Virtua Fighter 2

a game by Sega
Genres: Fighting Games, Multiplayer/Hotseat
Platforms: Saturn Sega GenesisGenesis
Editor Rating: 7.7/10, based on 3 reviews
User Rating: 6.7/10 - 3 votes
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See also: Virtua Fighter Games
Virtua Fighter 2
Virtua Fighter 2
Virtua Fighter 2
Virtua Fighter 2

If Sega ever needed an ace, now's the time. Fortunately, it has AM2 doing some of its development, churning out such classics as Sega Rally, Daytona and, of course, Virtua Fighter I and 2. It is VF2, however, which might turn out to be the ace the company's looking for.

After the overwhelming popularity of VFI. it was no surprise to see the sequel hit the arcades shortly thereafter. With sweeter, more detailed fighters and a plethora of new moves, VFI -heads were given another main course in brawling mayhem.The big question on everyone's mind was whether or not the integrity of the game would remain intact during the conversion to the Saturn.We all witnessed the horror story that was Daytona. After such a rush job on that title, it was imperative that the developers really take the necessary time to do VF2 justice.

Apparently, a little time was all that the developers needed. VF2 for the Saturn is a remarkable fighting game that's sure to draw hordes of alienated Sega supporters back into the fold.

The shortcomings of the Saturn version are few. The polygon count is lower and the backgrounds are no longer 3-D. But, the good news is that the frame rate has maintained its level, and the playability has been tarnished not a bit. Also, you can choose to play VF2.0 or VF2.1 in the game, the latter having fixed a few minute bugs that were evident in the original VF2.

Additions to the game are a team bout and a watery Dural level. During team bout, you can choose five fighters with which to compete. When one is defeated, another will enter the ring. Beat your opponent's five pugilists, and win the tourney. Underwater Dural is really cool because all of the action is slowed to simulate an undersea fight. Watch in slow-mo as Dural does a flying knee-drop into your groin. Ouch!

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Game Reviews

Yes, baseball lovers -- the strike is over! And here comes EA Sports with its latest entry, Triple Play Baseball '96. With strong new options, America's favorite pastime makes it safe by a mile.

Home-Run Options

With an MLBPA license, it's no surprise that TPB '96 has more options than a player's contract. The most interesting is the General Manager feature, where you trade, create, sign, and release players. You can access this option in the middle of a game, giving you more control than you get from just picking a team and playing.

You can also change views. For example, instead of a close-up shot from the plate, you can switch to a long-shot view for more fluid gameplay.

ProTip: When the ball is hit, press Button A or C without touching the directional pad. You'll throw the ball to the base with the closest runner.

The stats include all the 1994 players for all 28 teams, and you can play up to a 162-game schedule. If you tire of the venues of your favorite team, you can even choose to play on neutral ground -- like Toronto vs. Pittsburgh at Wrigley Field!

To discover the various teams' strengths and weaknesses, pit two computer-controlled teams against each other in Exhibition Mode.

A Few Errors

The only problem is visual: The ball's image tends to become jerky and choppy when it travels great distances. This often makes it difficult to see exactly where the ball is going. The small windows that cover all the angles are a blessing, though, and the subtle graphic touches such as the pitcher spitting chewing tobacco, and the players dusting themselves off after they slide add refinement.

In terms of control, TPB '96 requires patience and a good memory. Two buttons and certain movements on the directional pad are usually required for batting and fielding. While the button presses will eventually become second nature to veteran players, rookies who expect to master these complex controls right off the bat may get frustrated.

If you change a player's name with the General Manager option, the player's attributes will also be changed.

A Grand Slam

The music, consisting of the usual crowd-rousing tunes by a robust organ, is good as ever, and the sound effects, such as the crowd cheering, are atmospheric and especially well done.

It's great to have baseball back again, and Triple Play Baseball '96 makes it all the more welcome. With more Major League action like this, you might start thinking the strike never even happened at all.

Virtua Fighter 2 was one game I myself enjoyed playing when I owned a Sega Genesis.Now I have it downloaded.Play as 8 fighters(actually 9,the last one is hidden.)It is in my opinion one game you won't regret downloading,the controls are pretty complicated,but the game is fun,and a must download.

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