7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
No More changes, please!,
This review is from: No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle (Video Game)
I'm a huge fan of the original No More Heroes and it was the game that sparked me to actually play Killer 7 and Flower, Sun and Rain. The reason I love all three of these games is because of the way they're made it feels as if personality is bleeding out of the tv screen as you play it, for all their flaws I always felt Suda 51 must've had at least a great handle on storytelling, comedic timing and characterization. So coming off the highs of FSR I bought this game on the day of it's release.
If this were the first Suda 51 game I ever played I may not've played another, it almost seems as if the game was some kind of sequel that was done by another developer who really didn't grasp what made the original stand out so much. In the original the bosses were far more interesting and colorful. Almost all of these bosses seem incredibly shallow in comparison; when fighting half of the bosses I was wondering where the characters fit into the game because they were as dull as bread pudding. But the worst is Travis himself, he has lost practically al of the charm he had in the first game. As well as sylvia who barely says anything interesting anymore.
The humor just seems more so based on immaturity rather than quirk. Quirkiness seems to have taken an entire backseat because the only quirky things I can recall are helping Jeane work out and the 8bit mini games, some of which weren't even that interesting at all. After all these almost druggy adventures taken in suda 51's previous games, this game seemed to have opted for some kind of bland sort of "realism" and fell flat on it's face.
The game is still fun, mostly because a lot of gameplay changes are an improvement except for the camera. I'd even say that the 8bit jobs were mostly an improvement, and working out with Jeane is fun too.
But if the original were a movie, then this would be a school play done with cardboard cutouts; same deal really but lacking a GREAT degree of depth, and personality.
If you played the first one then you owe it to yourself to play this one, you just may want a box of tissues next to you so you can cry when you realize this isn't the same game you may've loved.