Virtua Fighter 5
Not for the casual gamers, still satisfying
I got Virtua Fighter 5 two years ago and I still play it just as much as I first. The graphics are crisp and lively but I'm here to talk about the game not how it looks. I'll be honest here, this game is very technical. When I started I tried to do some cool moves and got destroyed. In VF5 button mashing will get you nowhere. Its all about skill, patience and pure luck. There are no special moves, no secret attacks and no 10 hit combos just pure 1 on 1 fighting, with counters, various stances and moves for each character and a very deep quest mode. Although 17 characters isn't much in a fighting game, the sheer uniqueness of each character makes up for it. I have never seen a character in any fighting game use pankration or vale tudo, realistic fighting styles. Overall, VF5 will demand and expect you to know both your character and the mechanics of the game. If you want a challenging realistic fighting game that is great when you put time into it, look no further. Also the customization is extremely amazing.
The best 3-d and the most technical
The Controls are well responding. The only problem is the the dreaded Xbox 360 D-pad. Overall the controls are adaptable for most gamers. As for the Graphics, it is flawless. The sweat, the clothes, the har, the enviroments, everything is just beautiful. Every Character is well thought out and are organized. Every character is unique with each an individual move list. Every character differs in size, and all are either slow but strong, or fast but weak, everyting is well sought out. The Sound is very clear, hearable, and does not sound like Sonic the hedgehog for the 360. Well, there isnt lots of fireballs and energy blasts, but damn, there are enough awesomness to the game as it is! Storylines are pretty much the same, Tournament here, veangence there, rivals everywhere, not much to talk about. Unlockables, well, ther's plenty of accessaries and characters to unlock with complicated ways for each individual item. Above all, Virtua Fighter should be for either Graphic hogs, complicated games, or hardcore long playing hour games. I give it 2 thumbs up : )
This Game Is...
...really hard. That doesn't mean it's not really fun, as well. It's very addictive, once you're used to it. Now, on to more detailed descriptions...There are 17 playable characters, each with a unique and surprisingly fluid fighting style. The fighting styles range from Ninjutsu to Drunken Fist (or to be formal, Drunken Boxing) and just about every other solid way to beat something up that you could actually WANT to use in a video game! The Quest Mode is very easy to grasp but, it requires you to create a custom version of any available character, as you can only play Quest using custom characters, not the main versions already available. I don't mean just, change name, suit color, blah, blah, blah, I mean you can completely change the character, right down to the EYE COLOR!!! But, you can't change fighting style (the one downside to this game). You can use custom characters in all game modes! As you play Quest, you can go to tournaments and prove your awesomess as your new superwarrior by beating other fighters, getting cool new stuff, and earning ranks. Also, you can play any tournament, at any time! C'mon. how cool is that??? All in all, I highly recommend this game, to fighting fans and hardcore gamers, alike!
I've been having this game for the past week and a half and it is beautiful, one of the best fighting games I've played so far. I used to hate Virtua Fighter because it was incredibly crappy up to 3 and because it was always behind in graphical power compared to Tekken 1 which came out a year before VF1 and V2 which for it's time it looked and played extremely bad and very dated...3 was 2 with slightly better graphics and some added characters and levels...but 4 changed everything and they finally did a good job. Anyway, this fighting game rules, it plays beautifully, it looks insane (which sounds like an understatement) and everything is a 10 out of 10 in this game...the 360 version has slightly better graphics, lots of gameplay tweaks and live play between others...of course I couldn't play live yet since nobody has the game yet...
great sega game
This fighting game is great. The graphics are good the characters moves and sklls are awesome and The challenges is great. The charaters are good even each onehas a different skill. The special moves of them are really realistic. The grphics are great and the online is very fun. You can make a character but with the same form and look. Also the difficulty is fun and hard but thats is supose to be. The stages are beautiful and really reallistic, and when you are fighting you can fall out the ring or theres a part of a river and you are in a boat you fll in the water like a real person will happen. There are more but im not going to spoiled it. I recommened it.
I used to be a fan of only Street Fighter and Mortal Kombat but lately have started branching out to the other franchises and I'm very glad I did! Virtua Fighter 5 is one of those games that any fan of arcade fighting games should appreciate. The controls are simple at first but you will soon find yourself immersed in layer after layer of depth as the fighting system is second to none as far as realism goes. The visuals are very clear and crisp. You will especially enjoy the rippling water on the stages that have puddles or water around them. The stages themselves are very artfully done, and seem to be just the right size to add strategy to the fighting (some are caged in, and others are left open for 'ring out' opportunities). One thing that really stands out to me on this title is the soundtrack. It is kind of like, techno-elevator music, but it works. It's actually very cool music and it complements the game well. I'm surprised to see this game for such a low price. I highly recommend it. I will say this though. If you don't want to spend a little time learning the complexities of the fighting system here, than you might be better off with an easier game like Mortal Kombat vs. DC (which is also great).
VF Online = Godly
When I found out VF5 is gonna be online, I thought it was the best news in gaming history. Seriously, this and Soulcalibur and BY FAR the best and most technical fighting games to date, and being able to play it online is godly, as I have no competition without it and fighting games are useless without competition. As far as latency goes, Dead or Alive 4 had great online play without frame delays, so I don't see why AM2 and Sega can't achieve the saming thing in VF5...allowing advanced players to execute moves in single-frame precision. PLEASE Sega, perfect the online mode! If they do, this will be the best game ever made.
Online = Still Good
"Online's going to ruin Virtua Fighter 5," you've proved one thing by saying that, you're a complete moron. If you don't like online mode, simple option: don't play it. Adding in a new game mode is not ruining a game mode, maybe it will show you that you don't have any friends, but you shouldn't be angry at others because they do, and if you are throwing such a hissy fit about it send SEGA an E-mail, I'm sure they'll take out their new game mode just to please you. Stick to single player, we don't want you Dan.
Hands down, the Virtua Fighter series is the most in-depth and REALISTIC fighting game. I say this as a martial artist and a gamer. But honestly, without online multiplayer I don't see this game selling very well on the 360. Seriously....what is Sega thinking? Online play is what sustains your games nowadays especially on the 360. $60 for one long, in-depth fighter may fly on the PS3, but they are bringing this game over to the console known for it's ONLINE PLAY. I think this game will sell OK on 360, but Sega will probably do the same thing that Konami did with the Metal Gear series after it got ridiculously outsold by Splinter Cell on the original X-Box and keep their game on the system that it sells the most on. Sadly for those of us who enjoy the VF series that will probably be the PS3.
Not the best choice for casual gamers.
This is a very deep fighter that takes a lot of work to get good at (even for a fighting game), so if you're just looking for a game to hang out and play with your buddies on a lazy afternoon... This might not be the best choice for you. HOWEVER, if you happen to be an avid fighting game fan who loves learning deep and complicated systems, Virtua Fighter 5 is one of the best.