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The 100 Greatest Games | 50 | Virtua Fighter 4

YEAR: 2002     FORMAT: PS2

The 100 Greatest Games | 50 | Virtua Fighter 4


Although Virtua Fighter was one of Sega's most lucrative licences, the Japanese behemoth refused to rest on its laurels for the fourth edition and revamped the traditional gameplay for a more demanding modern audience. The ability to customise players and earn new costumes and accessories brought more charisma to the chaos, allowing players to create fighters who reflected their own personality, and the incredible intelligence of your computer-controlled rivals also presented a fresh challenge and threw down the gauntlet to other more haphazard, button-bashing beat 'em ups. VF4's expansive training mode also featured an encyclopaedia of fighting terminology, character tutorials and a huge variety of fighting tips, making the virtual fisticuffs feel as deep and complicated as any real-world martial art.

Memorable for...
Sucking your life away. It may have been the most realistic, in-depth fighter on the market but you needed to invest an epic amount of time to master it. Just getting to grips with the vagaries of one character could take you a lifetime, essentially ruling out anyone with a job� or a social life.

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