The ILG Coint & Plick Awards

Coint & Plick 2008 #40c: No More Heroes

Posted in 2008 by trdn89 on February 22, 2010

15 points, 2 votes

Official game site

John Justin: Fifty percent of this game is completely awful but the brilliance and bizarreness of the other half still put it in my top five. On the plus side, the driving is so transparently crappy that it only took about five minutes to realize that there was zero reason to devote any effort to making it do anything useful.

Mitch Krpata: The rudest and most joyful game of 2008, No More Heroes gleefully embraced all the symbols and tropes of almost three decades of gaming. NMH doesn’t necessarily strike me as a game of the year contender, but it’s an important breakthrough precisely because it doesn’t need to be judged along the traditional review axes. In fact, on the Metacritic page is this excerpt from the IGN review: “…it’s a pain to trek through, and a painfully low-tech visual offering. Pop-in is everywhere, control is irritating at best, and the frame rate is all over the charts. It’s an absolute mess.” It’s not often I feel justified in saying something like this, but it’s hard to imagine a reviewer so completely missing the point. That’s like bitching about a movie being shot in black and white after 1950. The look of this game was a choice. No More Heroes is a game with things on its mind, not least of which is its own identity. I feel richer for having played it. And, frankly, I’m just glad I finally got to play a game that let me use the word ‘pastiche’ without having to strain for it.

Garrett Martin : Yes, it is awesome, though kind of embarrassing to play when the wife is in earshot. I’m glad to see that Japanese inscrutability being applied to something that isn’t sci-fi, an RPG or mind-shatteringly “cute”.

Creeztophair : The ending is wonderfully delightful, the characters all have their own unique style and all the levels are pretty neat but the combat is mostly the same throughout the game.
Still a shitload of fun and a must purchase if you own a Wii.

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