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Virtua Fighter 4
Publisher: Sega
Developer:
Distributor:
Sony PlayStation 2
Sony Computer Entertainment (EU)
System(s): Sega NAOMI 2, Sega NAOMI 2 GD-ROM, PlayStation 2
Genre: Fighting































Number of players: 1-2
Release Date RRP Code
Arcade
JP
2001-07Media:Dorimaga_JP_20010810_2001-06.pdf[1] ¥?  ?
Arcade
JP (GD-ROM)
2001 ¥? GDS-0012C
Arcade
US
2001 $? 840-0080C
Arcade
EU
2001[2] £?  ?


Sony PlayStation 2
JP
¥6,800 (7,140)[3] SLPM-62130
Sony PlayStation 2
US
$? SLUS-20323
Sony PlayStation 2
US (Greatest Hits)
$? SLUS-20323GH
Sony PlayStation 2
UK
£39.99[4] SCES-50759
Sony PlayStation 2
FR
€? SCES-50759
Sony PlayStation 2
DE
€? SCES-50759
Sony PlayStation 2
ES
€? SCES-50759
Sony PlayStation 2
IT
€? ?
Sony PlayStation 2
AU
$? SCES-50759ANZ



Virtua Fighter 4 (バーチャファイター4) is a fighting game developed by Sega AM2 and released for Sega NAOMI 2 arcade hardware in 2001. It is the fouth major entry in the Virtua Fighter series and a direct sequel to Virtua Fighter 3. The game was originally announced under the working title of Virtua Fighter X, before appearing with its final name at AOU Show 2001.

The game changed the Japanese arcade landscape due to use of internet and physical cards to save progress, which was the VF.NET (later ALL.Net) system.

It was succeeded by Virtua Fighter 5 in 2005.

Gameplay

Characters

Virtua Fighter 4 is the only game in the history of the Virtua Fighter series to remove a character from the core lineup of playable characters. Taka Arashi, who debuted in Virtua Fighter 3 and would return in Virtua Fighter 5 R, was not included due to technical difficulties.

Akira Yuki
Pai Chan
Lau Chan
Wolf Hawkfield
Jeffry Mcwild
Kagemaru
Sarah Bryant
Jacky Bryant
Dural
Shun Di
Lion Rafale
Aoi Umenokoji
Lei-Fei
Vanessa Lewis

History

Development

The NAOMI 2 arcade version of Virtua Fighter 4 uses up to 20,000 polygons for each character, while each background uses over 50,000 polygons, with up to 16 hardware light sources per polygon, at 60 frames per second. This was the highest character polygon count and lights per polygon for a video game up until 2001, giving it the most detailed character graphics and lighting effects of its time (such as dynamic search lights).[6] In comparison, the same year, Dead or Alive 3 on the Xbox used 10,000 to 15,000 polygons for the characters. Virtua Fighter 4's character polygon count was unsurpassed until Virtua Fighter 5 in 2005.[7] In terms of textures, the game uses 128 MB of texture data for the characters.[8]

The PlayStation 2 version of Virtua Fighter 4, due to hardware limitations, reduced the polygon count down to 7,000 polygons for the characters and had much fewer light sources. The texture details were also reduced for the PlayStation 2 version.[9]

Legacy

Like its predecessors, Virtua Fighter 4 saw several minor upgrades during the course of its lifespan, titled "Ver. B" and "Ver. C" respectively. It was ported to the PlayStation 2 in 2002 with slight graphical downgrades and online modes removed in exchange for more single player options.

Two major upgrades exist for the game, Virtua Fighter 4: Evolution and Virtua Fighter 4 Final Tuned.

Digital manuals

Magazine articles

Main article: Virtua Fighter 4/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

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Physical scans

NAOMI 2 version

NAOMI 2, US
VirtuaFighter4 NAOMI2 Cart.jpg
Cart
Virtua Fighter 4 NAOMI2 US Cart Back.jpg
Cart
NAOMI 2, JP
NAOMI 2
GD-ROM,
JP
Virtua Fighter 4 Naomi2 GD-ROM Disc.jpg
Disc

PlayStation 2 version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
95 №124, p74/75/76/77
80 №246, p80-81[4]
98 May 2002, p110
93 №686, [1]
100 2002-03-19
98 May 2002, p78
100 Feb 2003, p93
100 Apr 2002, p100
80 №2, p44[10]
90 April 2002, p24
100 TechTV (2002/04/05)
Sony PlayStation 2
94
Based on
11 reviews

