|Dev: Grasshopper Manufacture|
|Release: August 16, 2011|
|Screen Resolution: 480p-1080p||Blood and Gore, Crude Humor, Intense Violence, Partial Nudity, Sexual Themes, Strong Language|
To help you traverse the big open world of Santa Destroy, Travis has a handy bike. This isn't the worst way to get around, but the controls are a little wonky at times and can make it a frustrating way to travel.
There are a few bizarre problems I thought definitely would've been fixed for the HD version, like the frustratingly slow save system where you have to watch as Travis prepares to use the bathroom. I get it. It's funny. But just like telling the same joke over and over again, this loses its humor after the fourth, fifth, or thirteenth time. There's also the strange decision to not let us replay missions we've already completed unless we go back to the Job Center or location of the job. Design issues like these have no real point and could've been easily remedied in the four long years since No More Heroes first blew our minds.
If you're the type of gamer who likes collecting every hidden item in a game, then Heroes' Paradise is going to be, well, a bit of a paradise for you. When you're not slaying unsuspecting assassins and their hordes of henchmen or driving around town looking for a job that doesn't completely suck (spoiler: they're all awful), you can spend your time scouring the world for its collectibles. Heroes' Paradise has a hearty selection of items like these for you to obsessively search for, including Lovikov Balls, hidden t-shirts, and buried treasure.
Suda 51's games always have a bit of a punk rock style to them, and this game isn't an exception. The art style and characters are edgy and over-the-top, and while the music definitely matches the look and feel of the game, it can get a little annoying at times. If it were great music it wouldn't be a problem, but the strange mix of guitar, electronic, and classical styles don't exactly mesh well. The voice work is consistent; I'm sure the term "overacting" could be thrown about, but in a game like this the excess actually works to its advantage.
Heroes' Paradise is a fantastic game that has a lot to offer. It's got a unique flavor, some fantastic boss fights, excellent combat, slick visuals, and more than a few lines of dialogue that will have you laughing giddily. It also has a bit of an identity crisis that has you brutally killing waves of enemies one minute and cleaning the town of garbage the next, so the flow is a bit off. But you shouldn't let that dissuade you from giving this game a go. At the very least, I can promise you it's not quite like anything you've experienced before.
CCC Contributing Writer