History Videogame / NoMoreHeroes

24th Apr '17 5:16:15 PM Frankencastle
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* ShoutOut: ''So'' many to ''Franchise/StarWars''. Reaches its peak at the 1st Rank battle--[[spoiler:after racing some Imperial troopers riding Tie-Fighter motorbikes on your own X-Wing styled scooter, you fight a Darth Vader {{Expy}} who tries to pull a LukeIAmYourFather on you]]. And the song played during the normal ending credits is a Suspiciously Similar Song of the ''Franchise/StarWars'' theme. And, of course, Travis' weapon is essentially a [[LaserBlade lightsaber]].
** There is a Nintendo 64-like console in Travis's room.
** Dr. Peace has [[Film/TheManWithTheGoldenGun gold revolvers]].
** Letz Shake's visor appears to be a UsefulNotes/VirtualBoy, and the image on it appears to be the logo for Music/PublicImageLtd
** The plot sounds suspiciously like ''Film/BrandedToKill.''
** In the Final Battle, [[spoiler:you fight Jeane, a character who makes extensive use of duck-dodging to counter your attacks - a hallmark of the character homonym Gene from ''VideoGame/GodHand''.]]
** Next to the clothing shop, Area 51, there's a shop called [[CloverStudios Clover]].
** There are lots of references to previous Grasshopper works, too. The fridge in the Rank 2 boss fight in the first game says "[=Chiller7=]," a reference to [=Killer7=].
*** The "3... 2... 1... Zilch" and "Saved game beep" sound effects are references to [=Killer7=] as well, and other sound blips are borrowed from {{Flower Sun and Rain}}. Ermen Palmer is a {{Captain Ersatz}} for [[VideoGame/Killer7 Emir Parkreiner]], aka [[spoiler: Garcian Smith]]. Also ISZK Electronics and [=ZaKa TV=], said TV station being a reference to both ''VideoGame/MichiganReportFromHell'' and ''[=Killer7=]''. Not to mention that every Lovikov move references a member of the Smith Syndicate.
** The 'To Be Continued' at the end is in the style of the ''Franchise/BackToTheFuture'' title.
** [[http://nomoreheroesgame.us.ubi.com/#/internal:characters/sylvia The offical website]] for the sequel notes that Sylvia wears her SunglassesAtNight.
** One of [[spoiler: Henry's]] attacks involves shooting energy balls at you, a reference to one of the characters from ''Franchise/DevilMayCry''.
** The title "No More Heroes" is a reference to the song of the same name by Music/TheStranglers.
--> [[WebAnimation/ZeroPunctuation "No, no, that's a bit too obvious." ]]
*** You can actually see a poster referencing the song slapped on an otherwise nondescript wall in Santa Destroy.
** In a further punk reference, the sword Three Girl Rhumba is named after a song by Music/{{Wire}} (the one Elastica basically hijacked with "Connection").
** The background music in Thunder Ryu's Gym is a heavy metal Suspiciously Similar Song of "Eye Of The Tiger".
** Travis' figurines, among them Franchise/SailorMoon, [[VideoGame/{{Touhou}} Reisen]], and [[Franchise/{{Disgaea}} The Lady Fighter]].
** In the original trailer for the first game, Sylvia instructs Travis to "[[Anime/{{Gunbuster}} aim for the top!]]"
** A parody of the Music/SexPistols' album, ''Never Mind The Bollocks...'', is displayed across the street from the Beef Head video store.
*** Another band parody, this time of Music/BlackSabbath, is displayed on a t-shirt you can buy once you become 4th in rank.
*** Travis' many shirts are ripe with references, referencing everything from previous Grasshopper works (there are several ''VideoGame/FlowerSunAndRain'' and ''VideoGame/TheSilverCase'' designs) to existing magazines and publications to ''Film/TheRockyHorrorPictureShow'': one shirt has a very familiar pair of red, open-mouthed lips.
** Travis' Strawberry On The Shortcake attack has [[DragonballZ his hair turn gold and gains an increase in attack and speed]].
** Sylvia Christel is named after actress [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sylvia_Kristel Sylvia Kristel]], mostly known for the role of Emmanuelle in the eponymous french softcore films.
** There is one to ''Film/TheWarriors''. In Dr. Peace's stage, all the mooks are dressed in baseball gear. Though none of them are wearing face paint like the Furies. Also they have the word Warrior written on the front of their jerseys.