PlayStation 2, US
VirtuaFighter4 PS2 US Box.jpg
Cover
VirtuaFighter4 PS2 US Disc.jpg
Disc
PlayStation 2, US
(Greatest Hits)
VirtuaFighter4 PS2 US Box GreatestHits.jpg
Cover
VirtuaFighter4 PS2 US Disc GreatestHits.jpg
Disc
PlayStation 2, EU
VirtuaFighter4 PS2 EU Box.jpg
Cover
PlayStation 2, JP
VirtuaFighter4 PS2 JP Box.jpg
Cover
VirtuaFighter4 PS2 JP Disc.jpg
Disc
PlayStation 2, AU
VirtuaFighter4 PS2 AU Box.jpg
Cover
PlayStation 2, FR
VirtuaFighter4 PS2 FR Box.jpg
Cover
PlayStation 2, DE
VirtuaFighter4 PS2 DE Box.jpg
Cover
PlayStation 2, ES
VirtuaFighter4 PS2 ES Box.jpg
Cover
PlayStation 2, IT
VirtuaFighter4 PS2 IT Box.jpg
Cover

External links

References

  1. File:Dorimaga_JP_20010810_2001-06.pdf, page 46
  2. http://flyers.arcade-museum.com/?page=thumbs&db=videodb&id=4482
  3. 3.0 3.1 http://www.jp.playstation.com/software/title/slpm62130.html (archived 2007-05-15 07:53)
  4. 4.0 4.1 File:CVG UK 246.pdf, page 80
  5. File:CVG UK 246.pdf, page 54
  6. http://game.watch.impress.co.jp/docs/20061025/3dvf5.htm
  7. https://forum.beyond3d.com/threads/yes-but-how-many-polygons-an-artist-blog-entry-with-interesting-numbers.39321/
  8. File:NextGeneration US 80.pdf, page 51
  9. File:NextGeneration US 80.pdf, page 54
  10. File:Play US 002.pdf, page 46


