You Won’t Be the Best in One Punch Man: A Hero Nobody Knows

Saitama's bored being unbeatable, so it's lucky your own hero will have a tougher time of things.

One Punch Man: A Hero Nobody Knows launches this Friday, February 28, for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. Ahead of that, Bandai Namco has released a launch trailer for the retelling of the fan-favorite anime. But not all is as it appears.

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Instead of playing as One Punch Man one-punching everything into oblivion, you’ll create your own hero and join the Hero Association. You’ll ascend the ranks, compiling teams of heroes and villains, and taking on quests to eventually reach the coveted rank of S-class.

Pre-order copies get early access to Dream Saitama, a version of Saitama that takes damage like a normal hero, and more characters will be added through the coming months as DLC, with Suiryu coming in April.

Producer Yahata Yasuhiro spoke with Bandai about the challenges of making a fighting game based on the ultimate hero. Saitama does face off against the game’s powerful monsters and villains, Yasuhiro said, but the player character fights them first. Saitama just adds the finishing touch when necessary. It’s something that coincided with the team’s desire to keep things interesting for fans of the anime as well, retelling the show’s first season from the player hero’s perspective to make it fresh again.

So far, it seems like a success. In our One Punch Man: A Hero Nobody Knows preview, we said, “It’s a fascinating take on things, and the combat felt like a lot of fun.”

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for our One Punch Man: A Hero Nobody Knows review coming soon.

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Josh Broadwell started gaming in the early '90s. But it wasn't until 2017 he started writing about them, after finishing two history degrees and deciding a career in academia just wasn't the best way forward. You'll usually find him playing RPGs, strategy games, or platformers, but he's up for almost anything that seems interesting.