No More Heroes: Heroes’ Paradise prides itself on being over the top. It flaunts classic Japanese ultraviolence, and the game comes off as a true anime experience more than most actual anime games. The combat exudes fast paced but simple brawler sensibilities; you only use two attack buttons and the occasional swipe of the Move wand to filet your enemies. You can play the game with the regular PS3 controller and shirk the original design, but honestly, swiping your arm to cut off somebody’s limbs feels way more satisfying in this case than button mashing. Now, some of you might find the motion controls limiting, but they’re responsive and tied into the best part of the game: brutally killing every idiot who gets in your way.
Each of the 10 assassins makes up a standalone mission that culminates in an epic, difficult boss battle. No More Heroes doesn’t mess around — you’ll have to work your ass off to beat some of these guys, and they all play completely differently. The bosses easily comprise the brightest points of the game; dodging gunfire, blocking projectiles, and finding that perfect opening to deliver a killer blow crackles with tension. The cutscenes before and after each fight run deep with hilarity to boot, and every character comes off completely over the top.