Universal acclaim - based on 30 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 30
  2. Negative: 0 out of 30
  1. The greatest fighting game ever: deep, almost infinitely replayable, lovely to look at—and only 20 bucks.
  2. 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.
  3. The best fighting game we've played since "Street Fighter Alpha 2," this is arguably the best fighting game to date.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. This game has got an extremely deep Quest mode that will keep anyone occupied for months on end.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Last year's "Virtua Fighter 4" bordered on perfection, and this new game is technically even better.
  10. 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!
  11. 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.
  12. The only downside to the heavy reliance on the achievements of VF4 is that the graphics engine is beginning to age.
  13. Probably the best 3D fighter on the market at the moment... Give it a try, watch your life disappear...
  14. 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.
  15. With so many improvements, Evolution easily surpasses the former "Virtua Fighter 4." Fighting game fans will be impressed. [Sept 2003, p.37]
  16. Not only the best 3D fighter of all time, it will make you a better fighting-game player. [Sept 2003, p.66]
  17. Succeeds as a fighting game in so many ways it nearly redefines what makes this genre so much fun.
  18. Taken together, with its hundreds of moves per fighter and addictive modes and polished graphics, Virtual Fighter 4: Evolution is a marvelous game.
  19. 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]
  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. Consider it a stand-alone update priced fairly at 20 clams. [Aug 2003, p.86]
  22. 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. 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]
  24. 100
    A brilliant fighting game, perhaps second only to "Soul Calibur II." [Sept 2003, p.53]
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 36 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. 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 in definitive, is not for button mashing. Full Review »
  2. RaphaelR.
    Aug 15, 2005
    THE score that i really wanan give this game is 9.7 but since that isn't here i gave it a 10 instead. ANyway, This game is just awesome, This game is the most balanced fighting game you will ever play, also probably the most tactical fighting game, People say this game is hard well it is when you get to fight against 8th dans or higher ranked enemies. but there's nothing to be scared off really because the training mode in this game is just superb , it will teach you the basics , all the moves , all the tactics , special movements , and the training mode will just make you a better player... from a newbie to an expert. the graphics are great but not the best.. well thisg ame was made about 2 years ago so yea it still good though , anyway if you love fighting games, or are serious about fighting games, or just wanan have fun , this game is for you. the only bad thing you can say about htis game is it would have been nice if it had more characters. i mean i suppose you don't really need it since each character PLAYS ALOT different than others... so yea this game isn't like tekken who has characters with the same moves so yea Full Review »
  3. Saggy3dope2
    Aug 7, 2004
    It kicks ass but Soul Calibur 2 is somewhat better cause it has more new stuff this game has a lot new too but chacter wise only 2 new but brad is the best one out of the rest and it is the most real just hands and feet i have lost many nights of sleep over the best 20$ i ever spent. Full Review »