Virtua Fighter 4 Evolution (バーチャファイター４ エボリューション) is an updated version of Virtua Fighter 4, and was released for Sega NAOMI 2 arcade hardware in 2002. The NAOMI 2 release was available in both standard ROM board and GD-ROM forms.
It was subsequently brought to the PlayStation 2 a year later, curiously under Sony's "Greatest Hits" range, basing its record off the earlier Virtua Fighter 4 PS2 release.
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The game introduces two new characters; the Judoka-assassin, Goh Hinogami and the Muay Thai boxer, Brad Burns. Various other tweaks have also taken place - for example, Vanessa Lewis's alternate Muay Thai style from Virtua Fighter 4 has been removed, and replaced with a Vale Tudo "Offensive" style, making her a solely Vale Tudo brawler. Every stage has also been adjusted, for example, Lei-Fei's stage in Virtua Fighter 4 previously took place during sunset, but in Evolution it takes place during the morning.
Improved Graphics: better anti-aliasing.
New item store in Quest Mode.
Currency system in Quest Mode.
Opponent tracking log in Quest Mode: kept track of which opponents were fought in Quest Mode.
Increased number of character items.
Improved ranking system.
Special gameplay modes (i.e. Hyper Fighter, See-Saw, Wrestler's, etc.).
Emblem collecting: placed special incentive to defeat certain opponents or to avoid being defeated by certain opponents.