• Publisher: Sega
  • Release Date: Mar 17, 2002

Universal acclaim - based on 36 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 36 out of 36
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 36
  3. Negative: 0 out of 36
  1. The pacing, the control, the animation, the look, the feel -- the Virtua Fighting itself has been polished to near perfection. The strength of the basic arcade game mode alone is enough to heartily recommend Virtua Fighter 4.
  2. Though DOA3 may have it beat graphically, no game can touch VF4’s fighting engine. This is the deepest, most dynamic fighter ever created.
  3. There are an awful lot of moves assigned to each character and that means a lot of thinking. But this kind of thinking is good, it's deep and it relates to the gameplay.
  4. 100
    What’s awesome about the gameplay is that you can just pick up a controller and start fighting. Three buttons (block, kick, punch) are all that are needed to master a basic set of moves.
  5. Simply a brilliant fighting game, and it seems that the best thing that ever happened to PlayStation 2 gamers
  6. A meticulously balanced fighter's fighter – no cyborgs or polar bears or laser beams. It's simplicity perfected, and you'd be surprised how complex that can get. [May 2002, p.110]
  7. 100
    The best fighting experience available on home consoles...One of the slickest fighting games ever.
  8. Underneath its silky shine is a feast of fighting goodies that will change everything you have ever come to expect from this genre. [May 2002, p.78]
  9. It is not only the best fighter available for the system, but pretty much the best console gamers have seen since "Soul Calibur."
  10. The game is a gorgeous and perfectly balanced game where no fighter is better than another is. Kumite mode helps define this game as purely skill-driven, but its simplistic controls make it accessible to anybody.
  11. 90
    Solid fighting gameplay coupled with some very good graphics.
  12. This is the epitome of what fighting games should be, having practice, patience, and technique take precedence over simple button mashing.
  13. Ignore the vapid thrills promised by shinier, shallower games, and enjoy mastering one of the most challenging fighters for ages. [PSM2 Magazine]
  14. On a final note, the menu looks amazing. I know it really doesn't matter that much, but it really does. And it's customize-able! And that's not a bad thing. It's a good thing.
  15. The real beauty of it is definitely in the gameplay...You can't tell right off the bat, but Virtua Fighter 4 is the best fighting game in years.
  16. 95
    Deeper than Marianas Trench, but fortunately, it's much easier to dive into. The most realistic, well-rounded and technically impressive fighting ever made.
  17. The kicks, punches, and throws all look extremely close to an actual fight with the force of the hit being displayed in such a way that gives you a feel of the power.
  18. This game looks amazing. The character models and animation are clearly the cream of the crop...If you're not completely sold by now, then the Kumite will definitely put you over the top.
  19. Teach your PS2 well, and the phrase “the A.I. sucks” will no never be spoken about this title.
  20. The depth of this game is staggering. [Feb 2003, p.93]
  21. 100
    It's not simply an all out brawl where the one who punches the fastest wins, but rather an elegant and more balanced fighting game, where knowing the combos is not enough - knowing when to use them and how to counter them counts for something as well.
  22. 93
    The amount of variety for toe-to-toe fighting is the best the series has ever seen.
  23. It’s going to be remembered as not only the deepest fighting game for the Playstation 2, but also the best, on any platform.
  24. A complex fighting game that will take you a very long time to master each of the 13 characters.
  25. VF4 is probably the greatest fighter ever made in terms of lasting appeal. The Kumite mode is absolutely fantastic.
  26. 91
    Virtua Fighter 4 has moved in next door and I am coveting my neighbor until I am sore.
  27. I can't get enough of it. Not many games are so great that they can help influence your taste, but this one really is something special. [Apr 2002, p.100]
  28. Visuals are but one aspect of this game's worth. It's the play that really matters, and VF, as always, plays marvelously. [Mar 2002, p.44]
  29. 80
    While this PS2 game may not be as pretty as Tecmo's hot Xbox seller, Virtua Fighter 4 rivals the competition where it counts the most -- in gameplay.
  30. VF4 does an amazing number of things right. [Apr 2002, p.24]
  31. Tight control, a fantastic training mode that really helps anyone learn, original modes like Kumite and just awesome AI make for one of the best fighters in years.
  32. There's quite literally nothing else about Virtua Fighter 4 which comes close to disappointing as much as the graphics – and considering that the game still looks marvellous, that's the best bad-news-good-news we've ever had to tell anyone, you lucky people!
  33. The Kumite and AI modes are ridiculously fun, and should you be one of the poor, unwitting souls that actually hooks up with a friend that’s purchased a copy, you can kiss at least a couple weekends (and likely a few weekdays) goodbye.
  34. The game features the absolute best training mode ever made for a fighting game.
  35. A smashing game that has a life span as long as your Grandma's...[but] it's far too deep, complex and frustrating at first for instant hit bruisers to get their thrills from.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 67 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 31 out of 44
  2. Negative: 10 out of 44
  1. Jun 3, 2012
    It is a fighter that will provide countless hours of fun. Plenty of characters coupled with great graphics, intense fighting, and a lot of combo moves that can be done. Full Review »
  2. Jul 1, 2012
    When I first played Virtua Fighter 4 I thought it would be a Street Fighter knock-off. But it had some memorable characters with hilariously bad dialogue. The level designs were pretty cool though, and I thoroughly enjoyed being able to knock opponents off the stage. I know this is not in an original concept, but it was implemented well nonetheless. The fighting felt a bit different than other games, and as a big fan of fighting games, that made it cool. It's good to not be able to just use the same button sets as other games, though they're similar enough to be easy to learn by new users. It's a very well done game, though it has its flaws it's a charming game, and it's easily a 7, but adding some nostalgia to my score, it's a solid 8 for me, not to mention, the graphics were stunning and far superior to the Mortal Kombat and Street Fighter contemporaries. Full Review »
  3. DanielM.
    Jun 22, 2007
    Most fighters are jerky matches that simply involve two combatants arbitrarily hitting each other. You won't notice this until you play VF4 however as the momentum of the entire match smoothly and quickly switches maintaining the flow of the fight. Full Review »