Advanced V.G. 2
Poverty waifu fighter on PS1 made by TGL in 1998. It is the sequel to the first Advanced V.G., released on PC-Engine in 1994 (and ported in various consoles later), which itself was a reboot to the original Variable Geo, released on PC-98 in 1993. The series has gone a long way since its rough start and TGL has finally delivered a solid, playable and fun fighting game in the form of Advanced V.G. 2. It is worth noting that for a series known for its pervy origins, this game is very light on fanservice and so has no H-scene at all.
As its time release might hint, it doesn't play like a typical "anime" game but more like a mid-90s Capcom/SNK game. Its mechanics are more reminiscent of Street Fighter Alpha and Real Bout Fatal Fury than say Guilty Gear. If you like slower paced poke-heavy fighting games, high damage combos and 90s-style waifus, this is for you.
How to Unlock Material and Miranda
If you plan to play on an emulator, save yourself the hassle of going through the tedious process of unlocking characters. Just download the savefile on GameFAQS here and load it as a regular Memory Card.
If you plan to play on a console and have to unlock them the regular way, here's how it goes: beat Story Mode first (you get Material), then Normal Mode (you get Miranda.) Doing it in the reverse order won't work.
Fun fact: both boss characters used to be allowed in competitive play for a long while.
- Forward dash: press forward twice
Some characters can cancel it by inputting either back or a normal. Will update it later.
- Backdash: press back twice
Backdashes only have throw invincibility usually, but some have lower-body invincibility as well. Note: Tamao and Material can cancel it by pressing forward.
- Super Jump: press down-back/down/down-forward, then up-back/up/up-foward
It makes a character jump higher and twice the distance. It's actually the main option to cover large distances with the stages getting bigger when characters back out from each other. You'll be using it a lot.
- Dash Jump: dash, then up-back/up/up-forward
It's basically the super jump with a different input. It doesn't make the jump longer. Pressing up-back while dashing will actually make the character do a neutral super jump. Note: dash jump doesn't work with Ayako, Elirin, Manami and Material.
- Air Block: up-back/back/down-back while jumping
Characters can block aerial attacks while airborne, but are vulnerable against grounded ones. Useful for chicken block, but loses against guard break.
- Guard Cancel: back, down-back, back + any punch or kick while in blockstun, costs 0.5 meter
Works just like alpha counters. Great for getting pesky players out of your ass. Characters have 4 different guard cancels depending on the button used, so sometimes it can lead to combos. You gain no invincibility though and they can be baited, as they have the same startup and recovery frames and range as the regular move used for it. Refer to characters' page to see which guard cancels are useful.
- Quick Rise: press down just right before landing
Quick rises have throw invincibility just like backdashes. Meanwhile, they can be punished by instant supers for the entirety of their length and some characters' quick rise recovery can also be punished by other supers as well. Punish damage starts at 100% unlike OTGs.
- Throw Tech: press punch at the same time the throw connects
It works just like in ST and Alpha 2. Some characters can punish throw techs with supers for full damage because they recover quickly, so beware.
Blockstun is very short in this game. They are usually shorter than hitstun by 5-6 frames.
Meter is used for lv1 supers (1 meter), which are also called EXs, for lv2 supers (2 meters) and for guard cancels (0.5 meter). You can stock up to 3 meters. You can build it up by hitting the opponent, making them block, whiffing moves and blocking them.
There are some supers that, within a specific range, hit at the very first frame. This means that if you weren't blocking before the superfreeze, the super was guaranteed... unless you input a reversal during the freeze. Still, what makes them very strong is their versatility. They can be used either on defense as as reversals, on offense to catch quick rises or on neutral for whiff punish as a ghetto Valle CC. It is a major part of the game, so learning when to use them and how to defend against them is very crucial.
Ayako: EX Mach Spin
Chiho: EX Hiengeki
Elirin: EX Elirin Mach Punch
Kaori: EX Ressenshuu, Retsuzando
Kyoko: EX Ominaeshi
Material: EX Thunder Spear
Reimi: EX Hurricane Rose
Saki: EX Shoku
Satomi: EX Kaenzan
Tamao: EX Souryuugeki, Lightning Crash
Yuka: EX Souryuugeki, Kyuukyoku Kikoudan
Characters' defense in this game can be classified within six distinct tiers and all characters within a tier take the same damage.
Tier 1 (highest): Miranda
Tier 2: Jun, Kyoko, Material, Saki
Tier 3: Kaori, Reimi, Satomi
Tier 4: Ayako, Yuka
Tier 5: Chiho, Elirin, Tamao
Tier 6 (lowest): Manami
Characters get back on their feet at their own speed.
12f: Tamao, Yuka, Satomi, Manami, Elirin
14f: Kaori, Reimi
16f: Chiho, Saki, Jun, Material
- Launchers and Air Combos
For the few characters that use a launcher as part of their combos, know that you can't jump-cancel or even superjump-cancel out of it to extend the combo in mid-air. Instead, you have to wait for the launcher animation to finish and then jump (or superjump, depending on the character.)
- Super Cancel
A special can be canceled into a level 1 super, which then can be canceled into another level 1 super or a level 2 super for no additional meter cost other than the super itself.
- OTG and Throw Combo Damage Scaling
OTGs and throws scale damage by 50%.
How to Play Online
Eh... Get Mednafen and join this Discord channel. We'll sort this thing out.
There are two versions of the game: the original 1998 release (SLPS-01318) and the 2003 SuperLite 1500 series re-release (SLPM-87226). As far as difference goes, they're pretty much identical besides the SuperLite logo screen in the re-release.
The game version released in the Japanese PS Store (for PS3, PSP and Vita) is the original release, SLPS-01318. It's a PS1 Classic, so it has no built-in netplay.
- Japanese Advanced V.G. 2 Wiki
- afroshouji's Advanced V.G. 2 FAQ/Movelist on GameFAQs
- Advanced V.G. 2 Japanese Competitive Matches
- Variable Geo Channel on the TMNT TF CE + SNES Fighters Discord
- Advanced V.G. 2 Thread on SRK