Virtua Fighter 3 was announced for Sega Saturn a while back and the
release date seems to be always not available. Many people wonder if
Virtua Fighter 3 for Saturn would be arcade perfect with many polygons
and complex effect. With the release date never seems to be available,
people soon jumps to a conclusion that an arcade perfect port would not
be possible for Saturn. Sega view the same conclusion as a Saturn port
of Virtua Fighter 3 will not be arcade perfect and decided to switch the
port from Saturn to their new next generation console, the Dreamcast.
Virtua Fighter 3 took a major step form Virtua Fighter 2 by adding tons
of new game play and elements into the game. New to VF2’s punch, kick
and guard buttons is a new escape button. To be as realistic as
possible, the escape button allow players to perform awesome maneuvers
from opponent’s attacks. Another new feature is the terrain effect.
The backgrounds are now multi-heights, which adds a new realism to the
game play. Players can take advantage of the multi-heights to perform
juggling combos with a few extra hits depending on the heights.
In addition to the 10 characters from Virtua Fighter 2 (11 if you
include Dural), two new characters are added to add excitement to the
game. Aoi Umenokojo is a Japanese dancer and she’s amongst one of the
fastest character in the game. Her fighting style is very defensive but
can counter almost any moves making her a favorable character for
beginners. The second character is a Japanese sumo wrestler Taka
Arashi. This heavy sumo wrestler is slow and takes some mastering to
control him well.
The graphics are breathtaking. Running on Dreamcast’s high-res mode at
60 fps without any slow down is a treat to the eye. Everything you see
in the arcade is here in the Dreamcast version from the character’s hair
blowing with the wind to the train passing by at the subway station.
Although a number of polygons are missing from each character and
background, this is a small lost due to the fact of the responsive
control and realistic characters of the game.
Virtua Fighter 3 for Dreamcast is indeed a reason to own a Dreamcast.
It might not be true arcade perfect but as far as the visual and control
goes, it’s Dreamcast quality. It is also rumor that VF3 will feature a
CG introduction as well as endings (ala Tekken) as well as a demo of
the upcoming Virtua Fighter RPG. This game might just be what Sega
needs to become number one at gaming industry.