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Virtua Fighter 4

aka: VF4, VRæˆ˜ćŁ«4

[ All ] [ Arcade ] [ PlayStation 2 ]

Critic Reviews 89% add missing review

Game industry News (GiN) ( )

VF4 returns to the golden age of 3D fighters, when all that matters was intensely deep gameplay based on a simplistic control scheme. Now although I am giving this title the 5 Gem rating it surely deserves, this doesn't mean that Sega is forgiven for what they have done. They still have a long way to go to earn my forgiveness.

2002 · PlayStation 2 · read review

The Video Game Critic (A)

While VF4's graphics take a backseat to its outstanding gameplay, this game still sports some of the finest visuals you'll see on your PS2. The arenas that let you fight in snow or shallow water look amazing. My favorite stage features Greek ruins and a raging thunderstorm, with lightning toppling sections of the huge monuments. Virtua Fighter 4 is outstanding in every way, and its sets a new high water mark for fighting games.

Jul 10th, 2004 · PlayStation 2 · read review

UOL Jogos ( )

Virtua Fighter 4 Ă© um dos mais profundos, mais completos e mais gratificantes jogos do estilo. É tambĂ©m um dos mais frustrantes para quem nĂŁo estĂĄ disposto a investir seu tempo nele. Mas como ele oferece todas as ferramentas para servir de Sensei para o lutador dedicado, ele faz valer cada centavo de seu preço - afinal, essas pessoas gastarĂŁo DIAS destrinchando essa pĂ©rola.

Apr 12th, 2002 · PlayStation 2 · read review

PSX Extreme (9.8 out of 10)

To conclude, I will re-instate what I said earlier. Virtua Fighter 4 is arguably the best fighting game of all time. It's been since Soul Calibur that I've praised a fighting game this much, and not since Street Fighter 2 Turbo have I been addicted to a fighting game this much. Virtua Fighter 4 has conquered my expectations and has shaped up to be one of my all time favorite fighters. I admit to being a fan of the series, but I've never really herald it as much as I am now. It's not only the best looking fighter on the market, but it's the most intuitive, well-crafted and deepest. I can only imagine how Soul Calibur 2 and Tekken 4 will turn out. Virtua Fighter 4 will be ready to hit shelves in the middle of March. Get your pre-orders ready, because this is a game you do NOT want to miss out on.

Feb 5th, 2002 · PlayStation 2 · read review

GameSpy (95 out of 100)

We definitely wouldn't recommend you rent this title. We'd suggest you cancel all important social activity (unless it revolves around this game), choose Lei Fei, and spend the next four weeks perfecting him in Training and Kumite modes, while ordering your friends to do the same (but with different characters), before a grand master's challenge is announced. In an age where $50 is continuously forked out for games that last ten hours, the infinite replayability of VF4 is a breath of fresh air in the stale atmosphere of disposable gaming. It has the replayability of Grand Theft Auto 3, the attention to detail of Gran Turismo 3, and the deep fighting fun of Virtua Fighter 2. Virtua Fighter 4 is unbelievably good.

Mar 15th, 2002 · PlayStation 2 · read review

Game Critics (9.5 out of 10)

Nary a negative thing can be said about this game. If anything, the AI mode takes up valuable memory that couldve been used for more rewards in Kumite mode. The game is a gorgeous and perfectly balanced game where no fighter is better than another is. Kumite mode helps define this game as purely skill-driven, but its simplistic controls make it accessible to anybody. More than any other game, Virtua Fighter 4 lives up to its "simulator" label by exemplifying the struggles of a martial artist through its depth and addictive Kumite mode. Its inhibition in violence and gimmickry sharply contrasts the far-reaching depths of its gameplay.

May 29th, 2002 · PlayStation 2 · read review

Fragland.net (94 out of 100)

I could go on and on about how great Virtua Fighter 4 is and how it sets the next step for fighting games, but I don't want to bore you to death with my everlasting sentences so I'm going to conclude with the following : Virtua Fighter 4 IS martial arts while other games TRY.

