Virtua Fighter 3
Sega is finally getting ready to unleash its ultimate 3-D fighter on the gaming world. Virtua Fighter 3 is the fifth game in the Virtua Fighter series, which includes the hit games Virtua Fighter. Virtua Fighter Remix, Virtua Fighter 2 and the ever-loving' Virtua Fighter Kids. Long-time fans of the VF series will be glad to learn that all of their favorite characters have returned, and two brand-new characters have joined the battle as well.
Aoi Umenokouji is the first of the two new combatants. She uses the grace, poise and elegance of traditional Japanese dance in her fighting technique. Even though she's the newest Virtua female, Aoi looks like she'll definitely be able to hold her own against all the old-school fighters.
The other fresh face on the VF scene is Takaarashi, the humongous sumo wrestler. Give yourself a hearty pat on the back if you can guess his fighting style. Did you guess sumo wrestling? Nice job! Takaarashi wears conventional sumo garb, which isn't much, so get ready to check out a lot of virtua flesh [maybe too much).
The rest of the crew retains most of their original style, except now they look much better-thanks to the new Model 3 technology. The animation is as smooth as Aoi's silk top, and the characters have now obtained a point of creepy "almost realism" unmatched in any other game. VF3 will, without a doubt, set a new visual standard for 3-D fighting games-and all arcade games in general.
For instance, clothing now moves independently of the body. When Pai does a Spin Kick then comes to a stop, her braids and skirt continue moving for a moment before they settle around her body. Never before have the forces of inertia and gravity been conveyed so convincingly in a video game.
Another feature of the clothing is that each article moves as though it is actually made from its respective material. That means that Jacky's leather jacket moves with the heaviness of leather, and Aoi's silk outfit moves in a sort of gentle flow. This attention to detail makes her attacks seem especially delicate, even when she's pounding her opponents into the ground.
Perhaps the most frighteningly realistic aspect of VF3 is the character's facial expressions. In VF2, gamers were amazed at the way the character's head followed jumping opponents. Now they'll once again stare in awe as the camera zooms in on someone's face after a match and shows every facial expression. I'm not afraid to admit that when I watch Pai slowly shift her eyes toward me and subtly smirk after she downs someone, I feel a weird chill run down my spine. Yes, it's that eerie.
What fighting game would be complete without a final Boss? Dural returns once again to pummel anyone foolish enough to challenge her. Like everyone else, she too has benefitted from a Model 3 upgrade. In VF3, she does her best impression of the T-1000 from Terminator 2. She morphs from a pool of liquid metal into a humanoid form as light from the stage reflects off of her super-shiny bod.
The backgrounds also look rather nice. Characters now have ultrarealistic-looking shadows that vary depending on the stage's lighting. There will also be some interaction with the background. For instance, some special moves can be performed off walls. Even minor details-such as sand and water being kicked up as you walk through it-are commonplace in VF3. If you thought VF2's backgrounds were realistic, think again. VF3's highly detailed locales will make you rethink your definition of "real." Usually, when a game looks as good as this one. actual gameplay is forgotten.
This is not the case with VF3. The game will play just as well--if not better than-VF2. As Virtua Fighter veterans will tell you, that's pretty darn good. We could talk for days about how great VF3 is. but these pictures certainly speak louder than words. All you arcade fighting fans out there should start saving your quarters now; you will need a ton of them when Virtua Fighter 3 hits the arcades.
2016-07-25 Virtua Fighter 3 game added.