World Heroes: Anthology Reviews (PlayStation 2)

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The Video Game Critic (Apr 20, 2008)
The first three games in the series may seem a bit slow compared to modern fighters, but they're still genuinely fun and brimming with eye candy. Perfect is much faster (we're talking King of Fighters fast), delivering a decidedly different fighting experience. Anthology's user interface makes it easy to customize each game, and high scores are saved automatically. Once a game is loaded, there are no intermediate load screens. World Heroes Anthology is a real gift to PS2 gamers, and the bargain price makes it a no-brainer purchase.
70 (Sep 20, 2008)
So how does the collection stack up? For fighting game fanatics, it’s always fun to go back to the roots of the genre and see how it all began. For the simply curious, the low purchase price makes this worth looking at if you want to see what all the fuss over the genre is about. If you do decide to pick it up, definitely head straight to World Heroes Perfect, and enjoy one of the overlooked gems of the genre.
Armchair Empire, The (Jul 29, 2008)
Besides my complaint about not having enough extras, Anthology also suffers a little from not having an online component. Reportedly, the Japanese version of Anthology - World Heroes Gorgeous - had multiplayer included so it's a little odd that it's not present with the North American release. These kinds of games are better when you play elbow to elbow with your opponent but because of the limited appeal of World Heroes it would have made sense to include online play so the niche players can find each other.
70 (Oct 28, 2008)
The different fighting styles and modes are fun to play for a while but the aged graphics are hard to get past, unlike Fatal Fury where the final game is a massive improvement in the game-play and looks, Word Heroes keeps the same characters throughout the whole series, very rarely changing animation and looks.
Game Vortex (May, 2008)
But overall, it was hard to take this trip back in time for too long. For 2D fighters, it feels like the golden age was just beginning around the time that this series was on its way out. This is definitely a try before you buy, and luckily the game seems to be selling at a bargain price for new. If you need the trip down memory lane, you'll find this is a great arcade port. If you don't, then you might want to invest your time in some more recent fighters.
Digital Chumps (May 04, 2008)
We've seen several well put together collections and anthologies from SNK lately, and one more to add to the collection is the World Heroes Anthology, which I have been spending some time with this week. The entire four part series is here on one disc at a superb retail price of just fifteen dollars. Any fighting game fan should not pass this up.
Thunderbolt Games (Apr 27, 2008)
The series may have gotten an abysmal start, but it progressed into something remarkable. The concept of having history’s greatest warriors clash is as charming as it is nonsensical. Where else can you find Rasputin kicking Bruce Lee’s ass? Or how about slashing Hulk Hogan to ribbons with Jack the Ripper? Of course, such things don’t save the games from being utterly pathetic. There are so many flaws, glitches, and botched combat mechanics that it’s little wonder why SNK ditched the series. Considering how only half the anthology is worth playing and the features are pretty basic, you might not feel this collection is worth your time. But if you’re a retro fighting game fan and willing to support SNK’s release of their anthologies, then give this a go. Nostalgia has its limits, but at least you’ll be guaranteed one quality game overall.
Console Obsession (Oct 16, 2008)
World Heroes Anthology may not contain the best 2D fighting games, but all but one of them are at the least enjoyable enough distractions from the better games. Fans will defienly get a kick out of having all the games neatly together on a single disc, whilst the low price point makes it entry worthy for even the most faintly curious of people.
Alles in Allem können die Titel Fans der Serie sicher noch begeistern. Jetzt haben sie die Möglichkeit, alle erschienenden Teile auf einer Silberscheibe zu erstehen. Darüber hinaus sind Nichtkenner bei Tekken und Konsorten besser aufgehoben, oder schlicht beim Original Street Fighter.
58 (Mar, 2008)
Get this one if World Heroes was a major part of your childhood. Maybe. Everyone else can steer clear, and pick up one of the many other quality titles from SNK if you want a fighting game fix.
Worth Playing (May 23, 2008)
Overall, World Heroes Anthology really isn't much. With a generic premise, and a more generic and relatively poor in implementation, the title stands on basically one leg: the truly strange cast of characters. It's a relic from an era that isn't entirely obsolete but certainly has had its major shifts. If you really liked the originals, they're here in all their glory at an affordable price. Otherwise, just don't bother. You aren't missing out on much, even if kicking a football player's ass as Hulk Hogan is a laugh riot.
GameSpot (May 15, 2008)
World Heroes Anthology is an interesting retrospective look at the era when 2D fighting games ruled the arcades, but it ultimately holds no real value today for anyone who's not a huge SNK fan or who doesn’t have the patience to get used to the series’ quirky control scheme and characters. Despite the extras that are thrown in, such as the ability to edit character sprite colors and enter training modes directly from the title screen, World Heroes remains a fighting game relic that time has aged terribly and is best left forgotten.