Sep 13th, 2002 · PlayStation 2 · read review

IGN (9.3 out of 10)

Once you're done with that, we can look forward to the most interesting year there's ever been as far as 3D fighting goes, with three major franchises entering the ring in the space of perhaps eight months. Despite all the options available, I meant what I said at the beginning -- you should be playing this. Even if you've never been a partisan of the series (and even though it may not convert you, this still being very distinctly the child of its obvious parents), give it a look and find out what you might have been missing.

Mar 19th, 2002 · PlayStation 2 · read review

GameSpot (9.3 out of 10)

You can't tell right off the bat, but Virtua Fighter 4 is the best fighting game in years. Even if you've never liked the Virtua Fighter series before--and there's a reasonable chance that's the case, considering the series has never taken off in the US like it has in Japan--you should still give Virtua Fighter 4 a try. The quicker pacing, the perfected controls, and the great-looking character designs, along with the outstanding AI and the unparalleled gameplay depth, make this a fighting game that just about everyone will agree on.

Mar 15th, 2002 · PlayStation 2 · read review

Gamesmania.de (91 out of 100)

Virtua Fighter 4 ist endlich mal wieder ein Spiel dem man in jeder Hinsicht die Liebe zum Detail anmerkt. Ganz gleich ob man den perfekt ausgearbeiteten Trainingsmodus oder die innovative Idee der KI-KĂ€mpfer zu Grunde legt - Virtua Fighter ist und bleibt der Genrekönig und stellt die komplette Konkurrenz konsolenĂŒbergreifend in den Schatten!

Jun 23rd, 2002 · PlayStation 2 · read review

Netjak (9.1 out of 10)

Soul Calibur has moved on in my world. Virtua Fighter 4 has moved in next door and I am coveting my neighbor until I am sore. My eyes hurt, my fingers are cramped weekly, and my butt is asleep 4 hours a day. But there is motivation, young Reader-san, and it involves the High Emperor. Even if you are a casual fighting game player, you owe it to yourself for this in-depth gameplay and hours and hours of reaching different Ranks. So fight and be merry.

Aug 16th, 2002 · PlayStation 2 · read review

SEGA-Portal.de (9 out of 10)

Zum ersten Mal erscheint Virtua Fighter nicht fĂŒr eine SEGA Konsole. Doch auch auf einer PlayStation 2 reiht es sich sogleich zu den besten Spielen des BeatÂŽem Genres ein. Nicht nur, dass hier ein super Spiel abgeliefert wird, welches nicht auf die Button-Smasher-Taktik (wie die meisten seiner Mitbewerber) zielt, nein - es wird mit dem K.I. System noch ein völlig neuartiges SpielvergnĂŒgen integriert. So heißt es nicht nur PrĂŒgeln: prĂŒgeln lassen ist nun die Devise. Zwar nerven in den Modi rund um K.I. gegebenenfalls die stĂ€ndigen Ladezeiten vor, nach und wĂ€hrend der Gestaltung des Charakters, jedoch kann man ĂŒber solch kleine negativ auffallende Dinge gern hinweg sehen. Denn der Spielspaß stimmt, auch wenn es viel Übung und Training bedarf, bis man seinen LieblingskĂ€mpfer so perfekt wie möglich beherrscht! Nicht umsonst gehört Virtua Fighter seit jeher zu den besten BeatÂŽem Ups ĂŒberhaupt!!!

Sep 20th, 2009 · PlayStation 2 · read review

GamersMark (9 out of 10)

Fighting games are indeed making a comeback. So far we have seen the Incredibly lacking DOA3, and the somewhat appealing Tekken Tag Tournament. Now we have Virtua Fighter 4, the game that places the crown on Sega as one of the best developers out there. Only time will tell if Tekken 4 has what it takes to knock this one down. So out with the reigning Soul Calibur and in with Virtua Fighter 4.

