- System: PC (Steam), PlayStation 4, Xbox One
- Publisher: Bandai Namco Entertainment
- Developer: Spike Chunsoft
- Release Date: Feb 27, 2020
- Pricing: $59.99
- Rating: T
- Genre: RPG, Arena Fighter
- Players: 1
- Official Website: https://www.bandainamcoent.com/games/one-punch-man-a-hero-nobody-knows
ONE PUNCH MAN: A HERO NOBODY KNOWS - Launch Trailer
Who it Caters to
A Hero Nobody Knows is a game that relies a lot (maybe too much) on its huge cast of weird characters, although it's up to you to decide if that's reason enough to keep you hooked. To be honest, if you don't really care about One Punch Man, you'll soon find a lot of reasons to stop playing and do something better with your life... and there's nothing the gameplay or story can do to convince you otherwise.
What to Expect
Basically, there are two sides to A Hero Nobody Knows: the offline mode is all about doing quests, customizing your character, and learning new moves while you train yourself to become the best hero ever; if you go online though, you can brag about your rocambolesque costume and secondary identity while testing your power and skills against other players in 3v3 tag battles.
Something you'll notice sooner than later is how hard it is to navigate the menus. There are just too many options, and not everything here is intuitive either, so you'll need some time to remember where every option is. All in all, the graphics are OK for a game like this, but we can't deny that we would have loved to see some improvements.
It's just annoying when you're always listening to the same cuts, just because you entered a different area of the city or you're navigating the menu again. It gets worse when you know all quests are just as repetitive too, but we'll get to that in the gameplay analysis. What we need to highlight is the voice acting in the cutscenes. Although awkward sometimes, it's nice to see that all voices come from the same voice actors you hear in the anime, right?
If you're OK with grinding a lot, you can just play until you unlock the costume you want or the hero you desire for the online modes. There's also a housing system so you can grind to buy different things to decorate your personal room, but as much as we love housing in RPG games, it really makes no sense in a game like this. You don't even need to visit your house!
Another problem with this game is that you spend more time watching the loading screen than actually playing. You want to talk to a character? You'll have to wait a few seconds. You want to accept that quest? There's a loading screen. You say you just finished that cutscene explaining the quest? One more loading screen. You just beat those monsters trying to wreak havoc? Another loading screen! We'll ask this one more time: is that your idea of fun?
Spending hours upon hours in this messy RPG just so you can go online and fight against other people using your favorite One Punch Man characters is not our idea of quality gameplay, especially when there are a lot of useless mechanics that fail to keep you entertained.
The fighting is OK, simple enough to make it accessible to everyone but nothing otherwordly when compared to other similar games. You can block, you can dash, you can jump, and you can chain some punches and kicks for a nice combo. When it comes to special attacks, you only need to press 2 buttons to unleash a "devastating" move, the same you can spam to beat every other enemy once you're good enough to run away and charge your special meter without being hit. To be fair, customizing your character's fighting style and killer moves is a nice touch, but that's not really groundbreaking.
Honey's Gameplay Consensus:
At first, making you fight—and survive— against seemingly invulnerable monsters until Saitama arrives, feels like an unusual gimmick... but that's it. The more enjoyable fights are the ones that you can actually win using your character, even if you need to play really well to stand a chance. After more than a hundred hours with the game, it's nice to finally go online with our fine-tuned hero and our favorite characters from the anime and manga... but how long will it be before we get bored? Only time will tell!
- From the legendary Saitama to the most random heroes and villains, all your favorite characters from the manga and anime are here!
- A lot of customization options, and even a housing feature, because why not?
- Lackluster gameplay mechanics.
- A lot of quests are too short, or too repetitive.
- Welcome to the Hero Association. We hope you like loading screens!