No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle

released on Jan 26, 2010

No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle continues the tale of punk anti-hero Travis Touchdown, the Japanese anime Otaku, and pro wrestling-obsessed assassin. Travis finds himself at the bottom of the UAA (United Assassins Association) rankings and must wage war to become the No. 1 assassin once again. The follow-up to the popular No More Heroes will offer fans infectious, fun gameplay that allows you to wield not just one, but two swords and face multiple bosses simultaneously in bigger-than-ever boss battles.

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I still like this game simply for the fact that its more of Travis beating shit up but man some of the bosses are really missing the amount of personality that was present in the first game.

Crazy because there's a point where it feels like the game suddenly remembered to have interesting bosses (ranks 4-2 are great) then the final boss happened and pissed all over the parade. Fuck, the final boss felt like such a joke that I was actually waiting for a true final boss to jump in and kill him

Loses a lot of what made the first game so great, strips a lot of features and revamps a lot of systems for the worse. Still, it ends up being a fun title, and more No More Heroes. Some standout bosses but unfortunately a lot aren't as interesting as all the assassins from the first game. Really cruddy ending too.

Better than the first game in many ways, but it falls short at the very end. Removing the boring empty open world was a good choice but the 8bit games aren't a very good replacement. That said I still love it to death and had tons of fun replaying what is essentially a boss rush with only two bad fights.

Don't get me wrong, this game is good. In fact, it could've been just as good as the first. That is, if it wasn't for the countless things they changed or removed. Some examples include: replacing the assassination missions (dogshit choice) and making dark stepping pretty weird to pull off (sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't, still doesn't feel like the first one's version either way). But, what really separates this game from all of the others is that it does not have much replay value as any of the others, unfortunately. Overall, it's pretty much like the first game, just with some not-so-beautiful stuff sprinkled in.