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* ShoutOut: ''So'' many to ''Franchise/StarWars''. Reaches its peak at the 1st Rank battle--[[spoiler:after racing some Imperial troopers riding Tie-Fighter motorbikes on your own X-Wing styled scooter, you fight a Darth Vader {{Expy}} who tries to pull a LukeIAmYourFather on you]]. And the song played during the normal ending credits is a Suspiciously Similar Song of the ''Franchise/StarWars'' theme. And, of course, Travis' weapon is essentially a [[LaserBlade lightsaber]].
** There is a Nintendo 64-like console in Travis's room.
** Dr. Peace has [[Film/TheManWithTheGoldenGun gold revolvers]].
** Letz Shake's visor appears to be a UsefulNotes/VirtualBoy, and the image on it appears to be the logo for Music/PublicImageLtd
** The plot sounds suspiciously like ''Film/BrandedToKill.''
** In the Final Battle, [[spoiler:you fight Jeane, a character who makes extensive use of duck-dodging to counter your attacks - a hallmark of the character homonym Gene from ''VideoGame/GodHand''.]]
** Next to the clothing shop, Area 51, there's a shop called [[CloverStudios Clover]].
** There are lots of references to previous Grasshopper works, too. The fridge in the Rank 2 boss fight in the first game says "[=Chiller7=]," a reference to [=Killer7=].
*** The "3... 2... 1... Zilch" and "Saved game beep" sound effects are references to [=Killer7=] as well, and other sound blips are borrowed from {{Flower Sun and Rain}}. Ermen Palmer is a {{Captain Ersatz}} for [[VideoGame/Killer7 Emir Parkreiner]], aka [[spoiler: Garcian Smith]]. Also ISZK Electronics and [=ZaKa TV=], said TV station being a reference to both ''VideoGame/MichiganReportFromHell'' and ''[=Killer7=]''. Not to mention that every Lovikov move references a member of the Smith Syndicate.
** The 'To Be Continued' at the end is in the style of the ''Franchise/BackToTheFuture'' title.
** [[http://nomoreheroesgame.us.ubi.com/#/internal:characters/sylvia The offical website]] for the sequel notes that Sylvia wears her SunglassesAtNight.
** One of [[spoiler: Henry's]] attacks involves shooting energy balls at you, a reference to one of the characters from ''Franchise/DevilMayCry''.
** The title "No More Heroes" is a reference to the song of the same name by Music/TheStranglers.
--> [[WebAnimation/ZeroPunctuation "No, no, that's a bit too obvious." ]]
*** You can actually see a poster referencing the song slapped on an otherwise nondescript wall in Santa Destroy.
** In a further punk reference, the sword Three Girl Rhumba is named after a song by Music/{{Wire}} (the one Elastica basically hijacked with "Connection").
** The background music in Thunder Ryu's Gym is a heavy metal Suspiciously Similar Song of "Eye Of The Tiger".
** Travis' figurines, among them Franchise/SailorMoon, [[VideoGame/{{Touhou}} Reisen]], and [[Franchise/{{Disgaea}} The Lady Fighter]].
** In the original trailer for the first game, Sylvia instructs Travis to "[[Anime/{{Gunbuster}} aim for the top!]]"
** A parody of the Music/SexPistols' album, ''Never Mind The Bollocks...'', is displayed across the street from the Beef Head video store.
*** Another band parody, this time of Music/BlackSabbath, is displayed on a t-shirt you can buy once you become 4th in rank.
*** Travis' many shirts are ripe with references, referencing everything from previous Grasshopper works (there are several ''VideoGame/FlowerSunAndRain'' and ''VideoGame/TheSilverCase'' designs) to existing magazines and publications to ''Film/TheRockyHorrorPictureShow'': one shirt has a
Has it's [[ShoutOut/NoMoreHeroes very familiar pair of red, open-mouthed lips.
** Travis' Strawberry On The Shortcake attack has [[DragonballZ his hair turn gold and gains an increase in attack and speed]].
** Sylvia Christel is named after actress [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sylvia_Kristel Sylvia Kristel]], mostly known for the role of Emmanuelle in the eponymous french softcore films.
** There is one to ''Film/TheWarriors''. In Dr. Peace's stage, all the mooks are dressed in baseball gear. Though none of them are wearing face paint like the Furies. Also they have the word Warrior written on the front of their jerseys.
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24th Apr '17 3:17:30 PM Frankencastle
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* ComicBookFantasyCasting: The game has a real affinity for modeling a number of it's characters after famous personalities. Examples include.
** Travis Touchdown's physical appearance and antics are based on Johnny Knoxville.
** Sylvia's design was based on Scarlett Johansson.
** Henry was modeled after Joy Division lead singer Ian Curtis.
** Travis' mentor Thunder Ryu was based on famous Japanese wrestler Genichiro Tenryu.
24th Apr '17 3:06:21 PM Frankencastle
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* CriticalExistenceFailure



