Roll 7 return to your PS4 with an important message. The streets need seriously cleaning up. Criminals are taking over and a democratic election alone isn’t gonna cut it anymore. No we need to shoot everyone in the face. No, wait – that’d be ridiculous. We need to shoot everyone (in the face) under the guidance and leadership of a big purple rabbit called BunnyLord. He’s from the future and he’s like if Barney the dinosaur had seriously gone off the rails on his path to children’s TV. You and your team of vigilantes are gonna sort the districts out, restore order and get those all important votes.
NOT A HERO is a run, stun, shooting scum ballet of ballot paper, bullets and high adrenaline. At one point I even saved a bloody panda. I mean seriously who wants to hurt a panda?! That’s what we’re dealing with and why we need BunnyLord as our Mayor. There are 21 levels in NOT A HERO, and 3 secret levels. I actually shot my way through the first 15 levels pretty quickly. Time flies when you’re having fun and man, NOT A HERO is an absolute blast in more ways than one. There are an amazing selection of weapons scattered about, including my personal favourites the HotShot, which sets your enemies on fire, and the Ricoshot, which has bullets ricochetting off every nearby wall or brain available. But it’s the quick nature of NOT A HERO that makes it stand out. Sliding, diving and trying not to break your neck between buildings is so deliciously addictive it should come with a health warning. Make no mistake, NOT A HERO is firmly lodged in the ‘just one more go’ category. It feels like it’s part of the Hotline Miami family, with a killer soundtrack to match.
Due to not being able to put my controller down and massacring my way through the opening 15 levels pretty quickly I did start to get slightly concerned about the games’ length. Oh what a fool I was. As soon as you hit Level 16 the game seriously ups the ante. It’s a good thing you have a hilarious cast of heroes to play with, as your gonna need every drop of humour to keep you sane on some of the later levels. Every single one is totally doable but it will take a lot of trial and error amidst the brutal brilliance before you get there. At one point I started punching any nearby cushions on my sofa, like the weirdest DFS salesman you’ve ever seen. But the humour will get you through. Some of the characters genuinely had me laughing out loud a lot. I won’t list all of them, as half the fun is unlocking them as you progress, but Steve, who sounds like the love child of Michael Caine and Danny Dyer is especially funny. And there’s Jesus too. No not that one. Just go see for yourself. NOT A HERO is very British in humour but definitely universal in gameplay. And going back to the games’ length; there is a crazy amount of replayablilty here. Each level has primary objectives and secondary goals, which you will never get on your first run through. They will also determine whether you end your Election campaign simply as Mayor, or….Global Megalord!! *insert evil laugh and stroke kitten*
Should you miss out on NOT A HERO? Not a chance. Roll 7 have rolled with the punches and delivered a bloodbath of pixelated PlayStation perfection. Long live BunnyLord.
Punk rating: 9/10