Mar 27th, 2002 · PlayStation 2 · read review

Jeuxvideo.com (18 out of 20)

Pour son premier passage sur PS2, VF4 marque un trĂšs grand coup et devrait facilement conquĂ©rir les joueurs encore non initiĂ©s au phĂ©nomĂšne Virtua Fighter. En dehors de la qualitĂ© de sa rĂ©alisation et du charisme de ses personnages, le jeu mise principalement son intĂ©rĂȘt sur l'aspect technique du gameplay et la profondeur du jeu. VoilĂ  une sĂ©rie qui n'a pas fini de faire parler d'elle, surtout quand on sait qu'un certain Virtua Fighter Quest est d'ores et dĂ©jĂ  prĂ©vu sur GameCube.

May 3rd, 2002 · PlayStation 2 · read review

Gamereactor (Sweden) (9 out of 10)

Vore det inte för de smÄ brister som spelet ÀndÄ har i form av att det Àr svÄrt att röra sig i djupled, lite vÀl enkel grafik pÄ sina hÄll och liknande petitesser hade detta varit en i det nÀrmaste fullpottare. Nu blir det "bara" ett mycket högt betyg för det första Virtua Fighter som AM2 slÀppt för hemmabruk pÄ en konsol som inte Àr frÄn Sega. Och Àven om de verkligt inbitna lÀr fortsÀtta att hÀvda Virtua Fighter 2 som det bÀsta Virtua Fighter sÄ Àr detta fortfarande ruskigt bra, och alla med minsta intresse för fighting som erbjuder ett tuggmotstÄnd utöver det vanliga bör omedelbart springa och handla!

May 7th, 2003 · PlayStation 2 · read review

Level 7 (9 out of 10)

Med hög kvalité rakt igenom grafik, spelkÀnsla och varaktighet Àr Virtua Fighter 4 det bÀsta fightingspelet som finns för nÀrvarande. Ett givet köp för alla som gillar fighting.

May 2nd, 2002 · PlayStation 2 · read review

Peliplaneetta.net (90 out of 100)

Mutta silti tÀmÀkÀÀn ei muuta sitÀ tosiasiaa, ettÀ Virtua Fighter 4 on huippupeli. Toisin kuin keskimÀÀrÀistÀ turpiin vaan ja onnea -plÀjÀystÀ joka ratsastaa hienoilla grafiikoilla tai ÀlyttömillÀ komboilla, sitÀ jaksaa oikeasti pelata myös nÀhtyÀÀn n+1 variaatiota teemasta. EikÀ siihen tarvita edes mitÀÀn bonusta hyvÀlle pelisarjalle tai tinkimÀttömÀlle kehitystiimille.

May 20th, 2002 · PlayStation 2 · read review

SegaFan.com (8.9 out of 10)

Finalmente comentar que no soy muy partidario de poner notas a los juegos, sobre todo teniendo una obra maestra entre manos, pero las normas son las normas...

May 12th, 2002 · PlayStation 2 · read review

Gamezone (Germany) (89 out of 100)

Virtua Fighter 4 ist ein mehr als wĂŒrdiger Nachfolger der bekannten PrĂŒgel-Serie. Die Grafik ist trotz ihrer PS2-speziefischen Mankos immer noch sehr ansehnlich und das sehr ausgefeilte Kampfsystem bietet auch fĂŒr echte Profis eine anstĂ€ndige Langzeitmotivation. Gerade im Verglich zu "Dead or Alive 3" merkt man wie viele kampftechnische Details in diesem Spiel stecken. FĂŒr PrĂŒgelfans und solche die es werden wollen ein absoluter Pflichtkauf!

May 5th, 2002 · PlayStation 2 · read review

4Players.de (89 out of 100)

Lange haben wir ĂŒberlegt, ob Virtua Fighter 4 den Award verdient hat. Dass wir uns letzten Endes dagegen entschieden haben, liegt vor allem an zwei Punkten: das fehlende Anti-Aliasing, das die schöne Grafik vollkommen unnötig nach unten zieht und die hin und wieder auftauchenden Frust-Phasen im ansonsten hervorragenden Kumite-Modus. Und auch der Sound ist nicht unbedingt hitverdĂ€chtig. In allen anderen Bereichen kann Virtua Fighter 4 jedoch auf ganzer Linie abrĂ€umen, selbst wenn es mit 13 KĂ€mpfern vergleichsweise wenige Charaktere vorweisen kann. Die Steuerung passt optimal und bietet sowohl AnfĂ€ngern als auch Fortgeschrittenen und Profis eine gute Kontrolle ĂŒber die unzĂ€hligen Kombos. Trotz kleinerer Mankos ĂŒbernimmt Virtua Fighter 4 den PS2-PrĂŒgelspiel-Thron und blickt dem im Laufe des Jahres folgenden Zweikampf mit Tekken 4 gelassen entgegen.

