Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes
Summary: Fans of Suda51's other titles will find Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes to be a must-play. However, others may not be able to look past technical issues, occasionally mediocre gameplay, and a small feature set.
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Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes has Suda51's eccentric charm, but the repetitive hack and slash gameplay doesn't feel nearly as great as previous entries in the series.
A limp arcade action game amidst a sea of mindless references, Travis Strikes Again fatally lacks the style of its predecessors.
A disappointing return for Suda51 whose shallow, repetitive action is not helped by a relentlessly unfunny script and tired pop culture references.
Travis Strikes Again returns to the more stylish tendencies of early Grasshopper Manufacture, with decent combat elevated by a strong sense of style and writing
Travis Strikes Again succeeds as a simple hack-n-slash with seamless co-op, but doesn't do enough to avoid repetition or challenge you in meaningful ways.
I missed Travis Touchdown. I missed Suda51's punk verve. Travis Strikes Again is stylish in all the right ways. It looks cool, the music sounds great, and the game consistently zigs when I fully expected it to zag. At the same time there's not a lot here for players who aren't already devoted to the world of No More Heroes or even the larger Grasshopper Manufacture universe. But if you're tired of hacky attempts at too cool for school meta commentary, Travis Touchdown is here to take gaming post-post-modern.
There are plenty of amazing mindbending moments in Travis Strikes Again, but you have to work for them. If you're willing to play a decent brawler that's regularly interrupted by junky D-grade platforming to get to the madness, you'll get a lot out of it.
Travis Strikes Again has some undeniable lows but the No More Heroes charm and the prospect of co-op lifts it up. Whether it's learning the intricacies of individual types of ramen or watching Travis curse at a talking cat, this is something that could only be born out of the mind of Suda 51 and his team at Grasshopper.
If you love No More Heroes, or any work of Suda51's, then Travis Strikes Again is a must-play game.