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While not as intensive perhaps as other chess titles like the venerable Chessmaster series, Virtual Kasparov owes no apologies since it doesn't pretend to be the ultimate teaching tool of all time. Indeed, the chess is definitely flavored from a Kasparov perspective (one could do much worse than try to emulate him) but doesn't restrict you to his style. Any player, young or old, novice or expert, can benefit from Virtual Kasparov from either a learning or entertainment perspective.
It has a lot to offer: re-creations of classic matches, FMV interviews with the man himself, and a deep tutorial covering everything from basic piece movement to advanced strategy. The only flaw is the rather odd isometric view of the chessboard, which makes it hard to see your pawns.
Chess fanatics or gamers ashamed-enough of their poor skill will gladly eat crow and learn from the closest any of us will ever get to hanging out with the master. Titus hasn't just signed Kasparov to use his name, but to also participate and help those in need of tutoring how to play, understand a love the sport a little bit more. It's his involvement that makes "Virtual Kasparov" an enticing and above-average virtual alternative to a good ol' match between friends. Expensive, but deeply rewarding.
Gary Kasparov has the strategic intelligence to slaughter any competitor in the world at the game. Virtual Kasparov has AI nearly equivalent to his masterful tactics. Hardcore Chessers may find the Story mode more compelling and playable than beginners. However, given the large amount of information covered in the Tutorial, people who understand the basic concept of chess but want instruction and/or guidance for improvement should also find this title useful. If it is amazing graphics and deep driving stories you seek, look elsewhere. Virtual Kasparov is Chess. Simply Chess at it's best.
Cela faisait bien longtemps que je n’avais pas trouvé un jeu si prenant. Je n’aurais jamais pensé autant apprécier les échecs. Virtual Kasparov est un excellent moyen de s’initier aux plaisirs de ce jeu et il vous tiendra de longues heures accroché à votre console.
Titus claims that VK is “the battle game that actually makes you smarter.” It may not make you intellectually brighter, but if nothing else, VK will actually improve your chess-playing IQ. It definitely improved mine. This is a title that belongs in a tight gaming niche and fans of quality puzzle games that provide a daunting challenge may want to check VK out. But it isn’t for everyone, and Titus is taking a noble risk with VK. Releasing puzzle games usually translates into smaller sales than more popular and mainstream genres like sports and first-person shooters. I quite honestly don’t know if there are enough GBA owners who are clamoring for a chess title. We’ll see how it pans out, but let me reiterate that this is a quality chess game that’s worth purchasing if you have a strong interest in chess, whether you are a novice player, expert or somewhere in-between.
I love chess, and this game is bearable. It's nothing mind-blowing, and unfortunately, the 3D aspect was only a sigh of disappointment. If you want a run-of-the-mill chess game, with a few neat frills, and Monsieur Kasparov's name attached, then you've got yourself a date with Virtual Kasparov !
Game Boy AdvanceIGN
(Apr 19, 2002)
So far, Virtual Kasparov's the only game in town for chess-loving, GBA owners. On that score, it's ridiculously easy to recommend. But that doesn't mean that the game doesn't suffer from some considerable shortcomings, most notably in the area of presentation. The AI is still good enough to make the game enjoyable and challenging but the lack of some key features leaves you feeling somewhat unsatisfied. I'm going to keep playing this game just for kicks and I'd definitely recommend it to anyone who has to get their chess fix soon. Otherwise, I'd suggest waiting to see what kind of shape the Chessmaster game is in when it's released this summer.
Nutzlos wie ein Kropf. Mein schönes "Naja" gibt's an dieser Stelle nicht etwa, weil das Spiel nicht unbedingt zu meinen Lieblingsspielen zählt (was allerdings stimmen würde), sondern weil ich ganz einfach der Meinung bin, dass solche Spiele wie eben Schach oder Billard, Dart und Konsorten einfach nichts auf dem Bildschirm verloren haben. Wenn ich mich in dieser Form vergnügen will, dann hole ich doch ganz einfach einen Freund oder trete einem Club bei. Auch das Problem der Rechenleistung fällt bei der guten, alten PlayStation im Gegensatz zu hochgezüchteten PCs schwer ins Gewicht: Die Denkpausen dauern mir einfach zu lange. Kauft euch für die 90 Mark lieber einen Schachcomputer - den könnt ihr auch in der Bahn, im Flugzeug, im Bett, am Strand und sonstwo anwerfen und schneller rechnet der auch.
Trotz wenig ansprechender Grafik und spartanischer Soundkulisse sollten sich Schachfans von Virtual Kasparov nicht gleich abschrecken lassen. Die zahlreichen Schwierigkeitsgrade und individuellen Gegner-Profile lassen nämlich spielerisch so schnell keine Langeweile aufkommen. Auch zu Kasparov selbst kann man in der illustrierten Biografie samt kommentierter Original-Partien jede Menge erfahren, und Anfänger freuen sich über eine kompetente Schachschule.