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IGN (May 31, 2000)
A lot of people have been calling Rent-a-Hero No. 1 a "B-Movie" game ¿ it certainly fits the bill, with its limited budgeting and over-the-top campy subject matter. In any case, the gameplay is tightly focused, it looks great, and definitely has a soul ¿ something that's been missing in a lot of games these days. If you're fluent in Japanese and need some cheap laughs combined with honest-to-God fun gameplay, you could do a lot worse things than picking this one up.
GameSpot (Jun 13, 2000)
There are a lot of reasons to like Rent-A-Hero No.1, and very few to dislike it. While the game is a humorous, irreverent joy to experience, gamers who don't read Japanese should be forewarned that mission objectives, text-based dialogue, and menu items are all displayed in Japanese, making it difficult to barge your way through the game using trial-and-error as a guide. Hours can be spent in the initial house wondering what to do and how to get out if you don't know what's being said. Keeping that in mind, it would be great to see Sega of America pick up this surprisingly excellent game. If SOA doesn't pick it up, Rent-A-Hero No.1 is ripe for the plucking by an American publisher. It's definitely unique and uniquely Sega, and the Dreamcast game library needs more wacky games like this - Seaman needs the company. A wonderful character who distances himself from built-to-be-cool characters like Duke Nukem or Legacy of Kain's Raziel, Rent-A-Hero is the rabbit in Sega's hat. Magic.
Video Games (Jul, 2000)
An sich sicher ein recht witziges Game, das aber wohl nur die wenigsten verstehen werden - wer damit leben kann, stur nach dem Walkthrough zu spielen, bekommt zumindest ein wenig von diesem durchaus spaßigen Game mit. Wir hoffen zumindest auf eine US-Umsetzung.

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