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. Even though the arcade, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360 iterations were all vastly different from one other (with each having their own set of unique problems), Virtua Fighter 5 was heralded as one of the best fighting games to ever come out.
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. It’s something 360 owners were treated to, but the original PS3 version lacked, and it’s a shame too since it added a ton of replay value to the game.
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. It includes all the content from the latest arcade update, including new characters, balance fixes, and for the first time ever on the PS3, online play.
(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. While its absence is a downer, as well as the lack of supplemental material (e.g., extra video tutorials), the tradeoff is a bargain price that’s hard to beat.
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. However, once you’ve conquered it, you’ll be privy to a new level of understanding.
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. The training dummy can also be set to react in a plethora of ways, including switching up command strings at random so you can practice anticipating and countering troublesome mix-ups.
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.
Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown is a triple-A fighting game with an iffy price tag (review)
13 June 2012
Conclusion: Yes, this review contains a lot of complaining. We complain because we care. Virtua Fighter 5 is a very good game, and Final Showdown makes it better in many ways…but it could have been even better than that with just a few reasonable changes. As such, we have a hard time recommending the total package. Forty-five dollars is a lot to spend compared to the dirt-cheap price tags on Evolution or vanilla VF5.
Pros: Three buttons and that’s enough Virtua Fighter was the first 3D fighting game to draw a real following, and it’s still the conservative, old-fashioned choice in the genre. VF has never been big on visual flash. It doesn’t have swords or guns or crossover guest stars. It doesn’t have any control buttons beyond the basic punch, kick, and block. What it does have, buried under those simple controls, is amazing complexity and depth. Each character has a massive, distincti...
Cons: Paying extra for more of the single-player game In its simplest form, Final Showdown comes with a well-done training mode and some basic single-player challenges. If you want the entire solo game, however, things get complicated. For those who missed the announcement, here’s a recap. Final Showdown, the basic game, costs 15 dollars. Downloadable character packs, with hundreds of costumes and customization items, cost five bucks per fighter. Alternatively, you can buy ...
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. Virtua Fighter’s stages, moves, and characters are all bland. Again this is not to say they are believable, but they lack the imagination and creativity that is so key to the experience of fighting games.