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Category Description User Score
AI The quality of the game's intelligence, usually for the behavior of opponents. 4.0
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work and the game plays. 4.2
Graphics The visual quality of the game 4.4
Personal Slant A personal rating of the game, regardless of other attributes 4.1
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Critic Reviews

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I have regained almost all of my respect for Sega's Saturn after the three great arcade games, Virtua Cop, Sega Rally, and Virtua Fighter 2 have been released almost arcade perfect. Virtua Fighter 2 was probably the hardest of those games to translate mainly because of its high polygon count, and resolution. But the Satun came through and made a terrific translation of the arcade favorite.
GamePro (US) (Jan, 1996)
The wait is finally over! VF 2 is ready, willing, and able to deliver all the high-octane fighting excitement you've been able to play only in the arcades!
Electric Playground (May 08, 2004)
I'm going to cut right to the chase here. Virtua Fighter 2 is definitely the best thing you can do for your Saturn. The game plays better than Janet Jackson dances. And those sparkling visuals are as sweet as the other two fighting beauties currently vying for our attention in the Playground: Battle Arena Tohshinden and Tekken.
Game Revolution (Jun 06, 2004)
All in all, the boys at Sega couldn't have done a better job in the arcade translation of Virtua Fighter 2. This is one game that shows off what the Sega Saturn can actually do. If you loved this game in the arcade, you should buy this game for the Saturn. Though the Playstation may be designed for polygons, Virtua Fighter 2 for the Saturn looks better and smoother than any other polygonal fighting game for the next generation systems. This just might be the best home console fighting game ever.
Game Players (Jan, 1996)
When Virtua Fighter hit the Saturn, the game was filled with glitches and unimpressive polygon graphics. So the thought of VF2 making a good translation to the Saturn seemed absurd. Boy, were we wrong! VF2 isn't arcade-perfect, but it is close enough to make it the best fighting game ever on a console, bar none. It's that good!
The best audio-visuals ever seen on any home machine, coupled with the most in-depth beat 'em up gameplay witnessed on any combat game - Virtua Fighter 2 is quite frankly too good to be true.
GameFan Magazine (Jan, 1996)
Allow me to open this privileged VP with this: I declare Virtua Fighter 2 to be the best Sega game in years, if not ever. The jump in quality between the original VF and the sequel is a quantum leap beyond anything I could have expected. All the moves, all the gameplay and all but a tiny bit of the incredible graphic punch is reproduced astoundingly well on Sega's monster console. If I didn't already own one, this game would be more than reason enough for me to buy a Saturn. Perfection!
There will be people who'll want to pick holes in the game and no doubt they'll mention the backdrops. Well, yes they are inferior to the coin-op considerably, but honestly, you just don't notice them when you play the game. VF2 might not be as close a conversion as Virtua Cop or Rally, but as far as I'm concerned it's the most incredible conversion I've ever seen. The best game ever.
Mean Machines (Mar, 1996)
Get your rocks off with the biggest climax in video games ever.
Mean Machines (Jan, 1996)
A gargantuan achievement, VF2 is one of the most awe-inspiring videogames ever. A new era of Saturn gaming starts here.
Hobby Consolas (Jan, 1996)
Por eso, AM#2 ha apostado por pulir otros aspectos, y así, ha mejorado su nivel gráfico, ha incluido nuevos modos de juego, y más golpes y movimientos para los luchadores. Suficiente para convertirse en el mejor juego de lucha de la historia.
High Voltage Online (Oct 01, 2006)
Virtua Fighter 2 is best comparable to the game, Chess, it takes 10 minutes to learn, but a lifetime to master. At release, it was the leading 3D fighter on the Saturn, and to this day, it still is leaps and bounds over the other 3D fighters released on the Saturn, even the great Fighters Megamix. This is the reason the Saturn has stayed alive so long, especially in Japan, where it is still one of the most popular games over there. This game sells systems, and if you’re trying to decide which system to buy, by all means, if you like fighters, the Saturn is the best choice. Games like this and Fighters Megamix definitely make it a good buy.
neXGam (Dec 27, 2009)
Wer Virtua Fighter 2 noch nicht sein Eigen nennt, sollte es sich schnellstens zulegen! Denn dieses Spiel ist wie kein anderes wohl ein Titel, den man mit Sega's 32-Bitter asoziiert und sollte daher in keiner Sammlung fehlen!
