• Publisher: Ubisoft
  • Release Date: Jan 26, 2010
Metascore
84

Generally favorable reviews - based on 68 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 62 out of 68
  2. Negative: 0 out of 68
  1. 100
    A brilliantly twisted love letter to the videogame medium, scrawled in blood and pixels.
  2. But it's most laudable for the way it simultaneously mocks and adores the videogame culture that birthed it without conceding to shallow in-jokes.
  3. This is not a game for Wii Fit-playing soccer moms. However, if you dug Travis' first blood-soaked spree, consider yourself a "gamer's" gamer, or just want to experience a Wii-enabled fever dream, then, by all means, take the Suda 51 express to crazy-town.
  4. It's extremely well crafted from beginning to end, and rarely (if ever) sacrifices fun for delivering a message. No More Heroes 2 still makes me laugh, scream, think, and violently wank, even more so after the first play-through. That's more than I can say for almost any game this generation.
  5. 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.
  6. NMH2 is more akin to a shot of gaming adrenaline, delivering over the top action, entertaining minigames, and an enjoyably absurd storyline and characters directly into your veins without delay. If you're a fan of the original NMH or are just looking for a great action title, you definitely need to play this game.
  7. In a way, Desperate Struggle is the definitive example of a gamer's game – a work of self-gratifying passion that is absolutely engorged with style and intensity.
  8. 91
    A fine sequel that takes the fun parts of the original (the combat, the characters, the dialogue) and tries to make those the focus while practically quartering off the weaker parts. By being the high-quality, consistently enjoyable action game it wanted to be the first time around, Desperate Struggle is now a must-buy, and at the very least, finally makes the series deserving of the evangelism surrounding it.
  9. All in all the game is a marked improvement over the first, with the addition of new weapons, a great sound track, and the same brilliant combat.
  10. Regardless of how you approach it, Desperate Struggle is an amazing game. It takes everything that worked from the previous title and expanded upon it, and fixes nearly everything else.
  11. A bizarre, wonderfully trashy sequel, No More Heroes 2 adds a ton of cool new activities and boss fights without messing too much with what worked the first time. It wears thin toward the end, but until then it's one of the most brilliant experiences the Wii has to offer.
  12. While there are a few things we could've done without (frustrating recharging, camera issues, worn-out voices), No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle is incredibly entertaining.
  13. No More Heroes: Desperate Struggle is undeniably rough around the edges, but the same can be said about Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables. Grasshopper's vision for Travis's tale goes uncompromised at the expense of refinement, but one could argue that the cracks and fuzz are an intentional part of the overall punk aesthetic (given the developer's track record, it'd be tough to argue they're not intentional).
  14. Simply great. No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle is a fantastic game for all the hardcore gamers who have a Wii. Stylish, fast-paced action, humor, retro mini-game... everything looks like it was created for the old school fans. Buy it, and you'll love it!
  15. Desperate Struggle is so unpredictable it's like the punch line to a parody of Japanese pop culture. Frantic and all over the map, it somehow makes it all work and gives Wii owners an amazing game for an older audience – a rare treat to find on Nintendo's console.
  16. Improves upon its already-excellent predecessor in pretty much every conceivable way. [Mar 2010, p.88]
  17. In every way, No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle is a better game than No More Heroes.
  18. A Suda51 game anyone can enjoy. [Mar 2010, p.44]
  19. No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle is a game you're going to either love or loathe. If the original tweaked your interest then this is a must-buy.
  20. No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle is really entertaining. If you're a fan of the original or you're looking for a stylish and offensive great action videogame, you definitely need to play this NMH2.
  21. Touchdown's done it again. And with him, we receive the best work that Suda51's made so far, with an outstanding graphics engine and a story that will take players to the city of Santa Destroy, in a vendetta-like-story in which Travis will have to get to the first place of the UAA... and find out who was the man that wasted his patiente with the murder of his best friend. Desperate Struggle's one of the best games for this console.
  22. 90
    Quirky, crass, and incredibly fun, Suda51's stylish sequel to 2008's No More Heroes slashes its way onto the Wii with even more boss battles, much-improved gameplay, and loads of worthwhile new content.
  23. In conclusion, No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle is an entertaining game, although it does suffer from some minor gameplay nuisances with the dodgy camera.
  24. 88
    This isn't a game that begs you play it. It's a game that knocks on your front door, waits for you to answer in a towel and your favorite pair of slippers, rips your head off, and shoves itself down your throat.
  25. No More Heroes 2 is a violent yet elegant Anime-style fighting game, filled with action and supported by an intense storyline. Also, it has an impressive number of secondary missions and old-style arcade games.
