Virtua Fighter 4: Evolution Reviews (PlayStation 2)
|Just like VF4, but better||Robyrt (54)|
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|Gameplay||How well the game mechanics work and the game plays.||4.2|
|Graphics||The visual quality of the game||4.2|
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|Sound / Music||The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition||3.9|
|Overall User Score (24 votes)||4.1|
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The Video Game Critic (Jul 10, 2004)
As icing on the cake, a 10th anniversary edition of the original Virtua Fighter game is also included. Evolution isn't a huge step forward, but its cool extras make it a "must have" for serious fighting fans.
UGO (UnderGroundOnline) (Aug 26, 2003)
If you like fighting games at all and you own a PS2, you’d be absolutely insane to not buy VF4: Evolution. By the way it's only $20. Sega has once again pulled out all the stops with this one.
TotalVideoGames (TVG) (Mar 07, 2003)
Here at TVG we're fans of the Virtua Fighter series. Recognising the historical importance of the first title and being such a remarkable Saturn launch title, Chris (the Segaboy that he is), luuurves Virtua Fighter 2. This writer had a soft spot for Virtua Fighter 3tb - the Japanese version, not the scary PAL conversion, with the preview disc for Shenmue, or as it was then Project Berkeley - that came out with the Dreamcast in Japan. Both of us liked Virtua Fighter 4 when it was released last year, but it lacked that something to keep you coming back.
Bordersdown (Apr 19, 2003)
Likewise, in spite of its intimidating depth, should the game be marked down for its inaccessibility to novice gamers? The answer surely must be a resounding 'no'. The fact that it arguably offers the deepest mechanics ever seen in a game means that within the medium, it can perhaps be viewed in a high-brow sense. Should a film like “3 Colours Red” be marked down, simply because it is inaccessible (in terms of meaning and depth) to the majority of people? Should the fact that most people find it tough to appreciate operatic music be held against the form? Surely the factor of accessibility should never count against a piece of entertainment (or dare I say it, art); merely only how good the piece of entertainment is.
GamesAreFun.com (GAF) (Aug 31, 2003)
In exchange for the lost moves she has gained more Vale Tudo skills and if you don’t like the “new” Vanessa just use Brad. Probably the most grievous error is the new file saving system. Essentially all information, this includes your custom characters from Quest Mode, is stored in a single data file; which means that you’re only allowed two special versions of each character and you can’t take your custom characters over to another save file. In the face of such a great game it is a small problem but it’s a nagging one none the less. If you can look past these few details. (and I strongly suggest you do) you’ll find an absolutely jaw dropping fighting game for the insanely low price of twenty dollars. If you love fighting games, even if you only have a passing interest in them, you should buy this game now.
Entertainment Depot, The (Sep 03, 2003)
I don't know how else to say it other than this is the best fighting game I've played in years - and, if I wasn't so partial to VF2 with its strong strings of nostalgia, I'd say the best ever. AM2 has done nearly everything possible to make people want to play the game and continue to play it, and they did so with such gusto and skill that it's a worthy successor to a series that is beloved by many a followers. Tossing in an exceptional freebie mode celebrating its 10 year anniversary and a jaw-dropping release price of $19.99, this is a must buy in every sense of the word. Buy it now, play it for years to come.
Many call Virtua Fighter 4 the true King of Fighters. Personally, I am quite moved by the depth of the game's fighting, as well as how intuitively it plays. Without a doubt, this is one of the finest fighting games ever created. But, my friends, I must admit that my warrior's soul will always be more faithful to another….
GamePro (US) (Aug 05, 2003)
Virtua Fighter 4: Evolution beats its predecessor with souped-up visuals, new characters and moves, improved tutorials, hundreds of unlockable items, and the amazingly deep Quest mode. And this is a Greatest Hits title, Insane bargain alert!
PSX Extreme (Aug 07, 2003)
In the end, perhaps the most important thing to know is that Virtua Fighter 4: Evolution is a superb playing fighting game - better than last year's, obviously. It's visually stunning, as the graphics are sharper than ever before. The character detail stands out more, and the lively environments are still present. It still plays like its predecessor, which is great, and the new enhancements made to the game make it worth playing all over again. Evolution's new fighters are very versatile and have been made with both the elitist and novice in mind. The depth has only gotten deeper as the game's Quest mode pushes the word "depth" to a new height. Last, but not least, if you haven't known by now, Virtua Fighter 4: Evolution costs a mere $19.99. Instead of issuing the game as a brand new title, Sega is issuing it under the "greatest hits" line, thus the price tag. By all means, whatever you do, you absolutely have to pick up Evolution. The price is practically a five-finger discount.
