheer style and class from every crook and cranny of its simple yet enthralling gameplay. From the dazzling cel-shaded graphics and its throwback to early 8-bit style games, to the smaller details of its vibrant HUD and its pixel art. All these factors will just fill you with awe and make you wonder how so much colours and two contrasting styles (80ís era pixel art with a modern interface full of bright colours) go so well together without ever clashing or feeling like too much on your sense of sight. Then of course there are the bright graphics which are nothing short of stunning. Simply put: itís
NMH2ís simple gameplay mechanics shares a lot of common ground with the original adventure, however most, if not all, of the problems that plagued it have been vastly improved or fixed. The combat has been upped a tiny notch with the ability for Travis to wield dual swords with access to a wider arsenal of weapons. Thereís also of course the welcomed change of a more stream lined over world that doesnít feel like a chore when travelling from one location to another. The mini game challenges have now become exactly that: 80ís 2D style mini games that never fail to put you in that ďhigh score modeĒ, something which most gamers and drug addicts will be all too familiar with. All nicely wrapped up and complete with chiptune music.
I challenge to play this game for a mere 15 minutes without LOLíing because this title has by far some of the most genuinely funniest scriptwriting and characters ever seen in a video game since the side splitting on the Thatís the beauty of it all with NMH2, it doesnít try too hard to be funny, it pulls it off so naturally, resulting in you laughing as if you were watching something funny on television or YouTube. I donít know about you guys but to find a game that induces laughter within me is pretty rare!
Sure the story might be a little wacky and some might pass it off as being too Japanese for them, but I can assure you that this game still manages to somehow make sense no matter how insane things get. (Except for the boss battle with the giant robots and cheerleaders, Iím still trying to make sense of thatÖ.)
Oh, and the music? Try Youtube'ing: and prepare yourself for the very definition of the term ĎCatchyí.
Like everything in this world, itís not without its flaws. It wonít exactly give me pleasure picking them out but Iíve chosen not to go into them in this case. Why? Because the good far outweigh the bad, sometimes you donít even realise the minor niggles that supposedly annoyed a lot of the reviewers out there! Itís superb game that celebrates gaming culture and knows how to laugh at itself and the rest of the world whilst enjoying itself immensely in the process. What more could you possibly ask for as a gamer/someone-who-likes-fun-things-and-likes-to-laugh?
As a Wii owner Iím just grateful that Iíve got a game like this on a Nintendo console, it truly fills me with genuine joy, it might not have been Nintendo highlight of 2010 for me, but I still felt that I had to write about it and let everyone know the effect itís had on me. Itís hard to put into words how unique and fun this game truly is, sounding generic and saying that itís a breath of fresh of air just wonít cut it this time Iím afraid.
Knowing that hardly anybody bothered to play this game makes it feel even more special than it already is. As harsh as that might sound for Suda 51 and his awesome team over at Grasshopper Manufacture, who were hoping this game would sell in itís millions; it is, unfortunately, the sad truth. Iím glad it didnít, because thatís where the charm is with NMH2: it truly is . So to all the Call of Duty fanboys who think they have experienced the pinnacle of gaming, I look at them they nothing as I of a secret that Iím too selfish to share. Letís face it, if you had your very own Natalie Portman, would share? :-p