Virtua Fighter series
Virtua Fighter (Remix | PC) (1993-1995) | Virtua Fighter 2 (Mega Drive | Sega Ages 2500 Series) (1994-1996) | Virtua Fighter 3 (3tb) (1996-1997) | Virtua Fighter 4 (Evolution | Final Tuned) (2001-2004) | Virtua Fighter 5 (R | Final Showdown) (2006-2010)
Spin-offs
Virtua Fighter Kids (1996) | Virtua Fighter Animation (1997) | Virtua Fighter 10th Anniversary (2003) | Virtua Quest (2004)
Cross-overs
Fighters Megamix (Game.com) | Dead or Alive 5 (5+ | Ultimate | Last Round) (2012-2015)
Portrait series
Virtua Fighter CG Portrait Series: (1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | The Final) (1995-1996) | GG Portrait: Yuuki Akira (1996) | GG Portrait: Pai Chan (1996)
Others
Virtua Fighter (LCD) (1995) | Electronic Virtua Fighter (199x) | Virtua Fighter (R-Zone) (199x) | Virtua Fighter 3 Win-PC-Collection (1996) | Virtua Fighter Mobile (2008) | Virtua Fighter Cool Champ (2012) | Virtua Fighter Fever Combo (2014)
Characters
Akira Yuki | Jacky Bryant | Pai Chan | Sarah Bryant
Demo discs
Java Tea Original Virtua Fighter Kids (1996)
Albums
Virtua Fighter: Akira/Kage (1994) | Virtua Fighter (1994) | Sega Saturn Virtua Fighter Maximum Mania (1994) | Virtua Fighter "Sega Saturn" Image by B-univ Neo Rising (1994) | Virtua Fighter 2 Sound Track (1995) | Virtua Fighter 2 Dancing Shadows (1995) | "Kuchibiru no Shinwa" (1995) | "Wild Vision" (1995) | Virtua Fighter Soundtrack Vol. 1: Shinshou Hassei (1995) | Virtua Fighter & Virtua Fighter 2 Music Tracks (1996) | Virtua Fighter Soundtrack Vol. 2: Ryuuko Kaikou (1996) | "Kyouhansha" (1996) | Tianshi Xiang (1996) | "Ai ga Tarinaize" (1996) | "Eien no Mannaka de" (1996) | Virtua Fighter Complete Vocal Collection (1996) | Virtua Fighter Kids Sound Tracks (1996) | Virtua Fighter Soundtrack Vol. 3: Koubou Banjou (1996) | Virtua Fighter 3 Sound Tracks (1996) | Virtua Fighter 3 On The Vocal (1997) | Virtua Fighter 4 Official Soundtrack (2002) | Virtua Fighter 4 Evolution Original Sound Tracks (2002) | Virtua Fighter 5 Original Sound Track (2011) | Virtua Fighter 5 Official Sound (2012) | Virtua Fighter 5 R Official Sound (2012) | Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown Official Sound (2012) | Virtua Fighter Official Sound (2013) | Virtua Fighter 2 Official Sound (2013) | Virtua Fighter 3 Official Sound (2013) | Virtua Fighter Best Tracks + One (2015)
Books
Virtua Fighter Maniax (1994) | Virtua Fighter Maniax Replays (1994) | Virtua Fighter Sega Saturn Fighting Manual Vol. 1 for Novice (1994) | Virtua Fighter Guide Book V-Jump (1994) | Virtua Fighter Ougi no Sho (1995) | Virtua Fighter Maniax for Windows (1995) | Virtua Fighter 2 Act.1 (1995) | Virtua Fighter Sega Saturn Fighting Manual Vol. 2 for Expert (1995) | Virtua Fighter 2 Act.2 (1995) | Virtua Fighter Remix Sega Saturn Fighting Manual Complete (1995) | Virtua Fighter 2 Act.3 (1995) | Virtua Fighter Strategy Guide (1995) | Virtua Fighter 2 Sega Saturn Fighting Manual Vol. 1 for Novice (1995) | Virtua Fighter 2 Perfect Guide (1996) | Virtua Fighter 2 Game Guide Book (1996) | Virtua Fighter Graphics "Model 2" (1996) | Tokyo Virtua Monogatari (1996) | Virtua Fighter 2 Sega Saturn Fighting Manual Vol. 2 for Expert (1996) | Virtua Fighter 2 Fighter's Bible (1996) | Virtua Fighter Kids Fan Book (1996) | Virtua Fighter Kids Sega Saturn Fighting Manual (1996) | Virtua Fighter 3 Command Game Guide (1996) | Virtua Fighter 3 Act.1 (1996) | Virtua Fighter Relax (1996) | Virtua Fighter 3 Act.2 (1996) | Virtua Fighter Honoo no Maki: Pai Chan Bukyou Gaiden (1996) | Fighters Mega Books Mix Ultimate Guide (1997) | Prima's Virtua Fighter 3: Unauthorized Arcade Secrets (1997) | Virtua Fighter 3 Official Playing Guide (1998) | Virtua Fighter 3tb Kanzen Kouryaku Doku Hon (1998) | Virtua Fighter 3tb Perfect Guide (1998) | Prima's Official Strategy Guide: Virtua Fighter 3tb (1999) | Virtua Fighter 3tb Official Strategy Guide (1999) | Prima's Official Strategy Guide: Virtua Fighter 4 (2001) | Virtua Fighter 4 Perfect Guide (2001) | Virtua Fighter 4 Red Book: Elementary Phase (2001) | Virtua Fighter 4 Yoku Wakaru Haoh Yousei Dojo (2002) | Virtua Fighter 4 Blue Book: Advanced Phase (2002) | Virtua Fighter 4 The Complete (2002) | Virtua Fighter 4 Evolution Perfect Guide (2002) | Virtua Fighter 4 Evolution Green Book: Law of the Junkies (2002) | Virtua Fighter 4 Evolution: Yokuwakaru Hisshou Senjutsu Shinan (2003) | Virtua Fighter 10th Anniversary: Memory of Decade (2003) | Virtua Fighter 4 Final Tuned Master Guide (2004) | Virtua Fighter Cyber Generation: Judgement Six no Yabou Kouryaku Navigation (2004) | Virtua Fighter 4 Final Tuned Orange Book: Junkies' Last Stand (2004) | Virtua Fighter 5 White Book: Keep It Real (2006) | Virtua Fighter 5 Black Book: Keep It Moral (2006) | Virtua Fighter 5 Technical Book (2006) | Virtua Fighter 5 Official Strategy Guide (2007) | Virtua Fighter 5 for PlayStation 3 Complete Guide (2007) | Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown Masters Guide (2010)
TV and Film
Virtua Fighter CGMV (1994) | CGMV Virtua Fighter 2 (1995) | Virtua Fighter 2 (1995) | Virtua Fighter 2 Eternal Battle (1995) | Virtua Fighter (1995) | Virtua Fighter Special Training Pack (1995) | Virtua Fighter 2 Wheel of Fortune (1995) | Virtua Fighter 2 Wheel of Fortune The Best Bout (1996) | Sega Official Video Library Vol. 2: Virtua Fighter Kids (199x) | CGMV Special Virtua Fighter 3: Shippuu no Shou "System" (1996) | CGMV Special Virtua Fighter 3: Geki no Shou "Battle" (1996)