Armchair Empire, The (Sep 28, 2003)
Taken together, with its hundreds of moves per fighter and addictive modes and polished graphics, Virtual Fighter 4: Evolution is a marvelous game. This, combined with the fact that VF4:E is being released directly into the bargain Greatest Hits series, should make this a must purchase title for any fighting fan. I’ve played a lot of great fighters over the past two years, but Virtua Fighter 4: Evolution is the best of the lot.
GameSpy (Aug 08, 2003)
Virtua Fighter 4 Evolution is not as flashy as the competition. But its technical prowess and sheer depth give it an edge over every other game on the market -- even the vaunted, upcoming Soul Calibur II, if only slightly. The game's immensely addictive, fun, intricate, and super speedy. If you're a 3D fighting game fan, this is the ultimate evolution of the genre from a gameplay perspective -- but it's certainly not the most accessible or visually polished one. This is a game that will draw the player into its depths, and although the quest mode isn't perfect, it will give you the hook you need to really dive in deep.
GameZone (Aug 11, 2003)
Last year, Virtua Fighter 4 was released on the PlayStation 2, which many people argue is one of the best fighting games ever. Sega’s development team, AM2, thought that they would improve on every aspect of their game even further, so they decided to release a “sequel” to it. Now that I have played this game, I must say that Virtua Fighter 4: Evolution is highly addictive and one of the best ways you can spend twenty dollars.
Game Critics (Nov 05, 2003)
Gene's right—the game is certainly a long and arduous endeavor, and not one entered lightly, though I certainly wouldn't go so far as to call it "user-nasty." Button-mashers definitely need not apply, but gamers willing to invest the necessary time and effort will get their just rewards. Virtua Fighter 4: Evolution is the most fiercely inventive fighting game to come along in years, and it represents the first real leap forward for the genre since it went 3D. Let's hope it does for fighting games what Grand Theft Auto III is doing for third-person action games—that is, breathe new life into a genre long gone stale.
PAL Gaming Network (PALGN) (May 05, 2004)
Without a doubt, Virtua Fighter 4 Evolution is THE best 3D fighter ever created. Many will prefer Soul Calibur 2, but VF4Evo has just a bit more depth in practically every way. A must own for every fighting game fan.
Video Games Daily (Mar 18, 2003)
Put simply, this is finest beat 'em up ever created and should be snapped up by any fighting fanatic. 2003 marks the tenth anniversary of Sega's Virtua Fighter series, slot VF4E into your PS2 and celebrate by kicking the crap out of your pals.
IGN (Aug 08, 2003)
Virtua Fighter 4 was released in the arcades and the PlayStation 2 to universal acclaim, and with good reason. The game captured everything that originally made the first two titles great (first-rate animation, one of, if not the deepest fighting systems, and simple three-button controls) and put a new coat of paint on it; officially upgrading the series for the 21st century. Not long after, Sega released Virtua Fighter 4 Evolution in Japanese arcades, and again for Japanese PS2s. Finally, after some worries that the game would not make it to our shores at all, Virtua Fighter 4 Evolution is here. But is it really that different than the already released VF4? Is the game really worth buying for two additional characters? Was Virtua Figher 4 ever that great to begin with? The answer to all of these questions is a resounding yes.
GamingTrend (Oct 28, 2005)
Hands down this is the absolute best fighting game available on the market right now. Any fighting fan should rush to their store and purchase this game immediately, as this is a very in-depth fighter, one that has more longevity than most RPGs. At a retail price of $20, you simply can'tgo wrong. Congratulations to Sega for doing the impossible; improving upon their already nearly perfect fighting game.
Christ Centered Gamer / Christ Centered Game Reviews (Mar 17, 2008)
Though the game is marketed towards the more hardcore fans of the genre, it is not completely inaccessible to the more mainstream gamers thanks to a handful of simpler characters. The almost overwhelming depth of Quest mode, and the always addicting nature of the Versus mode, will keep players hooked for a long time. Though great, everything else is just the icing on the cake. Given the violent nature of the game (and the few cases of revealing costumes that can be donned by female characters), Evolution is not for everyone. Still, it is one of the most morally acceptable fighting games around, and one of the best overall games in its class. VF5 may be on store shelves now, but Evolution is a fraction of the price. Though VF5 is better than Evolution in just about every way, with how similar the core experience is, Evolution can still hold its own for most gamers. If you're a fan of the genre, you pretty much owe it to yourself to pick this game up.
