Are Videogamer to believe that the open world sections of No More Heroes are deliberately bad, like some kind of pop culture reference to gaming itself, and as a result they have to accept it because it's so damn clever? Should it be praised because it is, in some parts, a bad parody of gaming? In their view, a parody, in all forms of entertainment, works only if it's good in its own right, take for example the Scream movies.
Simply parodying something for its own sake is not enough. Look at the God-awful Scary Movie films for example. Because of this, No More Heroes is not gaming's savour, as many have proclaimed. It's much simpler - a funky, fun third-person hack and slash marred by some boring open world side-missions. It's no more simple, or complicated, than that.