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Virtua Fighter 2 (SEGA Saturn)

Teen
ESRB Rating
Genre
Perspective
Theme
91
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4.0
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Description

One year after after the first tournament Akira, Wolf, Pai, Jeffry, Kage, Jacky, Sarah and defending champion Lau are invited to the World Fighting Tournament, and are joined by the master of drunken Kung-Fu Shun-di, who wants to prove he's more than an old geezer and Lion Rafale, who's fighting for his freedom. Each fighter has his own style, from the lightning fast attacks of Pai to the powerful slams of Jeffry.

Home port of Sega's popular Model 2A arcade vs. fighter released in 1995. Game modes include classic arcade mode, 2P vs mode, Expert mode (where the computer character progressively learns and counters players' technique), Ranking Mode (similar to Arcade, but at the end, a fighting style analysis is shown based on number of specials and time to knock down an opponent), Team Battle Mode (two teams composed of five fighters go against each other, the first to beat five characters being the winner) and Watch mode (allows choosing two fighters and then see them fighting). Both VF2 and VF2.1 (a tweaked version available only in Japan) modes are included. Gameplay keeps the same style from the first game, adding more moves to each fighters' roll. Using a three-key layout (block, kick and punch, being possible to assign button combinations to the extra keys) the player is able to control their fighter, aiming to knock or push the opponent outside the rink inside the time limit. Combo moves range from the quickest, which require the player to push up to five buttons quickly, to strong moves that require more button presses along d-pad nudges to be successful. As with the previous game, fighting is realistic (except the physics-defying leaps), and each fighter has nothing but their body to harm the opponent.

While in comparison with the arcade version some parts took a hit on graphical quality (such as the texture details and backgrounds), the game uses the Saturn High-Resolution mode and flowing 60-fps to bring the arcade experience home.

Screenshots

Virtua Fighter 2 SEGA Saturn Vs. Jacky
Virtua Fighter 2 SEGA Saturn Vs. Jeffry
Virtua Fighter 2 SEGA Saturn Intro Movie
Virtua Fighter 2 SEGA Saturn Laying around with Shun

Alternate Titles

  • "VR战士2" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "バーチャファイター2" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

Probably the best Luis Silva (13294) 4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars
Martial-Arts with superior control. Hazuki (35) 4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars

The Press Says

Game Revolution Jun 06, 2004 A 100
Digital Extremes 1996 10 out of 10 100
High Voltage Online Oct 01, 2006 94 out of 100 94
Hobby Consolas Jan, 1996 94 out of 100 94
neXGam Dec 27, 2009 9.3 out of 10 93
Coming Soon Magazine Feb 14, 1996 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Ultimate Gamer Magazine Jan, 1996 9 out of 10 90
Video Games & Computer Entertainment Feb, 1996 9 out of 10 90
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Feb, 1996 8.3 out of 10 83
All Game Guide 1998 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80

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Trivia

Virtua Fighter at one point reached a popularity peak in Japan that went up to having actual schools (I'm not making this up) that focused on teaching people how to play at their best in the game! Now how cool is that? ^_^
Kartanym (10777) added Virtua Fighter 2 (SEGA Saturn) on Oct 12, 2002
Other platforms contributed by Sciere (251158), The cranky hermit (491) and Derrick 'Knight' Steele (2156)