I had my doubts since the price was so low, but I'm loving this. two questions.
1. if I love this, will I like VJ1 even more? a lot of reviews say this one isn't as good, though I think it's fantastic.
2. should I try and find the gamecube versions? I bought the ps2 version of this game, but I think I will probably end up hunting down a copy of VJ1 at some point. are the graphics better or anything?
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i love both games, they are not very different in graphics, (atleast i havent noticed anything too different) if you liked the second i'm sure youre gonna like the first one aswell. The second is more of the same (in a good way) One big differnce is that you are only controlling Joe and not siliva. Aside from some new powerups in the second its not much difference
The first one is better than the second, in my opinion. The levels are just more fun to play (it seems that they and the enemies are better-designed) and there's more replay value thanks to the unlockables.
I am sure people have many nice memories of yelling at their controllers.~Keiji Inafune
The replay value's the big thing with the original game. You may only have Joe when you start out, but you can unlock up to three additional characters (four if you have the PS2 version), and they each play slightly differently. Otherwise, the sequel tended to refine the formula a bit (in VJ2 there's a greater variety of puzzles, rather than 2 or 3 that pop up over and over again, for example), but on the whole, it's basically the same type of gameplay. If you enjoyed either game at all, it's very unlikely you won't enjoy the other, as well ... especially since it probably won't cost you that much.
As for which version of the original to get, it all comes down to how you feel about Dante (from the Devil May Cry series). He was only available as an unlockable character in the PS2 version (largely because it came out so much later than the GC version so Capcom probably felt obligated to throw in something new). By most accounts he's a little overpowered, so it isn't a huge deal, but if you want as many unlockable characters as you can get, the PS2 version's the only way to go. Otherwise (again, by most accounts), the graphics seem to be a bit better on the GC version (not a whole lot, but enough that if you had them running side-by-side you could tell the difference) and there seems to be a bit more slowdown in certain spots in the PS2 version, but again it isn't a huge deal.
Basically, if you want the chance to play as Dante, the PS2 version is the only way to go. On the other hand, if you don't really care, the GC version has everything else and seems to be at least slightly higher quality.
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