Video Game Retrospective – No More Heroes Series

There’s many reasons people purchase video games instead of renting them. Some people love to have complete collections. However, most people purchase a game to play it more than once. Sure, with multiplayer games, you definetly will play it several times over a console’s lifespan and beyond. However, for single player games, there is usually a singular narrative that has no further content once the narrative ends and the credits rolls. What’s a gamer to do after THE END? Why, play it again because the game was incredible! Here’s a game(s) I booted back up.

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In case you’ve never played the series, No More Heroes is a series that follows assassin Travis Touchdown. He gets challenged to take down the top 10 ranked mercenaries after winning a beam katana (lightsaber) and fighting to win the affections of the enticing Sylvia Christel. There’s so many original and ludicrous things about this game and its sequel that make the two games a standout on the Wii, a system highly criticized for appealing to children and new gamers.

First off, who is Travis Touchdown?

Ladies and Gentlemen, your hero. This picture says everything.
Ladies and Gentlemen, your hero. This picture says everything.

Travis Touchdown is a twenty something who learns wrestling moves from luchadores to fight, watches too anime, has overdue video fees, plays with his cat to pass the time, and saves the game on the toilet.

No kidding.
No kidding.

Travis makes money by running errands around town, such making deliveries, flipping burgers,  and assassinating simple hitmen on the street. Y’know, the usual. He always becomes stronger the only way we all know how: hitting the gym. If Scott Pilgrim is the everyman nerd fighting for the love of his life, Travis is the bad boy/nerd fighting for the love of his life…and some revenge down the line.

Does Travis look the part?

Much of the instant appeal of the games is visual. The cel-shaded graphics are dynamic and crisp, leading to some incredible character designs. The aesthetics of this game are 8-bit stylized and everything about Travis’ existence is crazy. From hot girls trying to seduce/kill Travis, to playing mini-games to make money, and finding new clothing from garbage, Travis is one of the most visually distinctive characters in recent time. Lastly, he has an awesome whip.

Greatness.
Greatness.

So….can he fight?

I may have made Travis out to be some loser Otaku who hangs out in his dump of an apartment.

This is true. However, he learns more as he learns from fighting more and training with his master. Travis also purchases new weapons, can swing his sword with multiple stances, and use his head to take out outrageous assassins.

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The games use a z-targeting system similar to Nintendo games of the past, and this helps Travis take down multiple goons all at once. Things get bloody once Travis hits limit breaks called Jackpots. Entering his dark mode, Travis makes a bloody mess out of everyone with range, as he slashes at super speed and holds back nothing. But what’s a good hero without villains.

Really, there are no more heroes.

In both games, Travis has to take out the assassins who stand in his way. While he makes very few friends in the process, Travis faces the most outrageous killers.

Matt Helms. Pyromanic/ghost.
Matt Helms. Pyromanic/ghost.
Destroyman. Terrible hero, user of lightning, and mailman.
Destroyman. Terrible hero, user of lightning, and mailman.
Holly Summers. Equipped with prosthetic leg/ missile launcher.
Holly Summers. Equipped with prosthetic leg/ missile launcher.
Bad Girl. About as naughty as she looks, but seriously, she'll murder you if you're not careful.
Bad Girl. About as naughty as she looks, but seriously, she’ll murder you if you’re not careful.

I’d like to reveal more, but cannot without spoiling some of the plot. Just when you think a grandiose boss battle can’t be topped, the next assassin comes to throw Travis for a loop. These killers can be sympathetic at times, but their madness outweighs any good. They’re going to kill Travis by whatever means necessary.


So if you’re ever in need of an incredible pair of games that wipe away the notion of cutesy Wii-game, No More Heroes and its sequel, No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle are the ones for you. PS3 and Xbox 360 owners can enjoy an enhanced port of the first game, No More Heroes: Heroes’ Paradise, but will miss out on the amazing sequel. Fans of No More Heroes can tweet me @Bumsteezy for their favorite United Assassin’s Association member or their favorite part of NMH!

Nerdswole is at San Diego Comic Con!

You heard it right! Brian, Alex, and Erin will be at the swolest nerd event of the year: San Diego Comic Con 2014!

Of course, we’ll be on the show floor, waiting for panels, and hauling all sorts of swag. However, we’re also here to witness the big events. Keep checking up on the Nerd Swole homepage for live updates and articles about the breaking news and releases that will be unveiled here at San Diego Comic-Con! Starting Thursday, all three of us will be posting as often as possible up until Sunday to cover the convention and make it like you came here yourself!

Now, to add to the SDCC hype train, here’s a list our must-see panels and booths!

Erin

Every year I’ve been going to the Walking Dead and Game of Thrones panels because they always have good footage and bring out the entire cast to talk and answer questions. Both panels are always a fun time, the creators and cast seem to love the environment. Apart from that, I think everyone should be watching the Image Comics panels to see all the best of the best in the comics industry and to hear what’s new creative ideas are releasing soon.

The Walking Dead Panel 2013
The Walking Dead Panel 2013


Brian

I’m super excited about Saturday’s Hall H presentations. Hall H will have Marvel and Warner Brothers. I’m also extremely excited to test play Super Smash Bros 4 in the Nintendo lounge. However, my favorite activity is always looking at all of the amazing cosplay people do. Here are some examples from last year:

Otacon from the Metal Gear Solid franchise.
Otacon from the Metal Gear Solid franchise.
Warriors of Asgard protecting Mjolnr.
Warriors of Asgard protecting Mjolnr.
Red Son Superman
Red Son Superman
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Brian will be cosplaying this year, look out for his costume!

Alex

While the con itself was jam-packed with every fandom in existence, events and locales around the area were just as incredible. From the Nintendo Lounge (aka the mini-E3), the DC Charity Booth featuring custom KIA vehicles and auctioned off artwork, and even the Walking Dead obstacle course at Padres stadium, the whole city was alive with passion and excitement. Within the con, I can hardly wait for the Marvel and Warner Bros panels on Saturday, along with the premiere of Batman: Assault on Arkham!

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Promotional Hobbit set piece from 2013.
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Auctioned off Batman artwork.
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And lastly, exclusives! Megaman & Megaman X from Capcom Booth!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please feel free to contact me/us if you want to meet up at SDCC 2014!

Brian: @theTwentyTwo
Erin: @GuyNamedErin
Alex: @Bumsteezy