No More Heroes: Heroes' Paradise (ノーモア★ヒーローズ 英雄たちの楽園Nō Moa Hīrōzu: Eiyūtachi no Rakuen) is a action video game originally developed by Grasshopper Manufacture and directed by Goichi Suda. The game is an enhanced port of the 2007 Wii video game No More Heroes, for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 developed by feelplus. The game was released on both the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in Japan on April 15, 2010 by Marvelous Entertainment, however unlike the original Wii game it will be published by Konami exclusively for the PlayStation 3 in North America and Europe for release in 2011. The game will also feature PlayStation Move support for the PlayStation 3 at launch in North America and Europe leaving the Xbox 360 version of the game the only version without motion controls.
In Heroes' Paradise, the player character, Travis Touchdown travels around on foot or his motorcycle in a free roaming world killing the top ten assassins in order to make the storyline progress. There are numerous part time job side quests to earn money which can be spent on weapons, training sessions, clothes and video tapes.
Most attacks are performed using a standard control scheme, with certain other moves, including the "death blow" and sword lock struggles, executed by following on-screen instructions. The beam katana can also be upgraded and replaced throughout the game by visiting Dr. Naomi. While the katana does not follow the exact position of the remote, it is able to distinguish between a "high" and "low" position which varies the character stance and the attacks done. In addition to attacks with the beam katana Travis can kick and punch, and when enemies are stunned he can throw them with a number of professional wrestling maneuvers, done by manipulating both the Wii Remote and Nunchuk. Travis has a secondary mode, "Dark Side", that is accessed when three icons line up in a slot machine after a successful death blow.
Differences from No More Heroes
There have been several changes to the game from the original Wii version. The main differences between the two iterations are:
- High-definition graphics
- Japanese voice-acting
- "Very Sweet" Mode - Depicts the game's female characters wearing more revealing attire.
- Ability to stack up to three Dark Side modes during a Ranking Battle, rather than having them activate immediately in the original.
- Unused Dark Side modes in the player's stock at the end of a Ranking Battle reward Travis Touchdown with LB dollars, as was the case with unused Anarchy in the Galaxy stocks in the original version of No More Heroes.
- Players are now able to revisit Ranking Battles and cinematics, in the form of nightmares and dreams respectively.
PlayStation Move support
Unlike the Japanese release of the game, the North American and European release of the game will include PlayStation Move support at launch. This is the only difference between the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions of the game. Players can use the PlayStation Move controller to recharge the katana, since the beam katanas run on batteries, as well as control it to execute attacks and advanced combos.
Release and Merchandise
When the game was released in Japan, the PlayStation 3 version of the game was censored similar to its Wii predecessor attaining a "D" rating from CERO which is equivalent to a "Mature" rating from ESRB while the Xbox 360 version of the game remained uncensored similar to the North American release of its Wii predecessor causing it to receive a "Z" rating equivalent to the "Adult Only" rating from ESRB. However, the North American and European PlayStation 3 release of the game will be uncensored.
Pre-Order Card Set
By pre-ordering from Amazon.co.jp, customers were awarded with bonus cards particular to each format of the game. PlayStation 3 owners were rewarded with the Cherry Card set, whilst Xbox 360 owners were rewarded with the Mango Card set. The cards featured semi-erotic poses from the female characters within the game.
Shortly after the announcement of the game in November 2009, the North American and European publisher of the original, Ubisoft, announced that they would not be localizing the game. On June 28, 2010 Ignition Entertainment, a subsidiary of Ubisoft, when asked if they were publishing the game abroad commented that they "were looking at it (but they) believe that another publisher will publish it." At Gamescom 2010 in August, Konami announced at their press conference that they were bringing only the PlayStation 3 version to North America and Europe in 2011 with added PlayStation Move support. A Press release was also given to provide additional information on the improvements made on the Western localization of the game.
Sales for the Japanese launch of Heroes' Paradise were slightly better than with the original Wii version. The PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions of the game sold 16,000 and 15,000 units respectively in their first week on sale in the country.
- ↑ Spencer (December 1, 2009). Lost Odyssey Developer Making No More Heroes: Heroes’ Paradise. Siliconera. Retrieved on 2009-12-01.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Craig Harris (August 18, 2010). Gamescom: No More Heroes Will Move on PS3. IGN. Retrieved on August 16, 2010.
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 Spencer (February 24, 2009). Another Dose Of No More Heroes In HD. Siliconera. Retrieved on 2009-11-17.
- ↑ Spencer (November 19, 2009). No More Heroes: Heroes’ Paradise Uncensored On Xbox 360 Only. Siliconera. Retrieved on 2010-08-15.
- ↑ Casamassina, Matt (2007-02-16). Suda 51 on No More Heroes. IGN. Retrieved on 2007-12-13.
- ↑ Spencer (August 19, 2010). No More Heroes: Heroes’ Paradise Missing On Konami Of America Press Site. Siliconera. Retrieved on August 24, 2010..
- ↑ Michael McWhertor (November 20, 2009). Ubisoft Says No Thank You To No More Heroes PS3, 360. Kotaku. Retrieved on August 24, 2010.
- ↑ Spencer (June 18, 2010). No More Heroes: Heroes’ Paradise Hired For Part Time Job Overseas?. Siliconera. Retrieved on 2010-08-15.
- ↑ JC Fletcher (August 18, 2010). No More Heroes: Heroes' Paradise on PS3 in Euro. Joystiq. Retrieved on August 24, 2010.
- ↑ No More Heroes Sells More In HD. Spencer. Siliconera. April 22, 2010.
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