World Heroes 2

STORY:  Who is the strongest hero in history!? In order to solve this conundrum, a professor completed a time machine and used it to test the might of warriors from different ages. Unfortunately, he was unable to find an answer. A year later, six new heroes appear. Now, the largest battle of history is about to begin.

Improved selection screen... better artwork, character info, and.... Borders!!! Wooo! 

REVIEWWorld Heroes 2 is the first title to feature the "ADK" logo, as the developer changed their previous name from Alpha Denshi. The sequel adds a few more characters, moves, stages, a new life bar selection option, naturally making the game an obvious improvement over the original. World Heroes 2 also implements an innovative, yet somewhat "nonsensical" new life bar system.

Before the match begins, players now have the option to swap out the standard "double life bars" layout for a "single life bar" that both players share, which goes back and forth as characters are damaged. No, it doesn't actually make much sense in terms of how a fight actually works... but hey, you can't blame ADK for trying to be creative during a time when the fighting genre was incredibly competitive.

J. Max & Mudman... two of the newcomers.

The new character designs of World Heroes 2 are an arguably odd bunch, but at least manage to stand out as "original" in the fighting game world. Newcomers like J. Max and Mudman definitely aren't copies of any existing designs, and make for a more balanced roster than in the first game. However, as a whole, the cast still leaves something to be desired... along with the mediocre gameplay engine. While the gameplay has its potentially fun moments, it's still a far cry from the top 2D fighters of the era. Visually, World Heroes 2 is a decent looking title for the time period, but again, far from the best. 

Janne (based off of Joan of Ark) VS Ryoko (based off of Ryoko Tamura).

Unlike the first game, World Heroes 2 actually features an opening movie. The intro shows some "moving artwork" of Hanzou as he facing off against the rest of the cast. I remember enjoying watching the intro even though it was kinda cheaply done (utilizing an entire 2 pictures... lol). The artwork quality isn't too bad at least. Also appreciated from an artistic standpoint is the updated selection screen, which looks a hell of a lot more appealing than in the first game. Less than a year after the release of World Heroes 2, ADK put out an updated version entitled World Heroes 2 Jet.

Page Updated: June 21st, 2017
Developer(s): ADK  (assisted by SNK)
Publisher(s): SNK
Designer(s): Kazou Arai
Platform(s): Neo Geo, SNES, TurboGraphics CD, Wii VC, PS4
Release Date(s): April 28th, 1993       (Neo Geo)
Nov. 15th, 2011       ( Wii Virtual Console)
Dec. 27th, 2012       ( Wii Virtual Console)
Jan. 10th, 2013        ( Wii Virtual Console)
May 25th, 2017      
Characters Hanzou, Fuuma, Dragon, Janne, J. Carn, Muscle Power, Brocken, Rasputin, Mudman, Ryoko, J. Max, Erik, Shura, Captain Kidd, Neo Dio, Neo Geegus

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Related Games: World Heroes, World Heroes 2 Jet, World Heroes 2 Perfect , Fatal Fury Special, Super Street Fighter 2, Mortal Kombat 2, Samurai Shodown, Fighters History, Eternal Champions, Virtua Fighter

Gameplay Engine  6.5 / 10
Story / Theme  5.5 / 10
Overall Graphics  6.0 / 10
Animation  6.0 / 10
Music / Sound Effects  5.0 / 10
Innovation  5.5 / 10
Art Direction  7.5 / 10
Customization  5.0 / 10
Options / Extras  5.5 / 10
Intro / Presentation  6.5 / 10
Replayability / Fun  5.5 / 10
"Ouch" Factor  5.0 / 10
Characters  5.5 / 10

 5.7 / 10

 Review based on Arcade version


Final Words:

My local arcades got World Heroes 2 the year it came out, so I tried it out for a while, and actually had some fun with it. Aside from a few interesting characters and the innovative life-bar selection, there really wasn't much to the game, and was a far shot from Street Fighter 2 (and many other titles).

The gameplay just seemed slow in comparison, and of course, no one else in the damn arcade was walking anywhere close to this game.   For obvious reasons, I put most of my tokens into Street Fighter 2, Mortal Kombat, or Art of Fighting in 1993. Although some of the characters in World Heroes 2 were arguably "original," the overall cast just didn't have the appeal that other fighting game characters did. 
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