GameSpot (Aug 11, 2003)
Though it was released a year and a half ago, Virtua Fighter 4 remains the overall best fighting game currently available on any platform. Actually, technically, it isn't--that honor now belongs to Virtua Fighter 4: Evolution, a suitably impressive follow-up to last year's game. VF4: Evolution is part of Sony's $20 "Greatest Hits" collection right out the gate, presumably due to the success of last year's game, but it isn't just a rerelease for those who might have missed out on VF4. This highly technical, complex yet accessible, genuinely entertaining fighting game should belong to anyone with any interest in the genre.
SegaFan.com (Jun 09, 2005)
De todos modos, y pese a estos pequeños fallos, VF4 Evolution brilla con luz propia al tener los combates más tácticos que se pueden encontrar en el género, junto a unos modos Training y Quest extensos y variados. Estamos ante el que es, probablemente, el juego de lucha más intenso y divertido disponible para cualquier consola, imprescindible para todos los aficionados al género..
Gaming Target (Aug 29, 2003)
To many fighting fans, last year’s Virtua Fighter 4 was easily the best PlayStation 2 fighter, and perhaps the deepest, most challenging 3D fighting game ever made. It hit it off with critics and PS2 owners alike, as the game was very well received and earned Greatest Hit status late last year. However, it seems that Sega-AM2 wasn’t done with VF4, and some 18 months later, here we are again with Virtua Fighter 4: Evolution. More than just a mere suffix, VF4 Evo is a mass fine-tuning, adding a much deeper Quest to go along with the arcade gameplay, and much-improved visual performance.
Game Revolution (Aug, 2003)
Virtua Fighter 4, pre-evolution, placed the emphasis on adaptation. Sure, there are tough special moves and ultra-damaging combos, but every combo in the game can be eluded and every move can be dodged or reversed. The key to VF 4 is learning, and as a result, the game is constantly changing. You adapt to your opponent, they adapt to your adaptation, and so on. This was a refreshing change of pace from the crop of bland 3D fighters and the abundance of repetitive 2D fighters, like Marvel Vs. Capcom 2, where all that was required to create a nearly insurmountable poo-storm was Dr. Doom, Mega Man, Cable and some button-mashing.
Diehard GameFan (Aug 25, 2003)
The Quest Mode will provide practically unlimited hours of playtime. The quest to fight every last opponent, win in all the tournaments, complete all the Quest Orders, collect all the emblems, win or buy all the items, collect all the orbs there is so much to do in this mode alone that you’ll be playing the game for weeks. And this will probably be for ONE CHARACTER. To go through this mode with ALL the characters it’s official. This game has the longest shelf life of any fighter on the planet.
Factornews (Jun 20, 2003)
Virtua Fighter 4 : Evolution se révèle être le jeu le plus technique dotée de la meilleure durée de vie du genre. Les défauts de la précédente version étant gommés et le présence de nouveaux personnages étant fort appréciable, il constitue un achat indispensable pour tous les fans de jeu de combat.
Jeuxvideo.com (Jun 23, 2003)
Les fans de la première heure et tous ceux qui ont découvert la série à partir du volet PS2 sauront apprécier le potentiel de ce Virtua Fighter 4 Evolution qui, sans renouveler complètement le volet précédent, relance l'intérêt du jeu à travers la présence de deux nouveaux persos et d'un mode Quest effarant d'efficacité.
Worth Playing (Sep 11, 2003)
I would have to say that this game is nice and has a lot of replay value. There are a total of 1500 unlockable items, making it a nice and extravagant task to unlock it all. With the affordable price tag, I would say that this definitely belongs in your gaming library. The graphics are just too nice to not try at least once. As most gamers said, it is probably one of the best fighting games out there. Advanced players and crazy button mashers alike will most likely enjoy this game. So what are you waiting for? Go prove that you are an underground fighting king (or queen)!
