World Heroes Review

World Heroes (Available on PlayStation 3 & PSP)
ESRB Rating: T
Players: 1-2
Genre: Fighting
Publisher: SNK Playmore
Developer: Alpha Denshi
Release Date: December 21, 2010

Parent Talk: World Heroes is rated T for teen thanks to blood and animated violence.

Plays Like: Street Fighter II, Fatal Fury, etc.

Review Basis: Played arcade mode on the PS3, and tried online multiplayer.

Details: PS3/$8.99; PSP/$6.99.

What’s This About?: It’s 1992 and everyone is trying to capitalize on Street Fighter II’s success.  Alpha Denshi was no different.  Most of the roster in World Heroes execute moves ripped from Street Fighter II. To differentiate, Denshi added several unique features, though they make the game a bit silly.

What It’s Remembered For:

  • An eight-character roster featured in virtually all fighters from the early nineties.  Most fighters were your stereotypical archetypes.  The American was a Hulk Hogan rip-off; the Chinese was a Bruce Lee knockoff, etc.
  • Two distinct modes, a “normal” and “deathmatch” mode.  The deathmatch arenas featured such memorable features such as flaming ropes surrounding the ring, spiked walls and more.  There’s nothing like throwing your friend into an electrified fence.  Oh, good times.
  • Simple three button layout, one for punch, kick and throw.  Many other early Neo Geo fighters also employed the same layout, and it worked well enough when coupled with all the special moves players could pull off.  The biggest difference here is that the punch and kick buttons were pressure sensitive so if players really mashed down hard on the buttons their character would inflict more damage to their opponent.
  • Colorful, vibrant and silly, that’s how you make something special.

Anything Else We Need To Know?

(Note that all Neo Geo Station games feature online play, PSP versions, region-selecting options for blood and added bounciness, visual smoothers, save states, bug editors, and command lists.)

  • Surprisingly I found the online multiplayer in World Heroes to be quite enjoyable.  My matches didn’t really experience too much lag, but sadly there weren’t very many people playing.

Bottom Line: Who Should Download This?

If you’re looking to experience one of the very first Street Fighter II clones, you might feel like giving World Heroes a go.  It doesn’t hold up nearly as well as some of the other early Neo Geo fighters and it’s likely most casual fighter fans will opt for something else.  Still, there’s something memorable about fighting in a “deathmatch” with a giant American wrestler who keeps saying he’s number one.

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