No More Heroes review

  • Game is massive
  • Unique gameplay
  • Seriously funky music
  • Low framerates in spots
  • Jagged graphics
  • May be too weird for some

Between carrying out the different assassinations, Travis is free to explore the GTA-styled city, earning the entrance fees he needs for his next fights. Look around and you’ll find a jagged-edged world and a framerate which favours hovering around the twenties once you hit high speeds on Travis’ bike, but the minor technical faults will be picked on by only the most joyless of non-gamers. No More Heroes makes no attempt to ape reality, and instead embraces all the things only a game can do, constantly using and tossing away new ideas as if innovation were cheap.

Never before have we played a game that felt so completely in love with being a game - text is rendered in an eighties pixellated font, your map’s a sloppy digital display, the whole HUD ripped from Grand Theft Auto without mercy or apology; the ten best assassins table is the high score chart from a 1984 coin-op and the pause menu is like a scene from Tron. Need money? Smash open a chest. Need to save? Head towards the big flashing ‘S’ icon. Where to go? Follow the giant exclamation mark. Where else could you slice through an army, pause the action and swing your remote to tear a man through his center? Where else could a click of the B button incapacitate your foes ready for a pro wrestling move? Where else could you pull off a horrifically violent fatality with an eBayed lightsaber?

No More Heroes is always true to its own perverse logic - always proud to be a videogame, always stealing liberally from the best of other genres, always loud and obnoxious. The mishmash of visual styles, music and the world’s most flamboyant dialogue has no comparison to anything else; it’s impossible to put the game in a box, except to say that it is unquestionably, undeniably, unequivocally No More Heroes, and you have never played anything like this before.

You’ve already showed your friends Super Mario Galaxy. It gave you the same feeling as when you saw Ridge Racer on the PSOne, or Super Mario 64 on N64, or Soul Calibur on the Dreamcast - games that you could stick on your TV and say “look - this is a brilliant, brilliant game.” Well, No More Heroes is another game like that; something that will awe people.

More Info

Release date: Jan 22 2008 - Wii (US)
Available Platforms: Wii
Genre: Action
Published by: Ubisoft
Developed by: Grasshopper Manufacture
ESRB Rating:
Mature: Blood and Gore, Crude Humor, Intense Violence, Sexual Themes, Strong Language
PEGI Rating:


  • n00b - December 1, 2010 6:01 p.m.

    just got this game sadly a little late why did i wait so long this game is great
  • Spidergonzo - December 10, 2008 2:49 a.m.

    First :D Too bad. i heard this game was supposed to be really good. Guess this is going in the pile of games like Okami. Sad :'(
  • TrigunGunner - September 19, 2009 10:30 p.m.

    Goodness, Spidergonzo, you are best described by GR in the review as "the most joyless of non-gamers". And I don't know what drugs you were taking when you said Okami sucked and is among the pile of sad games, but Okami was fantastic and like No More Heroes, is game of the best and most original art. Spidergonzo, you should be ashamed of yourself, you need to go cry in a corner and repent for your stupidity, you joyless non-gamer.
  • nateb127 - February 6, 2009 1:41 a.m.

    spider gonzo what are you talking about?!?! this is a great game. if you can get by the small technical flaws then you are going to have one of the best and most hardcore games on the wii. good review GR completly agree.
  • barrage7667 - May 6, 2009 2:32 a.m.

    and wait a minute...OKAMI was amazing so was this spidergonzo thts sad i mean both these games are insane! wat is wrong with u
  • stuffblowupnation - February 8, 2009 2:20 a.m.

    This is THE ONLY WII game this awesone so far. I need it, rather than 4 different pieces of LEGO bull.

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