• 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]
User Score
8.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 159 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. 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 »
  3. Feb 9, 2014
    9
    Have to say that in terms of gameplay, this is an improvement from the first game. Santa Destroy is no longer boring and the use of different katanas really comes in handy. Only problem is that although there is now some sort of storyline, some of the bosses in this game, especially the final boss, are not as awesome, epic or memorable as the first game. The story, unfortunately, lacked the splendid plot twists of the first game. Full Review »