One Punch Man: A Hero Nobody Knows
WARNING! Spoilers ahead!
This article may reveal major plot points, especially considering the game had either been released recently or not in specific countries yet.
One Punch Man: A Hero Nobody Knows was based off by One Punch Man is a third-person action-adventure open-world beat-'em-up fighting game developed by Spike Chunsoft and published by Bandai Namco Entertainment. It was released on February 27, 2020, in Japan and was released worldwide a day later.
Why It Sucks
- While the story is interesting on paper, it's very derivative and uninteresting as it's just the cliche "you got attacked by a dangerous enemy and rescued by the hero (in this case Saitama) and you're inspired to be a hero as a result".
- The story mode cutscenes look very unpolished and the character movement is very puppet-like. The Monsters that your character fights look laughably small and cartoonish compared to their appearance in the anime and whenever an enemy dies, his/her hands don't even go all the way down onto the ground.
- Very stiff, awful and laughable facial and body animations that resemble those from Mass Effect: Andromeda, Ride to Hell: Retribution and especially Jump Force. Of note, Boros has a very bored-looking face when he dies compared to his death in both the manga and anime and Carnage Kabuto is always eternally smiling, unlike his anime and manga counterparts, making him look like an animated Monty Python character.
- It also doesn't help that most of the secondary characters from the franchise have practically little to no facial animations to express their feelings.
- The Giant Spaceship's exterior shot is actually just a screenshot of the Spaceship from the anime, showing that Spike was way too lazy to even create a functioning 3D exterior model of it.
- Some of the minor characters from the anime look really off-model like Muscle Man having breasts, for some weird reasons.
- It's very easy to cheese a lot of fights despite the enemies and opponents' good AI, as you can just simply endure and block their attacks for 4.5 minutes straight until Saitama arrives, whom you can use to instantly win fights with one punch. This can only happen if Saitama is part of your team.
- The gameplay is similar to Jump Force, which means it's very unbalanced, basic and overall boring.
- A lot of the game's cutscenes are ripped off from the manga and anime.
- Although the Japanese and English voice actors for the anime return to voice the characters, they sound bland compared to it.
- The game has poor optimization on the Xbox One, for some reason.
- Child Emperor's hitbox is a bit wonky as attacks can be counted as hits if connected above his head.
- Saitama got a buff on release for no reason. In the beta, you were able to counter Saitama’s attacks by blocking. In the full game, however, that isn’t the case. Everything Saitama throws at you is an instant kill. Sure, he’s supposed to win fights with just one punch in the series..but here, it makes the game incredibly unfair while fighting Saitama. You may zone him out, but once he finds his way in, you are already dead. This makes Saitama easily the most overpowered character in the entire game.
- Heck, even its official trailer openly acknowledged it too.
- Lots of anachronism in the game. The game is canonically set shortly after Season 1, but Crabrawler and Suiryu are present as playable characters even though the former was already dead by the events of Season 1 (spoiler alert: Saitama gutted him out via his eyestalk with his necktie when the former used to be an office worker) and the latter made his debut in Season 2.
- The game's graphics look good and faithfully recreate the art style used in the anime.
- You can interact with the residents of A-City to obtain new missions from, get new items and secrets from and learn new information about some of the characters.
- You can create your own player character! This means that you can freely recreate iconic anime, movie, TV show, video game and even YouTube characters using the character creation screen like Filthy Frank and Pink Guy.
- The game's launch trailer is hilarious as it shows how ridiculously overpowered Saitama is.
- The Japanese and (most, if not all) English voice actors all reprised their roles from the anime in the game.
- Kellen Goff was a huge improvement over Vic Mignogna as Melzargard.
- The enemies and opponents' AIs are surprisingly good despite being easily cheesed.
One Punch Man: A Hero Nobody Knows got mixed reviews from critics but mostly negative reviews from fans.
On Metacritic, the game has a critic rating of 64/100 ("mixed or average reviews"), and a user score of 3.6/10 ("generally unfavourable reviews").
Windows Central gave the game a 3/5, praising the game's characters, playstyles, fighting mechanic, campaign and monsters while criticizing its poor level designs, animations and optimization.
Differences between the game and anime/manga (Spoiler alert)