IGN (Mar 17, 2008)
World Heroes Anthology functions well enough and is obviously a fine collection if you happen to be a fan of the franchise (though there's little to no bonus content to speak of). I was pleased that there was a new Training Mode included in regards to all four titles, but that's about it. I'm not personally fond of the franchise as a whole and find it to be stiff and unrewarding. If you have a hankering for old-school fighters, I would strongly recommend SNK Playmore's Art of Fighting Anthology or even the less enjoyable but still preferable Fatal Fury: Battle Archives collection. Leave World Heroes for the hardcore fans.
If you own a Playstation 2 and you love World Heroes then you’re in luck. This game isn’t for fans of any 2-D fighter. It lacks a lot of things that we see in most other 2-D fighting games. Though for $20 you can’t complain too much, before you know it this game will be reduced to nothing.
HonestGamers (Oct 20, 2008)
World Heroes Anthology is a collection of titles that should have been buried a long time ago, never to be touched again. Unless you made love to the machine back in the arcades or spent your college funds playing the thing when it was new, then I cannot see why anyone would voluntarily pick up the compilation (especially on a console which is now essentially last-generation). WHA is best reserved for those obsessed with the nostalgia from the 90s or real historiographers.
AceGamez (2008)
With the exception of long time fans of the series, it's hard to recommend World Heroes Anthology to anyone with any real conviction. Thanks to its lack of originality, below par animations and questionably implemented controls, World Heroes Anthology can be seen as little more than an average collection of Street Fighter II clones. It's a shame really, as the deathmatch mode of the first two titles combined with the greater playability of the latter two might have made for a title worthy of your time. As it stands however, the wealth of superior 2D fighter compilations doing the rounds on PS2 make this a title for the hardcore and curious only.
50 (UK) (Nov 23, 2008)
As a result, it's hard to look at the four games as anything more than budget range knock-offs of SFII, which is ironic considering they were stupendously expensive anti-knock-offs 18 years ago. It also falls down next to other SNK stuff like Fatal Fury and Art of Fighting, and the inflated price is peculiar considering the Art of Fighting Anthology we liked so much was cheaper and better. It's certainly one for the fans and Neo Geo completionists, but curious retro-heads and fighting game fans might get the wrong impression of SNK if they buy this particular compilation.
HonestGamers (May 22, 2008)
Hell, World Heroes Jet even offers us a boss who looks like Raoh from Fist of the North Star. That, by itself, was enough to make it my favourite. But the collection of four never manages to escape its lot as a faded copy of a much better franchise. The role of “if you’re quite finished with Capcom’s crew, give us a try” was enough for the series to endure in its not-so-heyday, but in a time of an abundance of options, even the typically low, classic-compilation price point isn’t enough to garner a recommendation.
PSX Extreme (Mar 31, 2008)
World Heroes Anthology includes the four titles that comprise the series, and not much more. Further hampering the package is the fact that only Jet and Perfect are worth a significant amount of playtime, which greatly limits the scope and range of this compilation. However, fans of the series - you know who you are; you probably still have the Neo-Geo in your closet - may appreciate what SNK Playmore has done, here. Perhaps you want the bare-bones approach to a classic collection,and aren't interested in any frills or other additional accoutrements. But either way, there is a major issue when it comes to the speed and responsiveness, and it's so bare-bones that unless you're completely enamored with each game, you'll be bored very quickly. By this time, there are plenty of compilations on the market for the PS2 (just check the past six months of releases), and we guarantee there are better ones out there. This one is just...vanilla. And we don't even get a dollop of hot fudge, either.
GameDaily (Apr 27, 2008)
There are some humorous moments found in the World Heroes games, such as watching a Joan of Arc clone pound a piece of rock into a male statue in a matter of seconds or watching Rasputin grow gigantic hands to choke the life out of an opponent. For $15, it's certainly worth it to some people, particularly those who grew up with these Neo-Geo games. Everyone else, though, shouldn't bother. World Heroes Anthology just doesn't have the value, the gameplay or the essence to last more than a few minutes in your machine, unless corny fighting with the worst M. Bison clone ever conceived is your cup of noodles.
G4 TV: X-Play (Mar 27, 2008)
Those who enjoyed World Heroes in the arcades, all twenty of you, will adore this collection from SNK. The conversions are as close as you'll get without owning a Neo Geo and several hundred dollars worth of cartridges. Yet the titles here are far from classics, especially considering SNK's extensive library of 2D fighting games. World Heroes Anthology is well worth a purchase for those who enjoy 1) 2D arcade games, 2) goofy special moves, 3) outlandish characters, and 4) Street Fighter II-style controls. Everyone else will want to hold out for SNK Arcade Classics, Vol.1, which offers a more diverse sampling of the publisher's portfolio.