Game Description:Virtua Fighter 3 was years ahead of its time and still the best looking arcade fighter available. Yu Suzuki has said he is determined to make the series look and play just like real fighting by the fifth installment, and the third game brought him amazingly close to his goal. A cast of twelve fighters, each sporting a unique real fighting art, battles in environments which reflect real world locations. Gone are the floating arenas seen in most other 3-D fighters -- instead, we can intricately detailed environments which go well beyond the flat plane, introducing gradual vertical shifts which may give an opponent the advantage in battle. For the first time ever, positioning really makes a difference in the fight.
New to the series is the evade button, though the setup remains as simple as ever. Don't underestimate the simple control scheme though, since Virtua Fighter 3: Team Battle is easily the deepest fighter around. You simply cannot button mash your way through the ranks -- VF3:TB is all about skill. While the complex battle system may turn off some, there's no denying the game's place as one of if not the best fighting game around. Genki's port of AM2's arcade game, while less than perfect, still manages to bring all of the strategy and fun home along with most of the visual wonder.