Virtua Fighter is a successful 3D Fighting Game series created by Yu Suzuki and Sega's AM2 development team.The game's story is about the dealings of the mysterious corporation, Judgment Six (J6) who holds the World Fighting Tournament as a front to create the ultimate fighter. The game's star is Akira Yuki a Hot-Blooded martial artist seeking to fight worthy opponents and perfect his fighting style. A major recurring storyline in the game is with J6's involvement with some of the other competitors. Kage-Maru's mother, Tsukikage, is turned into Dural, the final boss of the series. Sarah and Vanessa are both kidnapped by J6, the latter used to make the newer version of Dural after Kage saved his mother.Compared to other 3D fighters like Tekken and DOA, Virtua Fighter's storyline is not as developed. This is partially due to trying to make the gameplay realistic (sorta) and the depth in the characters' fighting styles as a whole and the moves they use. Virtua Fighter is known for the balance of its characters between each other. Sumo wrestler Taka-Arashi was removed from a couple of sequels because the sumo style at the time was too hard to integrate into future games.Aside from Taka-Arashi (who returned in Virtua Fighter 5R), all the characters from previous games always return for the next.
Darker and Edgier: The second season of the anime, compared to the much more light hearted first. The characters are older and their designs are changed to match, becoming less cute and rounded. The plot is treated more seriously and contains less comedy as well.
Training mode includes an animation frame counter that displays how long it takes for a technique to execute, as well as how much of an advantage you have after a successful hit or guard. Usually, this kind of feature is available only to the developers, who would use it to tweak moves to make them faster or slower. This trope is notable because no other fighting game before Final Showdown has a frame counter.
You can configure your buttons at the character select screen. A much-appreciated feature for tournament players.
Difficult, But Awesome: The series is widely recognized for being one of the most complex and difficult to get into in the Fighting Game genre, but it is also arguably the most well-balanced amongst its characters and a perennial tournament favorite. While the game has tier lists, a low-tier character can easily best a high-tier one with practice and skill. The difference is nowhere near as pronounced as in other series.
Edge Gravity: Averted. Despite being the first major fighting series to use Ring Outs, there is nothing stopping you from meandering over the edge and costing yourself the round. Later installments did include physical walls, however.
Updated Re-release: The VF games undergo many revisions, but VF 5 is noteworthy for its Final Showdown update. It made significant system changes, such as changing the jump physics and the throw escape system.
Warrior Monk: Lei Fei - which also technically makes him a Bare-Fisted Monk as far as we know, though it doesn't matter since this is an unarmed-combat series.