Mygamer.com (Sep 01, 2004)
Virtua Fighter 4: Evolution takes everything that made VF4 great, and improved almost every aspect of its winning formula. The tweaked visuals highlight an already-impressive graphics engine. The aural experience is emphasized by a nice soundtrack. The game play is finer-tuned, making the best 3D fighting engine even better. Several new game modes and additions to the game make for an experience that will eat up weeks of your life that you wonft miss; and the steep challenge is ever-present, making the trek to mastering the game that much more of a journey that is enjoyable. It is always challenging to improve upon something that is largely unbroken, and Evolution manages to even trump the naysayer for a cost of $20. Sega and AM2 love their games and the gamers that play them. Show them some love, as well.
ZTGameDomain (Jul 12, 2005)
Great gameplay, saucy graphics and peachy music make Virtua Fighter 4 Evolution a very enjoyable game. Since this baby's an import, I would recommend to the masses to wait for the game to hit the states since the quest mode is WAY too fun to miss out on the details! As for the hardcore fighting game enthusiasts out there...if you got access to a Jap or modded PS2, then you should make it worth your while to get access to VF4 Evo! As always, if you're not sure...rent before you buy (if you can rent Jap games). This is Trippyliquid...trippin out!!!
Thunderbolt Games (May 14, 2006)
Virtua Fighter 4: Evolution possesses a seemingly strange, almost foreign concept. It eliminates all the gimmicks of its contemporaries, offering a small cast of characters to choose amongst and contend with. However, there is nothing simple about this game; the amount of skill, and patience required to master the intricate fighting styles and their inherent strategies might prove too great for some. This game is the epitome of three-dimensional technical fighting, beckoning avid fighting game fans to come and give it a go. That being said, many gamers new to the fighting game scene may give this a go, become frustrated by it, and cast it down into the shadowy depths of their closets or, even worse, the trade-in bin at their local gaming store. But if you can work with the game’s difficulty and take the time to learn the characters, you’ll find that Virtua Fighter 4: Evolution is a fighting game second to none.
Gameplanet (Jul 18, 2003)
As you can tell, Virtua Fighter 4 Evolution is definitely a game that we like. The game provides one of the deepest fighting engines on a console with a wide range of styles to master and is something that will take the average player months to complete. The term 'easy to pick up, hard to master' has never been more apt, and it is certainly a quality we like to see in games. Compared to other fighters, Virtua Fighter 4 holds up well and Evolution is certainly one of the best on the Playstation 2.
Wham! gaming (Apr 02, 2004)
What happens when you take one of the best fighting games ever made, add a new coat of paint to it, and then have the audacity to sell the thing at 20 bucks US? Rather then give you that answer I’ll just tell you that if you don’t buy Virtua Fighter Evolution GH for your PS2 you are either flat broke or plain stupid. I’m telling you this because the following review (while standing on its own), is also tempered by the fact that Virtua Fighter Evolution only costs 20 bucks, (a sum most of you blow on one night out at the movies).
Game Informer Magazine (Aug, 2003)
on’t mistake Evolution as an entirely new entry in the series; rather, consider it a stand-alone update priced fairly at 20 clams. As such, players get the same stellar gameplay with a few improvements and additions, including touched-up graphics, redesigned stages, two original characters, and most significantly, a new gameplay mode dubbed Quest. Despite all of the wonderful effort put into making Evolution a must-buy, I do have a few minor gripes. First, the throwing mechanic should require a little more technique. Second, Sega might discontinue manufacturing the original VF 4 in favor of Evolution, which doesn’t seem detrimental on its surface. However, Evolution lacks the AI training component from Kumite mode.
Super Play (Sweden) (Jul, 2003)
Ett nytt spelläge kan tyckas vara en obetydlig uppgradering, men i det här fallet var det allt som saknades för att pusselbitarna skulle falla på plats. Quest Mode har gjort världens mest kompromisslösa slagsmålsspel lite lättare att ta till sig, och de enda som inte jublar är Namco och Tecmo.
4Players.de (Jul 15, 2003)
Auch die Evolution von Virtua Fighter 4 schafft es nicht ganz, den Award einzuheimsen. Sowohl die grafischen Änderungen als auch die Verbesserungen im Einzelspieler-Modus machen die erweiterte Version zwar etwas besser als den Vorgänger, doch im spielerischen Kern bleibt alles beim Alten. Und damit ist VF 4 Evolution leider nicht mehr als ein Add-On, das man zum Vollpreis erwirbt. Steuerung und Kontrollschema sind zwar bekannt gut, doch Virtua Fighter 4-Veteranen werden sich sicherlich zwei Mal überlegen, ob zwei neue Kämpfer und ein paar neue Arenen sowie die neuen Turniere eine Anschaffung wert sind. Wer allerdings bislang noch nichts mit der Virtua Fighter-Serie zu tun hatte, kriegt mit der Evolution das bislang ausgereifteste Spiel der populären Reihe, das mit seinen taktischen Kampfmöglichkeiten vor allem mit mehreren Spielern einen Heidenspaß macht. Doch das war beim Original-Virtua Fighter 4 nicht anders.
