These are what we call the 'YMMV items.' Things that some people find in this work. We call them 'your mileage might vary' because not everyone sees these things in the same way. This starts discussions in the trope lists, a thing we don't want. Please use the discussion page if you'd like to discuss any of these items.
YMMV: Virtua Fighter
Americans Are Apathetic Towards Virtua Fighter: The series generally has a lot of respect all over the world due to its extremely balanced gameplay and being the first 3D fighter, but it's far less popular in America than Tekken or Dead or Alive, and much more popular in Japan and Europe. This is due to a number of reasons; Virtua Fighter has always been arcade first, and arcades are practically dead in the States. The consoles the first three games were released to were the ill-fated Sega Saturn and Dreamcast, as opposed to the much more popular PlayStation (granted, VF is a Sega IP, so there wasn't anywhere else for the ports to go until the company went multi-platform after the death of the Dreamcast). And finally, because of Virtua Fighter's lack of story development, its lack of gameplay gimmicks, and its major focus on substance and depth over flash and style, it just doesn't attract many casual players the way other fighting games do.
Let's just save you all the trouble and say the music in every game. All of it. You'll have a hard time finding a piece of music in this series that isn't pleasing to the ears according to most fans.
Ensemble Darkhorse: Vanessa. When she debuted in 4, Vanessa was one of very fewAmazonian Beauties with a tough attitude, and had a fairly dark skin tone, making her very unique among female fighting game characters.
Broken Base: However, many other players apparently found these unique qualities unattractive, resulting in Vanessa's skin getting bleached, losing some of her muscle mass, and her tough attitude and voice getting toned down, all in an effort to make her less intimidating and more attractive. At the very least Vanessa is still the tallest, buffest, and most tanned lady in the series, and certain customization items can give Vanessa back her dark skin and muscles.
Vanessa aside, Wolf was popular enough to become a "real" wrestler in Japan for a few years. Goh and Eileen have proven to be fan favorites, and Taka-Arashi has gotten a lot more love ever since his return in VF5R.
Polished Port: If there's anything the console versions of the various versions of Virtua Fighter 5 are known for, it's two things:
They look prettier than their arcade counterparts.
The online netcode is considered by even the most casual fighting game fans to be the best netcode for fighting games out there, with practically no lag except in the most extreme conditions.
Porting Disaster: The Sega Genesis port of Virtua Fighter 2. Made worse by the fact that inevitably when porting Virtua Fighter 2, this is the port Sega uses, ranging from online game services like Gametap to iOS, both of which are easily capable of handling 32-bit graphics and gameplay.
The Scrappy: A very mild case, but Lion's bratty voice and quotes can be very grating for some fans.
Self-Fanservice: A strange example in that this is used to revert a canonical design change between games. In her VF4 debut (and in Virtua Quest), Vanessa (see above) was shown to be dark-skinned and rather buff, accentuated by her wearing only a sports bra and shorts as combat attire. Her first costume was swapped out for a differently-colored version of her far less revealing special forces uniform in Evolution, but the real point of contention came in 5, where Vanessa suddenly lost most of her muscularity (the same thing happened to Sarah, though she wasn't quite as muscular as Vanessa to begin with) and had a progressively lighter skin tone (think Storm). While some fans originally complained that Vanessa looked mannish in 4 because of her physique, many more disliked the unexplained changes for 5 and continued to portray Vanessa in fan art as she appeared in the previous game. Sega AM2 must've caught wind of the Internet Backdraft, as Final Showdown has customization items that bring Vanessa's skin color and build more closely in line with how they were originally.
That One Attack: Jacky's somersault. It does insane damage on a counterhit, and it's a very easy move to execute. Many players tend to throw out this move, even though it's incredibly unsafe on block and can be reversed by Akira and Aoi.
Wolf's Burning Hammer in ''Final Showdown," the single most damaging move in the game.
Tier-Induced Scrappy: Jacky in Final Showdown. While it is a very balanced game, and Jacky isn't even considered the best character, he is still high up thanks to a lot of very good moves. This combined with him being one of the easiest characters to learn and one of the most used makes him unpopular with some competitive players.
Toy Ship: Lion/Elieen for some. Granted, both of them are teenagers, but they're still the youngest in the cast.
Uncanny Valley: Most of the character models and faces in 3 look rather off by today's standards. Dural in general also invokes this.
Woolseyism: The English dub of the anime has a lot of these, making some jokes work better in English, adding in some extra funny lines, and making characters like Jacky and Pai more snarky.