Mega Fun (Dec, 1995)
Allen Unkenrufen zum Trotz hat AM2 das scheinbar Unmögliche geschaffen. Virtua Fighter 2 geriet zum absoluten Saturn-Verkaufsargument. Da wäre zunächst einmal die technische Perfektion: Die hohe Auflösung gepaart mit den 60 Frames sorgt nicht nur für offene Münder, sondern macht einem auch klar, daß der Saturn keineswegs ein reiner 2D-Spezialist ist. Es ist zudem eine wahre Pracht, mit welchen, geradezu verschwenderisch vielen, Animationen die elf Fighter den Gegner kunstvoll auf die Bretter schicken. Auch bei der Spielbarkeit muß man Superlativen auffahren. Die unglaubliche Schlagvielfalt und das intelligente Gameplay ermöglichen eine Balgerei mit viel Spielwitz und unzähligen taktischen Möglichkeiten. Ohne Zweifel: Virtua Fighter zieht mit leichtem Schritt an unserer Referenz-Konkurrenz vorbei und schwingt fortan alleine das Zepter. Wer nur etwas auf Prügelspiele gibt, muß sich diesen Silberling einfach zulegen.
Power Unlimited (Jan, 1996)
Virtua Fighter 2 voegt een nieuwe dimensie toe aan het fenomeen vechtspelletjes. Een kleine stap voor Sega, een mijlensprong voor de leunstoel-ninja.
The meat of VF2, however, is the play mechanics and the hit detection is arcade-exact. A cool bonus for the Saturn version is the inclusion of not only the arcade demo intro, but a new character profile intro! This game is a must-have for Saturn owners and although it's not arcade perfect, it is a tremendous leap for the Saturn.
The shortcomings of the Saturn version are few. The polygon count is lower and the backgrounds are no longer 3-D. But, the good news is that the frame rate has maintained it's level and the playability has been tarnished not a bit. Also, you can choose to play VF 2.0 or VF 2.1. In the game, the latter having fixed a few minute bugs that were evident in the original VF 2.
Coming Soon Magazine (Feb 14, 1996)
Virtua Fighter is an amazing fighting game providing much enjoyment. If you thought the first version was great, wait until you see Virtua Fighter 2 by Sega. It has everything that the first version has to offer and a whole lot more!
Defunct Games (May 22, 2004)
As far as Virtua Fighter 2 goes, the game is just as much fun as the arcade game, however, the arcade game still wasn't as much fun as it's bitter rival, Tekken 2.
While Virtua Fighter 2 is by far the best fighting game for the system, it does differ from the arcade visually. The background in particular suffers, by having only two levels of parallax. This game looks a lot better than Remix, but not quite as good as the coin-op version. The control is up to Virtua Fighter standards and fans of the series won't be disappointed. This should be Sega's best selling game this year. In other words, be sure to check it out.
Virtua Fighter 2 is one of the best fighters available for the Saturn. However, if you like fighting games that include supernatural moves and lots of blood then this game is not for you. You won't find any fireballs or fatalities here. This is a pure fighting game as each character has their own style of fighting and it certainly shows, especially with the Drunken master Shun-di. The game's only flaws are the endings. Endings consist of showing pictures of the winning character and then rolling the credits, nothing about the character accomplishing their goals that are mentioned in the storyline.
The Video Game Critic (Mar 31, 2004)
Virtua Fighter 2 is a quality game, and it's evident that Sega was trying very hard to compete with the Playstation. The game's visuals might not blow you away, but the gameplay just might win you over.