Virtua Fighter 4, developed by Sega AM2, was released in arcades by Sega in 2001. It was later ported to the PlayStation 2 console in 2002.
It is the fourth major release in the Virtua Fighter series, preceded by Virtua Fighter 3 (1996) and succeeded by Virtua Fighter 5 (2005).
The arcade game released for the Sega NAOMI 2 arcade system board, which debuted in 2000. The NAOMI 2 arcade version of Virtua Fighter 4 uses 14,000 to 20,000 polygons for each character, while each background uses over 50,000 polygons, with up to 16 hardware light sources per polygon, at 60 frames per second. This was the highest character polygon count and lights per polygon for a video game up until 2001, giving it the most detailed character graphics and lighting effects of its time (such as dynamic search lights). In comparison, the same year, Dead or Alive 3 on the Xbox used 10,000 to 15,000 polygons for the characters, while Halo on the Xbox used 2,000 polygons for Master Chief, with up to 4 hardware light sources. Virtua Fighter 4's character polygon count was unsurpassed until Virtua Fighter 5 in 2005.
The PlayStation 2 version of Virtua Fighter 4, however, reduced the polygon count down to 7,000 polygons for the characters and had much fewer light sources.
In the end of the last World Fighting Tournament, it was Kage-Maru who came out on top. Soon after the end of the Tournament he fought a new model of Dural. Kage-Maru then found an item to save his mother Tsuki-Kage. However, Tsuki-Kage's condition had gotten worse, she was transforming into Dural more when the item was used. She ultimately turned into Dural. Judgement 6 (J6) had got their hands on the newly finished Dural. Now they started to research ways to make her stronger. But Tsuki-Kage had remained incomplete for too long and her powers were weak.
J6 started looking for prospects to be the next, complete, Dural model. They decided upon Sarah Bryant. Plans were made to acquire her, and the Fourth World Fighting Tournament was organized.
With so many hidden agendas and suspicious machinations going on, the Tournament was now ready to begin.
Arcade, your basic fight to fight mode, where, you will ultimately face Dural.
Versus, your two-player mode. Select characters and choose a stage. Then beat eachother up.
Kumite, your survival mode. Join the tournament and fight a neverending chain of fighters.
Training, complete different objectives and learn the moves of the game.
Save a replay and coach your own CPU fighter how to fight. Or you can spar with him and tell him what is good or bad.