No More Heroes: Heroes' Paradise

Game review by
Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media
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Over-the-top gory adventure suitable only for adults.

Parents say

age 18+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 16+
Based on 1 review

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

This game does not contain any positive messages. It glamorizes violence and gore, revels in profanity, and contains pervasive sexuality.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The main character is an assassin who wants to become the top killer in an organization full of like-minded people. His actions may be over the top and unrealistic, but Travis Touchdown is nonetheless a very poor role model.

Ease of Play

While controlling the motorcycle might take some getting used to, the game is easy to pick up and play. Parents should note that this game supports the PlayStation Move motion-sensing controller, and that it is easy to use as well.

Violence

This game contains a lot of blood, gore, and violence. It's possible to slice an enemy in half or even behead him (complete with blood spraying out of his neck), and many cinematic sequences are filled with gore. The violence has a cartoonish look, but that does little to lessen its graphic nature.

Sex

A woman's bare buttocks can be seen in this game, and many other characters show a lot of cleavage. One scene depicts a male character in S&M bondage. He wears a mask, clenches a ball in his mouth, and his hands are tied. There are also plenty of sexual references, including pornographic movie titles like "Big German Jugs Collection #23".

Language

Some characters occasionally utter profane words, including "f--k" and "s--t."

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that No More Heroes: Heroes' Paradise is an extremely violent, gory, and bloody game. Don't be misled by the cartoon-like graphics and animation: the game lets you slice and dice enemies, decapitate them, and bash them with a baseball bat. Non-interactive cut-scene sequences show a woman suicide bomber putting a grenade in her mouth and another woman sliced into pieces -- in slow motion for dramatic effect. It also contains plenty of sexuality, as well as strong -- though not especially frequent -- profanity. Its intended audience is clearly grown-up gamers.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byCaptain Cool September 1, 2011

It's good if you fall into the "Mature" category. If and only if.

If you're like me and you're a mature teenager/adult, this game is awesome. Creative storyline and gameplay, somewhat good story-wise...I know I... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written bycerealkiller189 February 25, 2012

Over the top,gory madness returns.

I have been playing over 326 hours of this(seen from Xbox) for the past 6 weeks and even my mom and dad agrees its too much but they still let me play Lol.But I... Continue reading

What's it about?

Based on the gory No More Heroes for Nintendo Wii, NO MORE HEROES: HEROES' PARADISE for PlayStation 3 is an over-the-top, stylized adventure about an ambitious assassin out to become the world's top professional killer. Despite support for the PlayStation Move motion controller, refreshed graphics, and a few bosses introduced in last year's No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle, it's more or less a reboot of the original game, which was quite controversial for the kid-friendly Wii console. You play as Travis Touchdown (yes, that's his name) and armed with a "beam katana" -- which resembles a sword mixed with a Star Wars light saber -- you must slice, dice, and dropkick enemies to become the top killer in the United Assassins Association. Using the PlayStation Move (optional, but recommended), you'll take on silly-looking fighters, collect items strewn throughout each level, and navigate the game's colorful world on foot or via a futuristic motorcycle.

Is it any good?

This Japanese-made cel-shaded game is ridiculously gory and often quite bizarre, but it can be quite fun in a "guilty pleasure" sort of way. You'll tackle a number of main missions and side jobs, cut through waves of enemies by swiping your PlayStation Move controller around in front of your television, and partake in a few newly-added game modes, such as "Rebout," which lets you challenge previously defeated enemies and compare your scores on a global leaderboard.

Aside from HD graphics, also new in this PS3 version is the ability to watch over-the-top cut-scene sequences in "Viewer Mode", challenge bosses from Desperate Struggle (such as Skelter Helter and Kimmy Howell), and tweak your character's look and weapons with new and unlockable options. It may not be much different than its predecessor, but No More Heroes: Heroes' Paradise is a great -- if gory -- game.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about whether games like this one would be as entertaining without the over-the-top violence and gore. Can shockingly brutal violence ever be legitimately funny?

  • Families can also talk about sexuality in games. Is your opinion of a game lessened if all of its female characters are presented as sexual objects? Why do you think this sort of exploitation occurs so much more in games than in most other media?

Game details

  • Platforms: PlayStation 3
  • Price: $39.99
  • Available online? Not available online
  • Developer: Konami
  • Release date: August 16, 2011
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • ESRB rating: M for Blood and Gore, Crude Humor, Intense Violence, Partial Nudity, Sexual Themes, Strong Language

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