Classic Gaming- Virtua Fighter: (1993)


There have been many big titles that have had a huge impact on the gaming industry during the 90’s decade.  It was the time period where gaming started to evolve and become more realistic in various genres.  Many popular fighting games such as Street Fighter II, Mortal Kombat and others made huge contributions in shaping this genre.  When 2D graphics started to reach its peak many gaming companies started to focus more on the future of gaming.  As the new millennium was approaching many video game companies wanted to take everything to the next level to provide their customers with an unforgettable experience in regards to entertainment.  While 8-bit graphics for the Nintendo Entertainment System dominated the 80’s 16-bit gameplay for the Super Nintendo along with the Sega Genesis was very popular in the early 90’s.

By the time we started moving towards the mid 90’s Sega took opportunities to try develop great 3D titles along with replicating popular ones in arcade centers.  Virtua Fighter was the very first 3D fighting game to be  released in arcade centers worldwide in 1993.  Anyone who is a huge fan of gaming knows how legendary the Virtua Fighter series is because it paved the way for many other fighting games throughout the rest of the 90’s decade.  Some people see the development of Virtua Fighter as the blueprint for 3D fighting games since many other titles within the genre were very similar in terms of gameplay and graphics.  As time progressed other titles such as Bloody Roar, Tekken, Rival Schools, and Soul Calibur became very popular within 90’s.  Street Fighter had also took its chances with 3D gameplay during the development of the Ex series along with Mortal Kombat releasing its fourth game installment.  Of course as time progressed 3D gaming mechanics improved dramatically along with the inclusion of slightly more detailed graphics.

Looking back at the gaming world during the early 90’s Virtua Fighter was ahead of its time.  Such titles as Virtua Fighter was unheard of because most of the fighting titles that were popular at the time still utilized 2D graphics & sprites.  After being released in arcade centers it was released for the Sega Saturn, Sega 32X, and Windows PC between the years of 1994 and 1996.  Virtua Fighter included eight playable characters from different countries such as China, Japan, Hong Kong, Australia, Canada, and America along with a boss fighter.  Many people would agree that the Sega Saturn version of Virtua Fighter is the best next to the arcade because some of the games for that console were designed for 3D games.

The Sega Saturn version of Virtua Fighter had provided quality that the Sega 32X had lacked making it more superior and the next best thing to the arcade.  Many years after its released this game has received numerous accolades for being one the most  “Most Influential Games of All Time” by numerous publications because it started a revolution in the gaming industry.  After its release Virtua Fighter would eventually receive a five star rating from GamePro, Sega Saturn Magazine, and Maximum (now Ascential) for its innovative gameplay and fantastic presentation.  While some people do not think too much about the original Virtua Fighter in this day and age other realize how this title helped change the fighting genre in the gaming world forever.


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