* NewGamePlus



* RankInflation



* RuleOfFunny



* {{Sidequest}}
21st Apr '17 9:44:00 PM nombretomado
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** Also subverted, as the instruction manual states that Naomi has a mysterious secret about her. All she does in the game is upgrade Travis' beam katana. Either this idea was dropped or Suda51 loves messing with ya. This could also be a possible Franchise/MetalGear shout out. Rumors have it that Naomi is [[OlderThanTheyLook in her 60's]], which would probably be the secret.

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** Also subverted, as the instruction manual states that Naomi has a mysterious secret about her. All she does in the game is upgrade Travis' beam katana. Either this idea was dropped or Suda51 [=Suda51=] loves messing with ya. This could also be a possible Franchise/MetalGear shout out. Rumors have it that Naomi is [[OlderThanTheyLook in her 60's]], which would probably be the secret.



* FastForwardGag: One late game conversation is fast forwarded; [[spoiler:[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A22Nkt_fDBc slowed down]] it reveals [[ParentalIncest father-daughter incest]].]] The game hints ("It's impossible, it'll only jack up the age rating of this game even further") that the conversation was fast-forwarded to avoid a higher rating, but this isn't actually the case: {{Suda 51}} states that [[WordOfGod it was actually sped up due to]] RuleOfFunny...that, and the dialogue is a fairly lengthy {{Infodump}}. Travis' shocked reactions are priceless. (Of course, whether the ESRB ever listened to a slowed-down version, and how they would have reacted to it if they didn't, is a mystery for the ages.)

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* FastForwardGag: One late game conversation is fast forwarded; [[spoiler:[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A22Nkt_fDBc slowed down]] it reveals [[ParentalIncest father-daughter incest]].]] The game hints ("It's impossible, it'll only jack up the age rating of this game even further") that the conversation was fast-forwarded to avoid a higher rating, but this isn't actually the case: {{Suda 51}} Creator/Suda51 states that [[WordOfGod it was actually sped up due to]] RuleOfFunny...that, and the dialogue is a fairly lengthy {{Infodump}}. Travis' shocked reactions are priceless. (Of course, whether the ESRB ever listened to a slowed-down version, and how they would have reacted to it if they didn't, is a mystery for the ages.)



* UltraSuperDeathGoreFestChainsawer3000: Lampshaded interestingly. The game is in many ways a violent slugfest, but the game (and Suda51) has no problem in lampshading this repeatedly and [[ThisLoserIsYou mocking you for your violent, mindless tastes]] (also see the [[Analysis/NoMoreHeroes Analysis]] tab).

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* UltraSuperDeathGoreFestChainsawer3000: Lampshaded interestingly. The game is in many ways a violent slugfest, but the game (and Suda51) [=Suda51=]) has no problem in lampshading this repeatedly and [[ThisLoserIsYou mocking you for your violent, mindless tastes]] (also see the [[Analysis/NoMoreHeroes Analysis]] tab).
22nd Mar '17 6:05:40 PM GrammarNavi
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* ConsoleCameo: Travis has a {{Nintendo 64}} sitting on his shelf in the first game.

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* ConsoleCameo: Travis has a {{Nintendo 64}} UsefulNotes/Nintendo64 sitting on his shelf in the first game.
1st Feb '17 9:58:16 AM advent_child
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A third game has been announced for the Nintendo Switch.

