Written by  :  Robyrt (54)
Written on  :  Oct 17, 2001
Platform  :  Windows
Rating  :  4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars
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Even better than the arcade version

The Good

All 1200+ moves from the arcade are there, and gameplay is still deeper than any other PC contender. The 3-button controls make learning the moves easy, but the demanding combo system makes every 5-hitter a real payoff. Every single character has won a tournament somewhere, meaning game balance is amazingly good. Characters look very nice and are based on real martial arts, so there are no super lightning moves or fatalities, but the realistic animations more than make up for this. The game will run at arcade-perfect 60fps. New features to the PC version include team battle, saving replays, included matches between 3 of Japan's best players, and plenty of CG character renders.

The Bad

The system requirements are very steep (your average Pentium 2 will have difficulty running on medium detail) and the "endings" for each character are just CG art. The stages aren't as impressive as the arcade version. The music and sound is still cheesy. The characters move like they would in real life: most moves are slow to recover and will miss completely in some situations, so it's very very difficult to pull off impressive combos.

The Bottom Line

If you liked VF2 in the arcades, this game is a no-brainer. If you like games like Tekken or Soul Calibur and want to try something new, be prepared to spend several weeks learning to beat the excellent AI, much less human competition. If you're new to 3D fighters, this is way too hard; try something else instead.