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No More Heroes (Wii)

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Description

No More Heroes is a violent action game set in the fictional city Santa Destroy in California. The main character Travis Touchdown wins a Beam Katana (reminiscent of a Star Wars lightsaber) through an online auction and decides to become a professional killer. He has a streak of otaku, not only though his looks but also through his love for J-Pop music, toy robots, wrestling and videogames. After defeating the assassin Helter Skelter in a battle, he is approached by the French woman Silvia Christel who offers him a job at the UAA, the governing body of assassins. He is given rank #11 and needs to kill his way to the top by defeating the other assassins.

The game is set in a free roaming world with open-ended gameplay, similar to the later Grand Theft Auto games. The main goal is to kill the other ten main assassins to progress the storyline, but there are numerous sidequests to earn money and additional weapons. Travis's main weapon is the katana, controlled through the Wii remote while the nunchuk is used for movement. Most attacks are performed using the A-button, while the position of the remote determines how high the katana is held. Others only become available by following on-screen instructions, leading to sword lock breaks and finishing moves. He also has a number of typical wrestling in close combat. There is a targeting system through the Z-button, B leads to a stun move and holding A and B together offers charged attacks.

During the journey, Travis is assisted by Doctor Naomi, a weapons maker, and Thunder Ryu who owns a gym where Travis can boast his statistics based on speed, combos and health. He moves around on foot or on his motorcycle Schpel Tiger. The visual style is similar to the grasshopper's previous game Killer7 with cel-shaded graphics. The game does not take itself serious and the over-the-top combat and animations offer a tongue-in-cheek counterweight for the graphical violence.

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Alternate Titles

  • "Heroes" -- Working Title

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User Reviews

Wacky, Cool, Lightsabers and Flaws Heathen Gray (21) 3.43 Stars3.43 Stars3.43 Stars3.43 Stars3.43 Stars
Quite enjoyable for Wii owners who want something original. Pixelspeech (955) 3.71 Stars3.71 Stars3.71 Stars3.71 Stars3.71 Stars

The Press Says

GameLemon Apr 03, 2008 9.2 out of 10 92
Gemakei (formerly Zentendo) Feb 20, 2008 9 out of 10 90
Jolt (UK) Mar 28, 2008 8.8 out of 10 88
Console Monster Feb 17, 2008 87 out of 100 87
Gamer Limit Jul 27, 2009 8 out of 10 80
Thunderbolt Games Feb 05, 2008 8 out of 10 80
Wonderwallweb.com Mar 19, 2008 7.9 out of 10 79
IGN Jan 22, 2008 7.8 out of 10 78
GamePlasma Apr 18, 2008 7.8 out of 10 78
Game Informer Magazine Mar, 2008 6 out of 10 60

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Jul 26, 2008

Trivia

1001 Video Games

No More Heroes appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

Development

Originally, the game was planned for the Xbox 360 platform, but the team turned to the Wii when they received information how the new controller would work.

Version differences

The only version of the game that got to keep all of the excessive violence and gore was, ironically, the US version of the game, while the rest of the world had to make due with toned down violence and enemies turning to ashes instead of spraying fountains of blood.

The Japanese version was also supposed to be "unedited" but Suda51 changed it last minute without any obvious explanation as to why.

Awards

  • GamePro
    • February 2009 (Issue #245) - Wii Game of the Year 2008
  • GameSpy
    • 2008 – #7 Wii Game of the Year
Information also contributed by Parf and PCGamer77.

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Sciere (268629) added No More Heroes (Wii) on Jan 03, 2008