This game was
originally released on the Nintendo Wii and interesting enough, an
XBox 360 and PS3 version has been available in Japan but not for us.
However, this new
western edition now supports the innovative PlayStation
Move controls that puts it more akin to the original Wii game but
more importantly, it now supports HD graphics. The protagonist of
the game is Travis Touchdown, a lover of all things pop culture and a
ladies man who decided one day to become an assassin. Provided he
can pull himself away from porn.
What better way to become an assassin than by ordering a beam katana
(ala lightsabre) and then trying to make your way up one of the
world's most powerful assassination agencies. This is Travis' story
as he goes on a retro-fuelled frenzy of mayhem and murder in order to
get to the top and maybe score a few women along the way. When
you're ranked the 11th best assassin in the world, getting to the
top will definitely be a challenge.
The PS3 version of this Wii port is actually steeped in violence and
black humour with lots of sexual innuendo thrown into the mix. At its
gaming heart of gold, No More Heroes - Heroes Paradise is a fighting
game that makes good use on the PlayStation Move controller as
gamers use it like a lightsabre as they dice and slice their way through
enemies. Although the game contains too many henchmen to kill, the
highlight of the battles are very cool boss battles that pays homage
Quentin Tarrantino's Kill Bill series from its outrageousness. The
PS3 version even has new bosses as a bonus!
I mean with characters like Dr. Peace or Holly Summers, how can you
go wrong? With a variety of combat moves with your beam katana,
nothing is more fun than engaging in one of quick time event
moves after you have pummelled your health down. Apart from the beam katana, Travis does have access to other
fighting methods that helps break things up a little. There's also
plenty of mini-games thrown in as well and it's good to see an adult
PlayStation Move game as well.
Thankfully for our
porn lover Travis, he has some
direction, thanks to his boss, the sexy French Sylvia Crystal who really
has our anti-hero wrapped around her little finger. With that said
the characters and the cutscenes
and the story only enhance the "Wii" cliché gameplay but as opposed
to the Wii version, the PlayStation Move version feels far more
The world of No More Heroes - Heroes Paradise is set in the
fictitious (obviously) city of Santa Destroy which is where the
action takes place. In this town, Travis needs to explore and engage in a
variety of missions. If you're thinking that it's like Grand Theft
Auto, it's actually not but there is a illusion of freedom. From
missions to mini-games, side quests and even riding a motorbike, the
city of Santa Destroy is ripe for the picking. By completing the
games in this fictitious city, you are awarded money and unlockables.
Unfortunately this is a one trick pony in terms of replay value.
Graphically, No More Heroes - Heroes Paradise is an interesting
looking game on the PS3 and although it supports HD graphics, it
does look a little Spartan at times, especially Santa Destroy. The
highlights of the graphics are the combat scenes and the characters
which look quite stylised and really help with the total immersion
factor. Unfortunately certain parts look a little dated which does
destroy some of the illusion. But when you see the beam katana in
action, you'll be going WHOAH! Music is quit retro in this game and
has this 80's arcade feel to it, including some of the sound
effects. Voice acting is pure gold, from the smart-ass Travis to all
the bosses and colourful characters that populate this world... not
to mention sexy babes.
Having played the last No More Heroes on the Nintendo Wii, the PS3
port of No More Heroes - Heroes Paradise is actually far superior,
thanks to the slight graphical overhaul and refined control system.
Travis is a fun character and is easy to control due to the decent
controls of the game so jumping straight into the game will pose no
problem to the gamer. The only issues with the game is the sometimes
repetitive gameplay and odd graphical glitches. Add in an online
leaderboard, mini-games and that bloody entertaining beam katana
which makes all my Star Wars fantasies come to life and No More
Heroes - Heroes Paradise is the perfect game for those looking for