Virtua Fighter 5 - PS3

Release Date:

February 20, 2007

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Also on UK.


Virtua Fighter 5 allows gamers to become one of 17 existing gladiators or take on a completely new persona by creating a character from scratch. Players may customize four separate costumes with a variety of accessories and weapons that feature a list of special abilities or are purely for aesthetic purposes. However, a ten-point system restricts the amount of items players can equip. Each trinket has a set point worth and once ten is reached no more items may be added to the fighter. Gamers can earn money for additional attire by winning matches and tournaments. The game includes newcomers El Blaze and Eileen. Each duelist comes to the ring with their own fighting style and finishing moves.

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One thing about this version, similar to other Virtua Fighter games, is that it is not exactly the easiest game to get into if you’ve never played before. There is a significant learning curve, and learning the stories related to the game will take even longer. If you’re a big fan of the series and have followed it faithfully over the years, then it will likely make a lot of sense to you, and you’ll be able to jump right in an enjoy it.

The gameplay in Virtua Fighter 5 is divided into many different styles. The first is the arcade mode, which puts you up against a boss character and keeps track of your score as you fight them. There’s versus for playing locally, and a dojo section that lets you practice the complicated moves. There is a mode called "TV" which lets you select any two fighters and have the AI battle it out on screen. Last, there is the quest mode. This allows you to travel to arcades and fight AI players. These players are supposed to resemble real-life players, since the characters have records of wins and losses, upgraded clothes, and have rankings. Generally, though, the illusion is pretty thin, and it’s obvious that they are computers the entire time you play them.

Since playing against the computer is fun, but isn’t at all like playing against people, it would have been nice for there to be an online mode, but there is none included at all. The only options for playing against another person are the aforementioned versus mode. Even that still requires someone else that knows the Virtua Fighter line to fight against, because of the high learning curve.

The game is played with three buttons, guard, kick, and punch. These buttons have to be pushed at the same times, sometimes, leading to situations where you find your hand twisting around to push the buttons right, but overall it’s a solid fighting game. All the old moves from previous versions are here, plus a whole bunch of new moves.

One thing that is noticeable about this game is the graphics. They look very detailed and also well-animated. Occasionally, characters will look a little weird when they try to talk, but it doesn’t detract from the game that much. You can also change the look of characters as you play, since you get gold for fighting that can be spent on costume upgrades. There are a number of different upgrades, and they significantly change the appearance of your fighter as you progress.

The Virtua Fighter series has a long tradition as being a solid, enjoyable 3D fighting game. Fortunately, Virtua Fighter 5 continues that tradition with their particular brand of timing-oriented, enjoyable gameplay, new moves, and beautiful landscapes to fight in.

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