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A third game has been announced According to Suda, Travis will return in some capacity for the Nintendo Switch.UsefulNotes/NintendoSwitch: whether it will be a ''No More Heroes'' sequel or an entirely new property featuring the character is unknown.
12th Jan '17 10:47:28 PM Hanz
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A third game has been announced for the Nintendo Switch.
15th Nov '16 7:00:38 PM nombretomado
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From Creator/{{Suda51}}, the mastermind behind the divisive ''VideoGame/{{Killer7}}'', ''No More Heroes'' is simultaneously a celebration, {{parody}} and {{deconstruction}} of sandbox games, American geek culture, and the concept of an AntiHero. It juxtaposes the glamorous and high-octane battles of an assassin's lifestyle with the grim reality of a main character who lives in a motel room, roots through dumpsters for collectibles and needs to do menial labour to pay his U.A.A. fees. It gives you a WideOpenSandbox and a kickass motorcycle, but also the stark realization that the world Travis lives in is mostly empty and devoid of things he can actually affect; even running down pedestrians is completely ineffective. All that Travis has going for him is his delusional grandeur and self-image as a cool protagonist, and even ''that'' is slowly stripped away as the game presents him with the harsh truths of a professional killer, and the fact that his murderous rampage is fueled by nothing more than a shallow need for self-gratification.

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From Creator/{{Suda51}}, the mastermind behind the divisive ''VideoGame/{{Killer7}}'', ''VideoGame/Killer7'', ''No More Heroes'' is simultaneously a celebration, {{parody}} and {{deconstruction}} of sandbox games, American geek culture, and the concept of an AntiHero. It juxtaposes the glamorous and high-octane battles of an assassin's lifestyle with the grim reality of a main character who lives in a motel room, roots through dumpsters for collectibles and needs to do menial labour to pay his U.A.A. fees. It gives you a WideOpenSandbox and a kickass motorcycle, but also the stark realization that the world Travis lives in is mostly empty and devoid of things he can actually affect; even running down pedestrians is completely ineffective. All that Travis has going for him is his delusional grandeur and self-image as a cool protagonist, and even ''that'' is slowly stripped away as the game presents him with the harsh truths of a professional killer, and the fact that his murderous rampage is fueled by nothing more than a shallow need for self-gratification.



* DownerEnding: The first, obviously false ending: [[spoiler:if Travis Touchdown doesn't get all the beam katana upgrades, he will end the game with Ermen Palmer (a CaptainErsatz to [[{{VideoGame/Killer7}} Emir Parkreiner]]]] aka [[spoiler: Garcian Smith)]] [[spoiler: ready to murder him in his own apartment while he's on the toilet, which immediately cuts to the closing credits.]]

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* DownerEnding: The first, obviously false ending: [[spoiler:if Travis Touchdown doesn't get all the beam katana upgrades, he will end the game with Ermen Palmer (a CaptainErsatz to [[{{VideoGame/Killer7}} [[VideoGame/Killer7 Emir Parkreiner]]]] aka [[spoiler: Garcian Smith)]] [[spoiler: ready to murder him in his own apartment while he's on the toilet, which immediately cuts to the closing credits.]]



* {{Expy}}: Ermin Palmer, the man who attacks Travis at the end of the game, is based off of [[VideoGame/{{Killer7}} Emir Parkreiner]]... aka [[spoiler: Garcian Smith]]. They also share a basic MO of attacking assassins in apartments while their guards are down.

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* {{Expy}}: Ermin Palmer, the man who attacks Travis at the end of the game, is based off of [[VideoGame/{{Killer7}} [[VideoGame/Killer7 Emir Parkreiner]]... aka [[spoiler: Garcian Smith]]. They also share a basic MO of attacking assassins in apartments while their guards are down.



* GainaxEnding: It's played for laughs, but that doesn't make it any less gainaxy. [[spoiler:Travis starts learning of his family history and real reasons for fighting right about when the fourth wall disappears for good. He goes home and gets attacked by [[VideoGame/{{Killer7}} somebody who looks suspiciously like Garcian Smith]] while on the toilet, when Henry shows up, kills Not-Garcian and fights Travis for no real reason. After the boss battle, they run down the street talking about how they can't escape from the game, before clashing blades again. Meanwhile, Sylvia and her daughter, who is the third character in the game named Jeane, are admiring a painting of said event. Most of the plot is still vague at this point, and Sylvia taunts the player about how there won't be a sequel to clear it up, before the words "TO BE CONTINUED" appear a few screens later.]]

