Virtua Fighter 4 Evo

Review

posted 9/26/2003 by John Yan
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One Page Platforms: PS2
The two new characters add to an already good variety of fighting styles available. A judo fighter named Goh Hinogami and a Muy Thai fighter named Brad Burns are the two new ones. When I first used Goh, I was a little frustrated as there were many combos and he seemed slow. After fighting against Goh though, I saw how effective and strong he could be. The judo master has various throws that can really do some damage. He also has a face that kind of looks like the bad guy in Die Another Day with the botched face job.

Muy Thai is Brad’s style and watching him reminds me of the guy that Jean Claude Van Damme fought in Bloodsport right before the main bad guy. He has some similarities to Vanessa but there are differences there that really set Brad apart from her. Brad’s another character that takes some time to get used to and one that I would only suggest experienced fights take a stab at.

Virtua Fighter 4 Evo’s graphics have been cleaned up from the previous game and the jagged elements that were predominant in the original release has been taken care of. While it’s not the most pretty fighting game to date, the graphics are clean and well done. The models have a lot of attention to detail and move very fluidly. It’s not the flashiest looking title with the likes of Soul Calibur 2 giving you incredible visuals such as colored dynamic lighting and sweet looking weapon effects from swinging. No, Virtua Fighter 4 Evo focuses on realistic movements and is not overshadowed by special effects from characters. The game lets the motions of the characters be the star and as a fan of well choreographed martial arts fighting, Virtua Fighter 4 Evo shines in having the characters actions be the main eye candy. The fluid motions of the characters combined with the good textures and great dynamic lighting make Virtua Fighter 4 Evo a solid looking title.

There are not many ambient sound effects but the hits have a great deep sound to them if you’re a heavy fighter and a quick sound to them if you’re a finesse character. As Wolf, any of my throws or power moves produced a bone crunching sound that any player from the original series will recognize. Using a fast character like Kage or Pai will have you hearing a wind whistling sound as your punches and kicks connect.

One of the greatest features for fans of the original game is the ability to play Evo with the graphics and sounds of the 10 year old arcade classic. The basic character model and textures gives the game a very nostalgic feel. It’s kind of cool to see how characters not featured in the original would look if they had been. Even the gameplay is modeled after the original with high floating jumps and 2D movement. Being a fan of old arcade games, it’s great to see a new one being playable on “old technology”. It brings back great memories of me at my local mall, hanging out with friends, and having some grand time with the Sega classic.

At a price of $19.99, this game is really a steal. A solid fighting title that has a long history, Virtua Fighter 4 Evo is a great addition to your PlayStation 2 library. Sega’s done a great job in offering some new features and at a reduced price. It’s too bad the release of Soul Calibur 2 combined with the steep learning curve of the game will probably not make this title as popular as it deserves to be. Virtua Fighter 4 Evo will take some time to master but it’s all worth it in the end. Grab a nice arcade style stick and some friends and enjoy one of the best fighting titles out there to date.



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You really can't beat what you get at a price of $19.99. Virtua Fighter 4 Evo is a cream of the crop fighting game that's a great addition to your PS2 library.



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