Developer: Grasshopper Manufacture | Publisher: XSeed Release date: October 17, 2019| Genre: Action-RPG | Reviewed On: PlayStation 4 Pro
Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes Complete Edition is the enhanced edition of the game of the same name that came out for the Nintendo Switch at the beginning of 2019. In a change for the series (which always loves switching it up), it’s a coop hack and slash game.
The game is set seven years after No More Heroes 2 and has Travis Touchdown alone in a trailer and now 37 years old playing video games. He is assaulted by Badman an ex Baseball player who is asked by The Smith Syndicate (From Killer 7 which happens to be one of my favorite Suda 51 games) who claim they can revive her daughter. When Badman assaults Travis in his trailer they wake up inside The Phantom Video Game console. The game is called Death Drive MK2 which is a cute homage to the original name for the Sega Genesis and the Sega Mark2 console.
The basics of the game-play will have you hack and slash your way through bugs and lampoon a lot of the modern ills of the game industry such as microtransactions and buggy releases. Controls are smooth and the basic attacks you have are light attacks that can be done by pressing square, heavy which is done by pressing triangle, and a jumping attack that you can use by pressing X in conjunction with the attack buttons. You also have access to basic combos by tapping square or triangle. The beam saber does deplete like other No More Heroes games and has to be charged by pushing down L3 and then shaking the controller. Lastly, you get access to skills such as slowing down movement speed by pressing the L1 and the button you mapped the skill to. These load-outs can be saved in the pause menu. I’ve played for a couple hours and I’m generally enjoying the game. I will test out the local coop and the full review should be out next weekend. Take care, fellow gamers!