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NeoGeo Heroes Ultimate Shooting review

These heroes just don't soar like they should


  • Goofy premise and dialogue
  • Challenging boss fights
  • Bountiful extras


  • Dull enemies and stages
  • Sudden difficulty spikes
  • Eyestrain-induced headaches

NGH does offer a lot in terms of extras, too. There’s a special challenge mode, an art gallery, and even an entire extra game - King of Fighters Sky Stage - included in the $20 package. Sky Stage isn’t as cool a bonus as it seems, though - while the stage design is different from NeoGeo Heroes, the pared-down character roster and gameplay make it feel more like a beta for the main game. It also suffers from the same display and control problems as NGH, so if you’re really interested in Sky Stage, you’re best off buying it on XBLA.

NeoGeo Heroes has good things going for it – a great premise, fantastic boss encounters, and a load of extras for a very reasonable price. Frequently dull levels suck out a lot of the charm, however, and the game’s biggest selling point – SNK nostalgia – is completely underutilized. In the end, NeoGeo Heroes feels like a fun idea executed merely adequately instead of spectacularly.

Dec 23, 2010

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Fly the unfriendly skies of wasted potential.

Release date7 December 2010 (US), (UK)
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