May 17th, 2002 · PlayStation 2 · read review

Gaming Target (8.7 out of 10)

Virtua Fighter 4 is a very deep fighting game that is extremely well put together. I mentioned the jagged edges and faded colors before, but that is merely due to the PS2 hardware, and simply cannot be avoided. However, to be able to pull these kinds of visuals from the PS2 is proof that Sega are among the best programmers and game writers in the world. While this game may turn off the general public due to its incredibly tight and deep fighting engine, VF4 has a lot to offer. Easy to pick up and play, but at the same time difficult to master. I’ve been a VF player since VF1, and I still don’t have all the moves worked out. This game isn’t for everyone, of course nothing is. However, if you are a Virtua Fighter fan, this may be the reason you were waiting for to pick up a PS2 if you haven’t already done so.

Mar 27th, 2002 · PlayStation 2 · read review

Computer Bild Spiele (1.96 out of 6)

Leider trĂŒbt starkes Kantenflimmern den sonst durchgehend erfreulichen optischen Eindruck. Doch was soll’s: Das Kampfsystem von Virtua Fighter gilt nicht umsonst als unĂŒbertroffen realistisch und ausgefeilt. Nur mit etlichen Übungsstunden, einem schnellen Auge und noch schnelleren Fingern bringen Sie es zum unschlagbaren Kumite-Meister. Doch mit diesem „guten“ Spiel vergeht die Trainingszeit wie im Flug.

May 2002 · PlayStation 2

The Age ( )

The object of the game is to beat your opponent senseless or force them out of the ring. Each arena features polished graphics with dynamic backgrounds. New game modes are featured, including AI, in which you become the coach of a CPUcontrolled character. The final objective is to pit your fighter against a rival character trained by one of your fellow PS2 owners. As well as several singleplayer modes, there is also a "Versus" mode.. Virtua Fighter, however, has some of the lamest ring names of all time - Tough Guy and Bad Girl, for example. If you can get past the stereotypical characters and settle into the carnage, you're bound to release some builtup aggression.

Jun 13th, 2002 · PlayStation 2

GamesFirst! ( )

Depending on how you feel about spending hours and hours training and working, and how you feel about the Virtua Fighter series in general, you will either love VF4 or hate it. I'm not going to tell you that you need to go buy this game, as so many others have. I'll suggest that you rent it and see if you can get over the hump in a weekend. If you can play through fifty matches in Kumite mode and still enjoy the game and want to learn more, then by all means go out and buy Virtua Fighter 4. If you get bored or frustrated after fifty matches or less, then you will have saved yourself $45 by renting it first.

Jun 11th, 2002 · PlayStation 2 · read review

GamePro (US) (4 out of 5)

The world can be such a topsy-turvy place sometimes. Virtua Fighter was once the most arcane game to fully comprehend and was the champ of bare-bones menu of arcade-to-home ports. Virtua Fighter 4 on the PlayStation 2 has decoded its secret language for those not blessed with the dedication of Sopan and features an interface that is too sexy for its shirt. So sexy it hurts.

Mar 19th, 2002 · PlayStation 2 · read review

Computer and Video Games (CVG) (8 out of 10)

This PlayStation 2 conversion is a no-frills offering, in contrast to home versions of Tekken. Dedicated fighting fans certainly shouldn't let it pass, but if you're les serious about the genre, VF4 isn't the showcase PS2 title some claim it to be.

