What a knucklehead! Review

Colin Ferris
Virtua Fighter 2 Info


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  • 1 - 2


  • Sega


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Release Date

  • 11/27/2012
  • Out Now


  • Saturn


What a knucklehead!

The time has come for the world fighting tournament to begin. Lau Chan,

the winner of last year’s tournament, will return to defend his title

against nine formidable opponents. Though each fighter is motivated by their own

personal reasons, they have all come together with one thing in mind: to bludgeon their way to top and earn the distinction of being the best fighter in the entire world.

It’s all there! From Lion’s double kick on a falling foe, to Shun downing

a bottle of sake, everything that you loved about the arcade version is in

Virtua Fighter 2 for the Saturn. After a disappointing Virtua

and an acceptable Virtua Fighter Remix, Sega has finally

graced us with a winner. Virtua Fighter 2 is perhaps the most

beautiful arcade translation ever. Saturn lovers finally have a game of

which they can be proud. Who said that the Saturn could’t handle


First off, the graphics are amazing. They are as close to the arcade as

possible. Smooth as a baby’s butt, every character moves with the

greatest of ease. The polygons look so good that it’s hard to believe

that it’s on a console other than the Playstation. The only obvious

difference between the graphics of the home version versus the arcade are

the backgrounds. In the arcade, the backgrounds are polygonal just like

the characters, but on the Saturn, the backgrounds are two dimensional.

This minor omission is not very noticeable because the two dimensional

backgrounds still look stunning. The lack of polygonal backgrounds also

speeds up the fighters, so what you lose in visual pleasure, you gain in


An integral part of fighting games is their music and sound effects.

Fighting games need music that gets your adrenaline pumped. Luckily, the

sound effects and music are almost identical to the arcade version of

Virtua Fighter 2. Every sound, from Jeffery’s “I win!” to Pai

giggling like a little girl, is included. The music is also superb. It

makes your pulse pound as you wipe the mat with your opponent.

The gameplay is where Virtua Fighter 2 truly excels. Each character

has at least twenty special moves listed in the instruction book. Don’t

think that those are all the moves, though. There are a lot of moves that

are unlisted that you have to discover for yourself. The moves are

different from Street Fighter II and every other fighting game. The

more complex moves take awhile to learn and are sometimes hard to execute.

Virtua Fighter 2 still has those characteristic ‘floating’ jumps

that are the cause for many arguments. Once you get used to them, they do

add an extra skill to master in the game. Airborne combat is a matter of

timing that will come after a little practice.

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.


Great graphics
Beautiful sound
Moves should be less complex