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 includes every playable character in the series to date, and marks the return of Neo Dio and Neo Geegus.

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

In this 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 seems to run a bit smoother and the graphics have improved here or there; but once again, the gameplay just doesn't hold up to the other epic 2D fighters out there... in a nutshell, the gameplay is too simple for it's own good. The combo system is pretty boring, and the game is still painfully slow when compared to the top fighting games of 1995 (and soon after).

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


Page Updated: March 19th, 2013
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.  A more proper title would be, "World Heroes: Average at it's absolute best." World Heroes Perfect is probably what the last game (or two) should've been... so I guess that's what they meant by the name.

In closing, the World Heroes series was always riding the coattails of other fighting games, namely Street Fighter 2... which gave it a bad rap from the start and ultimately led to its demise. The good news is, a few of the series' best characters made appearances in other fighting games like Neo Geo Battle Coliseum... which was pretty cool I must say. ~
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