Assassin Travis Touchdown, a member of the No More Heroes team of Suda 51 and Grasshopper Manufacture, makes his long-awaited comeback. Styled embellishments, Beam Katana, fights, and performing menial yard labor to make money are among the series’ most recognizable elements that return. No More Heroes 3 is at its finest when there is a lot of action and absurdity in the cutscenes. Still, the open-world filler between each exciting combat arena or assassin fight drags down the experience.
No More Heroes 3 is drenched with swagger, allusions aplenty, and revels in being outlandish and obnoxious. Dramatic and violent shifts occur in the cast’s landscape throughout the first hour of the play.
In addition, I saw four title cards in that period, one of which was the longest I’ve ever seen onscreen. Days after the game’s release, I’m still laughing at some portions of the presentation. It takes little effort on Suda and his team at Grasshopper to saturate the user interface, menus, and cutscenes with vintage sound effects and graphics. Almost none of the allusions are gratuitous; they’re all woven into the fabric of the game.
Our hero, Travis Touchdown, has fought to become the best assassin in the business throughout his career. After the otaku, the warrior has established himself at the top of the world rankings, and an extraterrestrial horde arrives on Earth to confront him. The gang is headed by Jess Baptiste VI, alias FU, a charismatic galactic royal.
An animated version of ET: The Extraterrestrial with Ghibli-inspired animation introduces a younger and fluffier FU and his human friend Damon in the game’s initial minutes. FU used to be a cuddly ball of fluff eager to come home, but it’s been 20 years since his last trip to the planet. Since then, he’s grown into a vicious crime lord who isn’t afraid to use violence when necessary.
No More Heroes 3′ boss fights have returned, and each episode is capped with large-scale combat against the Free United forces’ generals. Players may find themselves engaged in a fierce musical chairs competition or battling amid the stars in deep space. Even while I won’t spoil specific interactions, prior knowledge of the series helped me make the most of what I encountered. It’s worth suffering through your mission objectives to reach each climactic fight since they’re all different. There was a lot of fun in the ending, which broke the fourth wall and had me smile through the credits.
No More Heroes 3 is structured like a series of TV episodes, with the opening and closing credits presenting the main characters in a style reminiscent of 1980s anime. The developers do an excellent job of conveying Travis’ otaku perspective on the world. The show begins with Travis hanging out with pals and talking about esoteric things like Takashi Miike’s many production techniques throughout his career. Afterward, you may engage in conversation with your talking cat Jeanne, shop for new outfits, and upgrade Travis’ skills in the basement.
The Designated Matches requirement is a holdover from past No More Heroes games, and Travis must fulfill them before engaging in any rated assassin battles. These switch between venues for a fight against various aliens and space battles involving enormous cosmic dangers and mechs. Actions are fast and exciting, with many opponents to face against, each demanding a distinct approach. You have a small but sufficient arsenal at your disposal. Depending on the situation, if an enemy is stunned, Travis may perform various wrestling suplexes and throws with his trusty beam katana.
Additionally, early in the No More Heroes 3, he has Death abilities that slow time, do AOE damage, and send enemies flying back, giving him ideal space to work with. Although I was never intimidated or ill-prepared for combat, I wished for more intricacy and a more prominent feeling of accomplishment every time I entered the fray.
Travis must pay the United Assassins Association a registration fee to authorize the match after meeting the criteria for a Designated Match. We have a fearsome assassin who makes a living by doing menial tasks around town like mowing lawns or guarding the beachfront against kaiju alligators. Unlike combat assignments, these professions aren’t completely dull either. Cutting the property is a strategic task requiring you to keep your motor revved up but not too high. It has its sense of humor, allowing you to be a ham as you spin the machine to line up your following cut route.
While it’s clear that the combat and task cycle is a nod to the series’ first chapters, much too much time is spent wandering between goals in the drab, lifeless open world. There are no fascinating views or activities in the world itself; instead, you are sent to Travis’s neighborhood of Santa Destroy in each episode. The battleground in Call of Battle has been bombed out, and the graphics have been filtered with a gritty sepia tint.
Despite its attractiveness, it’s still a barren wasteland full of vexing, invisible barriers. Exploration is encouraged by hidden treasures, but I had little desire to sift through this ghastly wasteland to find anything. The game’s open-world performance suffers greatly, with framerates dropping to single digits, making it incompatible with its more steady combat scenes.
While Travis Touchdown’s quest to assassinate FU and his cronies bring him to several exotic locales, the plot never progresses. The narrative sets up future series ideas; there is no natural development to the character. Most of the character development is on FU and how he treats the various members of his squad of space conquerors at their last dinner before they are sent to fight Travis. Even these parts of the story are brief and have little bearing on the broader plot. During the 15 hours, I was in Travis’ shoes, and I wished something more significant had occurred.
With No More Heroes 3, I experienced brief, exhilarating bursts from fun boss fights, cutscenes, and lengthy, depressing slumps. I was tempted to abandon it after a few bosses because of its antiquated aesthetic, but I’m glad I stuck with it. There are a lot of fun parts, and I like how fearless it is when it comes to being weird or allusive. If you’re a fan of Travis Touchdown, you’ll like this new No More Heroes installment. In any case, I strongly recommend that visitors familiarise themselves with the Garden of Insanity by reading prior posts.