Conclusion: All in all, NMH2 is a much better game than its predecessor. Almost everything that detracted from the experience found in the original NMH has been addressed and is now vastly more enjoyable. Players are no longer taken out of the fun parts of the game to mindlessly repeat minigames in order to progress and aren't forced to drive around town to find their next dose of combat.
Excerpt: Suda 51 likes madness; clearly. No More Heroes, his Wii-exclusive third-person hack-em-up through barmy boss fights and mundane part-time jobs, was mental. The sequel, Desperate Struggle, is even crazier. No More Heroes' stylised visuals, video game references and over-the-top violence (this time with spraying blood), return.
Excerpt: When No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle begins, two modern-day swordsmen face each other across the moonlit rooftop. Travis ignites his energy blade. The Cloud cosplayer on the opposing side draws his buster sword. They charge each other; blades clash and sparks fly. A blue arrow appears onscreen, and you -- the M-rated gamer controlling Travis -- swing the Wii remote as part of a mercifully forgiving Quick-Time Event. The ensuing scene is anything but merciful.
Summary: Travis Touchdown is back, and this time.....its personal.
Pros: Combat is fast-paced and really easy to use and is quite fun; side jobs a great throwback to old Nintendo games; art style is unique; Storytelling is quite "out-there" but, anime fans will approve.
Cons: Button inputs are sometimes not recognized; Boss battles can be cheap a times.
Conclusion: If you were one of the few who "got it" with No More Heroes, it's a safe bet you'll love where Suda 51 and the team at Grasshopper Studios are going with its sequel; it is to video games what Kill Bill is to movies - lots of gratuitous violence, immature sex gags, and language that would make a sailor blush.
Excerpt: For some reason I’ve always been drawn to anti-establishment culture. Maybe it’s a bit pretentious but I’ve always enjoyed anyone or anything who gives the proverbial middle finger to the norm. Perhaps that’s why I’ve always had a special place in my heart for Suda 51’s No More Heroes series, in the realm of the Wii, the quirky game is the definition of anti.
Excerpt: Grasshopper Manufacture punches you square in the nose with this double-live gonzo action sequel that's leaner, faster, and--in a feat that borders on the impossible--crazier than the original No More Heroes.
Conclusion: Though it may be a little short, No More Heroes 2 is, undoubtedly, one of the best titles on the Wii to date. Turn down the lights, jack up the sound, grab a box of tissues, and let No More Heroes 2 make sweet, sweet love to you.