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. Though the game is no longer present on a handheld system, Half-Minute Hero: The Second Coming managed to find a happy niche on Steam, and brings back the quirky and unique gameplay that made the original so popular.
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. Both a heartfelt tribute and pointed critique, the bite-sized adventure brimmed with self-referential humor. It trot out just about every trope in the book, firing on all cylinders with a lengthy series of inside jokes and clever witticisms.
Excerpt: 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. Half Minute Hero: The Second Coming is a direct follow-up to that game, taking place some time after that game's end. The initial story follows Yusha, a brooding military commander with a mysterious past.
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. Then with heaps of self-referential humor, it proceeded to roast the genre.
Review: Half Minute Hero: Super Mega Neo Climax Ultimate Boy
New Gamer Nation
6 November 2012
Conclusion: Final Verdict : By packing in a ton of content from both previous versions of the game, the PC version of Half Minute Hero proves to be the definitive release of Marvelous’ cult hit. If you’ve got fond memories of old, classic RPGs, or you appreciate puzzling and planning on a time limit, Half Minute Hero is certainly worth picking up.
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. Now, Half-Minute Hero Super Mega Neo Climax for Xbox Live Arcade is a scaled down version of the original that offers a few new additions.
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! We only need thirty seconds! And thus Half-Minute Hero was born, a truly bizarre RPG adventure where you have a mere thirty seconds to save the world.
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. Regardless, this title's Hero 30 mode easily qualifies as an RPG, just one that takes place in bite-sized, thirty second chunks, and comes out on top as a very addictive little game.
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. But that’s exactly what the innovative and challenging RPG Half-Minute Hero does.