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So, the Nintendo Switch came out last month. Like a lot of Nintendo fans, I had viewed the Nintendo Direct back in January. At some point, a guy walks on the stage: Goichi Suda, AKA Suda51. And what does he announce? A new game featuring Travis Touchdown, so possibly a new No More Heroes game, set for release on the Nintendo Switch, probably for 2018. I was hyped. Or rather, I would have been, if I wasn’t a perennially-broke guy who cannot afford a Switch anytime soon.
However, this did remind me that I own both previous titles in the NMH franchise, and that I had only reviewed the first one so far. Thus, almost exactly one year after that review, and to ride the coattails of the upcoming game, I bring to you my long-winded rambles about the second game of the series: Desperate Struggle.
|Poor Travis, that picture of him will follow him|
for his entire life. Such a perverted expression.
On the moral aspect, he learned to pay more interest in the important people he kills – the ranked assassins. Not like that’s much; he might learn about them all he wants, he’s still gonna go out to kill them. Granted, it’s like I said in my original review. Most of those ranked assassins were worse people than him anyway. Oh, sure, he got played by the sexy chick he was trying to get into, and ended up just as poor as he started. But I suppose he gained friends and a family thanks to this? Well, calling Henry, Shinobu and Doctor Naomi “friends and family” may be pushing it, but it’s better than nothing.
|Boy, the days of the first game were darker than I remember.|
|"Someday, fashionably late won't cut it. Till then, I'm|
gonna Sonic my way through my battles and arrive
only just in time to stop the threat!
|I'm always back for more softcore.|
|"The audience wants to know where you were, Sylvia."|
"Well I don't give a shit about them."
|Wrestling masks, huh? Better than Funko Pop, I guess.|
|"Guns? You guys are lame. Get some beam katanas."|
That is what he would have said if he was a
wisecracker, but he instead accepts death
|His blood is brilliant, it spelled "Desperate Struggle"|
in the window!
|Taking out the vermins! Not so different from his usual|
|Slashing through mooks in three-piece suits like it's|
just another Tuesday.
The fight begins, and it’s hard. Nathan Copeland has rigged his room with all kinds of death traps. Lasers, moving tiles, exploding plants… Oh, and did I mention that Copeland shoots a shit-ton of missiles whenever he wants? And those missiles discharge your beam katana’s batteries instantly? Don’t be fooled by the looks, this may be only the second boss, but he’s hard. He is eventually defeated, and Travis cuts the guy in two.
|Christ, all of these cheerleaders look the same.|
That's not normal.
|Sheesh, the only part of his body that doesn't look like it's on steroids|
is his head. It's so tiny! Maybe because he felt he didn't need to use
steroids for it? I dunno.
|Makes no damn sense, but Christ it's awesome.|
|Hey, when did this turn into a 2D fighter?|
I still have no idea how the Hell a football player could have access to a giant robot. And why was Travis’s robot hidden under the pool of the Rank 10 assassin from the previous game?
We can head out to battle the next ranked opponent right away; Sylvia marked on the map the location of that fight. However, she acts decidedly bitchier than usual, which is an achievement in itself. Does she just switch back and forth between personalities at will? Or just to annoy our protagonist? We might never know.
|I'm either battling a geeky girl who has awesome taste in|
science-fiction, or Darth Maul in a schoolgirl miniskirt.
In his room, Travis also gets information on the whereabouts of the assholes who killed Bishop, so if you want to enact some revenge, head down there and have a fun time killing mooks.
The cutscenes with Sylvia explaining the plot to a visitor reveal that there’s something… supernatural going on in Santa Destroy. At least three Akashic locations where weird things can happen. Weird things… that are probably weird even for this franchise. Well, you’ll read about that in Part 2 of this review!