Virtua Fighter Reviews (SEGA Saturn)

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Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.5
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Overall User Score (17 votes) 3.9

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MAXIMUM Magazine (Oct, 1995)
AM2's masterwork is simply an excellent game and it would appear that only the Japanese company themselves seem to have the necessary skills to better it. Until VF2 arrives, this is as good as 3D beat'em ups are going to get.
Thunderbolt Games (Apr 30, 2009)
Audio design is not an area where Virtua Fighter slouches, either. Each character had their own voice, whooping and shouting during battle and eliciting war cries whenever they were victorious. The stage-based musical tracks were ridiculously catchy; you would hear them so often, you had no choice but to hum right along with the techno beats. With top-notch production values and arguably the best fighting mechanics ever in a video game, Virtua Fighter remains just as strong now as it did when it was first unleashed. True, it remained at the core of most Saturn owner’s software libraries whether they asked for it or not, but who could complain?
GamePro (US) (Aug, 1995)
One of the better fighting games for the next-gen systems, Virtua Fighter is fast, fun and easy to master. As for depth, the game depends of slick moves than strategy.
Mean Machines (Feb, 1995)
Really not crap at all. Utterly stylish, utterly playable, totally brilliant, totally total.
Mean Machines (Sep, 1995)
Simply fantastic, and you'll appreciate it even more six months down the line.
Power Unlimited (Jul, 1995)
Virtua Fighter heeft dan wel het vechtspel nieuw leven ingeblazen door de drie dimensionale graphics te introduceren, eigenlijk is het juist een super-basis spel. Er wordt van de vechter echte tactische technieken verwacht en niet zo zeer een aaneenschakeling van special moves. Uiteraard is Virtua Fighter inmiddels achterhaald door de nieuwe arcade-kraker Virtua Fighter II maar desalniettemin is dit een schot in de roos.
Hobby Consolas (Jul, 1995)
El primer juego para Saturn muestra las posibilidades de la máquina, aunque se aprecian defectos que se podían haber pulido.
Sega knows how to make great, extremely playable games. Sure, Virtua Fighter is not as pretty as TohShinDen or Tekken but it does not pull any punches in the fighting arena.
Edge (Dec 22, 1994)
The Saturn version of Virtua Fighter is an exceptional game in many respects. It’s arguably the first true ‘next generation’ console game, fusing the best aspects of combat gameplay with groundbreaking animation and gorgeous sound (CD music and clear samples). In the arcades, Virtua Fighter made people stop and look. On the Saturn, it will make many people stop, look at their bank balance and then fork out for Sega’s new machine. Over to you, Sony.
GameFan Magazine (Jul, 1995)
With the big time flick that plagues the import version taken out, it's hard to find fault in VF. The gameplay is actually better than the arcade, the animation is perfect and the music is phenomenal. The game is visibly inferior to the coin-op with less polygons and more jaggies, but hey---it's a near perfect Virtua Fighter at home!
Game Players (Aug, 1995)
VF may not be as pretty or polished as some of it's direct competition, but on it's own merits VF is a great game. Easily the best Saturn fighting game out (OK, so it's the only one) and one which every Saturn owner should have (if not, you've been shafted, since it's the pack-in game).
Mega Fun (Jul, 1995)
Es war Liebe auf den ersten Blick: Bereits nach wenigen Spielminuten hat die geniale Optik ihre Schuldigkeit getan. Der dreidimensionale Effekt, gepaart mit den flüssig animierten Polygon-Sprites geben diesem Beat‘em Up-Game ein völlig neues Spielgefühl. Erfreulich ist zudem das intelligent ausgeklügelte Gameplay, das erst auf dem zweiten Blick seinen spielerischen Tiefgang offenbart. Virtua Fighter bietet neben den coolen Special Moves nämlich noch unzählige, aufbauende Schlagkombinationen, die viel Spielraum für taktische Spielereien lassen. Kritik gibt‘s im Prinzip nur im technischen Bereich. Während die krachenden Schlaggeräusche noch voll in Ordnung gehen, paßt das Disco-Allerlei meines achtens nicht optimal zum Spielgeschehen. Auch die “nackten“ Polygon-Fighter sind in technischer Hinsicht, wie die Remix-Version auch eindrucksvoll beweist, sicherlich nicht mehr ganz zeitgemäß.
Entertainment Weekly (Jun 09, 1995)
At heart, Fighter is just another brawling game. But the action has been dressed up with 3D-rendered characters, meticulously detailed animation, and swirling camera angles that result in a visceral, unnerving combat experience that's as much fun to watch as it is to play.
Video Games (Jul, 1995)
Nichtsdestotrotz ist aber letztendlich alles Geschmackssache und Ihr kauft Euch mit Virtua Fighter sicherlich ein Klassespiel, wenn‘s auch nicht das beste seines Genres ist: Tekken bietet z.B. mehr als doppelt soviele Fighter! Wenn Ihr also noch gar keinen Saturn habt, überlegt Euch gut, was Ihr tut! In Sachen Beat‘em Ups ist die Playstation zur Zeit besser eingedeckt, da T2 und TSD 2 angekündigt sind.
Is Virtua Fighter a bad game? No, absolutely not. The first time I saw it on my TV screen my eyes bugged. But then I saw Toh Shin Den and my eyes bugged out, my tongue dropped to the floor, steam came out of my ears and my head turned full circle. How's that for a reaction? Sorry Sega, Sony wins this round.
Coming Soon Magazine (Jan 13, 1996)
Virtua Fighter is a great 3D fighting game that is usually included when buying a Sega Saturn console. This game is great for letting out your frustrations by beating up the characters on your screen and provides much enjoyment.
Fans of the arcade original can finally start saving those quarters because Virtua Fighter for the Sega Saturn has arrived! At first glance, you'll notice that the visuals are nearly identical to the arcade. All the moves are here, along with their lethal combos and the lifelike animation that made the game stand out! The option to configure the game to your liking is an added bonus --- even a new mode after you beat the game! This is a leap about the arcade!
Virtua Fighter is a decent translation of the original, despite lacking in some areas. It would have been a great game with tighter and more responsive controls, but even in its current state it manages to be fun to play. Arcade purists will find many problems with the Saturn translation, but if you can overlook an imperfect translation, Virtua Fighter is sure to please.
Score (Jun, 1995)
Nejde o to odsuzovat bojové hry či zaujímat negativní postoj k explicitnímu zobrazování násilí na počítači - takové hry byly, jsou a budou. Pokud už ale mezi těmito hrami hledáte něco, co vás pobaví a přinese něco nového a objevného, zapomeňte na Virtua Fighter - není to nic jiného než vizuálně přitažlivá, ale zcela průměrná bojová hra. Na druhou stranu, Sega Saturn se dosud nemůže pochlubit nikterak širokou paletou her, a tak pro vás může Virtua Fighter být jistou možností, jak najít odreagování v bojové hře, když už nic, tak opravdu dobře vypadá!
Defunct Games (May 22, 2004)
To say that Virtua Fighter is slow, is like saying that Dances with Wolves is long. To be fair, Virtua Fighter was the first game to break the 2D barrier, but on the Saturn this two year old arcade game feels pretty weak.