Game Critics (Oct 15, 2003)
Even worse, Evolution is just as user-nasty as the previous game, demanding hours of time to receive the just reward of mastering a single character. And mastering the engine and characters is rewarding in itself. But accessibility is a key ingredient for a great game. A player shouldn't have to be asked to revisit the training mode whenever time passes since you last played the game. A player shouldn't have to slog through command list after command list before fighting a particularly challenging AI or human opponent. Patience may be a virtue, but it can also mean really stubborn.
Gamezine (Aug 02, 2003)
Virtua Fighter 4 Evolution plaira aux fans des jeux du genre, mais également aux néophytes en quête d'un jeu de combat à la durée de vie exceptionelle... Vous êtes fan des Virtua Fighter ? Que faites-vous devant cet ordinateur ?? Foncez l'acheter !!!
Gamesmania.de (Jul 10, 2003)
Wer bereit ist, sich auf ein komplexes Kampfsystem einzulassen, liegt bei diesem Spiel goldrichtig! Zwar darf man kein grafisches Feuerwerk erwarten, das Gameplay ist jedoch ausgereift und lobenswert. Besitzer des "normalen" Virtua Fighter 4 sollten sich den Kauf gut überlegen - zwei neue Kämpfer sollten keinesfalls Grund genug sein und wer ohnehin genug Freunde hat, mit denen er sich messen kann, kann auch auf den Quest Modus verzichten. Einzelspieler und Prügelspielfans, denen der vierte Teil bislang entgangen ist, sollten jedoch nicht länger zögern - Kaufen!
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) (Nov 05, 2003)
If you want an intricate fighting game, now is the time to buy one, and Virtua Fighter 4 Evolution should certainly be high on your list. At around $20, it’s one of the best buys of all time if you don’t have Virtua Fighter 4. Even if you do, the price is certainly worth it to check out the Quest mode and the two new contenders, not to mention the scads of new items. This isn’t a pick up and play kind of game though, so if you’re looking for something simple, you might consider the competition. There’s also the matter of the decidedly realistic approach taken here, which some may find a bit dry in comparison to other longstanding fighters, such as Tekken Tag Tournament.
Eurogamer.net (UK) (Jun 20, 2003)
In many respects VF4 Evo has the edge on even the mighty Soul Calibur II, which is praise indeed, but the chances are you'd have to be erring on the side of hardcore to appreciate why. For the hardcore fighter, it's without doubt an essential purchase, in that it's a test of true skill and grit, has oceanic depth and subtlety, and rewards patience and persistence. The casual gamer, however, might find VF4 Evo's exacting, slightly unforgiving approach less fun than Namco's classic. In a slightly unhelpful conclusion, we like them both; in the same way we like FIFA and Pro Evo. We do, however, take issue with the US/European price tag disparity and demand that Sega of Europe justifies why it feels it has to punish European gamers in such a dramatic fashion.
Boomtown (Aug 27, 2003)
If you don’t already own Virtua Fighter 4, VF4E is certainly worth its price. You don’t become a champion in this game overnight, meaning you need to train hard to compete with the top dogs. Whether or not VF4E delivers enough hardcore action for a fighting game is an altogether different question though and is best answered according to your personal taste.
HonestGamers (Staff reviews only) (Apr 05, 2004)
If only I could say the same about the rest of the game. I really did want to like this title more than I did. Unfortunately, the fighting system just isn't engaging enough for me, particularly since I don't care for any of the characters. Visuals and great sound only go so far. Even the 'Quest' mode (a unique, tournament-style series of fights that allows players to fight for hours in order to unlock extra features) doesn't do much to extend the time I'm willing to spend with the game because, well, most of the time I spend fighting isn't time I'm enjoying. I guess the Virtua Fighter series is too hardcore for me. For now, I'll just have to work harder at avoiding those little girls and old ladies.