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Virtua Fighter 2

MobyRank MobyScore
Arcade
...
4.4
Windows
80
3.8
SEGA Saturn
91
4.1
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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 Arcade Mirror match
Virtua Fighter 2 Windows Thats gonna hurt
Virtua Fighter 2 SEGA Saturn Vs. Lion
Virtua Fighter 2 Windows Lion vs Sarah

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 SEGA Saturn Luis Silva (13294)
Martial-Arts with superior control. SEGA Saturn Hazuki (35)
Virtually Perfect Windows Zovni (9334)
Even better than the arcade version Windows Robyrt (51)
A decent fighting game Windows James1 (240)

The Press Says

GamePro (US) SEGA Saturn Jan, 1996 10 out of 10 100
Digital Extremes SEGA Saturn 1996 10 out of 10 100
GameFan Magazine SEGA Saturn Jan, 1996 98 out of 100 98
High Voltage Online SEGA Saturn Oct 01, 2006 94 out of 100 94
neXGam SEGA Saturn Dec 27, 2009 9.3 out of 10 93
Mega Fun SEGA Saturn Dec, 1995 92 out of 100 92
Ultimate Gamer Magazine SEGA Saturn Jan, 1996 9 out of 10 90
PC Joker Windows Oct, 1997 85 out of 100 85
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) SEGA Saturn Feb, 1996 8.3 out of 10 83
Gamesmania Windows 1997 80 out of 100 80

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Trivia

It received four awards in Game Players 1995 Holiday Edition (Vol. 8, No. 13):

  • Game of the Year
  • Best Saturn Game of the Year
  • Best Fighting Game of the Year
  • Best 32-Bit Graphics of the Year

Contributed to by Kartanym (10766), Sciere (289549), The cranky hermit (491) and Derrick 'Knight' Steele (2132)