Tuesday, 26 June 2007

More 2D fighting goodness

Since X-Men kind of left me hooked into 2D fighting games for the Saturn, when I saw the chance to play a rather obscure import title, I didn't think twice. The game in question is World Heroes Perfect, a game that I doubt many of you will recognize. After a little research I found out that this game is actually the 4th title in the World Heroes series and this Saturn version is in fact a port of the original Neo Geo release, although a little improved.



The story of this title (not that a beat'em up needs one) is rather interesting, actually, because it revolves around time travelling and that explains some characters based on real historical figures and some of backgrounds, like Ancient Egypt or Ice Age. But the core of any fighting game is the gameplay, and the one present in WHP is a little different from what most players are used to (I had a hard time getting used to it after playing X-Men for some time).


There's the usual punch and kick attacks, divided into the light, medium and hard variations, but unlike X-Men, for example, you just have buttons assigned to the light and medium attacks (X, Y for punches, A, B for kicks). In order to do a Hard kick you have to press A+B and for Hard punches the combination is X+Y, and because I really used this attacks a lot I ended up playing not with my thumb but with my...hmm...what do you call the 2 fingers next to the thumb? My english sucks... Anyway, you get the idea. Remember that dude in the Soul Calibur documentary? It's something like that.



The point is, it would be a lot better if you could just use the Z and C buttons for Hard attacks, but I guess that complicated controls suit well for a game with such a complex gameplay. Besides the regular attacks and combos you also can do taunts, ABC specials (special moves that vary from character to character and aren't always offensive, so don't expect 25-hit combos), projectile kills, defense blows, air counter attacks, projectile deflects and supers.

Oh, and in case you haven't noticed there's also a "Hero" meter in the bottom of the screen, and when this fills up, well, guess what...


But don't be fooled by the Perfect in the title, for this game is a little far from that. It lacks gameplay modes (there's only the regular arcade-style mode and a VS mode) and unlockable goodies (the final boss is selectable from the start!), so you probably won't come back many times; the graphics, although nice, are a little below other fighting games for the Saturn; and the gameplay is not going to appeal to everyone.

But hey, this is afterall a fighting game for the elite, the hardcore fans, not the masses, and those guys should definitely have a look at this game, while the others play a bit more of Virtua Fighter.

6 comments:

fatherkrishna said...

My God! Nebacha you're on fire! another excellent post from our Portugese correspondent!

I'd never heard of this game, so it gives me another title to add to my wish list...

Due to Nebacha's first review of Steep Slope Sliders, I bought the game! Now I have another fighting title to seek out!

BTW, those two fingers are called the index finger and the other one the middle finger... (Even I had to think of that and I'm English!) You're command of the English language is awesome Nebacha!

Again, I need to express my gratitude for improving this site 100%!!!!!

NebachadnezzaR said...

I'm on fire alright! :)

To be honest, I thought I would not post anything soon because I started playing World of Warcraft in the weekend and the game is pretty addictive at first, but once you complete the first areas and until you reach a high level it gets pretty boring.

So, against all odds, I've been playing a lot on my Saturn and I'm not stopping soon. I plan on getting more imported beauties, so expect more "never seen before" games.

And by the way, did you like SSS? I sure hope so, after my positive review I would feel ashamed if I'd make you waste money.

The Elderly said...

yup ya knew what ya was doing when you spotted nebachad.... Segatta works in mysterious ways.....

fatherkrishna said...

Indeed he does Elderly, indeed he does... Let's all don our wigs and Judo suits and reflect on his glory...

I think he's "the chosen one..."

The Elderly said...

(puts on wig... loosens belt on judo outfit....) gotta cut down on those cheesy puffs....

(kneels on floor, eyes closed......)

...im getting the psychedelic channel here.. what you got?

fatherkrishna said...

I'm getting Sega swirls in a variety of transcendent day-glo colours...