Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle Review
Moving beyond the original game, “No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle”
brings together 21st century gaming with classic retro gaming to create
an interesting hybrid and mockery of Japanese pop culture... not that
we're complaining. Incorporating the unique motion control of the
Wii, this third person action game has the player controlling Travis
Touchdown, former geek and now, the world's deadliest assassin.
Watch your hand buddy
However after years of killing for the United Assassin Association, he
turned his back on them which was unfortunate for his best friend
because he was murdered by Touchdown's successor. Travis Touchdown was also
responsible making assassinations mainstream and these are even
broadcast on television in the bizarro world of Santa Destroy. Sounds
like a parody of Grand Theft Auto to me, not to mention his Star Wars
type lightsabres... er... laser swords. Grabbing his swords... err...
laser swords once
again, Touchdown returns to the world of the United Assassin Association
in order to extract his revenge on the murder of his best friend. Talk about corny!
Ironically, the corniness of No more Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle works
quite well with the story and all the characters are quite over the top
and very likeable. Joining Travis are some great supporting cast members
that includes the buxom beauty Sylvia who happens to work for the
United Assassin Association and his twin brother rival. The rapport and
characterisation is brilliant and even though some aspects of the
gameplay let you down at times (camera angle and some of the retro
games), the story, comedy and ridiculous nature
of Travis Touchdown's journey makes you want to play more to find out
what the hell is going to happen next.
MA15+ games are always fun on the Wii
In terms of where you play, the game uses a GTA like mapping system
which is more of a smoke and mirrors technique that makes the game
appear bigger than it really is. Each of the missions that you engage in
contains a variety of set objectives and of course bloody assassination
However rather than just being another stock standard action game, the
developers have included a plethora of retro mini-games that look and
play like games from yesterday with their pixel graphics. These help
break up the sometimes way too many minion fights that Travis has.
Some of these games have no meaning whatsoever, whereas some are truly
hilarious and actually entertaining to play. The problem with some of
the mini-games is that they are hit and miss and the ones that miss
really make you scratch you head in thinking what were the developers
trying to do besides make you frustrated. But then you play one of these
crazy retro games like the pizza delivery and BAM, you’re sucked into
it and then your back chopping up people again. Okay, it's pretty damn
sick for such as family friendly console but boy does it work.
Think unsexy thoughts... think unsexy
Saving is also a hoot in No More Heroes 2 and you basically need to have
a leak to save the game. It's these little things that make the game so
appealing to play. In terms of the gaming environment, it's rather quite diverse
with lots of interesting places to explore and even though it may not be
as “free” as Grand Theft Auto, the change does assist in keeping you
interested with the game and the fun story. From abandoned dilapidated
buildings to heavily populated streets, there's lot to see in Santa
Combat however is a key aspect to the game, especially the laser swords
that Travis likes to use. The game is quite bloody, albeit in a cartoon
way throughout the game, especially when you use the motion controls of
the wiimote to slash and dice your enemy to a dozen pieces. There is
even some hand to hand combat in the combat as opposed to the bloody
dispatch of the sword. The game also gives the player access to an
execution roulette wheel power-up and if you line three lots up, Travis
activates a crazy assed attack with a really lame but hilarious catch
phrase. If you score a decent power-up such as the "tiger", it
really increases the abilities of Travis into one mean killing machine.
CAPCOM eat your heart out!
Apart from this power-up, there is another which rewards the player for
hitting the enemy and when filled, you can release a devastating super
speed attack on your opponent. For those that don’t want to get
physical with the controllers, there is also an option to use a traditional controller setup
which is great if you just want to relax. With more enemies than you can
point a stick at, the most entertaining the battles in the game are when
you take on the bosses or rival assassins, vying for your spot as number
one. This when things get a little difficult but thankfully not in a
frustrating way. To sum up the gameplay, it's fun!
Graphically, this is one impressive game on the Nintendo Wii with
brilliant character design, detailed environments and overall decent animation. The cell-shaded graphics for Desperate Struggle is
quite unique on the Wii and really suits this whacky premise well,
especially with the special effects that the creators have added.
characters look great, especially Travis and how he interacts with the
environment like a man on a mission. And then you have the titillation
factor forced upon you (not that many males would complain) of Sylvia
and her eye catching assets.
There are however some graphical issues
with the game which is with the camera. At the worst times possible, the
camera may block the action which is quite frustrating when you are
engaged in combat because you can't see what is happening. Sometimes
this can be avoided.
compliment the graphics, the game contains a great modern rock/Japanese
soundtrack and some stellar voice acting, even though they sound like a
CAPCOM game on speed but it’s all class and quite comedic at times. A
special mention should also be made about the retro games with their
8-bit style of graphics and music. Classic stuff!
Darth Maul never looked better than this.
In conclusion, No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle is an entertaining
game, although it does suffer from some minor gameplay nuisances with
the dodgy camera. Fortunately, you can sometimes avoid this,
depending on where Travis is located in the gaming environment but the
story, retro games and combat system is still worth the entry price
alone. With unlockable content from clothes to hidden items, there is
enough content in this title to keep you busy for a good 10 or so hours.
Graphically, it’s one of the best Wii games of 2010 and even though the
swords are really lightsabres, it's cooler than cool. Check it out!
- Dual Beam Katanas -
Massacre your enemies in all new ways with single and dual-wield
beams katanas and an expanded combo system.
- Epic Boss Battles - New
video cutscenes introduce the fifty UAA assassins standing between
Travis and the top spot
- New Playable Character -
Take control of Shinobu with character-specific weapons, attacks,
- 8-bit Mini-games - Suda
51 brings even more 8-bit elements, mini-games, and throwbacks to
- Travis Seeks Revenge -
When an old firend is used against him, killing is the only way to
find an answer