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Half-Minute Hero: Super Mega Neo Climax [X360]





Addictive. surprisingly/ironically very long. Most fun I've had with an RPG in years.

10

Editors' Choice
Difficulty:
Just Right
Time Spent:
40 to 100 Hours
The Bottom Line:
"Amazing"

Summary

This game is a series of RPG Amuse-bouche (look up definition on wikipedia, replace food with RPG, and chef with developer, this is a perfect definition of this game) linked together to form what is the best RPG experience I've had in a very very long time.

you fight evil, rescue NPCs, get loot, grind, do side quests, all in no more than 30 second time intervals (which can be extended into multiple 30 second intervals per stage by praying to the time goddess). This makes for AMAZING gameplay. There is nothing that has been done wrong here. This game takes a great conceptual idea, and executes it flawlessly. I have been playing this since release, I had no prior knowledge to the series, and have been loving it.

This game really pays homage to old JRPGs in a way that is really perfect for those of us that loved those games but just don't have the patience anymore that is required for those grindfests.

If you like RPG's a lot but don't find you have the desire to grind for long periods of time, or watch 2 hour cut-scenes buy this game without reading the review, you will enjoy. If you like RPG's at all, you should probably buy it anyways, it's $10, and chances are you will get much MUCH more than your money's worth. Anyways, here's a short standard review breakdown.

Graphics: I'll admit that I don't care much about graphics, but they serve the purpose, look nice enough to make me not skip cut-scenes. I've been playing on the Neo cartoon graphics setting, which are very crisp and fun. Look great in HD. The classic graphics don't seem to translate all that well to HD, might actually look better on a SD TV.

Sound: Intense. Fitting. Others in the room with you may find it annoying, but when you are frantically running around because you have 0.2 seconds left before the world is destroyed, you will want no other music, it fits perfect.

Game play: perfect. exhilarating. Addictive.

replay value: with multiplayer, leader boards, hundreds of different variations to missions/paths/sidequests, time trials, different play modes, etc. There is no reason to stop playing.

Multi-player: This is what really spurred me into writing this review. The multiplayer is REALLY fun and challanaging. It basically just takes the single player game, and throws 4 "heros" onto the map instead of one. Little else changes. I was getting a little tired after playing the main game for so long last night that I figured I'd give multiplayer a try before going to sleep. 10pm turned to 2am without me really noticing. This game in general is the definition of addictive game play, multiplayer is no exception.

Story: There is an evil guy teaching every other evil guy how to cast a spell that destroys the whole world. It takes 30 seconds to cast. Go to a map, there's an evil lord casting the spell, kill him in 30 seconds. That is the story of each map. Now, there is also a very nice overlying story of war, the nature of evil/good, etc. There are also little mini-stories on each map that are sometimes quite compelling. A few in particular are surprisingly so, almost on the level of old final fantasy games. Most however are upbeat and keep with the pace of a 30 second game. I like the story aspect of this game, if you don't like it though, it won't make a difference, the game doesn't require the story.

controls: basic. If you've played a video game before you should be alright.


Overall: I love this game. enough so that I'm writing a WAY too long review on it. Just go spend your $10.







A remake of Half Minute Hero for PSP. Bettter graphics makeing easyer to play. But take more a 3rd of the game away.

6.5

Fair
Difficulty:
Easy
Time Spent:
20 to 40 Hours
The Bottom Line:
"Guilty pleasure"

Summary

Easy to say It a very nice remake of (Half Minute Hero) A game that came out less then 4 years ago that had a small cult like following.

Its based off the joke what would happen if the bad guy was going to blowup the world in 30 secs. Joking on the fact that in just about ever RPG there trying to blow up world for whatever reason. But they take forever. And there all way so god like or super person to help or guild you.

Good thing about it.

The look. Original was make to look like a 8bit pixel game like in the 80s. Now its a normal art that make the game way easyer the it previous self.

Ranks. In essence this is a RPG title. But the trueth is it more of a time trial game. Your all was trying to get better times. Cuz it on the Xbox. Adding the worlds scoure at the ready. Your not just trying to out do yourself but buds, famliy & of coures random players as well.

