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  • Summary: Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown contains the definite version of Virtua Fighter 5, refined over the years since its original arcade debut. The new release also adds an extensive list of features never before seen on consoles. Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown, will contain a full overhaul ofVirtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown contains the definite version of Virtua Fighter 5, refined over the years since its original arcade debut. The new release also adds an extensive list of features never before seen on consoles. Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown, will contain a full overhaul of Virtua Fighter 5�s mechanics, balance and animations, along with new game modes, new dynamic fighting arenas, a massive collection of customizable character items and new characters added to the roster. Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. Jun 15, 2012
    90
    At £9.99/$14.99, there's no excuse for fighting fans not to try Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown. Intricate and occasionally obtuse though it may be, it's also wonderfully balanced and endlessly varied; those who get past its initial barriers rarely go back. One of the world's best fighting games at this price should not be missed.
  2. Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    Jun 29, 2012
    90
    As a $15 stand-alone download, Showdown is an absolute steal. [Aug 2012, p.80]
  3. Jul 11, 2012
    90
    Its prudence, that veil of simplicity masking a system of astonishing possibility and depth, makes it one of the purest fighting games on the market today.
  4. Jun 6, 2012
    82
    This is a polished and proven fighter that still has a lot left in the tank.
  5. Official PlayStation Magazine Benelux
    Jul 3, 2012
    80
    The original is five years old, which you will probably notice because of the awful sound effects, but it is still one of the most in-depth fighting games of its generation. And Final Showdown is by far the best version, including the possibility to play online against other players. [July 2012, p.92]
  6. Jun 15, 2012
    80
    It's the less expensive and the most polished version of the Virtua Fighter Saga. Yes, it's not all that new either, but the original VF5 was a strong title for hardcore and elitist versus fighting fans, and this one is definitely a revision worth buying for them.
  7. Jun 6, 2012
    60
    Virtual Fighter 5: The Final Showdown shows its age when compared to triple-A contemporary fighters, but it works well as a budget-friendly downloadable release. While the single player modes don't offer a wealth of longevity, there's enough bang for buck value to be found in the online multiplayer to keep the fanbase happy.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 19
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 19
  3. Negative: 1 out of 19
  1. Sep 25, 2012
    10
    Best fighting game ever made. Plain and simple. If you are into button mashing and instant gratification then stay away. Fighting game noobsBest fighting game ever made. Plain and simple. If you are into button mashing and instant gratification then stay away. Fighting game noobs dont stand a chance in this game and that's why this game is not nearly as popular as it should but if you are a fighting game veteran then YOU MUST ABSOLUTELY PLAY THIS GAME. It's without a doubt the deepest fighting game ever made and only the best and most skilled players win every single time. There's no lucky bs in this game. If you are a fighting game fan and you don't play this then you have zero credibility as a fighting game fan IMO. Expand
  2. Sep 28, 2012
    10
    Seems like some idiotic troll screwed up the user score here at Metacritic using multiple email accounts (a TTT2/DOA5 fanboy, perhaps?).Seems like some idiotic troll screwed up the user score here at Metacritic using multiple email accounts (a TTT2/DOA5 fanboy, perhaps?). However, he didn't write a single review, mentioning at least one important defect in the game that justifies such a low user score. And of course he didn't, because this game has NONE. VF5FS has the most deep fighting mechanics ever in a 3D fighting game, where you actually earn your victories and learn from your defeats. Easy to learn, thanks to the best tutorial in fighting games, but VERY hard to master, because of the number of possibilities this fighting engine offers, the lack of comeback mechanics / artificial help based on luck other games have, and the tough competition you have online. Speaking of it, VF5FS also has the best netcode in a fighting game, with lag simply nonexistent when playing against someone in the "same area" ("worldwide" option not recommended). It may not have the presentation polish of a AAA fighter, but wins against all of them in what matters most: gameplay. And in a year full of releases of them, it's a remarkable thing this budget release is the best. Expand
  3. Jan 30, 2017
    10
    La versión definitiva de Virtua Fighter hasta la fecha, mejora en los gráficos (ya excelentes), mejoras en los escenarios, integración de masLa versión definitiva de Virtua Fighter hasta la fecha, mejora en los gráficos (ya excelentes), mejoras en los escenarios, integración de mas opening y ending de batalla, mas ítem por conseguir, funciones online optimizadas, el juego de lucha 3D mas exigente y complicado que existe hasta ahora, la inclusión de 2 personajes (1 completamente nuevo y otro devuelta de Virtua Fighter 3). Grande Sega... Perfecto Expand
  4. Jun 7, 2012
    10
    This might be the best fighting game ever made, deep like no other, fun, addictive, easy to play and hard as **** to master...the only onesThis might be the best fighting game ever made, deep like no other, fun, addictive, easy to play and hard as **** to master...the only ones not liking it are the ones who can't learn the mechanincs.
    You know? No supers, no X factor...just pure true skills.
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  5. Dec 19, 2013
    9
    Very good and balanced game. To me this is still the most honest fighting game out there: there's no cheating bosses or anything. And when youVery good and balanced game. To me this is still the most honest fighting game out there: there's no cheating bosses or anything. And when you lose, you know you lost to the better man in that fight. The balance is just that good. There's aren't a lot of modes to play in, it's just fighting in it's purest form.
    I did not own the original Virtua Fighter 5, but I do understand that it's kind off a rip off because this could just as easily be downloadable content. As a stand-alone game, it's as perfect as a figting game can get though.
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  6. Mar 8, 2013
    9
    This game is easily, the best fighting game engine on the market, I´m going to review the game for the casual gamer and pro gamer of fightingThis game is easily, the best fighting game engine on the market, I´m going to review the game for the casual gamer and pro gamer of fighting games (as myself). For the casual: As much as I love Virtua Fighter is kind of difficult to recommend this game for somebody that just want to play with friends that have no idea about the game and just want to have fun without complex things to know, however, there is an arcade mode, customization mode, challenges to help you get better ad entertain you, but as I say, is very difficult to recommend this game for the casuals over Tekken or Soul Calibur, anyway, the game provides extremeoly good tools to help you get better (tools that in Tekken doesn´t even exist) so if you are a casual and want to play a fighting game pick VF, but if you only want to mash things and watch characters endings and that kind of bs, maybe you should consider Tekken. For the pro gamer point of view: This game is the best fighting game in history, complex mechanics, extremely deep matchups, no random issues with random launchers (like Tekken), great netcode, the only downside is that the community is small, but I´m comletely sure that SEGA is going to make some announcement soon and there is a lot of people with no game after the dissapointment that the last 3D have caused, so this game is going to increase popularity of the tops. Expand
  7. Nov 15, 2012
    2
    I guess good for Virtua Fighter, but the game still isn't as good Tekken. The fighting is still pretty sloppy and the game still feels likeI guess good for Virtua Fighter, but the game still isn't as good Tekken. The fighting is still pretty sloppy and the game still feels like I'm playing Virtua Fighter on Dreamcast. Expand

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