Summary: I almost feel bad about the PS3 version of Virtua Fighter 5. It seems like SEGA doomed it from the start by first announcing the Xbox 360 version before the PS3 version was even out, and then a few months later revealing that the 360 version would have online play and other enhancements. Whatever SEGA’s motives were regarding the two versions of VF5, the only important thing is that both games are great, but the Xbox 360 version is definitely the better of the two.
Conclusion: It is not a perfect game, however, and I can’t recommend it to everyone. The characters just plain aren’t as interesting as what you’ll find in other fighters, and the tiny shreds of story here and there won’t do much for casual players Virtua Fighter 5 is absolutely a great game that is worth owning for real fight fans, but it isn’t for everyone.
Conclusion: Offline play has been enhanced through a robust prize/customization system worked into Virtua Fighter 5 ’s bread-and-butter Quest mode. Each fight within the virtual arcades of the map (this would have been the kind of cool online mode that we mentioned above) will earn a player money that can be spent on character customization trinkets, new tournament invites and special access to fighter wardrobes.
Excerpt: Virtua Fighter has long been a quality series. From the birth of the series in the arcades of the early ‘90s to its iterations on today’s consoles, Virtua Fighter has remained as one of the premier fighting games on the market. After an arcade release in 2006 and a later PS3 release, Virtua Fighter 5 finally made its way to the 360 during the 2007 holiday season. Does it measure up to the legacy of its predecessors?
Conclusion: Virtua Fighter 5: Online is definitely one for the fans—a balanced, varied, and fair game that offers enough content to quench the thirst of any martial arts aficionado. While the online play is sorely lacking, the game’s core mechanics and replayability more than make up for it. Just remember, this is not a party, this is serious training.
Excerpt: Ever since the 360 version of VF 5 was announced, I’ve been looking forward to playing the latest installment in my all-time favorite fighting game series. Beloved by many for its in-depth gameplay, and reviled by some due to its learning curve, the Virtua Fighter series has been a staple of my gaming habits for over 13 years now.
Excerpt: Product Description Sega continues its Virtua Fighter line in this latest installment. The game that pioneered the 3D fighting genre is back with Virtua Fighter 5, the latest instalment in the popular series, currently under development for the Microsoft Xbox 360. Virtua Fighter 5 will elevate the arcade fighting genre to all new heights as the game promises to take true advantage of the capabilities of the next generation hardware.