Virtua Fighter 4
|a game by||Sega|
|Platforms:||Playstation 2, Arcade|
|Editor Rating:||8/10, based on 3 reviews|
|User Rating:||9.6/10 - 5 votes|
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|See also:||Arcade Games, Virtua Fighter Games, Fighting Games|
3D fighting games have been around for some time now and the biggest challenge with new releases is originality. With a number of well established games on the market like Tekken and Dead or Alive. Giving people a reason to buy the newest version of any of these games requires the ability to stand out from the rest. Only by offering something new or significantly improving other areas of the game is there going to be any chance of success. Sega apparently realized this and put together an amazing array of features, drastically improving a number of areas.
To start, the graphics are some of the best seen on the Playstation 2. A large amount of effort must have been placed on both the characters and environments. Some effects are particularly effective as fights in the snow and shin deep water show amazing results. In addition to the graphics, the actual physical fighting of the characters will entertain those not normally interested in this genre. The kicks, punches, and throws all look extremely close to an actual fight with the force of the hit being displayed in such a way that gives you a feel of the power.
Besides the gameplay, a number of features are included to keep you playing for some time. Although there is an arcade mode, the bulk of the gameplay is in the Kumite option. Here a selected character can gain a number of items, different clothes, and advance in skill level. In addition, other modes like training where the logistics of the game are shown and an AI system option where your character's AI can be trained and developed is also included.
Overall, Virtual Fighter 4 brings together a series of elements that improves it significantly over the previous version and gives the latest releases of other 3D fighting games a run for their money. Those who enjoy 3D fighting games will definitely want to pick this one up and those who may have been turned off by them in the past may want to revisit the genre starting here.
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Ladies and gentlemen, we have a winner. Virtua Fighter 4 is right now, undisputedly, the greatest fighting game of the new millennium. The total package of goods here vaults AM2’s latest 3D pummel-fest onto the same pedestal as EGM’s oft-worshipped (and oft-played) Soul Calibur (DC). Yet, we’re worried you’re gonna let this gem slip through your fingers, because if history repeats itself, VF4 will lap up all sorts of critical praise and yet somehow miss the commercial gravy train. So if our reviews here come off as a little evangelical, well, can ya blame us? A game this good needs to get its dues.
For many of you diehard PlayStation fans, VF4 will probably be your introduction to the series. As the saying goes, better late than never. But don’t go storming the mat in VF4 expecting it to play like Tekken, because you will get kicked to the curb. Sure, both Tekken and Fput you in a 3D melee, but that’s pretty much where the similarities end. With only three buttons-punch, kick and guard-to pull off each character’s lengthy list of attacks, it’s damn near impossible to win in VF4 simply by wiggling the stick and mashing on buttons.
With that said, most of VF4’s moves are relatively simple to execute, provided you know what you’re doing. It’s really more about timing and knowing when to dish ’em out. The game also moves incredibly fast. A true VF master needs to input combo commands in a second’s time or less, without batting an eye.
Yeah, it sounds daunting. But the good news is, you don’t have to be a hardcore greaseball just to serve up a knuckle sandwich. Once you get the basics down, VF4 is guaranteed to monopolize all your male (or female) bonding hours. Think you’ve got what it takes to take down our “Invincible Four” below? Bring it!
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Your road to VF4 mastery begins with its very comprehensive training feature, which comes in three helpful flavors. In Command mode, you cycle through a list of on-screen moves and practice your timing. Free mode discards winning or losing to let you discover combos. It’s also a handy way to blow off steam against computer enemies without ever getting K.O.’ed. Finally, Trial mode teaches you basic and advanced strategies by putting you through a series of challenges. Great for beginners.
Know Yourself, Know Your Enemies
VF4 ups the ante on artificial intelligence by letting you to take on a disciple who learns to fight like you. Custom A.I. starts off as a blank slate. As you spar with it, the computer will imitate and pick up on the subtleties of your ways. So why would ya want to fight against your own A.I.? Well, you probably wouldn’t. But your friend could dump his finely honed player onto your memory card for you to abuse later. Likewise, you could also send us your own A.I. to see how it stacks up against our very best.
Martial Arts, Not a Sport
So you’ve blazed through the Arcade mode with all the characters. Now what? VF4 puts your mettle to the test with its tournament-style single-player Kumite mode. Everybody starts Kumite with the official rank of 10th “Kyu.” After five consecutive wins, you score the chance to raise your title in a ranking match. After clearing 10 Kyu positions, you grad uate to the expert “Dan” league. As you struggle bitterly to clear 22 official rankings, VF4 keeps track of your every move and victory. Hard-freaking-core.
Sega s bold claims that its PlayStation 2 version of Virtua Fighter 4 would look just as good as its arcade counterpart seem to be true. Take a close look at these PS2 screens and tell us you're not impressed. But it isn't just the incredible graphics that have us excited about VF4. With Tekken 4 posing serious competition on the home front, developer AM2 has tweaked the timing of the game to feel more like VF2 than VF3. In essence, VF4 will be less frustrating and more easy to pick up for novice players, while maintaining the depth the series has long been known for. The game also uses an artificial intelligence system that actually learns how you fight and mimics your tactics.
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