Metascore
72

Mixed or average reviews - based on 38 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 38
  2. Negative: 1 out of 38
  1. Aug 16, 2011
    75
    Everyone needs to play this game, despite its imperfections, because its uniqueness deserves your attention. Pick up this crazy, super stylistic, ultraviolent adventure. It shines, despite its technical shortcomings. Go decapitate some f---heads.
  2. Aug 18, 2011
    80
    A fantastic game that has a lot to offer. It's got a unique flavor, some fantastic boss fights, excellent combat, slick visuals, and more than a few lines of dialogue that will have you laughing giddily. It also has a bit of an identity crisis that has you brutally killing waves of enemies one minute and cleaning the town of garbage the next, so the flow is a bit off.
  3. Aug 18, 2011
    78
    If you don't own a Wii or want to start from the beginning, this HD upgrade of the original No More Heroes is a solid but flawed brawler that will introduce you to the goofy plight of Travis Touchdown. For everyone else, don't hesitate to skip right to the far superior Wii-exclusive sequel. [Sept 2011, p.94]
  4. May 18, 2011
    80
    It's a game about games, and stuffed with the kind of scenarios and salacious tidbits that presuppose a largely male, largely 20-something audience ready to get lost in them...So let's put it this way. If you masturbate with any degree of regularity, you'll probably really enjoy No More Heroes: Heroes' Paradise. And you can quote me on that.
  5. Aug 19, 2011
    70
    Its wanton weirdness is still as charming as it was on the Wii, and its nonsensical narrative is always enjoyable. So if you're anxious to rekindle your bloodlust in the most over-the-top manner available, Heroes' Paradise may be worth a look.
  6. Sep 2, 2011
    67
    But really, part of what makes No More Heroes so enjoyable is the nearly nonsensical story, which is still intact here. Lots of 4th wall breaking going on by all parties, and a whole lot pokes are made at popular culture and various geek loves, like Star Wars, Transformers, and others.
  7. Aug 31, 2011
    42
    It's shame that this port has been borked so badly; I don't think No More Heroes found the audience it needed on the Wii, and Heroes' paradise isn't going to do this franchise any favors.
  8. Jun 4, 2011
    70
    An unremarkable port. [July 2011, p.92]
  9. Aug 16, 2011
    70
    It's really too bad we had to give this version a lower score, but the game just doesn't live up to the potential of being a superior version of a beloved game. Instead, it's an inferior version due to the controls, and the graphical improvements are nearly nonexistent.
  10. Jun 17, 2011
    73
    No More Heroes: Heroes' Paradise alternates between a unique art direction, full of great moments, to some technical flaws that are hard to swallow, especially considering that the game runs on a PlayStation 3. The very simple structure, which uses various tricks to break an otherwise absurd monotony (ten boss fights in a row?) should have been supported by a deeper gameplay and, furthermore, by better graphics.
  11. May 27, 2011
    82
    This is the best version of No More Heroes available. Uncensored and with high definition graphics, it includes new content and the possiblity to use Move and enjoy the same experience as the original. But it loses the surprise factor, and does not make the most of PlayStation 3 capabilities.
  12. Aug 29, 2011
    70
    As the Wii version is pretty easy to find for around $10, it's hard to recommend this mixed bag of an update, knowing that the less buggy original is $30 cheaper.
  13. May 23, 2011
    68
    It's a 1:1 port from Wii, it's technically equal and Move isn't fully supported. What worked in 2008, simply isn't enough nowadays.
  14. Jun 4, 2011
    80
    Though not radically different from the Wii version, No More Heroes: Heroes' Paradise remains a blood soaked, mayhem filled title that is definitely deserving of a look-in for those who are yet to experience the world of Travis Touchdown.
  15. Jun 2, 2011
    80
    A great "HD Edition", with some interesting additions regarding boss battles from the second chapter and a functional control scheme.
  16. May 21, 2011
    70
    This game is really strange and has a main character who likes weird stuff, sex, jokes, blood and more. It's actually a Wii-game in High Definition so not an entirely new game. It's funny to play but doesn't offer anything special.
  17. Jun 1, 2011
    80
    No More Heroes: Heroes' Paradise is a great porting of the original game published time ago on the Nintendo Wii. The HD lifting is quite good and the addition of 5 bosses from No More Heroes 2 is a nice touch. Anyway, the old problems are still there, not enough to ruin the experience but to enough be somehow disappointing.
  18. May 17, 2011
    80
    Highbrow parody or the best lightsabre game never made? Suda51's deconstructionist classic manages to be both.
  19. As stylish as it is, it's never quite as likeable. [May 2011, p.113]
  20. May 13, 2011
    80
    This (finally) uncensored version is a remake of the first No More Heroes, now in great looking HD. Suda 51 was the team involved in the development of the first game and we love their style, great sense of humor and exaggerated characters. Move is a great substitute for the Wiimote, and the lack of a Nunchuk is not a big deal for performing combos and wrestling attacks. And this time you can also use the DualShock 3 gamepad. The game is almost identical to the original one and we only have a few additions like the dreams (replay old cinematics) and nightmares (replay old battles). We had hoped for a major improvement in the visuals, but only the light effects are noticeably better. If you are looking for a extremely fun and unique action game for your PS3, don't think too much about this, just pick Heroes Paradise and start hunting assassins.
  21. Jun 2, 2011
    78
    The many identical henchmen start to grate and the boring and awkward free roaming gets also gets annoying pretty quickly. But, you also get and enormous amount of style, strangeness and violence.
  22. Jun 26, 2011
    89
    If you live and breathe for over the top Japanese craziness then No More Heroes should be at the top of your wish list. [Issue#206, p.90]
  23. May 19, 2011
    85
    A cult classic, a rare and crazy gem that demands your full attention from start to finish. The conversion from Wii to PS3 hasn't been entirely without fault, but it's still well worth picking up, especially if you never experienced it the first time around.
  24. Jun 4, 2011
    65
    Riotous irony and violence, spiked by drudgery and muddy visuals. [July 2011, p.92]
  25. Jun 27, 2011
    70
    It's worthy for the epic clashes with the bosses, sense of humor and simple and fun gameplay.
  26. Sep 1, 2011
    76
    If you never got around to playing the original on the Wii, or are just looking for an interesting, although flawed, game from the strange mind of Suda51, you can't go wrong with Heroes' Paradise.
  27. Heroes is a fine title taken in small bites, but the repetitive gameplay becomes ever more grinding with prolonged exposure. [Oct 2011, p.81]
  28. Jun 15, 2011
    90
    No More Heroes is still a great game, if a little inconsistent; dozens of inspired moments with the dullest sandbox world yet produced as the hub, sacrificing fun for drudgery, yet somehow getting away with it, a fast-paced action game, coupled with a frame rate volatile when you do anything too fast. This is a deeply flawed game but it is brilliant; overcoming a multitude of shortcomings and refusing to be crippled by its own flab.
  29. Jun 1, 2011
    55
    What we are faced with, then, is a port of a game that probably worked on the Wii but which - three years later on a much different console with an asking price of eighty-odd bucks – is as aggressively inessential as its own open-world elements.
  30. Aug 2, 2011
    60
    As a sandbox game No More Heroes is extremely bad – the city is ugly, repetitive and almost completely empty. Those who dig the Japanese craziness will appreciate the game's biggest treasure – its atmosphere and absolute unpredictability. First you save your progress in a toilet, a moment later you run around with a lawnmower doing a side quest, then you agree to assassinate a corporate boss and at last you listen to the protagonist's philosophical monologue about the meaning of life. [August 2011, p.69]
User Score
7.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 31 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 12
  2. Negative: 3 out of 12
  1. Aug 27, 2011
    8
    A strange, yet unique action title that will entertain as long as the player is able to look past some rough spots and shoddy design choices. It is essentially a shined-up, HD port of the Wii title with a few extra bells and whistles. The action is solid and the bosses are memorable. The only downfall would have to be the constant grind for cash, as it is required to move forward in the game and the side-jobs can be aggravatingly repetitive. I would definitely recommend downloading the demo before purchasing the title, as this game is not for everyone. Full Review »
  2. May 9, 2012
    8
    A game that is as much bold, brash and entertaining as much as it is tiring, frustrating and dull. It's a game that never apologises for its short comings, but can't wait to point out why it is so f***ing brilliant. For each three hours of gameplay you will spend at least one and a half hours navigating Santa Destroy, one of the worst 'hub' worlds I have played in in my time as a gamer; made frightfully worse by protagonist Travis Touchdown's dodgy motorcycle mechanics. When you've saved up enough money beating a series of challenges and mini games Travis dispenses a princely finder's fee into an ATM and he rushes off to do what he does best; kill someone. The actual pre boss levels are thrilling endurance races designed to test a gamer, and then you have possibly ten of the most unique and crazy boss fights this side of the millennium. Crazy, fun, not perfect but doesn't have to be. Heroes Paradise will sit on my game rack as one of my little guilty pleasures for some time to come. Full Review »
  3. Sep 9, 2011
    10
    Has to be one of my favourite games of all time. Picked up the Wii version a year or two ago for £7.99 and fell in love with it completely, so I was stoked that there was going to be an HD update for the Move. Definitely not a game for everyone, but this game has an excellent following nonetheless, and ticks just about every box.

