Excerpt: It look a lot longer than thirty seconds, but the Time Goddess and her indentured servant heroes are back! The follow-up to the PSP cult hit Half-Minute Hero has finally made its way to North America, a move that surprised just about everybody.
Summary: The original Half-Minute Hero was a very special and intriguing game. It boiled down an entire genre to its barest essentials, reducing the interminably long JRPG to just thirty seconds of gameplay.
Summary: The original Half-Minute Hero for the PSP is one of those games that, despite a brilliant concept and critical acclaim, didn't really find an audience, at least not until it was ported to the Xbox 360 and PC at a later date.
Pros: Fast-paced gameplay puts a fun and challenging spin on RPG mechanics, Full of amusing parodies and references to famous RPG scenes and tropes, Excellent soundtrack with contributions from numerous well-known composers, Lots of hidden secrets to sniff out, Multiplayer is tremendously fun
Cons: Lacks the gameplay variety of the original, Gets way too wordy at times, slowing the pace
Half-Minute Hero: Super Mega Neo Climax Ultimate Boy
2 September 2013
Summary: Half-Minute Hero was arguably one of the PlayStation Portable's best games . As a deconstruction of the role-playing genre, it poked fun at its peers by condensing the core experience of an 80+ hour epic down to just thirty seconds of gameplay.
Excerpt: In 2009, Half-Minute Hero was the RPGamer Editor's Choice for best RPG on the PSP and for good reason. The game is not your typical RPG, as its main mode Hero 30 plays more like a puzzle game wrapped in a retro RPG shell.
Excerpt: RPGamers have long since become accustomed to long, epic quests to save the world, spanning dozens, if not hundreds of hours. We're probably the only subset of gamers that labels any game less than thirty hours long "short." This year, however, Marvelous scoffed at this idea. Thirty hours? Psh!
Excerpt: Half-Minute Hero is not a traditional RPG. Some would argue that it is not really an RPG at all, and wouldn't be completely wrong. It would also not be wrong to say that Half-Minute Hero features a collection of puzzle games with a heavy RPG candy-coating, along with hints of other genres.
Half-Minute Hero: Super Mega Neo Climax Ultimate Boy: review
17 October 2012
Excerpt: It’s hard to accomplish anything in 30 seconds, whether you’re sending a text, making a sandwich, trying to think of an introductory sentence or most other things. Therefore, it might seem rather unreasonable to complete an RPG adventure with grinding, XP and fetch quests in a mere half minute.