  26. One of the most stylish, offensive games on the Wii. [May 2010, p.63]
  27. Travis Touchdown becomes the embodiment of wrath in 'No More Heroes: Desperate Struggle'. Returning to its ultra-stylized roots Desperate Struggle streamlines the navigation, improves the combat, and brings in another round of sweet Tarantino-esq flavoured action.
  28. A bit "one note" gameplay-wise but it's still funny, mental and fun in all the right places. [Apr 2010, p.68]
  29. Action fans on the Wii really have to buy this game. Trashy, but arrogating fights, a great cell shading look and funny mini games make this bloody tale of revenge to something special.
  30. While it unavoidably looses the shock factor of the prequel, No More Heroes 2 is overall a better game, boosting some well-designed new content and leaving behind many of the so-so features of the first game.
  31. Outrageously irreverent, eccentric, and self-aware, No More Heroes 2 is a giant robot full of fun.
  32. The game never gets too heavy though; the simple-but-fun beat-em-up combat and ridiculous boss scenarios rise above any minor remaining issues with No More Heroes 2...Finally, Suda51 delivers a game that almost anyone can appreciate.
  33. Those that loved No More Heroes will really enjoy Desperate Struggle. The winning gameplay has been retained and polished for an even more enjoyable experience, and the changes made to the overall gameplay makes things a lot more accessible, quicker, and more fun overall.
  34. 85
    Astonishing madness and action packed gameplay drenched in gallons of ultra violence and style. Not to be missed.
  35. The combination of wonderful anime-inspired visuals, blood-spattered combat, and loving homages to video games of yesteryear, No More Heroes 2 lampoons and praises our hobby while providing an amazing gaming experience all its own.
  36. No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle doesn't quite reach the same standard the first game did, but it's still a lot of fun to play. It's not without its problems, and the head-scratching, but in a bad way, ending may burn some fans hoping for answers to the series' questions. That said, games like this don't come around too often, and I had a great time playing it.
  37. No more Heroes 2 proves that the Wii is not a kiddo console. Especially the visual style rocks.
  38. Many may compare it to Tarantino's movies, some may say that it is worse than the original and others may argue that such violence is abusive, but in the end everyone wants to draw their katanas and make the blood flow.
  39. A great sequel, making up for the biggest flaws of its predecessor. Still, the in-game camera is a nightmare and platforming nearly broken. If you loved the first one, don't miss this over-the-top trip to insanity.
  40. Desperate Struggle is truly not a perfect game – just like its predecessor it suffers from technical issues like camera-controls or clipping-bugs. Thanks to its unique crazy style, the weird story and characters, spectacular boss-bights and the simple but addictive old-school mini-games, the second No More Heroes is one of the hottest Wii-Action-Games.
  41. We don't always need a huge blockbuster adventure like Uncharted 2. A game that is simply fun because it's a game. From start to finish, No More Heroes: Desperate Struggle is that game.
  42. No More Heroes 2 has some minor shortcomings and a few unnecessary quirks in the gameplay, but to its credit, it is not a button masher and it is not a waggle fest. The interesting and well-developed boss characters at least attempt to force you to make a lot of in-the-heat-of-moment adjustments to your game plan.
  43. Same great dialogue and voice acting.
  44. The game is action-packed, looks good, and can cater to the hardcore players out there.
  45. No More Heroes 2 desperately wants to be played, giving players a quick but fashionable menu and upping its number game with more enemies, more bosses, more playable characters, and more weapons. It delivers more and better, and it still packs much of the same style and flair that helped the first game succeed despite its flaws.
  46. This is a game to be played with one eyebrow raised, because that's how the game's looking at you. But for all its snide Gen-X affectations, its often puerile humour, its sarcasm, and insults to gaming and gamers alike, it never insults your intelligence. That's a precious, rare thing in games.
  47. The game's concessions to traditional game design make No More Heroes 2 a more palatable, satisfying experience. But in doing so, you feel Suda 51 and his team have moved away from Grasshopper's boisterous 'Punk's Not Dead' slogan.
  48. Desperate Struggle's improved gameplay, streamlined structure and adolescent fantasy may not make the perfect mix of ingredients, but we love the way it tastes all the same. [Apr 2010, p.120]
  49. A great game worthy of a purchase. Get your kill on!
  50. If you're a fan of the first game but found it somewhat flawed in some areas, this sequel does a good job on rectifying almost all of them. The visuals are somewhat improved, the plot is interesting and full of fun characters and gameplay is solid. Minor technical flaws aren't enough to dampen the overall experience all too much.
