World Heroes 2
Last Updated: 3/19/2013 Developer(s): ADK Publisher(s): SNK Designer(s): Kazou Arai Platform(s): Neo Geo, Super Nintendo, TurboGraphics CD Release Date(s): April 28th, 1993 Characters: Hanzou, Fuuma, Dragon, Janne, J. Carn, Muscle Power, Brocken, Rasputin, Mudman, Ryoko, J. Max, Erik, Shura, Captain Kidd, Neo Dio, Neo Geegus
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 / 10 Animation 6 / 10 Music / Sound Effects 5 / 10 Innovation 5.5 / 10 Art Direction 7.5 / 10 Customization 5 / 10 Options / Extras 5.5 / 10 Intro / Presentation 6.5 / 10 Replayability / Fun 5.5 / 10 "Ouch" Factor 5 / 10 Characters 5.5 / 10 BOTTOM LINE
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. ~TFG Webmaster
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!
REVIEW: World Heroes 2 added a few more characters, moves, stages, a new life bar selection option; making it a decent improvement over the original game. Players now have the option to change the classic "double life bars" layout into one life bar that goes back and forth as characters are damaged... Doesn't make much sense, but hey, can't blame them for trying to be creative.
J. Max & Mudman... two of the newcomers.
The new characters of World Heroes 2 at least managed to be "original" in the fighting game world, and made for a more balanced roster than in the first game. Overall, the cast still leaves much to be desired; along with the mediocre gameplay. Visually, World Heroes 2 was a decent looking title for the time, but far from the best. The gameplay was very much like the original and still clunky at times, but it had it's moments of fun.
Janne (based off of Joan of Ark) VS Ryoko (based off of Ryoko Tamura).
Unlike the first game, World Heroes 2 actually featured an introduction with Hanzou 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 wasn't bad at least. Also appreciated was the updated selection screen, which look a hell of a lot more appealing than in the first game. ;)