My thoughts on No More Heroes. Just picked up this game today, so I'll patch together a poorly-written review here: First off, the distribution and marketing for this game is nearly non-existent, which is a shame because this is the kind of game many people could very easily fall in love with. People wonder why 3rd party games on the Wii aren't selling, this should be a testament to this problem, when not a single store in town has it until the second day after release, and then only one store does and they have *one single copy* of the game (which is mine, thank you). I mentioned elsewhere that I think Adult Swim would be a pretty good place to market NMH, and having played the game I think it really rings true. This game is offbeat at its most tame moments, and absolutely psychotic in others. If you liked Killer7's feel, you'll love this one, as it has all of K7's stylized glory, but the game in reality is much more accessible and fun to play. It feels and plays much like an arcade game - you run around semi-pointlessly, hacking and slashing a bunch of cronies who all look identical as you make your way to the boss. I was expecting something more along the lines of Devil May Cry or Ninja Gaiden - it's nothing like either of them, far less technical and way more button-mashy, but that isn't to say it's necessarily bad. Like I said, it plays like an arcade game and that's definitely part of its charm. Wiimote usage is restrained but still involved. Slashing is done with the A-button, but you aim your slashes up or down by tilting the Wiimote in its respective direction. Special moves are done doing a waggle-motion. I'm pretty pleased with how the controller is used - it adds to the game without getting in the way of the fun. Pros: Hilarious, definitely will resonate well with the Sealab-watching crowd Beautiful graphics and sound Customization of your character Good "pick-up-and-playability." Fun combat Cons: Big performance issues: pop-in, framerates that are all over the place at times Basic combat that doesn't look like it will change much, nothing near the technique involved in DMC/NG Controls for driving are pretty irritating All in all I'd give this game a solid 8.5/10. Oh, Jon, I have the PS3 VF5, so no online for me. I'm no top-level player, I hope the guys in Asia break me in good when I move there in a few weeks. I play Pai pretty well though.
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1/23/08 at 7:30pm