Multiplayer. Adding a fun bit is a few multiplayer maps. Trying to beat others to the (Evil Lord) to slay then. Is a bit fun and harder then most of the rest of the game. With a few twiks you can get by any level.



Only 1 thing bad about this is (But its a big one) shorting the game. The Original what made so you follow 4 story line in 4 diffent ears. Each acting like it own indepedent game. 1st was old fashion RPG. Next a strategy type. Then shooting. A bit of defending your guy. Wraping up back in an old fashion ending in one big map in the 5th era saveing the world once and for all with all the storyline guys.
They cut 3 of the story lines out. Makeing each era other then the 1st. Fast 1 level long parts.

To me killing off more then half the game. Is a kick in the pants. But If your a fan fan of the Original it a nice way to play a old ver of game you love.

The silver lining is that they could redo the other part later on. As DLC. But till that time. If your a fan or become a fan. You have to deal or go looking for the old psp ver If you want the meat of the game.







With a wealth of stories, paths, location, equipment and modes, 30 seconds easily spins into 30 hours.

9.0

Editors' Choice
Difficulty:
Just Right
Time Spent:
10 to 20 Hours
The Bottom Line:
"Old-school"

Summary

Half Minute Hero: Super Mega Neo Climax is a classic RPG satire that allows you to enjoy everything that you loved about the RPGs of the SNES years in roughly thirty seconds. You play as a hero of your naming and, with enough money to buy some help from the Goddess of Time, you embark on an epic journey to stop an Evil Lord by the name of Noire from destroying the entire world.

The game itself is simple: You collect items, level up and defeat the Evil Lord of each level before time runs out. The combat is fast and automatic and leveling is far from a grind. All you have to worry about it solving whatever puzzle needs to be solved to reach the Evil Lord from casting the spell of destruction before the world is gone. This could mean fixing a bridge, or finding a boat, or even finding monsters to level up when none are around. All while paying attention to the ticking clock.

The real strategy of the game comes from its dash function. You can dash through the world, which (of course) allows you to move more quickly, but also stops random enemy encounters. But, while dashing, your health is constantly draining away, so it must be used with caution. Knowing when to and not to dash could mean a millisecond difference between saving the world and leaving it to ruin, so use it wisely.

Each level isn't only a puzzle with a boss to defeat at the end, though. There's also weapons and armors to supply yourself with, characters to meet and team up with, and even branching paths that could lead you to alternate stages in other areas of the world. You'll find yourself coming back to stages time and time again to find and do all that's available to you, stretching this game out to a true RPG length. On top of this, there are other adventures that you unlock after completing the main quest and an online mode. The online mode, though fun, feels a little tacked on and doesn't boast a ton of replayability.

The only shortcoming of this game is in the controls. You can only move up, down, left and right in movements that are built for a classic D-pad. This makes movement finicky, which can become a frustration in levels that are clogged with obstacles when mere seconds are left between victory and absolute destruction.

For a game that prides itself on brevity, Half Minute Hero: Super Mega Neo Climax delivers a full RPG experience with more content than could be enjoyed in thirty hours let alone thirty seconds.




If at all else the Xbox Live Version of Half Minute Hero is still a fast paced frantic RPG against the clock.

7.5

Great
Difficulty:
Easy
Time Spent:
10 to 20 Hours
The Bottom Line:
"Old-school"

Summary

Game Title: Half Minute Hero: Super Mega Neo Climax
Platform: Xbox Live Arcade
Developer: Marvelous Entertainment
Publisher: Rising Star Games
Genre: Fantasy Role Playing
Age Rating: 12+ PEGI
Release Date: June 29th 2011
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Game Score: 7.5/10
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Summery:
If at all else the Xbox Live Version of Half Minute Hero is still a fast paced frantic adventure against the clock.
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With a concept of Half Minute Hero on the PSP, you had just 30 seconds to complete your quest to defeat the Evil Lord and save the world. 2 Years ago on the PSP it was a fast paced and frantic RPG experience and now Half Minute Hero makes a quick time appearance on Xbox Live under it's name Super Mega Neo Climax. It's a HD remake of the same PSP adventure that carries the same formula that fans remember from 2 years ago. It manages to be as frantic as it's PSP counterpart but time isn't the only thing that's against you this time around.

