by Allan Curtis
February 7, 2011
OverviewSega is firing on all cylinders as Virtua Fighter 2 is yet another in the long line of iOS ports of classic Sega games.
FeaturesVirtua Fighter 2 contains an emulated version of Virtua Fighter 2 Genesis, but no bells and whistles or Game Center support of any kind.
The GoodVirtua Fighter 2 genesis is a reasonable fighter, with a fair section of characters, a good number of moves. The game is ported to iOS quite well. The frame rate is solid, the animations look just as they did on the genesis and the controls work quite well. Bluetooth. Once you finish the single player mode once, there is no real reason to play it again, as the game lacks any other mode besides arcade and VS and it also lacks Game Centre achievements of any kind. The game features dozens of moves, but the total lack of a movelist and the fact lots of the moves use pretty complex movements, makes it less likely you’ll take the time to learn them and more likely you’ll just mash the punch and kick buttons and hope for the best. Kicks also seem too powerful and knock fighters over way too often. The sound is also pretty terrible, even considering the game’s age. Some effects like fighters hitting the ground sound distorted and the music is mostly quite poor. Controls are sloppy and the lack of tactile feedback makes executing moves much harder than it should be.
The VerdictVF2 is another supremely average port of a game that was never a classic and is absolutely not worth buying, for any reason. It’s way too primitive, shoddy and disappointing to warrant a purchase.
Virtua Fighter 2