REVIEW: Virtua Fighter was the first ever fighting game to feature 3D polygonal graphics. It was Sega's rare gem in arcades which were robust in colorful 2D fighting games (and 2D video games in general). At the time of it's debut, gamers were amazed at the depth of the graphics, as well as the unique and solid gameplay mechanics. Even though the fighters in the game looked more like a stack of blocks than actual people, VF was still a visual achievement at the time of it's debut.
Believe it or not, the graphics were actually groundbreaking at the time.
The characters of VF feature their own fighting style, although a lot of moves are shared among all fighters. Characters fight inside an open square ring, and for some reason are able to jump INCREDIBLY high (and stay in the air for quite a long period of time). "Ring outs" were introduced in the fighting game world for the first time. If a fighter was knocked out of the ring, even if he or she still have life left, they lose the round.
Polygonal count... ummm... 16? Combined? lolz.
Last Updated: 11/16/2010 Developer(s): Sega AM2 Publisher(s): Sega Designer(s): Seiichi Ishii (main designer), Yu Suzuki (director) Platform(s): Arcade, Sega Saturn, Sega 32X, Windows Release Date(s): November 1993 (Arcade)
November 22nd, 1994 ( Saturn)
May 1995 ( Saturn)
October 20th, 1995 ( 32X)
1995 ( 32X)
August 31st, 1996 ( PC)
Characters: Akira, Jacky, Kage, Lau, Jeffry, Sarah, Wolf, Pai, Dural
Related Games: Virtua Fighter Remix, Virtua Fighter 2, Virtua Fighter Kids, Virtua Fighter 3, Virtua Fighter 4, Virtua Fighter 4 Evolution, Virtua Fighter 5, Virtua Fighter 5 R, Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown, Fighting Vipers, Fighting Vipers 2, Fighters Megamix, Last Bronx, Mortal Kombat 2, Super Street Fighter 2, Tekken
Gameplay Engine 8 / 10 Story / Theme 5 / 10 Overall Graphics 8.5 / 10 Animation 9 / 10 Music / Sound Effects 7 / 10 Innovation 9.5 / 10 Art Direction 6.5 / 10 Customization 5 / 10 Options / Extras 4 / 10 Intro / Presentation 7 / 10 Replayability / Fun 7.5 / 10 "Ouch" Factor 8.5 / 10 Characters 6.5 / 10 BOTTOM LINE
7.9 / 10
Review based on Arcade version Final Words: Virtua Fighter had a simple yet fun and solid enough gameplay system to win over the hearts of many arcade-goers in the early 90's. Props to Sega for being ballzy enough to take the first step into 3D fighting... VF definitely received it's fair share of attention in the early 90's arcade scene.
Love it or hate it, VF really stood out from the crowd and paved the way for many future 3D fighting games. Like many others, I still preferred the 2D fighting games overall, but also put quite a few dollars into that VF machine. ~TFG Webmaster