Excerpt: For the uninitiated, World Heroes was a 2D Neo Geo fighting game in line with the likes of Street Fighter and King of Fighters that featured a roster of characters consisting of Bruce Lee, Hulk Hogan and M. Bison, or at least people that bare a strong resemblance to them anyway. It never had the strong following, nor historical significance that the aforementioned games did and still do, which makes the existence of World Heroes Anthology a bit strange, though it has to...
Conclusion: If you own a Playstation 2 and you love World Heroes then you’re in luck. This game isn’t for fans of any 2-D fighter. It lacks a lot of things that we see in most other 2-D fighting games. Though for $20 you can’t complain too much, before you know it this game will be reduced to nothing.
Excerpt: Back in the 1990s, the Neo Geo was console gaming’s answer to arcade machines. If it was big, bold and ate through money like a starving moth, a Neo Geo version would follow, usually for an equally unthrifty sum. In that era, arcade conversions were all the rage, and if it was worth playing, it usually came from SNK. Sadly, World Heroes was the glaring exception, and this PS2 compilation of the series is no better.
Excerpt: World Heroes Anthology is the full collection of World Heroes games with original release dates that span from 1992 to 1995. It may not be the most famous fighting series, but it certainly has a unique theme. The look of the series doesn't change too dramatically throughout the years. You've got pretty standard, limited color palette characters against similar backdrops. There isn't a push for realism here, so prepare for some rather cartoonish looks.
Excerpt: Back in 1991, Capcom released its 2D fighting opus Street Fighter II, and in the years that followed a number of competitors brought their own fighting games to market. SNK was by far the most prolific rival, and while some of its games, such as Art of Fighting, innovated upon the formula they were inspired by, developer ADK created World Heroes for the Neo-Geo, a series that was content with completely ripping off from it.
Pros: Insane and hilarious cast of characters, Deathmatch mode adds variety, The only game that lets you throw ghost sharks at Hulk Hogan
Cons: The poor man's Street Fighter II, Deathmatch mode was removed after World Heroes 2, Clunky, sometimes nonresponsive controls, Aged visuals and gameplay
Summary: I won’t lie to you. World Heroes Anthology is a straight port of World Heroes , World Heroes 2 , World Heroes 2: JET , and World Heroes Perfect . As they stand, I find them to be rather lackluster fighters, even as old school as they are.
Summary: World Heroes Anthology is the complete collection (on one disc) of one of SNK's most popular 2D fighting game series, World Heroes, includingd are: World Heroes, World Heroes 2, World Heroes 2 Jet, and World Heroes Perfect. Follow the storyline of Dr. Brown, a scientist, who having perfected a time machine has organized a fighting tournament throughout all of history to truly see who the best fighter of all time is.
Excerpt: ’s Ryu and Ken, right down to the fact that the ‘alternate’ choice is the guy in red. Even their moves are rip-offs – a rising uppercut, a spinning attack, and a projectile attack – all effected in the exact same way as in Capcom’s game. This wouldn't be so bad if the newer game actually improved upon the source material. As it is, the moves that enaged, that elicited such a gut feeling of satisfaction in the execution, here come off with little pay-off for the player.
Conclusion: World Heroes was one of the many Neo-Geo games that I always wanted to break into as a kid, but never could because I never could afford a Neo-Geo. I love what SNK is doing with these great old fighters; making a well put together compilation on one disc and pricing it at a superb price point. I love that each game can have its own options set, and that each game has each player's Skill List handy just by hitting Pause.