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No More Heroes: Desperate Struggle Is "Nearly Finished"

Posted by James Newton

Grasshopper's oddball sequel to be shown off at E3 in video form only

Although Suda51's bizarre "Johnny Knoxville with a lightsaber" concept for No More Heroes divided players between those who thought it was divinely inspired, and others who thought it hellishly contrived, it obviously did well enough for developers Grasshopper Manufacture to start work on a sequel, titled No More Heroes: Desperate Struggle. Speaking to, Suda51 revealed the game is all but finished, and will be unveiled at E3 in June.

1UP: You're working on No More Heroes: Desperate Struggle for release early next year. Can you give us an update on the game and the development process?

Suda: It's the very end. If I had to say one word, I'd say it's at the very end of production.

1UP: When will we see more of the game? Will it be playable at E3?

Suda: No, not playable.

1UP: Will it be shown off at E3? Will there be a presentation?

Suda: I'm looking forward to it. Hopefully...

For a game that's "at the very end" of production, you'd expect some playable code to be available in a few weeks, so it's a little worrying to hear Suda state there'll be video footage only. Perhaps they're still battling with the same control and balance issues that made the original such a frustrating game in places.

Anyway, there you have it - look forward to practically finished video footage in just a few short weeks. How will it stack up against its predecessor, and what bizarre gameplay elements can we expect this time? Let us know your thoughts by typing them into our comment box!


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Sean_Aaron said:

I passed on the first game (though I always have second thoughts) just because the subject matter didn't appeal, but I'm curious to see what the follow-up has to offer so the video will be interesting to see!



Golgo said:

I thought the first game was poor. The openworld/dayjob/driving sections were lame and the fights/character-driven sections were nowhere near as lunatic or enjoyable as those in Killer 7 - which is, in fact, a work of genius.



Clint_Eastwood said:

I didn't enjoy NMH at all. I tried to, even put almost four hours into it, but it just didn't click with me. Even if I ignore the most painful parts of it (the driving and side-jobs), the combat was just not much fun. Perhaps it didn't help that I started playing it at the same time as the totally awesome God Hand.

This news and Golgo's comment reminds me, though, that I've got an almost unplayed copy of Killer 7. I must give that another try at some point.



Stijnco said:

I really loved the first NMH even if it got a lot of bugs and the city was really dull in comparison to city's in games like GTA or Saints Row. I just loved it's style and I'm definetly going to get Desperate Struggle, I'm happy it's coming to Europe in an uncensored version. I missed the blood in the original NMH European Version



Kirk said:

It could be good if they really go all out and fix all the little issues that were present in the first one, mostly to do with all the open world stuff.



Metroid133 said:

I never did get the first game, but I've seen it packaged at the local Best Buy for $30 with Red Steel. Maybe I'll go get it next month if I decide I'm fine with the games I have for my 16 hour car trip. :s



motang said:

Even though it's a video, I still look forward to it. I every much enjoyed the first one!



The_Fox said:

The first one had a LOT of problems. Still, it was a pretty decent game overall. Let's hope the sequel will take care of some of those annoyances that were dragging the original down.



Hardy83 said:

The combat parts were fine, but if they can fix that god awful overworld and make it more lively as well, that'd be great.



wanderlustwarrior said:

I loved the first game, despite the issues, so I can't wait for the sequel. I hope its good

@Popyman: You could probably get it. The signed rolls of toilet paper were at a launch event in Japan, which went terrible. As in, I'm not sure if they sold 10 copies in that store. Damn shame.



SmaMan said:

Actually I thought they were coffee mugs... but then I remember hearing about the NMH toilet paper after Prosody said it...

Well it's good they're holding back a playable version to polish it a bit more. The city sections did get kind of boring after a while and felt a little silly, so I hope this is what they're working on.



odd69 said:

no more heroes was an awesome game,despite it's shortcomings. for me,it had tons of personality. i agree with everyone here, the overworld needs to be more active but other than that it's still one of my favorite games for the wii.



SilentJ said:

X-Play made it seem like the sequel wasn't coming to the Wii but it looks like they were wrong.



JonWahlgren said:

NMH was awesome, I can't wait to get ahold of 2, especially if, like Suda said he would, the overworld part is fixed. I didn't mind it that much, but it was definitely a missed opportunity.



HEMIII said:

I loved this game lots of blood makes any game a must have in my book plus light sabers hellz yeah. Plus I'd love to get a roll of that TP too. Can't wait for 2, 3, and 4. Keep 'em comin' Grasshopper.



Cthuloops said:

Can't wait myself. I really liked the 1st NMH, so hopefully they improved Desperate Struggle greatly. The only part of NMH that I didn't like was the open city environment. Hopefully that is removed.



Objection said:

I really enjoyed NMH. I never had any issues with the control scheme. It wasn't perfect but it was definately passable. I really liked the concept and the cutscenes, which are undeniably best in the US version, having seen both. I thought the minigames in NMH which most people hated were decent, they just paid too little so that too much repetition was needed to make enough in-game money for the next fight. I still only thought this was a minor issue.



Crazed said:

Love Grasshopper, not a huge fan of NMH, but I would like to try it again. Also, on the side, I would guess that they might try and wait so that they can incorporate Motion+. If it'll help Red Steel 2, it'll probably help NMH 2 as well. Oh, and pass on the TP.



Machu said:

I don't understand how anyone could not have enjoyed No More Heroes, it was a really really good game. I happily ignored the minor issues as it was just so damn cool!
NMH 'n' Killer7 wowed me with there awesomeness and I cannot wait for the sequel!!!



SmaMan said:

NMH taught me that humans are big walking pinatas filled with blood and money!



BrazCanaMan said:

No More heroes was one of the reasons i got a Wii, I'm definately getting the sequel. i can't wait to see what cool characters they got lined up (to be cut down) =P

Killer7 was an awesome game. I hope they release another one.

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