Fighting Vipers

  • Developer: Sega
  • Genre: Fighting
  • Originally on: Saturn (1996)
  • Works on: PC, Windows
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Game Overview

Sega's Model 2 board wowed many arcade goers when Virtua Fighter 2 debuted. New standards in 3-D animations were set, fluidity took on a new meaning and polygon counts hit new heights. Since VF2 became an overnight success, a follow-up would be .inevitable. Instead of Virtua Fighter 3, however, the new game was to become Fighting Vipers, as VF3 was to be reserved for greener pastures in the form of an even more powerful Model 3 board. Fighting Vipers never received the popularity that VF2 got in the arcades. (Sega proudly stated that over 2500 VF2 stand-up units were sold to arcades in the initial 18 months but then would not comment on how many Fighting Vipers machines were sold during its initial period. Pretty convenient, isn't it?) Since the Saturn is clearly capable of running these types of games, however, why not bring FV home to help show off the Saturn's power? Perhaps the home version might reach out to more people and make more money than the arcade version did.

Fighting Vipers has the look and feel of Virtua Fighter 2, and yet has its own distinct appeal. You won't find normal martial artists in Fighting Vipers, only a strange assortment of civilians. What constitutes a strange assortment? People like Raxel, an '80s rock star wanna-be (note, these are our words, not Sega's!); Picky, a streetwise skateboarding kid; Grace, a tough-as-nails Amazon-sized in-line skater; or Candy, a sensuously dressed cat fighter. Even the Boss is a bit peculiar, as he's just a large muscular man dressed up like G.l. Joe's evil nemesis, Serpentor.

All in all, nine fighters are available to play, including the Boss Mahler. They are all competing in a tournament whose name may cause a few males to cringe-Nutcrack. The object of Nutcrack is to smash through your enemies' armor in order to destroy the person underneath. Not much of a story line there, the most interesting thing being the name of the tournament.

Donning armor is perhaps the freshest feature Fighting Vipers has to offer. Each separate piece of armor protects a specific area of a fighter's body. If a certain armored piece is hit continuously by the opponent, it will be broken off. If that happens, the respective body part that was formerly protected will be exposed. Any further attack on the unprotected part will cause greater damage than normal. Each character has, in addition to his or her normal repertoire of attacks, a couple of super armor-breaking attacks. These are nothing spectacular, but they will do more damage to armor than normal attacks.

Another noticeable feature of Fighting Vipers is the lack of a ring-out penalty. All fighting areas are completely enclosed on all four sides. It's almost like the cage match found so often in professional wrestling. These walls can be fences or barbed wire, which has an uncanny effect of keeping most intelligent players farther away from the edges and closer to the center of the squared circle. Throwing opponents in a fighting game becomes many times more interesting when minor physical barriers like sharp barbed wire fences are surrounding you.

Fighting Vipers is a great alternative to Virtua Fighter 2, but it did not get the exposure it may have deserved. The question of the hour is: How will Sega market a game that many people passed up in the arcades or have missed all together?



THEME - Fighting


A strange assortment of would-be combatants fills the lineup of Fighting Vipers. The 3-D action comes courtesy of Sega's Model 2 board, which powers Virtua Fighter 2. Therefore, you can expect ultra-smooth animation. Ring out takes on a new meaning as damaging barriers keep you in the arena. Don't ask why an electric guitarist would want to fight an in-line skater in a barbed-wire cage!

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System Requirements

Processor: PC compatible, SystemP-200

OS: Win9xWindows 9x, Windows 2000 WinXPWindows XP, Vista, Win 7, Win 8, Win 10.

Game Features:Fighting Vipers supports single modeSingle game mode

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