Sup fellow VFers! I finally got to play VF4 and I must say I'm very impressed. I'm glad I saw some videos first or might have died from the sheer coolness of the game. Am2 did a really good job with this one and hope everybody enjoys it like I did. Graphics: Very impressive, but some of the characters look weird to me. Akira's lips look a little swollen and Pai's eyes are a little too open. VF2 Saturn still has the best lookin' characters in my eyes. However I must give Naomi 2 graphic power a thumbs up. Kage's scar almost looks as nasty as it would in real life. I'm tired of anime scars that make that shit seem like a cool fashion accessory. Sound: Pretty cool. I just wish they had the VF2 voices back. I'm glad to see the classic sound effects are still there. Gamplay: I was worried when I heard all the changes but it still feels like VF to me. VF is still the king of the hill when it comes to gamplay. Random Stuff: Rings-Can you pick your ring in this one? I played on two different machines and couldn't pick my ring in a challenge. Tech Rolls-I think I've been playing too much Tekken because pounces where starting to annoy me on VF4 until I started to tech. Are they anyways to exploit tech rollers? In Tekken there are guaranteed hits if you tech, is the same for VF4? Getting up-Is it harder to get up if you don't tech? It seemed like if I didn't tech I always got pounced. Taka-It's almost blatantly obvious he couldn't be in VF4. He'd probably eat long ass OTB combos before could think about tech rolling. Sidestep-Is it just me or is VF4 more linear? The normal sidestep is crazy short. Can it be effective like in VF3? Back turned-Why can't you run with your back turned anymore? Was this cheap on VF3 or something? Throws-Playing Tekken 4 will definitely fuck your reflexes for breaking throws on VF4. Why in the hell would they give Wolf a dashing GS? I'm already soft from T4 and now you're grabbing me from outside punch range? Cheap! CPU-I didn't think much of the AI until CPU Kage knocks me down, rolls up to me while I tech and DPs me as I block down expecting the sweep. I can't imagine the shit they pull on Hard. Vanessa-Finally a fighting game chick who looks like they could actually beat the shit out of a man. Lei-Damn! It seems like you have to guard cancel after every attack so you won't end up in a stance. New Moves-That's what's cool about the VF series, since there are so few characters each one gets good treatment with moves. Shun's a bigger pimp than a ever, Jacky get's a ton of new animations for old moves, Kage gets a shitload of weird stuff, and almost everybody got fun play to play with. VF2-Why didn't they bring the coolest thing from VF2 to VF4? You know, when the match was over and you could perform a move into the screen with your character facing you (it looked like they were attacking the camera). I loved that. Anyway, I'm very impressed and I would be surprised if VF4 doesn't get more of a following here in America. With a PS2 release and the utter lameness of Tekken 4, VF4 is in a good position for western sucess. Happy VFing everyone, l8r!