REVIEW: With Virtua Fighter 4, Sega brought the series back to it's roots,
ditching the multi-tiered backgrounds from VF3 and re-introducing the square
shaped rings from the likes of the original VF and VF2. In
addition, certain stages now featured walls, opening up all new strategy to the
tried and true gameplay.
All of the characters from the previous installment make the return with the
exception of the Sumo wrestler Taka-Arashi, and in Virtua Fighter tradition, of course "two" new characters
were added to the roster. The newcomers are Lei
Fei (a Shaolin monk with a dynamic and flowing fighting style) and Vanessa
(a badass Vale Tudo chick who's a little rough around the edges). The new
characters bring some solid variety and also some much needed personality to the
One of the sharpest
selection screens we've seen yet!
true to the series' traditions, the graphics are nothing short of amazing.
Character models are superbly detailed and show off some of the best clothing
details & effects to date.
Character faces are also some of the most detailed we've seen in a fighting
game, as each
character has a variety of facial animations.
Several stages also have cool graphical effects that interact with the
fighters, such as snow on the ground, rain puddles, and breaking tiles on the
ground. The graphics aren't perfect though, as certain stage textures are
at a notably lower resolution than others, but overall VF4 is a very
very pretty game.
Lei Fei's animations and
moves are breathtaking.
is as deep and as solid as you'd expect from the series... like in any quality 3D fighting game, button mashing
won't do you any good here. There are some odd "ground juggles" that can
be pulled off, but overall VF4's gameplay is beautiful to watch and
rewarding to master. The
sidestepping game and wall game is solid... but possibly a bit "slow" when compared to some other 3D fighters
out there (which has it's pros and cons).
Easily one of the best
looking PS2 titles ever.
The home port of VF4 on PS2 debuts the all new Kumite mode where players fight one computer controlled
opponent after another. Though winning ranked matches, players can advance
through the ranks and can also collect a wide variety of
customizable items such as clothing colors and attire to change the look
of your fighters! Awesome!
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VF4 was easily the best installment in the series to date and was a
satisfying and fun game at the time, especially on the PS2. Sega released VF4: Evolution
nearly a year after VF4, which built upon VF4's engine and was a
solid sequel. The kumite mode, ranks, and customizations options that debuted
in VF4 were later used in other 3D fighting games such as Tekken