Half Minute Hero follows the story where different heroes have there own stories each with their own conflicts to deal within the time limit of 30 seconds. Hero 30 follows the main hero in which he must stop an Evil Lord which has the Spell of Destruction which will destroy the world, Evil Lord 30 has one of the Evil Lords which has betrayed his master and plans to destroy statues of his former master, Princess 30 has to find a cure for her Father illness and Knight 30 follows his duty to protect his Sage and also guide her carefully to stop the Evil Lord. The storyline is impressive to follow with it's cheeky humor and funny characters but unless you've played the PSP version you'll find that there it hasn't got the same video game style references that it had before which is a shame.

The main formula with Half Minute Hero is that you have 30 seconds to clear the quest before it's too late. What's added to the package this time is the Online Leaderboards and online play which is supposed to be as frantic as the Single Player. The online mode called Super Hero Wars puts up to 4 players through 10 different locations and their goal is to grind, do quests and then finish the boss off in the fastest time possible. Unfortunately for me I was unable to go against someone for the sake of this review, I tried for a few minutes but no one showed up to challenge on it but nonetheless it's enjoyable to take the experience online with up to 3 other players and be a dirty cheater to the other player with you being able to buy equipment before your opponent so they're left with weak equipment.

The main campaign in Half Minute Hero focuses on Hero 30. It utilizes the RPG fashion of fighting monsters to earn Gold and EXP to become stronger but the game spices a few things like in the PSP version. In it you'll follow over 30 different Levels each with different sets of quests alongside the main objective which is to face the evil lord within 30 seconds before it strikes zero. In order to reset the timer you'll meet the Time Goddess and she has a secret ability to turn back the timer back. You donate money to one of her statues and the timer is restarted but with each use the costings increase so you should be careful making you move on with the Objective. When in a Village or a Castle the time stops allowing you to shop for items and equipment needed or to interact with an NPC to give you some clues to your next objective or to assist you in your goal. If you're playing the game on the Hard setting (Which is unlocked after beating all the scenarios.) the timer does not stop regardless forcing to act faster. While out in the field you'll travel through Forests, Caves and Secret passages which will reveal either hidden treasure for your next goal or rescuing an NPC that needs help from the monsters.

While exploring you'll easily run into random encounters which are automatic and you control the character to either use an item if needed or to flee from a battle. You can also dash your way through areas to make traveling and battles faster but this drains your Health. Whenever you get KO'd in battle you'll be sent to the last visited village and hopely with time left you can restock and reset the timer to try again or to restart the level from scratch. With that said in each you'll always start off at level but grinding is very because nearly any encounter can give enough EXP to Level up. Later on in the game the quests will begin to give you different paths to follow as well as different situations to overcome, these involve either stopping a Volcano at a set timer, wearing a pair of swim-trunks to swim from islands to another or to avoid an mountain avalanche as it can strip you to your underwear. There are also some unique equipment that you'll find throughout the campaign with each having it's own individual stats and you'll be amused to find items like a Ten Gallon Hat. Upon completing each stage you'll be rewarded with either new equipment for the next challenge or a title depending on the actions you took during the stage. You'll also have the option of replaying the levels upon completion to either get title you missed, follow one of the branching paths or to beat record times which can be uploaded onto online Leaderboards which adds plenty of replay value.

With all it's fast paced RPG action against the clock it begins to show it's issues. In this version the controls don't feel as fluid as the PSP version, this is because of how stiff your movement is. You can move with either the Analog stick or using the D-Pad but sometimes the controls end up putting in the wrong which kills off your seconds. You'll need to be precise of using the D-Pad before it pulls you into the wrong direction.

The main issue to address is that if you've played the PSP version before and enjoyed the extras on it then on this version the extras are downgraded and here's why. The 3 extra scenarios on this version due to the limited memory for an Xbox Live game couldn't keep the game formula from before and instead made them to follow the same gameplay formula as Hero 30. Another issue with them is that each of the unlocked scenarios only have 1 Level and they're only brief so sadly you won't find the same enjoyment with the extras or any other amusing video game references here which is a disappointment. The last 2 scenarios Hero 300 and the sadistic Hero 3 still remain the same with fastest time to complete them before the time runs with no goddess in Hero 300 and a quick rapid dash in Hero 3. Dispute these minor flaws Half Minute Hero on Xbox Live still manages to carry it's high points that what praised the PSP version. There's plenty of replay value to be found here from Online play, Leader-boards and 12 unlockable achievements ensuring that Heros can replay for better times against the clock to save the world.

