Virtua Fighter 5: Final Showdown PlayStation 3

Metascore
82

Generally favorable reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. Jun 11, 2012
    90
    As a whole, VF 5: Final Showdown is one of those games that I think of as top-shelf, but all the secondary factors like DLC and available options for it put an asterisk next to that when it comes to recommending it to others. If you love the series, you'll get whatever amount of money you spend on it back in sheer enjoyment. If you don't, then at least try the free PSN version or XBLA demo and see if it changes your mind.
  2. Jun 6, 2012
    82
    The most realistic fighting game is back and it is great.
  3. Jun 11, 2012
    80
    After a long wait, finally we have here the final version of one of the best fighting games ever created. The fifth installment of the series reaches its highest playability thanks to Final Showdown.
  4. Jun 6, 2012
    82
    This is a polished and proven fighter that still has a lot left in the tank.
  5. CD-Action
    Jul 31, 2012
    80
    The game's presentation might have aged but fortunately the fun it provides hasn't. Final Showdown is also a great gateway into the world of fighting games, as it's very accessible yet hard to master. [September 2012, p.57]
  6. 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.
  7. Play UK
    Jul 10, 2012
    90
    A purist fighter. [Issue#220, p.79]
  8. 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]
  9. Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    Jun 29, 2012
    90
    As a $15 stand-alone download, Showdown is an absolute steal. [Aug 2012, p.80]
  10. Jun 25, 2012
    85
    It's a brawler, pure and simple. However, the more you put into it, the more you practice, the more it gives back, giving it an immensely rewarding quality that can only be found in truly great competitive online games.
  11. Jun 21, 2012
    90
    The genre is as healthy as ever, and this Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown is great news for fans of 3D fighting. Although it is a digital only title, it resist the comparison with its rivals, although the game itself is not that new and it lacks single player modes.
  12. Jun 21, 2012
    80
    The netcode is strong enough to encourage sustained online play. The title doesn't do enough to highlight the strides Final Showdown has taken for the series – particularly for PS3 owners, stuck with Ver.B of Virtua Fighter 5 as opposed to Xbox 360's later release of Version C – but it's a still complicated, technical beast of a fighting game, and more than ever worth the effort of learning.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. Jun 15, 2012
    90
    For a very inexpensive price, you get a polished, well made fighting game that is well worth the money for newcomers to the series and the Virtua Fighter veterans alike.
  16. Jun 14, 2012
    85
    Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown offers some of the best versus fighting on the market.
User Score
5.9

Mixed or average reviews- based on 92 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 21
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 21
  3. Negative: 4 out of 21
  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. Full Review »
  2. 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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  3. Jun 11, 2012
    10
    I just can't define the epic-ness of once again playing vf online after all these years. Vf is my favorite fighting game of all time andI just can't define the epic-ness of once again playing vf online after all these years. Vf is my favorite fighting game of all time and possibly my favorite game of all time. I do wish there was more single player components, but I understand it at this price. I'm still debating whether to dedicate myself to this game once more. With the newfound smoothness of gameplay it's probably worth it. Sf4 served me for years but vf is still king. Full Review »