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No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle - Wii

Game Description: In this follow-up to Suda 51's critically acclaimed Wii title, punk-styled assassin Travis Touchdown must once again climb the ranks of the United Assassins Association by eliminating an unending series of deadly foes. Dealing death is twice as vicious this time around as players are able to duel-wield swords and take on multiple enemies in bigger and bloodier showdowns.
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No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle Hands-On Preview

By Jake Gaskill - Posted Dec 16, 2009

No More Heroes 2

Based on the all-too-little of what I recently played of No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle, Grasshopper Manufacture’s follow-up to their 2007 quirky-as-hell hack-n-slash title, the game seems to be an all-around natural progression from the first game. In other words, if you’re familiar with the sword-slashing combat, over-the-top violence and crude humor of NMH, then chances are you will feel instantly at home with the sequel. In addition, everything is just a little bit sharper and tighter this time around, which becomes quite apparent the moment you pick up the controls.

And I could not have been more pleased to find this out, since my hands-on session consisted of 20-minutes of playing through two sections of the game in front of Grasshopper creative lead Suda 51 himself. The instant I took control of series protagonist/star assassin, Travis Touchdown, during the opening fight of the game, it was as if I had just finished playing the original. Locking on targets with the Z button, slashing with A, and dodging with the thumbstick all worked smoothly and responsively. The new dash attack is equally satisfying and provides a nice intro to larger, more devastating combos, all of which end with you swiping the Wiimote in the direction indicated on screen, and turning your enemies into stunning blood geysers.

No More Heroes 2

Travis’ story this time around is all about seeking revenge for the death of his pal Bishop, and he will have plenty of help in the form of new weaponry and the ability to duel-wield beam katanas. There will also be four new types of new death blades that Travis will be able to carry around with him and access without having to swap them back at his once-again gnarly apartment. Visually, the game sports some solid improvements, yet maintains the hyper-stylized design that helped make the first game such a standout.

Now, while slicing dudes in half as Travis is shaping up to be more vicious and enjoyable than ever, players will also be able to play as two other characters at various points in the game as well: Shinobu and Henry. I didn’t get to check out Henry, but I did play a section as Shinobu. She was a blast to play with, thanks to her ability to perform aerial attacks. That’s right; she can jump, and when she does, you don’t want to be anywhere nearby, because it most likely means you’re about to have your chest cleaved in twain.

No More Heroes 2

Given how short my time was with NMH2, I can’t speak to what the rest of the game has in store. However, from what I did see, I’d say No More Heroes fans, and those who might have missed out on the previous installment, should definitely keep an eye on this joyfully violent and eccentric title as we move closer to the game’s launch on Jan. 29, 2010 on the Wii.

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  • Xero_Wing

    HOLY GAME SAVE!

    Posted: December 19, 2009 11:20 AM
  • ANTHONYF12

    NMH is AWESOME. Can't wait. Us Wii owners are so lucky to get a sequel from this series.
    Travis Touchdown is cooler than Bret Farve. Travis needs his own movie.

    Posted: December 18, 2009 7:13 AM
    ANTHONYF12
  • samiam0605

    I'm looking forward to this game. What a shame it comes out the same week of Mass Effect 2, I guess I'm buying two games that week. Unpayable debt here I come.

    Posted: December 16, 2009 11:08 PM
    samiam0605
  • FatMaNwAntCaNdy1

    This sux now I cant sell my wii

    Posted: December 16, 2009 9:00 PM
    FatMaNwAntCaNdy1
  • mANiaC_fms

    I'm so getting this game. I've been waiting for TOO LONG for the sequel!!!!! :D

    Posted: December 16, 2009 11:56 AM
  • GreedyMcNasty

    OOOooooooooooooooooooooH Pee Pee! I can't wait to play this sweet game. Another game for my Wii! I hope they make a remake on the xbox and ps3!

    Posted: December 16, 2009 11:07 AM
    GreedyMcNasty
  • gamigumby

    yes yes yes yes yes NMH is one of my favorite games of all time. I cannot wait for this.

    Posted: December 16, 2009 9:11 AM
    gamigumby
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