Metascore
74

Mixed or average reviews - based on 26 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 26
  2. Negative: 0 out of 26
  1. Feb 11, 2016
    92
    Not A Hero is a John Woo movie in pixel art, with a demoniac, smooth and frantic gameplay, a lot of brutal action and a bizzarre humour. Be a good citizen, vote for BunnyLord.
  2. Feb 4, 2016
    90
    With a very high-pace and addictive gameplay, Not A Hero will have you enjoying every single second you play. On top of this, the sarcasm in this game will have you laughing constantly, with a very clever statement about politics.
  3. 90
    Just like Roll7's previous outings, Not A Hero is a challenging affair that will leave you coming back for just one more try. Except it's not just one more try; it's been 30 minutes and you're trying to cope with being addicted to the frantic gameplay.
  4. Feb 13, 2016
    80
    Roll7 delivered once again a fun game with solid gameplay mechanics and superb audio/visuals. If you’ve loved Hotline Miami, Not a Hero is the perfect game for you.
  5. Feb 11, 2016
    80
    Not A Hero is pretty upfront about what it intends to deliver. There are no heroes here, just as there aren’t any deep mechanics or unexpected twists in the gameplay. What the game does have is an incredibly memorable cast of villains, most of whom you’ll be controlling throughout, and a solid core mechanic that unfortunately gets stretched a little too thin.
  6. 80
    As newcomers to the pixelated shooter genre, Roll7 has succeeded in producing a fun, challenging, and gory experience with Not a Hero.
  7. Feb 2, 2016
    80
    Not a Hero is great indie game. Developer Roll7 has done a great job, this game is brash, bombastic and brutal. It’s also really quirky and overall it’s loads of fun to play.
  8. Feb 2, 2016
    80
    Not a Hero is a funny and frenzied game that will have you laughing out loud as you attempt to conquer its varied range of challenges, even if there are a few issues with its cover system and level structure.
  9. Feb 2, 2016
    80
    Fast and frantic, Not a Hero provides some serious satisfaction when things are running on all cylinders. There’s nothing lack diving through windows and taking out bad guys, even if it is classic 8-bit sprites. The humor feels a bit forced at times, but the action wins out in providing a ton of fun.
  10. 80
    Not A Hero is a thumping good shooter experience made all the more exiting through an intriguing art style; unrelenting gore and a relatively non-linear composition to pleasantly fleshed out levels.
  11. 80
    A riotous take on the side-scrolling shooter from the house that Olli Olli built, Not A Hero is brash, clever and entertaining blaster; even if its old-fashioned sensibilities may grate with some.
  12. Feb 2, 2016
    78
    Not a Hero is a very special cover-based shooter in 2D deeper than it looks. Unfortunately, we can finish it in a few hours.
  13. Feb 2, 2016
    77
    Not a Hero is the pixelart counterpart to a lot of Jason Statham movies: The two-dimensional action is brutal, over-the-top and redundant – but tremendous fun.
  14. Feb 2, 2016
    75
    Not a Hero is enjoyable and fun, although the plot sections are relatively boring and the whole concept is burdened with the feeling of repetition. Pixelated style works, as well as the cover system, although Roll7 apple doesn't fall far from the nonsensical violence and the politically incorrect joke, which could have made it a better game.
  15. Jul 3, 2016
    70
    While the game can be fun in short stretches and Bunnylord is deserving of further video game appearances, overall the game delivers more frustration than frills.
  16. Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    Mar 31, 2016
    70
    Riotous fun to begin with. But when the difficulty ramps up faster than a halfpipe, frustration creeps in due to loose controls and mechanics. [April 2016, p75]
  17. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    Mar 7, 2016
    70
    This is a sublimely addictive action throwback with an occasional habit of shooting itself in the foot. At least I can say this: politics has never been so exciting. [March 2016, p.89]
  18. Feb 4, 2016
    70
    You will enjoy shooting criminals and samurais in Not a Hero, but you will feel that all action is very repetitive too.
  19. Feb 4, 2016
    70
    If you’re a fan of gory, pixelated, 2D shooters with a whole heaping of voice acting laced with swearing, then Not a Hero is easily recommendable.
  20. Feb 2, 2016
    70
    Not a Hero is a challenging but fun game. It has tons of humor and a lot of graphic violence. Unfortunately it is also linear and only entertains for a short period. Still worth a try though.
  21. Feb 2, 2016
    70
    The explosion-happy, pixel-art world of Not a Hero can be fun for short bursts. However, its inability to take anything seriously—paired with an intense objective system—leaves it somewhere in the middle.
  22. 70
    A fun, funny, and wonderfully gory 2D shooter, but it’s not quite as tightly designed as OlliOlli and certainly lacks the same longevity.
  23. Feb 2, 2016
    70
    Not a Hero might not always play out the way that you want it to thanks to the fidelity of its controls, but don't let that stop you from enjoying the ensuing chaos and delightful characters. If pixelated explosions and wide-open stages are your sort of thing, then be sure to cast your vote for BunnyLord this coming election.
  24. Feb 3, 2016
    65
    Not a Hero is a game that will immediately grab your attention within the first few moments of playing it. By the time you make your way to the middle of the game’s story, some of the charm will probably wear off as you start to see some of the game’s more glaring issues including a ramped up difficulty, no checkpoint system, no auto-reload or missing a piece of cover to be killed by enemies once again.
  25. Play UK
    Mar 25, 2016
    60
    Not A Hero tries so hard to be irreverent that it hurts, but, in the grand scheme of things, the game is still fairly fun. Just don't be astounded if it fails to hold your attention for long. [Issue#267, p.76]
  26. Jan 29, 2016
    60
    With difficult games coming into vogue over the past few years, Not a Hero isn't fresh or deep enough to make it stand out despite the humorous notes. A title like this will have an audience for sure, but the silly charm didn't outweigh the irritating difficulty for me.
User Score
6.4

Mixed or average reviews- based on 48 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 48
  2. Negative: 10 out of 48
  1. Feb 5, 2016
    8
    This game is a cross between Elevator Action and Hotline Miami. It is a lot of fun in short sessions but it is a little too repetitious. ItThis game is a cross between Elevator Action and Hotline Miami. It is a lot of fun in short sessions but it is a little too repetitious. It won't be a classic like Roll 7's other game Olli Olli because it lacks the depth and the urge to master the game for a higher score. It is a little too easy to slowly cludge your way through levels by mastering a few skills and just repeating it over and over. Still a great game that is tons of fun. Full Review »
  2. Feb 6, 2017
    0
    Utter joke that Sony think we deserve this as February's free ps+ game. Disgraceful, ugly little game made my a developer who clearly has noUtter joke that Sony think we deserve this as February's free ps+ game. Disgraceful, ugly little game made my a developer who clearly has no understanding of what made retro games fun. Avoid this snooze fest like the plague and pray the developer is never allowed to program garbage like this again! Full Review »
  3. Aug 2, 2016
    8
    Ein lustiges Spiel, nicht zu einfach, schönes Design. Leider wird es zum Schluss etwas eintönig. Ich habe es mir für 5€ gekauft, dieser PreisEin lustiges Spiel, nicht zu einfach, schönes Design. Leider wird es zum Schluss etwas eintönig. Ich habe es mir für 5€ gekauft, dieser Preis ist komplett ok, mehr würde ich nicht zahlen. Full Review »