|No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle|
|Publisher(s)|| NA Ubisoft|
EU Rising Star Games
|Release date|| NA January 26, 2010|
EU May 28, 2010
AUS May 25, 2010
JP October 21, 2010
|Media||Nintendo optical discs|
|Input methods||Wii Remote and Nunchuk|
No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle (ノーモア★ヒーローズ デスパレート ストラグル Nō Moa Hīrōzu Desuparēto Sutoraguru) is an action video game for the Wii video game system. It is the second game in the No More Heroes video game series, directed by Goichi Suda, developed by Grasshopper Manufacture, published by XSEED Games and Rising Star Games, and has a tentative release date of January 2010 in North America, and February or March 2010 in Europe. A Japanese release date has yet to be determined, as a press release by Marvelous Interactive, who were responsible for publishing No More Heroes in Japan, confirms only that publishing Desperate Struggle in North America will be a joint-effort with XSEED, and that plans for release in Japan are currently undecided. At their E3 press conference, Ubisoft announced that they are in fact publishing the game instead of XSEED Games. The game was finally released on January 26, 2010 in North America, on May 28, 2010 in Europe, and in Japan on October 21, 2010.
Plans for a No More Heroes sequel were first revealed shortly after the release of the first game, in a March 15, 2008 interview with Computer and Video Games, where Suda revealed he would be interested in producing a No More Heroes 2 for the Wii, on the condition that the game sold well enough to convince its publishers. With No More Heroes' positive reception in North America, and Martin Defries, manager of Rising Star Games who were responsible for publishing No More Heroes in Europe, raving about the sales of the first game, not only was it unlikely that Suda's intention to direct a follow-up would go unsupported, but this meant it was likely that the sequel would not be published exclusively in Japan. Release dates for Desperate Struggle in North America and Europe have been confirmed. XSEED Games will be publishing the game in North America, taking over from Ubisoft, who published No More Heroes in the country.
Desperate Struggle was announced on October 8, 2008, where a teaser trailer for the game was shown at the Tokyo Game Show in Chiba, Japan. This trailer provides little insight to the premise of the game, other than that the player will once again take control of Travis Touchdown, the protagonist from the first game. Following No More Heroes' suit of pitting Travis against unique adversaries, the trailer sees Travis preparing to battle a woman fitted with a six-limbed jet pack. Also, similar to the first game's numerous references to popular culture, in the trailer Travis says the Terminator film series' catch phrase "I will be back!" before initiating a sequence with music similar to that of the Terminator series' scores. Travis' attire has apparently been modified for Desperate Struggle, as well. Instead of his signature red hot jacket and Pure White Lover Bizarre Jelly t-shirt, Travis wears a black jacket, with ragged pants and a simple t-shirt reading "TRAVIS STRIKES AGAIN" in the trailer.
Desperate Struggle is planned for release in Europe in both "extreme" and mild formats, to appeal to European fans who were disappointed by the bloodless version of No More Heroes that was published in their region. On the topic of these different formats, Suda has explained:
|“||We won't be able to make the same game for all territories. For Europe, we're going to release two versions. One extreme version, and one with less violence... With No More Heroes 2 we want to please the fans too. I want the European users to be able to experience the extreme version. When I first had the concept [of No More Heroes], I had both the bloody version and the milder version in mind. So when I worked on the US version, it wasn't a problem for me to make, but when I made the Japanese version, I needed to rethink it a little bit. But I did both at the same time.||”|
Suda has also promised improvements to the game's engine as well as its graphics, resulting in "a far busier Santa Destroy" (thus confirming the town's reappearance). This may assure the senses of those who, like reviewers at GameSpot, feel the Santa Destroy of No More Heroes "should be taken as a hub rather than a city and something that should have been worked on a lot more." Another frequently criticized feature of the first game's engine is its poor collision detection. The same production staff responsible for the first game are also confirmed to have reprised their roles for the designing of Desperate Struggle.
Suda declared in an interview with Eurogamer on October 9, 2008, "When we worked on the first No More Heroes, [Grasshopper and Japanese publisher Marvelous] we were really confident that this one was going to be a huge success. When we were talking at that time we said okay, if it really becomes a success, we should definitely make a sequel. The sales in US and Europe were pretty good so we said okay, we have to make it." He has also confessed, "[No More Heroes] is the very first time that I really wanted to make a sequel, out of all the titles I've made so far."
Though Suda has remained fairly secretive of the game's premise thus far, when questioned by Eurogamer on what feeling Suda wished to convey to players through the game, he responded with, "One of the feelings you may be experiencing is the true meaning of fighting," likely a result of the game's dominant themes being revengeful in nature. A recent issue of Famitsu has revaled that there will be dual katana game play, and over 50 bosses.
Three years have passed since Travis Touchdown became the top assassin in the United Assassins Association and walked away. Now, he returns to Santa Destroy and fights Skelter Helter, who seeks revenge on Travis for killing his older brother Helter Skelter prior to the first game. After winning the battle, he meets Sylvia Christel again, who informs him he is now ranked 51st. The dying Skelter interrupts them and warns Travis that he and his co-conspirators will still have their revenge.
