Virtua Fighter 2 Review

By , on January 21, 2011

Virtua Fighter 2
  • Publisher: SEGA
  • Genre: Action
  • Released: 20 Jan, 2011
  • Size: 6.9 MB
  • Price: $1.99
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3 out of 5


  • Easy to use controls.
  • Effective translation of 3D gameplay to 2D.
  • Bluetooth multiplayer mode.


  • Poor visuals; blocky and small.
  • Painful audio.


Not every game is going to survive the test of time and while the visuals of Virtua Fighter 2 for the Genesis have certainly not remained timeless, the gameplay is fun and simple enough to work on touch devices.

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Wait wait wait, before you get too excited, this is the Genesis version of Virtual Fighter 2 (VF2), so don't come in expecting crazy old-school 3D fighting madness. With that said, VF2 on the Genesis was a fairly competent fighter, emulating the fighting system available in the 3D version in a 2D arena, creating something unique and strangely enjoyable at the same time.

As with all of the Genesis emulated titles you're stuck with a virtual d-pad and three buttons (none of which are customizable), but VF2's fighting system fits in well with this layout as most maneuvers don't require terribly complex d-pad use and the attack buttons are boiled down to guard, punch and kick. Most basic moves like dashing, jumping on opponents or throwing are shared amongst characters, but combination and special moves remain unique to each one - though conforming to the traditional quarter/half-circle + attack combo common to many fighters.

Graphically the game isn't going to win any prizes as the sprite designs are certainly more detailed than their 3D counterparts, but small, blocky and stiff by comparison. There are eight different stages, including a special stage for the unlockable boss Dural and should you push your opponent far enough you can cause them to 'fall out' of the arena.

Sure it's no Street Fighter or King of Fighters, but Virtua Fighter 2 works surprisingly well compared to most other fighters on iOS devices. It's unlikely to provide most fighting game veterans with a challenge, but Virtua Fighter 2 is still great to blast out during spare moments.


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