Half Minute Hero gave players an 8 bit and 16 bit style feel of the classic RPG's dating back to the early Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest games which remains true here but in this version it also includes the redrawn cartoon artwork with refined sprite details but it lacks much animation and doesn't give out much thrills throughout the cutscenes, you'll most likely be better with the classic graphics if you prefer.

To gamers who have played the game on the PSP will right at home with the Xbox Live. It's fast and frantic with plenty of replay value to any gamer willing to speed things up with their RPG's. Sure it doesn't carry all the points seen in the PSP version but If at all else the Xbox Live Version of Half Minute Hero is still a fast paced frantic adventure against the clock.
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The Pros:
1. Fast paced and frantic as it's PSP counterpart
2. Several side-quests and leader-boards which add plenty of replay value
3. Nicely redrawn graphics with option for classic graphics

The Bads:
1. Stiff Movement controls
2. Extra Scenarios are downgraded from the PSP version
3. Barely anyone plays this online
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Reviewed by: Anthony Hayball (BlaZer91)
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Content omissions aside, this is a solid representation of one this generation's best RPGs.

7.0

Great
Difficulty:
Just Right
Time Spent:
10 to 20 Hours
The Bottom Line:
"Revolutionary"

Summary

One of my favourite commute games for last year was an interesting RPG called Half-Minute Hero on the PSP. Its greatness came from the unique premise of condensing a massive RPG adventure into bite size form. Microsoft took note of the game's popularity and commissioned the development of a HD port for its Xbox Live Arcade service with the added subtitle of Super Mega Neo Climax. If you don't get the intended pun, it means you have never played Street Fighter.

The story of Half-Minute Hero spans a massive timeline that is seen through the eyes of four different characters. But instead of giving players a traditional plot loaded with serious themes, the developers have opted to fill Half-Minute Hero with humorous yet well written dialogue that parodies all the clinches that the RPG genre is known for.

Another convention that the game rebels against is the lengthy time it takes to master an RPG. On average players can spend 20 or more hours grinding their way to the finish. But in Half-Minute Hero you only have 30 seconds to prevent evil forces from destroying the world in 62 standalone adventures. Within the given time you must level up, talk to people, buy new gear and reach the villain's lair. Of course not all of this can be achieved within such a small time limit, which is why with a small payment you can reset the time limit. Admittedly this isn't a very deep game and don't be surprised if things become a bit repetitive. But when you experience the speedy game play and frantic time management, that's when you fall in love with Half-Minute Hero.

Unfortunately this new and "supposably" improved version of the game is somewhat cut. In the original PSP version each of the four characters had their own unique style of game play, which would help mix things up. However in Super Mega Neo Climax they all now play identically and if that wasn't enough more than half of the adventures have been removed completely. These cuts necessarily doesn't ruin the game, but they take away a part of what made it so great in the first place.

As for the presentation, the blocky 8-bit graphics used in the original PSP version have been swapped out for new detailed artwork that is more suitable for a HD TV. If you prefer the retro style of the PSP version there's a handy option on the main menu that will revert the game to its original presentation. Although regardless of which graphics you do choose, you will still hear the same wonderful upbeat soundtrack.

Fans of the original version will undoubtedly find the content omissions to be upsetting. But if you are without a PSP (shame on you) and own an Xbox 360, Half-Minute Hero: Super Mega Neo Climax is not a bad way to experience this future gaming classic. Just be prepared to play it in small doses if you wish avoid repetition.

RATING – 7/10

+ Colourful characters with hilarous dialogue.
+ Condenses a whole RPG adventure into bit size form.
+ Two different graphical styles to choose from.
+ Rocking soundtrack.
- More than half of the adventures have been cut.
- Gameplay variety has been severed.
- Long play sessions can lead to repetition.
7.5

Great
7.6
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