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