May 2002 · PlayStation 2 · read review

Retrogaming.it (6 out of 10)

In conclusione Virtua Fighter 4 non Ăš un gioco totalmente da buttare via, purtroppo diciamo la veritĂ : rasenta la sufficienza, vista la concorrenza spietata che ha intorno, ma secondo me Ăš un pezzo che non dovrebbe mancare in ogni collezione. Poi oltre agli appassionati della saga, agli appassionati dei Beat’em up 3D, il consiglio Ăš rivolto ai retrogamer Arcade, che non vogliono impegnarsi piĂč di tanto nelle molteplici modalitĂ  offerte dai titoli alternativi, questo non vuol dire che il gioco manchi di spessore e longevitĂ , solo che il tassello mancante a questo gioco sarebbe arrivato l’anno successivo con il “Quest Mode” (e non solo) di Virtua Fighter 4 Evolution.

May 27th, 2008 · PlayStation 2 · read review

Player Reviews

Just like VF3, but much, much better
by Robyrt

The Good
Virtua Fighter has always been the 3D fighter that caters to the hardcore gaming audience - you know, the kind of people who spend months memorizing frame data for their favorite character. If you're that kind of dedicated fighting game fan, rest assured that VF4 does not disappoint, with a deeper and more balanced game than it's ever been. Note that although almost all the moves are easy to pull off compared to other games, you will need a good deal of hand-eye coordination to pull off advanced defensive techniques like evade-double throw escape-guard.

Speaking of which, the extra modes in VF4 blew me completely away. This game features the best training mode in any fighting game ever made: frame data, recording and playing back multiple strings at different frequencies, and a "trial mode" that takes you from the basic mechanics to the aforementioned evade-double throw escape-guard quickly and painlessly. Kumite mode gives you a never-ending stream of opponents with unique AIs and increasing skill levels, while allowing you to gain ranks and items for your character. In fact, there are so many extra goodies that by the time you've achieved the highest ranking (600-900 matches depending on skill level) you'll still have some items left to acquire.

The AI is better than most fighters and all previous VFs, with an ability to actually perform combos, mixups and mindgames on you. Of course, it wears thin after a couple weeks, but at least you haven't owned it on the highest level by then. In fact, it will continue kicking your butt for a couple months unless you're already good at 3D fighters.

The two new characters do not disappoint, and old characters have been significantly revised so that none is more than remotely like another. Even brother and sister Jacky and Sarah, both using Jeet Kune Do, have completely different play styles. The new techroll, stance and sabaki systems make the game a lot less abuseable at mid to high levels, and are fairly easy to learn.

The Bad
AI mode, although a great idea in theory and loads of fun to watch and show off against your friends, is poorly documented and lacking in key areas like movement (you can't even set your AI preference for a forward dash, much less complicated escape maneuvers).

The voices continue to subtract from the characters: for example, while Lion would have been an instant favorite in a Tekken game, his nasal badly-pronounced English voice makes you wish you were playing somebody else with the same moves. Although even the Chinese characters speak Japanese, this happens in every fighting game, so it's not too big of a deal.

VF4 is, quite simply, way too hard for the average gamer. If you're looking for something to pick up casually until Soul Calibur 2 comes out, you've come to the wrong place, as even the higher-level CPU will laugh you out of the ring. If you haven't memorized the three best throws for every character and the number of frames at which Kage is at a disadvantage after his double punch-helix is blocked, forget about becoming a good VF4 player. The game's emphasis on player advantage and punishing mistakes, while very realistic, means that newbies get owned with impunity by CPU Akira, much less another human.

The Bottom Line
This game is good enough that I'd advise you to drop the rest of your social and gaming life for a month or two and learn to play the game at a high level. Of course, if you're not ready for that kind of commitment, you'll have a lot more fun with something low-key like Tekken 4.

Nov 5th, 2002 · PlayStation 2

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Critic reviews added by Wizo, Big John WV, chirinea, DreinIX, nyccrg, Patrick Bregger, Alsy, Jeanne, lights out party, shphhd, Alex Fest, beetle120, Tim Janssen, Gianluca Santilio.