Flashback Friday – No More Heroes

Hey there, it’s me, ya girl, writing a new post for you all during my lunch hour. And you’ve probably guessed that it’s that time again – it’s a Friday and it’s time for a flashback. So, cast your minds back to 2007 and remember one of my absolute favourite games of all time. Let’s talk about No More Heroes and No More Heroes: Desperate Struggle.

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Let’s start with the first No More Heroes. Released on the Wii and eventually ported to the PS3 later down the line, No More Heroes stars Travis Touchdown – a self-proclaimed otaku who lives in a motel in Santa Destroy. After winning his trusty beam katana in an auction, he accidentally involves himself in the United Assassins Association by killing Helter-Skelter, which places him in 11th in the rankings. This makes him a target for all other assassins trying to reach the top spot – so, naturally, Travis decides he wants to be number one and sets out on a quest to eliminate all assassins that block his way to victory.

I played No More Heroes on the Wii and I have been craving the PS3 version for years now. It’s pretty hard to come by. But regardless, I still go back and replay the original whenever I can. No More Heroes is full of little quirky mini games, which are crucial for your progress in the main storyline. This may put some people off, but they’re actually pretty fun. As you move up the ranks, you need to put more time into refining Travis’ health, finishing moves, and raising enough money to enter into your next fight. Yes, that’s right. You have to work for your battles.

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I won’t spoil the storyline of either games because I hate spoilers, but the storyline is so bizarre and out there, you kinda don’t wanna stop playing. Travis’ personality makes the whole experience so much better, with his intense and slightly brash attitude and strikingly similar looks to Johnny Knoxville. Which is not that odd, as he was based on the main man of Jackass himself…

It’s always a bit of a gamble when a sequel to a game you adore is released, but No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle surpasses the first release in my honest opinion. NMH: 2 was released for the Wii in 2010 and was well received. Everything about the sequel was an enhancement from the previous instalment, for example, the bosses you fight are more advanced, the mini games are less repetitive, and you get to play as Shinobu. Shinobu is a boss that you fight during the first game, and she starts to see Travis as her new master after he defeats her. She’s one of my favourite characters in any video game because she’s SO BADASS. I wish I was as cool as her, but no-one can ever achieve that. It’s not possible. Believe me, I’ve tried.

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Having a game that was more geared towards adult audiences on the Wii was pretty spectacular. I remember being introduced to NMH while at my ex-boyfriends house, sat with our friends, and watching one of them hack-and-slash their way through hordes of enemies. I was hooked after that. Travis Touchdown became my babe. I will always have a soft spot for Travis and his antics. Bring on Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes. Have you guys played NMH? Let me know in the comments!

P.S – I will be replacing these photos as soon as I can! I’d like to go back to using GIFS like I used to – so don’t worry! ❤

– Dom

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