“ "3D Beat em'up conversion featuring 10 fighters (including 2 new ones) with 1200 different moves with unique moves & power plays for each character. Modes of play Inc Arcade, Vs, Ranking, Team battle & Expert mode lets you play the computer after it has learnt you style. System: P90, Windows 95, 16Mb ram, 4 speed drive, 50Mb hard disk space" „
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In the world of UK politics you have labour, conservatives, and the lib dems. Their beat-em up counter parts in the same order are Street fighter, Mortal Kombat and Virtua fighter. Its a good title that has some good selling points, however the other two have been stealing all the limelight for many many years and unless it does something drastic it will always stay in 3rd place.
The game is similar to most beat-em-ups in that you have a variety of characters each with their own storyline and specific special attacks that you have to try to master if you want the overpowered computer AI to lose. The fighting takes place in a few locations and players have the ability to win a fight by pushing the opponent out of the ring so a sense of spatial awareness is necessary to win at this game.
Overall it is only slightly above average, the gameplay and moves are good, but not memorable, the soundtrack is very generic and the locations are all a bit cliche, as are the fighters. If you are a fan of the beat-em-up genre then you will love this game, otherwise you will probably get one evenings worth of entertainment from this and nothing more.
It’s fun but not great; it’s reasonably addictive without grabbing you. It does well in most areas but never quite dazzles – I guess I’m saying it’s all right. It falls down in the same way that a lot of this genre does – a novice with quick random key presses can do reasonably well even against a decent player. The alternative is someone happens on (or trawls the web for) a special move and uses it ad infinitum… I suppose the issue is that most of these games rely too much on ‘extra/big/powerful/combo’ style things and defence is just not worth bothering about. Classic beat em’ ups of yesteryear (original Mortal Kombat and even back to IK+) forced you to learn more moves and have defensive savvy in your possession to progress. Virtua Fighter II however is a mixture of being just quick and memorising the best play per opponent, these are no doubt skills but are ultimately unrewarding and at worst repetitive and boring. I think this is why it misses the all-important ‘just one more go’ factor. Graphically and sonically it is good with attention to detail and runs on fairly low spec machines for today’s market. There are plenty of moves and combos to get to grips with and they look good. The characters do have very different strengths and weaknesses so there is room for a certain longevity. The best way to play is against a pal with random 5 on 5 matches – this stops the favourite character scenario and forces you to play slightly differently, although once your favourite is current you often win… All in all, a good but not excellent game – especially at the reduced price it’s available for today, buy if you need a game to fill the ‘fancy a beat em ‘up session’ category but not if your looking to find the de facto standard.