No More Heroes: Heroes’ Paradise Has Red Zone Edition’s Racy Character Viewer Mode

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It’s unclear if there will be any differences between Konami’s No More Heroes: Heroes’ Paradise and No More Heroes: Red Zone Edition from Marvelous.


Both PlayStation 3 releases have PlayStation Move support, bosses from No More Heroes 2, and plenty of carnage. The ESRB appears to confirm another feature for No More Heroes: Heroes’ Paradise, the racy forbidden viewer mode Marvelous is giving out as a pre-order bonus in Japan. According to the ESRB, there is a character viewer mode where a "woman’s buttocks is fully exposed."


Here’s the spoiler-filled rating summary, which details the many ways Travis maims his foes and the "literature" he reads on the side.

“In this action game, players assume the role of an assassin (Travis Touchdown) who fights his way through the ranks to become number one in his profession. Players use a retractable katana blade (i.e., laser sword) to slash, chop, impale, and dismember human enemies. Though the art style is cell-shaded and highly stylized, the violence can become intense: thugs are sliced in half as blood gushes from wounds; enemies are beheaded as blood shoots from necks in exaggerated spurts. Cutscenes also depict over-the-top instances of violence: an assassin committing suicide by placing a grenade in her mouth; a woman getting sliced into several pieces in slow motion; a character bashing several characters in the head with a baseball bat. During the course of the game, players can encounter objects/references that are sexual in nature (e.g.,’Big German Jugs Collection #23,’ ‘How to Please a Woman in Bed 101 Part 2,’ and ’69 Techniques: To Improve Your Love Making’). In a Character Viewer mode, a woman’s buttocks is fully exposed. Bathroom humor includes a ‘save progress’ screen that depicts the main character unzipping his pants and sitting on a toilet; one sequence depicts the central character interrupted while on the seat (e.g., ‘Can’t a guy get some privacy?/At least when he’s taking a dump!’). The words ‘f**k’ and ‘sh*t’ can be heard in the dialogue.”


No More Heroes: Red Zone Edition also has ten unreleased missions from the Wii game and online rankings, which have not been announced for Heroes’ Paradise. Since the character viewer is in, it does sound like we can expect some of the other Red Zone Edition features to make their way into Konami’s release, too.


Tak Fujii, No More Heroes: Heroes’ Paradise localization producer, tweeted a day ago: “Receiving so many Qs about difference of Heroes’ Paradise and Red Zone. Will be announced shortly, but I won’t let you down for sure :)”

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