Reviewed by Jeremy Peeples
World Heroes was released during the summer of 1994 as a
port of the arcade classic of the same name. Many fans of
the series (myself included) wondered how a good version of
the original game could possibly be done on the Genesis.
Well, I don't know how it was done, but it was, now on to
Graphics-7/10- The characters are large, nicely detailed,
and animate fluidly. The normal backgrounds are nicely
detailed and feature numerous little touches. The Death
Match backgrounds come in a variety of shapes and sizes,
from 2 walls of spikes, to a flaming wrestling ring, they
are all very unique and add some personality to the game.
The only serious downside to the graphics is the rather
dark, somewhat drab look of the game, some sacrifices had to
be made and I assume the use of vibrant colors was one of them.
Pros- Large, fluidly animated characters. Colorful backgrounds.
Cons- The game has a dark look overall.
Sound-6/10- The music is rather bland and uninspired, the
sound effects are nice and always fit the actions, the voice
effects are a pleasant surprise, they're still grainy, but
nowhere near as bad as other games.
Pros- The sound effects are great, and the voice effects
aren't too shabby either.
Cons- The music is bland.
Story-2/10- A group of fighter fights to win a tournament
sponsored by an evil madman ,
Cons- It's been done in every fighting game since Street
Fighter II and it never gets any better, a little originality
Gameplay-8/10- You can choose between Normal and Death Match
modes. Normal is the usual fight-until-you-beat-the-boss
mode That's in every fighting game. Death Match is a very
unique mode in which you fight opponents in unique arenas;
an arena with walls of spikes or on electrified wrestling
ring are just 2 examples. The fighters in this game are
truly unique, Rasputin is one of the most original fighting
game characters ever, there are also the usual fighting game
characters, the wrestler M. Power, the palette swaps; Honzo
and Fuuma, and an M. Bison look alike who plays like
Inspector Gadget in Brocken. The only downside is that the
game does play a little slowly at times, a speed setting
wouldn't have hurt.
Pros- Diverse cast of characters, very unique arenas.
Cons- The slow gameplay.
Control-8/10- Most moves are easy to pull off thanks to the
responsive control. Unfortunately, it's a double-edged
sword, other moves border on the realm of impossible because
of it (you must hit the commands perfectly, there is no
margin for error.)
Pros- The tight control makes most moves a breeze to execute.
Cons- Unfortunately, It's too tight, harder moves are nearly
impossible to pull off, you must have pinpoint precision
when attempting them.
Presentation-10/10- Excellent, the presentation is arcade-perfect.
Pros- It's arcade-perfect.
Cons- If you didn't like the arcade version's presentation,
you won't like this one? either.
Overall-8/10- This game combines great graphics, wonderful
character design, good sound, and for the most part,
excellent control to make one of the most original fighting
For Nomad Owners- This game suffers some minor blurring, the
sound is still good, and the control is as tight as ever.
Overall, it's a great game for Nomad owners.