Virtua Quest is Released
Virtua Quest, known in Japan as Virtua Fighter Cyber Generation: Judgment Six No Yabou, is a Virtua Fighter spinoff title for the GameCube and PlayStation 2 video game consoles.
The world of Virtua Quest is one where many people shrug off reality, and instead spend their free time in the Nexus, a vast virtual universe. Sei, is a cheerful fellow who's been tapped by his friend, Hayami, into trying out the life of a hunter, one who collects data chips from the far-flung reaches of the Nexus and then sells them for cash. Sei, curious about the occupation, yet slightly intimidated by the dangers involved, reluctantly accepts after a bit of influence from Hayami, and the thought about the bike that they are trying to finish in time for the race in the real world. After completing the Hunters' test and a brief explanation from Hayami about the Hunter's License rankings-LoA, HighA, and ExA- Sei finds the server address for Curio City, and marks his way to the location.
Right after he had just arrived, a strange creature named Bit appears from his Hunter's Glove at a blaze of light and announces that he will be his navigator throughout the servers he visits. Sei is fine with this, now that Bit had explained his startling entrance, but not with the fighters that pursue him a few minutes afterwards. Then a girl with aqua-colored hair approaches him and directs him to logout. Sei demands Bit to logout, but the command is not accessible.
The girl then tells him to go to a warehouse and find what he needs there, and tells him that he's "in this fight, no matter what. The only person that can defend you is yourself." She also tells him to head to a building, and that the root user, the one preventing his logout, is there. She informs him that defeating the root user will let him logout. She then disappears.
Sei heads to the warehouse, and falls through the glass ceiling. He meets a man that bears a vague resemblance to his father, and tells him that he may need to fight, questioning whether he considers to fight for himself or for others. Sei answers a baffled reply to this, and as to rid his anxiety, the man teaches him Sypnapse Break, a special technique. Once taught this, Sei is confident, and starts his Hunter journey.
As Sei makes his way through the server, he collects Virtua Souls and fights more attackers, eventually making it all the way through them and encountering the root user. At the top of the building, he comes across a blonde African American in a load of armor. Despite his buff appearance, Sei easily defeated the root user, thus granting him the opportunity to logout, as well as the other hunters.
Back at the Hunter's Guild, Sei finds Hayami, and asks him about Virtua Souls. Hayami tells him that they are like "ghost data", meaning that they're to the point that they don't exist. Finding this useless, he asks the shopkeeper, and when her explanation isn't any help, he asks a man talking to his sister, and finally he reveals information: A man was rousing him for Virtua Souls, and he vanished in the Wild Corridor, yet another lost Server. Sei gains the server address to the Wild Corridor, and he too vanishes in the location.
Arriving at Wild Corridor, Sei again discovers that he cannot log out (again). He is dismayed, but accepts his situation. As he makes his way through Wild Corridor, he spies another Hunter who also appears to have Synapse Break. Sei is bewildered by this, but doesn't comment further. As he continues to make his way, gathering Virtua Souls as he goes, he eventually finds the three root users, who appear to be triplets, and defeats them.
In the minds of many gamers, the original Virtua Fighter has always sat atop a very short list of classic fighting games. Revolutionary by 1993 standards, it practically ushered a new era for fighting titles and blasted the genre into a new direction.
Since then, dozens of titles have come and gone. Yet, the Virtue Fighter property remains as strong and influential as ever. With every subsequent title, the series has added truly nifty additions to the classic VF formula, culminating in the deep, ultra-playable Virtua Fighter 4.