One Punch Man: A Hero Nobody Knows looks like a hit

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A clever premise and a colorful cast of playable characters makes One Punch Man: A Hero Nobody Knows an intriguing new fighting game.

One Punch Man: A Hero Nobody Knows is a new game by Spike Chunsoft and Bandi Namco that’s hitting shelves in February 28 and I am beyond hyped for this.

When I first found out that there was going to be a One Punch Man fighting game, I was worried. For those who aren’t aware of the premise of the anime the game is based off of, the story is centered around the titular “One Punch Man” who, because of reasons, is nigh-invincible.

As his name implies, he can take out anything with one punch. Literally. Punch. Done.

So I was worried that this game was going to pull some sort of Injustice shenanigans where they come up a reason to make the stronger characters weaker in order to have this game make sense. Instead, they’ve come up a very clever idea.

Saitama (the One Punch Man) is very low energy and lazy because of this he has a tendency to sleep in and forget things. So let’s say a giant villain is attacking the city; instead of controlling Saitama, you control one of the show’s many fantastic weaker heroes. This includes heroes with awesome names like Speed-O-Sonic Sound, Vaccine Man, Spring Mustachio and Tanktop Master. In fact, here’s a list of all the confirmed playable characters:

  • Saitama
  • Boros
  • Genos
  • Speed-o’-Sound Sonic
  • Tatsumaki
  • Bang
  • Atomic Samurai
  • Fubuki
  • Mumen Rider
  • Vaccine Man
  • Mosquito Girl
  • Carnage Kabuto
  • Deep Sea King
  • Metal Bat
  • Tanktop Master
  • Tanktop Tiger
  • Tanktop Black Hole
  • Metal Knight
  • Stinger
  • Melzargard
  • Child Emperor
  • Sweet Mask
  • Spring Mustachio
  • Puri-Puri Prisoner
  • Sneck
  • Crablante

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There’s some fantastic names in there.

The versus mode is a three-on-three fighting game. You can pick any of the three but know that if you decide to pick Saitama there’s a catch. He will be late. You’ll start with a team of two and have to hold your own against your opponent until Saitama rolls in and saves your little team.

It should also be that the game comes with an awesome preorder bonus. Preordering One Punch Man: A Hero Nobody Knows will get you “Dream Saitama”.

Dream Saitama appears as he does in his dream from the first episode wearing striped pajamas. When you pick this character in versus, you get all his moves but not his ability to end a fight in one punch. If you’re looking to have a standard battle and enjoy Saitama’s moves in a weakened capacity, Dream Saitama is worth snagging.

I’m very excited to see how this title turns out when it launches on PS4, XBox One and PC on February 28. What do you think?