Virtua Athlete 2K

Virtua Athlete 2K (バーチャ アスリート 2K, Bācha Asurīto 2K), known as Virtua Athlete 2000 in North America, is a Sega Dreamcast track and field sports game developed by Hitmaker. The 2002 arcade game Virtua Athlete is based on the Dreamcast version. Virtua Athlete 2K supports up to four local players simultaneously as to compete for the top score through all seven of its events. The game was combined with other Sega track and field games and was released on the PlayStation 2 in Japan as DecAthlete Collection.[2] It was included along with DecAthlete and Winter Heat in volume 15 of the Sega Ages series.

Virtua Athlete 2K
Developer(s)Hitmaker
Publisher(s)Sega
Director(s)Shinichi Ogasawara
Platform(s)Dreamcast, Arcade game, PlayStation 2
Release
  • JP: July 27, 2000
  • NA: September 13, 2000[1]
  • EU: September 2000
Genre(s)sports game

ReceptionEdit

Reception
Aggregate score
AggregatorScore
Metacritic61/100[3]
Review scores
PublicationScore
AllGame     [4]
Edge5/10[5]
EGM5.67/10[6]
Eurogamer3/10[7]
Famitsu31/40[8]
Game Informer7/10[10]
GameFan68%[9]
GamePro     [11]
GameSpot7.7/10[12]
IGN(JP) 5.9/10[13]
(US) 4/10[1]
Next Generation     [14]

Kevin Rice reviewed the Dreamcast version of the game for Next Generation, rating it two stars out of five, and stated that "Already limited by only having seven events, this game falls flat on the Olympic track with frustrating controls and disappointing gameplay."[14]

The game received "mixed" reviews according to the review aggregation website Metacritic.[3] In Japan, Famitsu gave it a score of 31 out of 40.[8]

An IGN review published following the game's release in North America read, "Best described as an interactive movie about the Olympics, Virtua Athlete is as basic a game as you can get [...] It's just too bad that the game play doesn't match their respective graphical accomplishment."[1]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c Dunham, Jeremy (September 13, 2000). "Virtua Athlete 2K". IGN. Ziff Davis. Retrieved July 9, 2014.
  2. ^ "DecAthlete Collection". IGN. Ziff Davis. Retrieved June 16, 2019.
  3. ^ a b "Virtua Athlete 2000 for Dreamcast Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved June 16, 2019.
  4. ^ Thompson, Jon. "Virtua Athlete 2000 - Review". AllGame. All Media Network. Archived from the original on November 15, 2014. Retrieved June 16, 2019.
  5. ^ Edge staff (October 2000). "Virtua Athlete 2K". Edge. No. 89. Future plc.
  6. ^ EGM staff (2000). "Virtual Athlete 2000". Electronic Gaming Monthly. Ziff Davis.
  7. ^ Taylor, Martin (September 13, 2000). "Virtua Athlete 2000". Eurogamer. Gamer Network. Retrieved June 16, 2019.
  8. ^ a b "バーチャ アスリート 2K [ドリームキャスト]". Famitsu (in Japanese). Enterbrain. Retrieved June 16, 2019.
  9. ^ "REVIEW for Virtua Athlete 2000". GameFan. Shinno Media. September 20, 2000.
  10. ^ "Virtua Athlete 2000". Game Informer. No. 90. FuncoLand. October 2000.
  11. ^ Cheat Monkey (September 14, 2000). "Virtua Athlete 2000 Review for Dreamcast on GamePro.com". GamePro. IDG Entertainment. Archived from the original on February 7, 2005. Retrieved June 16, 2019.
  12. ^ Provo, Frank (September 12, 2000). "Virtua Athlete 2000 Review [date mislabeled as "May 17, 2006"]". GameSpot. CBS Interactive. Retrieved June 16, 2019.
  13. ^ Williamson, Colin (August 2, 2000). "Virtual Athlete 2K (Import)". IGN. Ziff Davis. Retrieved June 16, 2019.
  14. ^ a b Rice, Kevin (November 2000). "Finals". Next Generation. Vol. 3 no. 11. Imagine Media. p. 123.

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