Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Virtua Fighter 2 - Today's Tournament Video

There are a number of great Virtua Fighter 2 movies available on YouTube, from a number of the old tournaments from Japan. Chances are, if you're from America, you've never really seen Virtua Fighter the way it was really meant to be played. But for whatever reason, the Japanese kids took Sega's premier franchise to a whole new level.

It goes without saying, but you or I wouldn't stand a snowball's chance in hell against any of these guys. But it's great fun to watch. I think VF is the only series of fighting games that's just as exciting to watch as it is to play. Most likely it's due to the extreme skill the game requires, far more than most of us expect from an arcade brawl. It still hasn't been surpassed, really; even if the complexity and depth have left everyone outside of Japan hopelessly lost.

Anyway, here are two videos from the 5th Athena Cup Team Battle Tourney. Lots of heavy competition all around, some thrilling comebacks, and a couple upsets. I think I'll post one of these every day, just to spread things about. Hope this spurs you to pull out your Saturns.

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