World Heroes Perfect

STORY:  A year has passed since the dark tournament association's movements... The world was peaceful and invitations for the third World Heroes' tournament were mailed by Dr. Brown himself. Heroes who wanted to prove themselves, rivals who wanted their matches settled, and other fighters began to gather once more for the decisive tournament. The news of Zeus' participation was also part of the agenda for those who wanted revenge. The tournament's organization was already desperate but that was not its only horror!

New selection screen... no "new" characters though. :/

REVIEWThe fourth and final installment to the World Heroes series features every playable character to date, and marks the return of Neo Dio and Neo Geegus. While not exactly "Perfect" like the title seems to claim... the gameplay, character variety, and visuals of World Heroes Perfect is probably the best the series has to offer.

Some cool new backgrounds... but that's about it. 

In this final version of World Heroes, every character has an "ABC Special Move" that can be activated by pressing the A, B, and C buttons at the same time. The gameplay and overall speed seems to have been streamlined, and the graphics see some improvements here or there and are notably brighter. The new hand-drawn backgrounds in particular are easily the best-looking of the series.

The gameplay of World Heroes remains mostly the same, and in my opinion, is still too simple for it's own good, especially when other recent fighting games are innovating in so many other areas. The combo system is pretty straight-forward (and kinda boring), and the gameplay pace still feels noticeably sluggish when compared to many other 2D and 3D fighters of the era.


Sonic Booo.... I mean... Sonic Shuriken! 

The good news is, if you were previously a fan of any World Heroes characters... they're in this game, and they still do their thing. World Heroes Perfect is a straight-forward 2D fighting game in many ways - the basics are there. However, the thing I enjoyed most about the series in the past (if anything) was its weirder gameplay aspects that aren't found in the usual 2D fighting games (such as the Deathmatch shared lifebar option in World Heroes 2). World Heroes Perfect is definitely a playable fighting game at the end of the day, and for it's time, it was a decent effort.

Page Updated: January 18th, 2019
Developer(s): ADK  (assisted by SNK)
Publisher(s): SNK
Designer(s): Kazou Arai
Platform(s): Neo Geo, Neo Geo CD, Sega Saturn, Wii Virtual Console
Release Date(s): May 25th, 1995        (Neo Geo MVS)
Aug. 9th, 1996          ( Saturn)
Jan. 11th, 2011
         ( Wii VC)
July 26th, 2012         ( Wii VC)
Oct. 18th, 2012         ( Wii VC)
Characters Hanzou, Fuuma, Dragon, Janne, J. Carn, Muscle Power, Brocken, Rasputin, Mudman, Ryoko, J. Max, Erik, Shura, Captain Kidd, Ryofu, Jack, Neo Dio, Son Gokuu, Zeus

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Related Games: World Heroes, World Heroes 2, World Heroes 2 Jet, Street Fighter 2, Neo Geo Battle Coliseum, Ninja Master's, Savage Reign, Kizuna Encounter, Double Dragon, Fatal Fury 3, King of Fighters '95, Real Bout Fatal Fury, Samurai Shodown 3, Mortal Kombat 3, Mortal Kombat 3 Ultimate, Street Fighter Alpha

Gameplay Engine  5.5 / 10
Story / Theme  4.0 / 10
Overall Graphics  5.5 / 10
Animation  4.5 / 10
Music / Sound Effects  5.0 / 10
Innovation  3.5 / 10
Art Direction  5.0 / 10
Customization  4.0 / 10
Intro / Presentation  5.0 / 10
Replayability / Fun  4.0 / 10
"Ouch" Factor  4.5 / 10
Characters  5.5 / 10

 5.4 / 10

 Review based on Arcade version     


Final Words:

Perfect?! Ha. They're just joking of course.  I'm dubbing this one "World Heroes: Average at its absolute best." World Heroes Perfect is probably what the prequel should've been, so I guess that's what ADK was going for.

In closing, the World Heroes series had a nice run, but it never achieved any long-term success due to the highly competitive nature of the fighting genre in the mid 90's. Some of the characters from the series are actually memorable... and there are some things about the series that I can respect. I was actually glad to see the return of Hanzou, Fuuma, Mudman, and Neo Dio in the SNK crossover, Neo Geo Battle Coliseum... as well as the Card Fighters Clash series.  ~
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