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POSTED 3/6/11


NO MORE HEROES: HEROES' PARADISE

Konami
PS3/Move (also on Xbox 360)

Forget the bullshit later misappropriation of ‘punk’ – the word, not the existence of Green Day, The Offspring and such - 1977 was the year it broke, with The Ramones, Sex Pistols and, often overlooked, Australia’s The Saints. It was also the year Star Wars first invaded cinemas.

The two converged when mad bastard Japanese genius Suda51 masterminded No More Heroes (also a 1977 punk opus by The Stranglers) on Wii a while back. It was one of few wagglebox games you’d never hand to a kid. Well, unless you’re an utter fucking psychopath.

Yes, Goichi’s passion for punk’s original onslaught – from lead Travis Touchdown, who’s approximately 90% Sid Vicious (but probably plays bass better), to the anarchistic tone of, well, just about everything - meets the best damned lightsaber game Lucasarts never made (katana, schmatana!)

Smitten with French babe Sylvia Christel (not the homophonic star of soft porn flick Emmanuelle), he’s led by his dick into bumping off the United Assassins Association’s ten top killers to reach numero uno and score rumpy-pumpy. Kind of a reverse PWEI...

Best laid-into with Move – and justifying the NavConChukNunThingummy’s existence - the fighting’s furious, frenetic, fucked-up and more blood-spattered than Dexter. It’s also deceptively strategy-based, which you’ll discover if aiming to progress anywhere past go. The open world bit is clunky, but as you rank-up friends open up, assisting with everything from amped weaponry to wrestling moves. Yes, wrestling moves.

Wii roots show – it’s fugly - but continuing the punk analogy, if you’ve no musical spark you’ll appreciate something somnambulistic like Genesis. Want something with more soul than the Doc Martens factory (erm, speaking of homophones) though – and genuinely fucking funny - then the Pistols’ Never Mind the Bollocks may be rough, but is unsurpassable. NMH:HP’s the latter of games... no small praise.

take me back to the start...

 



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