• Publisher: Sega
  • Release Date: Aug 13, 2003

Universal acclaim - based on 30 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 30
  2. Negative: 0 out of 30
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  1. GMR Magazine
    Not only the best 3D fighter of all time, it will make you a better fighting-game player. [Sept 2003, p.66]
  2. Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    Its controls are near-as-damnit perfect, and the connection you feel between yourself and your fighter makes a game like "Tekken 4" look like it's just fooling around. [Sept 2003, p.95]
  3. PSM Magazine
    With so many improvements, Evolution easily surpasses the former "Virtua Fighter 4." Fighting game fans will be impressed. [Sept 2003, p.37]
  4. GameNow
    A brilliant fighting game, perhaps second only to "Soul Calibur II." [Sept 2003, p.53]
  5. The best fighting game ever made, for PS2 or any other system... "Soul Calibur II" comes close (and surpasses it in the minds of those that don't know any better), but VF4: Evolution is interactive one-on-one brawling at its purest and most visually alluring peak.
  6. Probably the best 3D fighter on the market at the moment... Give it a try, watch your life disappear...
  7. 100
    Beats its predecessor with souped-up visuals, new characters and moves, improved tutorials, hundreds of unlockable items, and the amazingly deep Quest mode. And this is a Greatest Hits title? Insane bargain alert!
  8. The best fighting game we've played since "Street Fighter Alpha 2," this is arguably the best fighting game to date.
  9. 100
    There's a massive amount of technique to learn. When you're playing solo, there's no shortage of things to do, thanks to quest mode and the dozens of training challenges.
  10. The greatest fighting game ever: deep, almost infinitely replayable, lovely to look at—and only 20 bucks.
  11. Succeeds as a fighting game in so many ways it nearly redefines what makes this genre so much fun.
  12. Taken together, with its hundreds of moves per fighter and addictive modes and polished graphics, Virtual Fighter 4: Evolution is a marvelous game.
  13. 97
    Not as flashy as the competition. But its technical prowess and sheer depth give it an edge over every other game on the market -- even the vaunted, upcoming "Soul Calibur II," if only slightly. The game's immensely addictive, fun, intricate, and super speedy.
  14. This game has got an extremely deep Quest mode that will keep anyone occupied for months on end.
  15. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    Like its title suggests, Evo takes Sega's staggering chop-socky PS2 masterpiece and fine-tunes it to near perfection... But the real reason to plunk down 20 bucks is for Evo's superb Quest mode. [Sept 2003, p.115]
  16. 95
    An incredibly deep and long-lasting single player mode, and the versus mode never gets stale; there's the included 10th Anniversary mode that's almost a separate game in itself; the graphics have been improved upon and almost perfected, and so has the gameplay.
  17. Hands down this is the absolute best fighting game available on the market right now. Any fighting fan should rush to their store and purchase this game immediately, as this is a very in-depth fighter, one that has more longevity than most RPGs.
  18. Last year's "Virtua Fighter 4" bordered on perfection, and this new game is technically even better.
  19. The main problem with Virtua Fighter has always been its relative inaccessibility, and VF 4: Evolution clearly represents an effort to introduce new gamers to the franchise.
  20. We've had a great deal of pleasure at the hands of evolution, even those of us who still swear quite vehemently that Tekken is The Daddy (Bonjour Chris) admitted that it’s a damn fine game. [Import]
  21. 90
    The only downside to the heavy reliance on the achievements of VF4 is that the graphics engine is beginning to age.
  22. Cheat Code Central
    Don't even think of renting if for this price. With such a simple-to-use, yet complex control system, you can be fighting in no time and continue refining your skills for months to come.
  23. Game Informer
    Consider it a stand-alone update priced fairly at 20 clams. [Aug 2003, p.86]
  24. But if you can work with the game’s difficulty and take the time to learn the characters, you’ll find that Virtua Fighter 4: Evolution is a fighting game second to none.
  25. A player shouldn't have to slog through command list after command list before fighting a particularly challenging AI or human opponent. Patience may be a virtue, but it can also mean really stubborn.
  26. An amazingly intricate fighter, that will doubtless give VF fans sleepless nights to come. But in the shadow of the superb "Soul Calibur 2" (which offers not only depth, but accessibility and longevity in a beautifully presented package) it's hard to recommend to anyone other than those who already know they want it. [Import - GamesMaster]
  27. There's also the matter of the decidedly realistic approach taken here, which some may find a bit dry in comparison to other longstanding fighters, such as "Tekken Tag Tournament."
  28. For the hardcore fighter, it's without doubt an essential purchase, in that it's a test of true skill and grit, has oceanic depth and subtlety, and rewards patience and persistence.
  29. Play Magazine
    I beg for a complete shakeup for this series, but for now, a fine polish will have to do. [Aug 2003, p.77]
  30. Edge Magazine
    Apart from minor graphical tweaks and two fresh characters, VF4E remains much the same game. [May 2003, p.102]

Awards & Rankings

#57 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2003
#91 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2003
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 56 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 47 out of 56
  2. Negative: 2 out of 56
  1. Oct 17, 2017
    THE best Virtua Fighter out of all the series. The game that stopped SEGA from going bankrupt. I remember owning the PSM2 DVD with this andTHE best Virtua Fighter out of all the series. The game that stopped SEGA from going bankrupt. I remember owning the PSM2 DVD with this and Soulcalibur 2 as import reviews and they did not disappoint.

    The graphics were a big improvement over the normal version of Virtua Fighter 4. They looked nicer, smoother and very realistic. The animation looked superb. The soundtrack was really good. The sound was improved and the gameplay was more refined and I think it has the best gameplay out of all the series.

    It brought 2 new characters into the series: Brad Burns and Goh Hinogami. I did like their fighting styles. A lot of things were added to keep the game innovative such as: fighting records and opponent logs in quest mode, new special game modes, item and money battles, item stores and currency system in quest mode, new ring, better ranking system and emblem battles. You could buy the original Virtua Fighter stage and the original character models which was a nice touch as well.

    It has THE best training mode out of all the series. This was the first game out of the series to have the command list, ai position and difficulty setting, spawn and reset position and among other things.

    Definitely get this.
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  2. Jan 29, 2017
    Este juego exprime como nunca lo hubiesen imaginado la potencia del PS2, gráficos casi de otra generación, música brutal, animaciónEste juego exprime como nunca lo hubiesen imaginado la potencia del PS2, gráficos casi de otra generación, música brutal, animación esplendida, completísimo, divertido, estricto, único. Sin duda el mejor juego de lucha 3d para la mítica PS2 Full Review »
  3. Mar 30, 2014
    This game has the best, if not THE BEST Tutorial in the entire Fighting game genre for me. Also, had great depth during the fights, and inThis game has the best, if not THE BEST Tutorial in the entire Fighting game genre for me. Also, had great depth during the fights, and in definitive, is not for button mashing. Full Review »