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Virtua Fighter 10th Anniversary ~Memory of Decade~

Virtua Fighter 10th Anniversary ~Memory of Decade~


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features

  • Virtua Fighter collectible fan goodie
  • Includes a copy of VF4 Evolution in plain polygon graphics from Virtua Fighter 1
  • Includes a DVD that features the origin of the series
  • Includes a book with book that holds the PS2™ game and DVD disc together

description

The Virtua Fighter 10th Anniversary ~Memory of Decade~ book features two interesting collectibles in one:

A PlayStation2™ compatible game features all characters from the most recent VF4 Evolution release into plain polygon graphics as known from Virtua Fighter 1.

Additionally a DVD looks back at the origin of the game, describes its development and more.

An interesting goodie for all fans of the series.

further info

Official Release Date Nov 28, 2003
Genre Fighting
Version  Japan
PAX-Code PAX0000063257
Item Code  1929476033000
Players  1-2

Box contents
  • Virtua Fighter 10th Anniversary (PS2 game)
  • Memory of Decade DVD disc
  • Artwork book

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Richards on 11, Feb. 2007 04:04 (HKT)
Look forward to playing it!!
Very impressed with the above review by Rodeo Johann. Very helpful and informative.
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Rodeo Johann on 28, Jan. 2007 09:02 (HKT)
A very enjoyable remake
Virtua Fighter 10th Anniversary edition is essentially Virtua Fighter 4 Evolution with Virtua Fighter 1/2 physics (i.e. jumping is allowed and no side-stepping).
The game uses the flat shaded polygon look of the very first Virtua Fighter, recreating all the stages.
For fans of the first Virtua Fighter game, this is not an arcade port, it is a complete remake. Having had the privilege of owning the arcade cabinet, the games stages, although based on the original are smoother and the fighting ring looks as if they are medium res bitmap slapped on, but they do the job.
Nevertheless, it is extremely fun to play and, being a fan of the first game, I welcomed the original flat-shaded Virtua Fighters looking smooth and fluid great on the PS2.
The music is awesome. The original pimitive arcade music tracks were used in this game, and even though the Saturn remixes were superior, it is great to listen to this stuff, it really brings back memories. An option to listen to select the Sega Saturn soundtrack would have been a decent addition, but it is no major ommission. I will intentionally digress here. As I have brought the Saturn version in this discussion, I must say that I have always found the glitch-infested Saturn version to be a sublime recreation of the arcade game. The Nintendo-zealot dominated game press and nerds have always given that version a hard time, as have the loathesome revisionists who claim the game was hated by arcade purists upon release. On the contrary, having been a reader of all the major game journals of the period, very few writers at the time criticised the Saturn Virtua Fighter and were greatly impressed by this. In fact, a recent edition of the UK Edge magazine, compiling previews and reviews of the era in which this game came out corroborates my claim that the Saturn game was truly ground-breaking and impressed many game journalists who ignored the game upon its arcade release. It is true that the game had polygon drop-out and the stages broke up badly, but when you look at the arcade game and its cost, a few minor glitches do not defile a game that reproduces a game running on superior hardware on a humble machine.
Some recent comments, even on the 1UP Virtua Fighter 5 PS3 release tie-infeature on the History of the series makes a mistake by claiming it had slow down. There is none, but I guess spotty teenagers playing emulated versions would always whinge and create moronic myths that even influence game journalists who do not seem to look beyond \'Google\' to do their research. The Saturn version remains very faithful to the arcade version, and for fans of the original seek it out. As I own the arcade version as well, I have always found the Saturn game to be remarkably close to the original and if Sega did not rush it, it could hae been very polished indeed. It still holds up better than \'Tekken\' or its button bashing sequels in terms of gameplay. Digression ends here, so please read on.
The US got this title packaged with Virtua Fighter 4 Evolution so if you have a US machine, get that instead because you will get two excellent games on one disc (and for a very reasonable price, unless it gets old and collectible).
I own the US, European and Japanese versions of this game, and they are all identical. In Europe it was issued as a demo disc, given free to people who pre-ordered Evo from Game stores (allegedly), and some won it as runner up prizes in the Evo arcade tournaments - the PAL version had a a 60hz mode, so if you can source a copy in the UK, go for that one, as it is indistinguishable from this Japanese package, but be aware, it is extraordinarily rare, as far as I know.
The book included in this package is, of course, in Japanese, and for those who cannot read the language, this book shall be quite redundant. There are not any archive development photos of the games in the book, but there are \'artistic\' close-up shots of games, slanted and sort of made to look as if they were taken from a monitor. They are all stylistically similar, but there aren\'t many. The DVD is about the official Virtua Fighter arcade competitions, and features interviews with players, some of who have become pretty well known in Japan as players of Virtua Fighter games. Needless to say, there is not much game footage, so anyone hoping to watch clips of the original arcade games would have to rely upon either their memory or imagination.
Anyway, the game itself is very entertaining, and due to its 2D physics, a different strategy from Virtua Fighter 4 Evolution is required and though I would have preferred a port of the original Virtua Fighter arcade game, having owned the version, I feel this is superior as it brings the super tweaked Evolution versions of the Virtua Fighters, and gives you additional characters.
For fans of the series, this game is a good novelty title, but not essential to the Virtua Fighter chronology. The impetus behind this production was to demonstrate the advances made in 3D fighting games since the release of Virtua Fighter in 1993. This project shows that Virtua Fighter has evolved, so Sega AM2 have taken the template of the original, so fans could have a nostalgic appreciation of what Virtua Fighter was in 1993 and what it is in 2003.
For a game that must have been designed as either a budget title or even a freebie, as it was in the UK, this game is quite slick and in gameplay terms offers great variety between the assortment of characters, and upstages more graphically impressive fighting games such as Dead or Alive 4.
If you enjoy a good fighting game, this is still one of the best on PS2, and it should be compatible with future Playstation consoles so it won\'t become obsolete, and you may still play it because most 3D fighting games are no longer on a 2D plane, so this would always be strategically different experience.
I am not sure if the excellent PS3 Virtua Fighter 5 arcade stick is compatible with this, but if it is, do get one because it would enhance your experience of playing it and ma help pulling off combos more quickly and with greater precision. It plays fine with the pad, but with the arcade stick it, fans may be able to get the same feel and nuance of control that you find in the arcade Virtua Fighter games.
Also, it is worth mentioning that you can\'t save your settings or anything though so that could be a little annoying (this is true for every version of this game).
When I bought this title, there was little information on the internet about this title, much of it inaccurate and some unfair (as it is not intended to be an arcade port of the original0 but a fun remake with the new moves and characters).
If you like Virtua Fighter then this game will surely appeal to you, but if you are not a fan, this remake of the original would do little to entice you.
Anyway, hope you enjoy it if you purchase it, it is one of my favourite PS2 titles and for me it may even be the best PS2 title there is simply because it is so playable and could last forever, with all the moves and strategies.
I hope readers of this review find this this information helpful. If you like Virtua Fighter then this game will surely appeal to you, but if you are not a fan of the Sega, this remake of the original would do little to entice you, but the music is awesome. The original pimitive arcade music tracks were used in this game, and even though the Saturn remixes were superior, it is great to listen to this stuff, it really brings back memories.
Anyway, hope you enjoy it if you purchase it, it is one of my favourite PS2 titles and for me it may even be the best PS2 title there is simply because it is so playable and could last forever, with all the moves and strategies.
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