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I do not play many fighting games anymore. One of the biggest reasons is the results from the scientific research into how they impact our minds. Another reason is because the computer cheats. Hardcore gamers will know exactly what I am talking about. Certain strategies will work for awhile and then dry on up. Which leaves players trying to find something else that works. With only so many continues - well it leads to frustration.

WORLD HEROES is a NEO GEO port that SNK Playmore USA Corp has released on the Wii, Playstation 3, and Playstation Portable. Family Friendly Gaming was provided a code for this review, and I used the Playstation 3 version. This fighting game takes eight historic and generally violent figures to fight it out. WORLD HEROES is a lot like the Street Fighter franchise just not as polished.

The graphics in WORLD HEROES certainly show their age. The characters look decent. They also animate at a nice frame rate. As I played WORLD HEROES I reminded myself of this game's age. It is from the Street Fighter II era. It is not a true clone since SNK tried some different things. More on that coming up. The core issue families will have with WORLD HEROES is the violence. I love how the female character is dressed appropriately. The violence against women is diminished since she is the only female character.

The music in WORLD HEROES is upbeat and energetic. The characters have various things they say when they win a match. There is some verbal jabbing going on. Other comments expose specific insecurities. When Janne wins she makes a comment about being stuck in the kitchen. She obviously has a chip on her shoulder. There are some disturbing sounds in the death matches, and the fighting sounds get redundant.

WORLD HEROES only has eight characters so that can limit the replay. There is online and local multiplayer for those that like to bash each others faces in (inside a video game). The price for the PS3 is currently $8.99, and the PSP is $6.99. That is cheaper than purchasing a NEO GEO and the game. It is also on a lot newer machine. I am not a big fighting fan so it is difficult for me to decide if the price is right or not. I leave that in your hands.

I had done some research into WORLD HEROES and expected the controls to be horrible. I was pleasantly surprised. Now there are a few things that make little sense to me - like how the game decides who knocks who out of a special attack. I did learn to exploit those things. The pace in WORLD HEROES is slower than modern day fighters. The death match modes are interesting especially in the levels where knocking an enemy into the edge hurts them. Things like catching on fire, getting electrocuted and hitting spikes. There are three buttons used in WORLD HEROES (excluding moving around). A punch, a kick and a throw.

Speaking of throws, why is it that the computer only wants to throw when I am trying to?

Fighting games teach to get them before they get you. Some spots in WORLD HEROES teach to counter-attack instead of being aggressive. This worked some times on some characters and other times it did not. WORLD HEROES is not a game that teaches mercy. It teaches to fight evil with your fists and feet. Gamers can also pick evil characters to fight with which really muddies the moral waters.

WORLD HEROES has been an interesting trip down memory lane. If SNK Playmore USA Corp is taking requests I would like to see Crystalis 2, and Crossed Swords released in the future.
- Paul


Graphics: 54%
Sound: 64%
Replay/Extras: 61%
Gameplay: 67%
Family Friendly Factor: 54%
System: Playstation 3/PSP/Wii
Publisher: SNK Playmore USA Corp
ESRB Rating: 'T' - Teen
{Animated Blood, Violence}

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