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Virtua Fighter 2

MobyRank MobyScore
Arcade
...
3.8
SEGA Saturn
91
4.0
Windows
80
3.8
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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 Character Selection
Virtua Fighter 2 Windows Portrait mode
Virtua Fighter 2 SEGA Saturn Vs. Jacky
Virtua Fighter 2 Windows Pai vs Dural, the final boss.

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 (9366)
Even better than the arcade version Windows Robyrt (51)
A decent fighting game Windows James1 (240)

The Press Says

Electric Playground SEGA Saturn May 08, 2004 10 out of 10 100
Video Games & Computer Entertainment SEGA Saturn Feb, 1996 9 out of 10 90
PC Jeux Windows Sep, 1997 89 out of 100 89
Defunct Games SEGA Saturn May 22, 2004 89 out of 100 89
PC Games (Germany) Windows Oct, 1997 88 out of 100 88
PC Gamer Windows Dec, 1997 82 out of 100 82
GameStar (Germany) Windows Oct, 1997 81 out of 100 81
PC Player (Germany) Windows Oct, 1997 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Computer Games Magazine Windows 1997 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
Jeuxvideo.com iPhone Jan 26, 2011 4 out of 20 20

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Trivia

ESRB Rating

The version distributed by Expert Software has a packaging error. The front of the box lists the correct ESRB rating of "Teen", while the back incorrectly lists "Kids to Adults".
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