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Virtua Quest offers an interesting blend of RPG elements and action. Plus, it makes decent use of the Virtua Figher name, including dozens of memorable characters and special moves. Unfortunately, the separate elements never quite come together, and each suffers from a lack of attention. The action is mediocre at best, and the platform elements feel sloppy and unrefined. The graphics and sound are equally forgetful. The only glaring problem comes by way of the silly camera. It really gets in your way and detracts from the overall experience. Still, there&#Array;s a lot to like for diehard fans and those looking for a simple romp in cyberspace. The depth of the character customization, coupled with the Virtua Fighter mythos and special moves, make it a definite rental for the curious.
The whole idea of a Virtua Fighter RPG could have been fantastic, but a twerpy protagonist, lame plot, sluggish control, an uncooperative camera, boring music, and bland visuals are not ingredients that make for a good action game, especially one based on such an acclaimed fighting franchise. This game was largely ignored by gamers and for good reason. Virtua Quest is just plain awful and a disgrace to the Virtua Fighter moniker.
Virtua Quest is hard to recommend anyone, given its poor controls, lackluster combat, and unenticing world. Fans of the Virtua Fighter series are likely fans because they enjoy tightly controlled, challenging battles, and those fans won't find any of that here. While the character cameos are a nice novelty, they alone are not enough to salvage this flawed game.
To be perfectly fair, this game is baseline competent in just about every area. The story is dull, but told with cinemas that exude effort (they're fully motion captured and voice acted). The fighting mechanics may not be VF-caliber, but they're more complex than the single combo many games in the genre have tried to pass off as enthralling play mechanics. The platforming is solid from a design standpoint; it's the control that lets you down, but it's all doable. The problem is that the game is soaked in a pervasive dullness. My most looked-forward to moment was always finding the next save point, so I could switch it off for awhile. It's just not engaging. Take into account the fact that I love Virtua Fighter, anime, and action-adventure games, and you should be very worried about your own prospects indeed. Virtua Quest is just a sadly mediocre attempt to do something that really didn't need doing. Now, can we please have a real VF adventure, Sega?
Virtua Quest is poor man’s .hack clone with characters/sounds from the Virtua Fighter series poorly tacked-on for no reason other than name recognition. Fans of the VF series will want to rent this one for laughs but casual gamers will be hard-pressed to see any merit in spending time (or cash) on such a derivative title. And this coming from a diehard Sega fanboy!
The tragedy of Virtua Quest is that it could have been a great game, and coming from Sega, should have been. But it's not, and it does nothing positive for the Virtua brand. Pass up this tepid offshoot and try the real thing instead. Even if Virtua Fighter 4 isn't your thing, you're still guaranteed to have a better time with it than Virtua Quest could ever hope to offer.