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Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes Complete Edition

By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Mature, bloody action game satirizes game culture poorly.

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age 15+

Based on 1 parent review

age 15+

A poor game with heart

I want to make it clear that its very clear passion went into this game. The earnest and funny homage's to gaming history, the handling of the characters and the creative, but not overwhelming, style show that Suda51 is back in his true creative element after his big studio/pandering/"sellout" games like Lollipop Chainsaw and Shadows of The Damned (which he didnt have full creative control over). But that said; the game is just repetitive and shallow. With only brief breaks from monotony with level gimmicks. It feels too long even tho its really short. Action doesnt even have the violent "oomf" of the mainline games. Adult Content: Nowhere near as violent as the other 2 NMH games. Blood only appears on the walls of one stage (no bodies) and in a cheesy 90's style FMV cutscene. All enemies just burst into pixels. There is dark subject matter regarding violence in the story and dialog though. There is also plenty of swearing and innuendo. But thats it. I'm glad it wasn't 60 dollars but even 40 may be asking a bit much.

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Even if you're aware that what you're experiencing is supposed to be a form of satire, something still doesn't feel quite right -- and it goes beyond the game's lackluster action. The combat in Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes Complete Edition is simple, repetitive, and not particularly satisfying. You'll fight groups of generic enemies -- some of whom will put up more resistance than others -- using a mix of light and heavy attacks as well as the occasional dodge and special attack. The individual games Travis plays don't last long -- about an hour each, if you're playing on normal difficulty -- but even that's long enough for a sense of tedium to set in. The hacking and slashing just isn't very entertaining, which works against the story argument that gamers are supposedly lured to love violent games because they're so much fun. Additional elements baked into each of these games-within-a-game -- such as solving neighborhood mazes and a drag racing mini-game -- are just as basic and underdeveloped as the combat.

Potentially even more problematic is that Travis just isn't likable. Granted, we're not really supposed to like this capable but conceited jerk so much as understand what he's meant to represent. But loathing the character you're playing as makes for a long slog, even in a game as short as this (around eight hours). The Complete Edition adds more content with two new characters to play, along with new clothing and skills. Unfortunately, you have to fight your way through the game to access this content, and the main story might not be enjoyable enough for some players to want to check out these extras. Bright spots, few as they may be, come in a kind of retro visual styling -- the long-lost console and games Travis uses were designed decades ago -- as well as some inside jokes for passionate gamers, including references to indie games and designers, some of which are delightfully obscure. But a few clever cultural references do not good satire make. It's debatable whether the No More Heroes series was ever an effective lampoon of western games and gamer culture or simply one more log for the fire it professed to parody, but this latest entry really misses the mark.

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