Virtua Fighter 4 Evolution
VF4Evo Flyer EU
Virtua Fighter 4 Evolution European arcade flyer
Developer Sega AM2
Arcade System Sega NAOMI 2
Platforms Arcade, PlayStation 2
Release Date Arcade
  • August 2002

PlayStation 2

  • JP: March 13, 2003
  • EU: June 30, 2003
  • AU: July 7, 2003
  • NA: August 13, 2003

Virtua Fighter 4 Evolution was an updated version of Virtua Fighter 4, released in arcades August 7th 2002, and on the PlayStation 2 in 2003. The game introduced two new characters and adjusted every other character as well. The two new characters were the Judoka-assassin, Goh Hinogami and the Muay Thai boxer Brad Burns. With the addition of Brad Burns, Vanessa Lewis's alternate Muay Thai style from Virtua Fighter 4 was removed and replaced with a Vale Tudo "Offensive" style; making her a solely Vale Tudo brawler.

All of the stages were adjusted. For example, Lei-Fei's stage in Virtua Fighter 4 previously took place during sunset, in Evolution it takes place during the morning.

New Features at a Glance

  • Improved Graphics: better anti-aliasing.
  • New item store in Quest Mode.
  • Currency system in Quest Mode.
  • Opponent tracking log in Quest Mode: kept track of which opponents were fought in Quest Mode.
  • Increased number of character items.
  • Improved ranking system.
  • Special gameplay modes (i.e. Hyper Fighter, See-Saw, Wrestler's, etc.).
  • Emblem collecting: placed special incentive to defeat certain opponents or to avoid being defeated by certain opponents.
  • New ring type; Semi-open/semi-walled.

In the US, Virtua Fighter 4 Evolution for PlayStation 2 also included Virtua Fighter 10th Anniversary on the same disc.

Gameplay Modes


A unique feature in Evolution was the ability to play in a tournament quest mode, where the concept was that the player was competing by traveling to various arcades, as opposed to role-playing as the player's chosen fighter. This mode was very popular due to the ability to buy cosmetic items to customize a character, as well as the ability to name a character. Many players of fighting games have unique styles; with the combination of various items allowing for vastly differing appearances, a new depth of uniqueness was added.

In addition, Sega took the top tournament players from the arcade version, and captured their style of play for the AI of a player's opponents for this mode. For example, playing against one Wolf character would be very different from playing another, because the actual player that character's AI was programmed to mimic had a unique play style.


Returning Characters

New Characters

Influence on Tekken 5

With the addition of Quest mode in VF4 Evolution, Namco decided to add a similar feature to its newest installment in the Tekken series, Tekken 5. Namco integrated currency and item collecting into Tekken's Arcade mode. The Ranking System used in Virtua Fighter 4 Evolution was used as the basis for the new Ranking System in Tekken 5, including the 10th to 1st KYU count-down order and the 1st DAN to 10th DAN count-up order scheme, followed by text based rankings.



External Links

Virtua Fighter Series
Main Series Virtua Fighter (Remix) • 234 (Evolution, Final Tuned) • 5 (R, Final Showdown)
Related Games Virtua Fighter AnimationVirtua Fighter KidsVirtua Fighter CG Portrait SeriesGG PortraitFighters MegamixVirtua Fighter 10th AnniversaryVirtua Quest
Characters Akira YukiPai ChanLau ChanWolf HawkfieldJeffry McWildKage-MaruSarah BryantJacky BryantDuralSibaShun DiLion RafaleAoi UmenokojiTaka‑ArashiLei‑FeiVanessa LewisBrad BurnsGoh HinogamiEileenEl BlazeJean Kujo
Other Media Virtua Fighter (comic book)Virtua Fighter (anime)
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