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Virtua Fighter Reviews (SEGA 32X)

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Critic Score
100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
User Score
5 point score based on user ratings.

User Reviews

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Our Users Say

Category Description User Score
AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 3.9
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 4.1
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.8
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 3.8
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.6
Overall User Score (18 votes) 3.8

Critic Reviews

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The Video Game Critic (Feb 29, 2004)
The music is okay and the voice samples are quite clear. Play modes include the standard arcade, versus, and tournament, but what I enjoyed most is the one-player "Ranking Mode", which pits you against a series of cpu competitors and displays an analysis of your performance afterwards. Virtua Fighter is a fine example of what the 32X is capable of.
Oldies Rising (Sep 10, 2008)
Plus impressionnante encore que la version Saturn techniquement parlant, cette mouture 32X mérite clairement que l’on s’y attarde. Doté d’une modélisation révolutionnaire pour l’époque et d’un gameplay qui n’a, aujourd’hui encore, rien perdu de sa superbe, ce Virtua Fighter marqua l’année de sa sortie un véritable tournant dans l’histoire du jeu vidéo. La carrière de Soul Calibur ou autres Tekken doit énormément à cette année 1993 qui marqua le renouveau du fighting game, sans pour autant faire disparaître les classiques jeux de baston 2D.
Reason enough to buy a 32X with no regrets. A bargain opportunity to buy into the awesome VR phenomenon!
Mean Machines (Nov, 1995)
Rough around the edges, but gameplay is still unsurpassed. An essential purchase.
Hobby Consolas (Oct, 1995)
Un clásico de la lucha que destaca por su fácil control, sus numerosas opciones y modos de juego, y la diversión que provoca.
Even though the 32X is a dead and buried system, its version of Virtua Fighter is certainly strong enough to warrant salvaging out of the bargain bin. Still, it's too bad Virtua Fighter 2 never found its way to the 32X.
GamePro (US) (Nov, 1995)
Don't get us wrong - Virtua Fighter isn't everyone's cup of sake. But if realism and smooth fighting are what you want in a fighter, this is the brawl you've been looking for.
Mega Fun (Oct, 1995)
Keine Frage, für mich ist Virtua Fighter das zur Zeit beste Game auf dem 32X und ich glaube, mit dieser Ansicht stehe ich nicht alleine da. Was die Programmierer bei diesem Spiel geleistet haben, grenzt beinahe an Zauberei. Sicher, hinsichtlich Grafik- und Soundfähigkeiten, ist die Kluft zwischen dem Saturn und seinem “kleinen Bruder“, insbesondere seit dem Release der Remix-Version, unübersehbar. Was jedoch den Spielspaß betrifft, kann die 32X- Fassung. nicht zuletzt durch die verschiedenen anwählbaren Blickwinkel und den hervorragenden Turniermodus, eine Menge Boden gut machen. Deshalb mein Rat an alle 32X-Besitzer, die den Sprung in die Saturnklasse noch nicht geschafft haben, nicht lange zu fackeln, sondern zuzuschlagen.
Game Players (Nov, 1995)
Someone actually added more fun to a game instead of knocking out a retread. Which is why Virtua Fighter 32X actually nudges past the Saturn version in my book.
If you still find yourself meddling with those ridiculous metal clips on a regular basis, then this is a game you must, under all circumstances, purchase immediately. This is even more true for those who don't own a Saturn or will not be collecting CD based games. Go for this one next time you're in the market for 32X games.
IGN (Nov 24, 2008)
Virtua Fighter is one of the best games for the 32X. Even though it is not the most remarkable looking port of the arcade smash, it plays much better than the iffy Saturn pack-in -- and that was a considerably more powerful system. Sure, there are better editions of VF to play now, but if you're a hardcore fan of the franchise or are filling out a 32X catalog, this should be one of your top "gets."
80 (Mar 09, 2005)
I will never be able to forget the first time I saw Virtua Fighter in the arcade; it took my breath away. The cabinet was HUGE and always full with people, so much so that I hardly got to play it. SEGA managed to port this popular fighting game to this doomed console, but is it worth putting those damned metal clips on your Genesis again? Maybe...
Defunct Games (Jul 29, 2006)
I can hear you thinking, "oh great, not ANOTHER review of Virtua Fighter! Like we haven't seen enough of those on Defunct Games and other gaming sites!" Well, I certainly can't help it that Sega likes to exploit one of their most successful products endlessly, can I? So stop your whining, because I'm about to tell you all about the 32X version of the game.
I'm sorry but the old looks of VF don't cut it anymore. I may be a bit hard but look at what else is out there: VF Remix, Toshinden, Tekken. This does play a bit better and has tons of options, but the original Virtua Fighters looks just too old, especially with Remix being out. For fans of this game, I'd say you'd like it as much or maybe even more than the Saturn version. For this arcade player, this game is a bit tired. This is an excellent version for the system but it's old.
Retro Gamer (Sep 25, 2015)
Pity the poor 32X – while theoretically a sound idea, the Mega Drive upgrade just couldn’t compete with dedicated 32-bit consoles, leading to a short and undignified life. However, it did have some highlights and Sega’s excellent conversion of Virtua Fighter was definitely one of them.