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* GainaxEnding: It's played for laughs, but that doesn't make it any less gainaxy. [[spoiler:Travis starts learning of his family history and real reasons for fighting right about when the fourth wall disappears for good. He goes home and gets attacked by [[VideoGame/{{Killer7}} [[VideoGame/Killer7 somebody who looks suspiciously like Garcian Smith]] while on the toilet, when Henry shows up, kills Not-Garcian and fights Travis for no real reason. After the boss battle, they run down the street talking about how they can't escape from the game, before clashing blades again. Meanwhile, Sylvia and her daughter, who is the third character in the game named Jeane, are admiring a painting of said event. Most of the plot is still vague at this point, and Sylvia taunts the player about how there won't be a sequel to clear it up, before the words "TO BE CONTINUED" appear a few screens later.]]



* MindScrew: Relatively straightforward compared to, say, ''VideoGame/{{killer7}}'', but it's still pretty bizarre, it just plays it for comedy more often than befuddlement. Definitely has a GainaxEnding, though, even if it's something of a parody.

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* MindScrew: Relatively straightforward compared to, say, ''VideoGame/{{killer7}}'', ''VideoGame/Killer7'', but it's still pretty bizarre, it just plays it for comedy more often than befuddlement. Definitely has a GainaxEnding, though, even if it's something of a parody.



** There are lots of references to previous Grasshopper works, too. The fridge in the Rank 2 boss fight in the first game says "[=Chiller7=]," a reference to Killer7.
*** The "3... 2... 1... Zilch" and "Saved game beep" sound effects are references to Killer7 as well, and other sound blips are borrowed from {{Flower Sun and Rain}}. Ermen Palmer is a {{Captain Ersatz}} for [[VideoGame/{{Killer7}} Emir Parkreiner]], aka [[spoiler: Garcian Smith]]. Also ISZK Electronics and [=ZaKa TV=], said TV station being a reference to both ''VideoGame/MichiganReportFromHell'' and ''Killer7''. Not to mention that every Lovikov move references a member of the Smith Syndicate.

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** There are lots of references to previous Grasshopper works, too. The fridge in the Rank 2 boss fight in the first game says "[=Chiller7=]," a reference to Killer7.
[=Killer7=].
*** The "3... 2... 1... Zilch" and "Saved game beep" sound effects are references to Killer7 [=Killer7=] as well, and other sound blips are borrowed from {{Flower Sun and Rain}}. Ermen Palmer is a {{Captain Ersatz}} for [[VideoGame/{{Killer7}} [[VideoGame/Killer7 Emir Parkreiner]], aka [[spoiler: Garcian Smith]]. Also ISZK Electronics and [=ZaKa TV=], said TV station being a reference to both ''VideoGame/MichiganReportFromHell'' and ''Killer7''.''[=Killer7=]''. Not to mention that every Lovikov move references a member of the Smith Syndicate.



* SpiritualAntithesis: To ''VideoGame/{{killer7}}''. k7 deals with political issues, NMH deals with social ones. k7 focuses on a group of professional assassins, NMH focuses on a singular youth who stumbled into the business. In k7 you can only walk on very specific paths, while in NMH you can wander around the entire city. The list goes on...

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* SpiritualAntithesis: To ''VideoGame/{{killer7}}''.''VideoGame/Killer7''. k7 deals with political issues, NMH deals with social ones. k7 focuses on a group of professional assassins, NMH focuses on a singular youth who stumbled into the business. In k7 you can only walk on very specific paths, while in NMH you can wander around the entire city. The list goes on...
11th Sep '16 5:14:13 PM crashkey
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* SpiritualAntithesis: To ''VideoGame/{{killer7}}''. k7 deals with political issues, NMH deals with social ones. k7 focuses on a group of professional assassins, NMH focuses on a singular youth who stumbled into the business. In k7 you can only walk on very specific paths, while in NMH you can wander around the entire city. The list goes on...
15th Aug '16 10:41:07 PM lalaTKG
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** There are lots of references to previous Grasshopper works, too. The fridge in the Rank 2 boss fight in the first game says "Chiller7," a reference to Killer7.

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** There are lots of references to previous Grasshopper works, too. The fridge in the Rank 2 boss fight in the first game says "Chiller7," "[=Chiller7=]," a reference to Killer7.
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