• Publisher: Ubisoft
  • Release Date: Jan 26, 2010
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  • Summary: No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle continues the tale of punk anti-hero Travis Touchdown, the Japanese anime Otaku, and pro wrestling-obsessed assassin. Travis finds himself at the bottom of the UAA (United Assassins Association) rankings and must wage war to become the No. 1 assassin onceNo More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle continues the tale of punk anti-hero Travis Touchdown, the Japanese anime Otaku, and pro wrestling-obsessed assassin. Travis finds himself at the bottom of the UAA (United Assassins Association) rankings and must wage war to become the No. 1 assassin once again. The follow-up to the popular No More Heroes will offer fans infectious, fun gameplay that allows you to wield not just one, but two swords and face multiple bosses simultaneously in bigger-than-ever boss battles. [Ubisoft] Expand
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  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. Nintendo Gamer
    90
    A Suda51 game anyone can enjoy. [Mar 2010, p.44]
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Same great dialogue and voice acting.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 38 out of 43
  2. Negative: 1 out of 43
  1. 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 playerThis 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. Expand
  2. DominicP.
    Jan 31, 2010
    10
    I would have honestly rated this game a 9.3 or 9.5 but it seems there is no option to do so. No More Heroes 2 is one of the most refreshing I would have honestly rated this game a 9.3 or 9.5 but it seems there is no option to do so. No More Heroes 2 is one of the most refreshing games in the most refreshing series to hit video games in recent years. It breaks the fourth wall in more ways than one, and had me dying of laughter from the extremely well done voice acting (minus one or two of the female characters). The script is perfect for what No More Heroes is, the perfect spoof of all that has gone wrong or right in the era of videogames. The gameplay mechanics or improved over the original, still feels like there is room for improvement but solid none the less. Suda needs to continue this series because with this much improvement over the first iteration I can only imagine what will come next. Expand
  3. Apr 25, 2011
    10
    I felt like I was playing Kill Bill the game; only way, way crazier. This is one of the best hardcore games on the Wii, along with games likeI felt like I was playing Kill Bill the game; only way, way crazier. This is one of the best hardcore games on the Wii, along with games like MadWorld & Muramasa. Buy it now. Expand
  4. TravisTouchdown
    Feb 25, 2010
    9
    I really can't review a game like this without naming every single seperate thought so here it goes~! Kind of a "been there done that" I really can't review a game like this without naming every single seperate thought so here it goes~! Kind of a "been there done that" feeling in this one, but it's still phenominal. The bosses aren't as crazy as in the last game, but that's a hard standard to live up to. The final boss in particular is a crazy letdown. Combat is fun, but some levels last soooo long!! The battle for rank four, I think it was, had me fighting for about an hour untill I actually got to the boss. I thought there was a glitch and it would never end. Also, the game is WAAAYY easier than the last one, and you only unlock hard mode AFTER you've beaten the game. The minigames are funner than the last one, but that's not saying much, they will run out of entertainment value long before you run out of things to buy. I also can't express how greatful I am that they took out the overworld from the last game. The reviewers seem to have failed to mention that this is a niche genre, so if you dont enjoy simple beat-em-up old school games than rent this one before you buy it. The game is 18 hours long, which is three hours longer than the last one, but when you factor in all the time you spent playing the minigames in the last one it's about twelve hours longer. I'm glad that there are no admission fees for bosses (which is how it should have been in the first place). A few gameplay flaws are that they took away camera controles for NO REASON which sucks if your anywhere near a wall, and caused me to fight the same boss 60 or something times because I couldn't see what was going on, and I'm being seriouse! Also, the hyped giant robot battle happens really early in the game. Overall, the possibilities are endless. If they give back camera controles, made the clothes you can buy less tacky (and that's saying something since I still like Ed Hardy shirts), ditch the extremely unfitting noire cutscenes, and continue improving the minigames than the possibilities are endless. That being said it left me really hopeing that this becomes a franchise with a billion sequels. Expand
  5. Jun 25, 2016
    9
    I have the game again just for 13 bucks. I played it some years ago and I got trapped by his unique charm. It is much better than the firstI have the game again just for 13 bucks. I played it some years ago and I got trapped by his unique charm. It is much better than the first part. The mini retro-games add fun and some kind of nostalgia at the same time. Probably some people will find this game very simple, but If you want just action, fun and fanservice this adventure is for you. If you have the game keep it, NM2 is a strange gem. Expand
  6. Dec 27, 2011
    9
    One of THE games to play on the Wii. Removing the fees to enter the matches was a great move, making the side missions only required to buyOne of THE games to play on the Wii. Removing the fees to enter the matches was a great move, making the side missions only required to buy new weapons and to get Health/strength upgrades. Great humor, tight combat, but things can get a bit repetitive towards the end of the game. Expand
  7. marcC
    Feb 18, 2010
    3
    I was going to give this game a solid 10 but for the absurd difficulty on shinobus mission in sweet mode. Im giving it a 3 Yeah it starts off I was going to give this game a solid 10 but for the absurd difficulty on shinobus mission in sweet mode. Im giving it a 3 Yeah it starts off great but in shinobus first mission in the game after you battle bad guys you have to destroy things to take out beams that block your progress you have all the time in the world and no eemies are coming at you but there is one device on a wall I can not hit with my range attack or upclose It takes several trys to jump from the perch you can climb onto to the perch accross from this final one and even when your accross from it your to low to hit it with a range attack and you cant reach it So apparently you have to jump at it and hit or So I was reading but I just can't do it. ALso you think your gonna get to fight 50 people cause after you beat the first guy your told your ranked number 51 But then you fight number 50 and 24 of hiss groupies all at once as one on one battle you win and are now ranked 25 after 2 more battles 4 in total your ranked 23 your told you will fight 12 opponenets but you only fight one opponent And I guess something happened to the other 11 cause all of a sudden you are ranked number 11 or 10 Yeah I forgot the ranking Then comes the shinobu mission which starts off awesome but reaches a point where you wish there was an easier mode than sweet. Yeah I don't mind getting my butt kicked by one of the bad guys but when I get my butt kicked by a puzzle well thats just annoying. Expand

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