Virtua Fighter Remix
    
          
    
REVIEWVirtua Fighter Remix is a port of the first installment Virtua Fighter, originally for the Sega Saturn. The new title featured new visuals and a catchy new cover artwork drawn by Katsuya Terada, which was a big deal since the first Virtua Fighter didn't really contain any 2-dimensional art. This artwork is also used in VF2's selection screen, and featured in the manual for the Japanese 32X version of the game.

 

New selection screen artwork... not bad! 

 

The overall graphics in Virtua Fighter Remix were improved over the original arcade version. Mainly, the engine features new texture mapping and upgraded character models (now with a higher polygon count). The stage textures and "colors" are also much more vibrant over the original. Other than the updated graphics, the game engine is the same as the arcade version.

 

New selection screen artwork... not bad! 

  

FUN FACT:
  Virtua Fighter Remix was also released in arcades on the ST-V (an arcade platform based on the Sega Saturn). Later in 1996 a PC version was released. The Windows version played in a higher resolution and also included the option to use the textured Remix models or the original flat-shaded models.

 

Improved visuals, same gameplay.

 
  

Page Updated: February 3rd, 2020
Developer(s): Sega AM2
Publisher(s): Sega
Designer(s): Seiichi Ishii        Main Designer
Yu Suzuki
            Director
Artwork By: Katsuya Terada
Platform(s): Arcade, Sega Saturn, PC
Release Date(s): Apr. 1995                          Arcade / Saturn
July 14th, 1995              Saturn
Oct 2nd, 1995                Saturn
Oct. 27th, 1995             Saturn
June 26th, 1996            Windows '95
Aug. 31st, 1996             Windows '95
1996                                    Windows '95
Characters Akira, Jacky, Kage, Lau, Jeffry, Sarah, Wolf, Pai, Dural

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Related Games: Virtua Fighter, Virtua Fighter 2, Virtua Fighter Kids, Virtua Fighter 3, Virtua Fighter 4, Virtua Fighter 4 Evolution, Virtua Fighter 5, Virtua Fighter 5 R, Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown, Fighting Vipers, Fighting Vipers 2, Fighters Megamix, Last Bronx, Tekken
  

Gameplay Engine  7.5 / 10
Story / Theme  5.0 / 10
Overall Graphics  8.5 / 10
Animation  7.0 / 10
Music / Sound Effects  7.5 / 10
Innovation  7.0 / 10
Art Direction  8.0 / 10
Customization  5.0 / 10
Options / Extras  7.0 / 10
Intro / Presentation  7.5 / 10
Replayability / Fun  7.0 / 10
"Ouch" Factor  8.5 / 10
Characters  6.5 / 10
BOTTOM LINE

 7.3 / 10

 Review based on Saturn version    

 

Final Words: If you owned a Sega Saturn, Virtua Fighter Remix was pretty much a must have... especially since the game was given out completely FREE by mail if you were a registered Saturn owner in the US! Pretty cool fan service for back then. I remember playing this game a lot at my local game stores even though I never owned it.

Although VF Remix could be considered a "good" console fighting game at the time of its release, the actual game engine was nearly 2 years old, and even considering the visual upgrades, looked somewhat "dated" compared to other new and upcoming fighting games of the era. The important part is, this was the best version of the original Virtua Fighter that players could own and play at home.

In some ways, this console "remake" of sorts was a pretty innovative idea at the time. Remakes weren't something that happened very often back then, so this was an interesting title in theory... one that would inspire the likes of many other 2D and 3D fighting games in the future. 
~TFG Webmaster
 

 


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