Virtua Fighter 2
The fighting thrills of Virtua Fighter 2 are almost here. Here at EGM. we've received a copy of the latest incarnation of Sega's premier fighting game. So we popped it in our Saturn and tried it out.
At first glance. Virtua Fighter 2 looks really good. The characters are crisp and clear. However, they are still less detailed than the arcade game. While our copy was far from finished, we couldn't believe how different VF2 is from the original VF. It's as if the game went from 16-Bit to 32-Bit in less than a year! However, with these few exceptions. VF2 comes remarkably close to the original goin-ap.
Gameplay can make or break any fighting game--this one is no exception. You will have no problem with the control at all. Whereas the first VF had that quirky control where the timing seemed a bit delayed, this one is very responsive. If you are use to the first game, the sped-up control takes a little getting used to. For those who never played the first, it is relatively easy to learn. The only annoying control element lies within the jump attacks.
You fly unrealistically slow and are open to "virtually" every attack your opponent can muster. It is the same way in the arcade, but it's an annoying feature nonetheless.
Virtua Fighter 2 has two added characters from the original game: Shun, an old man who uses the drunkard style and Lion, a martial artist who specializes in the mantis style. One appealing element was that the fighter's moves are kept in line with their style. Almost all of the attacks are real martial arts moves. For example with Shun, his style makes him look like he's fumbling about, but that is how he disguises his attacks. As he tumbles about, you'll have a hard time figuring out what he is going to do next. Lion uses the attacks of the mantis style with deadly efficiency. His attacks are mostly ranged or counterstrikes. In a way. the earlier fighters weren't as specialized as these, so they may seem a bit weaker.
All of the other fighters from before are here. Each one went through a visual overhaul, resembling those of Remix. All the moves of the arcade are here, and they control beautifully!
The last Boss. Dural wasn't programmed yet. but it should be. No word on whether or not there will be a code to play as him...or is it a her?
The computer Al is tough, and most often cheap. It won't hesitate to throw you. You shouldn't attack a computer opponent with jump hits, because you'll get nailed out of the air every time.
At least the computer is challenging. Overall. Saturn owners will enjoy what Sega has done with I this translation. The I music is right on the mark, and the control is set up so anybody can do a reasonable amount of attacks. Sure, the computer may be cheap, but then again, aren't the human opponents in the arcades the same way? If you want an accurate translation of this game, this is as close as you're going to get.
While Virtua Fighter 2 is by far the best fighting game for the system, it does differ from the arcade visually. The background in particular suffers, by having only two levels of parallax. This game looks a lot better than Remix, but not quite as good as the coin-op version. The control is up to Virtua Fighter standards and fans of the series won't be disappointed. This should be Sega's best-selling game this year. In other words, be sure to check it out.
Virtua Fighter has come a long way. This time not only has the game gone through some drastic improvements as far as the graphics go, but you also have the ability to play as two new characters. The most impressive feature is the options in the game. The most useful is the computer's learning ability to counter your moves. This feature can be turned on or off and has memory capabilities. With version 2.0 or 2.1 playable in the game, VF2 is a worthwhile fighter.
Virtua Fighter 2 really impressed me. On top of the great graphics and good control, there are tons of options and modes. VF2 allows the player to toggle between versions 2.0 and 2.1, turn the learning curve on or off (which allows the computer to leam your moves and counter them accordingly) and you even have a choice between the original or background music. If you thought they couldn't improve on the original Virtua Fighter, you were wrong.
This is a pretty faithful translation of the arcade game. The graphics and sounds are on par for the system, and it is easily the best fighting game for the Saturn. I never was a big fan of the series and seem a bit more comfortable with Tekken, but this is a striking reproduction with a multitude of options. The biggest pluses are the superb Al and the option of playing version 2.0 or 2.1. Virtua Fighter 2 is a good fighting game and fans of the arcade original will surely love it.
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