    Brilliant dialogue teamed with a nice and unintrusive storyline and hilarious, amazingly interesting and brutal characters come together to make the innovative take on the Hack 'n' Slash action that much more fun and exciting, and the game keeps all of the fights interesting to complete more than a few times. The fact that this version of the game is uncut is also a huge bonus, as there was no blood in the European version of the Wii game, and the game is made that much cooler by being able to slice your enemies in two. Of course the main element of the game is the fighting and ranked battles that you have to take part in to reach the number 1 spot on the Assassin's rankings, the open world (the Wii game's biggest flaw) has been touched upon and improved, with many bugs being taken out and more reasons to explore.

    Of course, the new PlayStation exclusive features are all welcomed greatly, including the surprisingly nice graphics, excellent Move and Dualshock support and not to mention the extra modes such as the score and time based boss fight mode which really adds a lot of replayability to the game. The inclusion of a handful of brilliantly integrated bosses from Desperate Struggle (a game I unfortunately never bought) is an excellent idea and they are carried over well and leave me clinging on to the idea of a sequel (despite poor sales of this update). New beam katanas and paintjobs for the Schpheltiger (Schfeltiger?) Motorcycle are also a nice way to add new things to collect and experiment with.

    Overall, this game is great (despite a few technical flaws, but that's forgiveable when you consider it's an update of a somewhat less powerful Wii game) and it's such a shame that only 90,000 copies have been sold. Still holding out for the sequel though, that'd be ace. All that remains is to thank AQ Interactive and Marvelous Entertainment for updating this game for the PS3.
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