The same night, a group of criminals kill Travis's best friend, Bishop, and throw his head through Travis's window in a paper bag. Travis, furious and seeking revenge, asks Sylvia to set up the next fight. Sylvia tells him that the one who ordered his death was Jasper Batt, Jr., the CEO of Pizza Bat and first-ranked assassin. In the first game, Travis stopped three different attempts by Pizza Bat (then localized as "Pizza Butt") to expand into in Santa Destroy by assassinating the CEO. In the three years since, with Travis out of the picture, Pizza Bat successfully opened a headquarters in Santa Destroy and bought out practically every business in town. Travis resolves to climb to the ranks to get a chance for revenge on Jasper.
Travis fights and defeats Nathan Copeland. He then meets Charlie Macdonald and his cheerleaders, who transform into a giant mech called the Santa Death Parade. Travis defeats them in his own mech, the Glastonbury, built by Dr. Naomi and based on a mech from his favorite anime. He feels remorse for the cheerleaders, realizing that they were harmless, but backpedals after Sylvia offers to nullify his victory. Before heading off to the next fight, he is challenged by someone ranked below him; college student Kimmy Howell. He defeats her, but spares her life, commenting that he "can't kill a co-ed". He also begins to fight the supernatural, facing Matt Helms and Cloe Walsh.
Sylvia organizes a battle royale with Travis and eleven other assassins. Dr. Letz Shake immediately kills all of the other assassins except Travis. He is glad for the opportunity to get revenge on Travis as well, having previously defeated Henry and frozen him in carbonite. Travis kills him and defrosts Henry. He also meets Shinobu, who now idolizes him and calls him "Master". At Sylvia's request, she fought and defeated Million Gunman and New Destroyman for Travis. Shinobu advances on Travis, but he turns her away because he feels "like the pervy teacher in a porno". Rejected, she steps out.
Travis fights a grueling battle against Ryuji. Travis crows triumphantly after Ryuji concedes, but Sylvia kills him in cold blood, criticizing Travis for showing mercy. Henry, suffering from hibernation sickness, fights Mimmy in a nightmare before awakening. He reconciles with Travis and kills the next three assassins for him: Scott Gardner, Greg Cantrell and Massimo Bellini. Travis fights Margaret Moonlight and Captain Vladmir, and convinces Sylvia not to destroy the latter's body. After defeating Alice Moonlight, the penultimate assassin, he decides he's fed up with the ranked battles and the UAA. He berates Sylvia, insisting that assassins are human and that they shouldn't have to die for entertainment like it's some kind of video game. He promises to tear down the UAA after defeating Jasper.
Travis fights his way through the Pizza Bat headquarters to meet Jasper in his office. Jasper reveals that he was seeking revenge for his father and two brothers, the Pizza Bat CEOs Travis killed in a mission in the first game. Henry enters and helps Travis defeat him. At the end of the fight, Travis leaps out the window to destroy Jasper's float and kill him. Sylvia, riding Travis's motorcycle, catches him and drops him off at his motel.
Years later, Travis finds Sylvia working at a strip club and pays for private shows from her nearly every day. He never speaks or reveals his identity, instead opting to listen to her recap the events of the game. On the last day, she breaks down and cries, asking to see his face and hear his voice. Travis finally reveals himself, and says "Let's go. Santa Destroy needs us".
- Toshihiro Fujikawa - director
- Goichi Suda – writer , executive director
- Yūsuke Kozaki – character designer
- Okama – costume designer
- Shigeto Koyama – weapons and mechanics designer
- Kris Zimmerman – voice-over director
- Masafumi Takada – music composer
Characters and Voice actorsEdit
- Robin Atkin Downes – Travis Touchdown
- Paula Tiso- Sylvia Christel
- Josh Keaton – New Destroyman
- Kimberly Brooks - Shinobu
- Matt Mercer - Bishop, Skelter Helter
- TGS 2008: Some More Heroes Wii-bound next year at GameSpot
- No More Heroes 2 Desperately Struggles To Interest Native Japanese — Sequel Slated for US and Europe in 2010 at GameCyte
- No More Heroes 2 to get two versions at Eurogamer
- Rising Star Games announces/confirms games for 2009/2010 launches at GoNintendo
- Suda 51 Interview at Eurogamer
|No More Heroes 2|
|Characters||Bishop Shidux · Cat Jeane · Dr. Naomi · Henry · Mask de Uh · Mimmy · Ryan · Sylvia Christel · Takashi Miike · Talbot and Weller|
|Assassins||Travis Touchdown · Shinobu · Skelter Helter · Nathan Copeland · Charlie Macdonald · Kimmy Howell · Matt Helms · Cloe Walsh · Dr. Letz Shake · Million Gunman · New Destroyman · Ryuji · Margaret Moonlight · Captain Vladimir · Alice Twilight · Jasper Batt, Jr.|
|Locations||Iron Claw Point · Destroy University · Santa Destroy Bank · Destroy Stadium · Destroy Resort · Motel "NO MORE HEROES" · Naomi's Lab · Ryan's Gym|
|Settlements||Santa Destroy, California · Akashic Points|
|Weapons||Beam katana · Three Girl Rhumba's Sword · Earthquake Maker · Vosmir · Shapeshifting boombox · Le Croissant du Angel|
|Robots||Santa Death Parade · Glastonbury|
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