Virtua Fighter 4

Virtua Fighter 4
Game: Virtua Fighter 4
Platform: Ps2
Studio: Sega
Rating: 8/10

Game Company’s Description: Kick your adrenaline into high gear as you waste opponents with your brutal Judo and Kick Boxing mastery. Sega’s best selling 3D fighting series has evolved into a freight train of hardcore martial arts maneuvers featuring fifteen competitors, some of whom can switch up their fighting style mid-fight. The new characters vying for a shot at winning the Worldwide Martial Arts Championship II Tournament are a trained assassin named Goh and Brad, an Italian Muay Thai champion Kick Boxer. They’ve joined the elite team to kick some serious butt on gorgeous new stages amidst snow, rain, sand, and beyond. There are over 1,500 options for customizing your characters’ clothing and hairstyle, etc., so dress them up and watch them whittle through the competition. Once you make a name for yourself through a series of simulated arcade tournaments in the brand new Quest Mode, you’ll qualify for the biggest fight of your career and show the world what you’re really made of.

Look: Fantastic graphics dominate V4. The previous versions are pale in comparison to this beauty. The characters are amazing. The flow is liquid and the outfits look so real you’ll understand the reason this is called Virtual Fighter. Each stage is different and has been redesigned. Many look like photographs.

Feel: Very deep and a learning curve. If you try to jump in and button mash you’ll miss a lot of what V4 has to offer. There are quest modes you could play for what seems like forever. There are endless amounts of items to unlock and different masters to fight. This adds the depth that is sorely missing in fighters.

Hear: A little too much metal but the sound effects are off the chart.

Frankly: A game for $20? What the hell are you complaining about?

+ Rick Carey

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