Summary: Before Street Fighter IV completely revamped excitement in the fighting game scene back in 2009, Virtua Fighter was still going strong with the fifth installment hitting a couple years earlier.
Excerpt: Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown: Complete Edition is the definitive version of one of this generation’s best 3D fighters and is a must, with a caveat or two, for anyone who played the original version. It’s especially true if you own the PS3 version since you can now play the game online.
Excerpt: Originally released on consoles well before the fighting game boom brought on by Street Fighter IV, Virtua Fighter 5 returns for a second shot at recognition in its downloadable re-release, Final Showdown.
(PlayStation 3 Review) Virtua Fighter 5: Final Showdown
The Entertainment Depot
6 July 2012
Summary: Virtua Fighter 5: Final Showdown is one of the finest fighters on the market. The base game is a steal at $15, and the complete set, with all downloadable content, is still a good deal at $45. The download-size limitation required some sacrifice, namely Quest Mode.
Excerpt: Even five years after its console debut, playing Virtua Fighter 5 is like endeavoring to learn a new language. It’s simple enough to come to grips with the basic building blocks, but mastery only comes with hours upon hours of diligent practice.
Pros: The low price, Decades worth of depth, The fluidity of the fighting itself
Cons: Losing to button-mashing when you first start out, Trying to pull off one-frame combos, Hearing Lion Rafale taunt you
Conclusion: Training mode, meanwhile, offers numerous ways to analyze and practice your newly learned skills, including numerous detailed input displays (complete with frame data for advanced players) and notations on how and where moves strike you or your opponent.
Pros: Some of the richest, most complex fighting gameplay around, Solid online gameplay with well-done netcode, Option-packed customization DLC offers a lot of value, Offers some of the best tutorial and training modes in modern fighters.
Cons: Single-player mode is weak compared to previous iterations, No way to earn customizations without DLC.
Conclusion: Virtua Fighter’s presentation is pretty week. The game lacks its own original style. Fighting games usually have some sort of strong connection with their art style, be it the brutal brawls of Mortal Kombat or the high speed anime fights of Blaz Blue.