  51. While the quirky details aren't as well formed compared to its predecessor, Desperate Struggle's broad strokes are still joyously insane. Far from perfect, infuriating at times, but uproarious and unforgettable all the same.
  52. No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle has more style, fresh ideas and great music than any human ever can handle. It's a better game than the original No More Heroes, but still has some minor gameplay disturbances.
  53. A really great game, excessive and wild.
  54. Here we have a game that has streamlined itself, stripped away every inconvenient impediment to mass appeal, and in that cleansing has lost something vital
  55. 80
    Developer Grasshopper Manufacture went above and beyond in creating a game that features some tightly packed pacing and fun, mature gameplay that the Wii doesn't see as often as it should.
  56. No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle is almost pop art. The sequel is still rough around the edges but the fury of the combat, bizarre dialogue and style with 8-bit gaming homage make it loveable. [May 2010]
  57. One of the best action games for Nintendo Wii. Hilarious, entertaining and funny to play.
  58. In more ways than one, No More Heroes is to games what Crank is the movies--this is a deliberately stupid and absurd game made with incredible craft and passion by people who love video games and hate being bored. No More Heroes 2 is a game seemingly designed specifically to surprise people who have played a lot of video games, and to this end, it's a smashing success.
  59. Whether or not you'll warm to it depends largely on if you enjoy the game's maniacal atmosphere: if you are, or ever were, a slightly juvenile adolescent male with a penchant for videogames and movies – and I think that covers most of us – there's a very good chance it'll go down a treat.
  60. No More Heroes 2 : Desperate Struggle is a journey of its own. Blessed with solid and enjoyable gameplay, Grasshopper's title draws the player into a furious whirlwind of violence and madness, complete with references to wrestling, moe, and cult movies. Diabolically orgasmic. NMH 2 universe is an otaku's dream world, with unlikely bosses, and an enjoyable bad taste, that will make you forget about the technical shortcomings of the game and place it among the classics of the Wii.
  61. Suda 51 has been praised for his madcap style, but criticized for his gameplay mechanics. It's unfortunate that No More Heroes 2 does little to fix his flaw as a game developer, but it also showcases his eye for insane detail and offbeat humor.
  62. 75
    This game offers a nice variation but the hack and slash part will bore you pretty soon. However you can have a few hours of fun with this game.
  63. The original title won fans for its shocks and surprises; the second takes no risks. While its ultraviolence is slick and satisfying, its shtick has calcified. [Apr 2010, p.92]
  64. Perhaps No More Heroes 2, like its predecessor, works on a level our feeble brains aren't capable of comprehending. Perhaps it's so post-modern it's post-post-modern.
  65. Bloody and brutal action is born of totally crazy bosses... with plenty of peculiar mini-games and retro-stylings. NMH 2 is a pure linear, sexy delight. [Aug 2010]
  66. Still an excellent third person brawler, but not the subversive outsider the original was.
  67. Like its predecessor, No More Heroes 2 is a mixture of brilliant originality and dull mediocrity. It has funny writing, bizarre characters and wonderful retro mini games, but also loads of tedious and repetitive combat that goes on for way to long.
  68. Fans of the original wanting to know where Travis has been will want to pick this up, while people new to the Suda 51 universe would be best at a rental.
User Score
8.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 162 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 38 out of 40
  2. Negative: 1 out of 40
  1. Jun 21, 2013
    9
    This is without a doubt one of the best games the Wii has to offer. No More Heroes 2 is a stylish game with amazing boss fights, hilarious moments, and ridiculously fun action. It's certainly not perfect, far from it. But it's just too stylish and fun to fault for its imperfections.
    Many game developers try to make great games but fail to make them actually entertaining. Making games fun to play is an area that Grasshopper Manufacture excels at, and this game is evidence of that.
    This is Suda 51's best game to date (with the original NMH in 2nd).
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  2. Oct 21, 2012
    10
    This game gets a 10 because of its simple, fun combat system, multiple boss fights, and one of the best messages ever given to the player through gameplay alone, that revenge isn't all it's cut out to be. Full Review »
  3. Jun 27, 2011
    10
    No More Heroes 2 is freaking epic! A lot of video games these days lack the personality of NMH2. Travis Touchdown is quirky, tough, and downright funny. The bosses are all spectacular and deliver great dialogue. I was excited every time I encountered one. The open world from the first game was taken away and replaced with a menu based interface. I have no complaints about that as you get to go here and there really quickly (I will miss collecting stuff though). The whole story is great and really funny. The combat has been improved and now you get to double wield a pair of beam katanas. No More Heroes 2 is a great game that proves serious gamers can have fun on the Wii (you also want to check out MadWorld). I give it a 9.75! Full Review »