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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. Collapse
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. 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. 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: 15 out of 19
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 19
  3. Negative: 4 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. Nov 15, 2012
    10
    This is the deepest fighting game ever made, I can't find flaws in the gameplay and this is just because there are NOT.
    Probably NetCode
    This is the deepest fighting game ever made, I can't find flaws in the gameplay and this is just because there are NOT.
    Probably NetCode should be better for a game based on frames but the connection is OK if you play with people that have a good one so it doesn't count that much and it's pretty good if the think SEGA needed to receive a petition to bring that game on consoles,
    and it's VirtuaFighter so: 10/10.
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  3. Jan 22, 2015
    10
    This game is a love letter for any hardcore fighting game fanatic. Ever know why you lost a round and you dont know why? Virtua Fighter alwaysThis game is a love letter for any hardcore fighting game fanatic. Ever know why you lost a round and you dont know why? Virtua Fighter always has a simple solution. Ever lose to a counter pick or bad match up? Every character in Virtua Fighter is viable. Universally every character can deal with every situation. There are no unbalanced comeback mechanics making the game more about outplaying your opponent properly and no flashy animations which keeps the games pace going and more interactive. Virtua Fighter 5 rewards the player with the best reads, reactions and fundamentals rather than gimmicks, spammed attacks and invincible moves. Every hit you land you deserved. The game may seem slow(example: 12 frame crouching jabs versus Street Fighters 3 frame crouching jabs) but that's just on the surface. There is a hard counter to every single move so each player is making a decision every 6th of a second making the pace of the game incredibly quick and a lot less waiting and walking back and forth. Virtua Fighter's inaccessibility is largely exaggerated. The entry level to the game is rather low once you know the basics(high punches are plus on block but can be beaten by lows, mids can beat highs, lows or mids but you need to have frame advantage and they are negative on block) and lows are negative on hit unless its a crouching jab as well as throw beating block, block beating attack, and attack beating throw, you'll quickly be able to jump into the game knowing the rock paper scissors to the game. Peel the layers back even further however you'll find tons of technical moves such as moves that do something special on counter hit or moves that or designed to counter attacks or break guard. The entry level may be low but the ceiling to improve is immense making this game one of the easiest to pick up and learn but very difficult to master. As for presentation, the music is great and you can switch between soundtracks of older virtua fighters. The graphics are however outdated but keep in mind Virtua Fighter 5 came out in arcades before Playstation 3 or Xbox360 even existed. The voice actors however are horrible but there is a certain cheesy charm to it to break up the intense matches with a good laugh. The game feels a bit stiff at first but once it gets its hooks in you you will have a hard time finding a more complete, interactive, balanced and fun fighting game out there. 10/10 Expand
  4. 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. Expand
  5. Mar 13, 2015
    9
    This is it, my fellow fighting games fans - the ultimate fighting game, I think. Virtua Fighter has finally surpassed Street Fighter with thisThis is it, my fellow fighting games fans - the ultimate fighting game, I think. Virtua Fighter has finally surpassed Street Fighter with this comprehensively amazing update. The depth of gameplay and also the character customization options here are just incredible. The superb soundtrack has to be mentioned as well. Where do you go from here? I guess the only way forward would be a next-gen Virtua Fighter on the PS4 or 5 - a game that would push the realism and the style even further.

    Why is the user score only 5.7 by the way, when there's only one single negative review by that Tekken fanboy called MAS360? Metacritic - I think this needs an explanation.
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  6. Sep 15, 2014
    9
    Perhaps the best fighting game ever made, I heard this being said about it so many times and just had to go out and buy it for myself. It isPerhaps the best fighting game ever made, I heard this being said about it so many times and just had to go out and buy it for myself. It is amazing to see how far this series has come from it's origins and VF5 FS certaintly delivers.

    The game has a brilliant knack of delivering an addictive fighting experience, with simple but well timed moves and combos some of which are difficult to execute but very user friendly with perseverance. The roster boasts a range of styles with attacks also using the surrounding walls and edges.

    The game also includes the customization packs in full and I have to say the custom options are pretty amazing and actually make your characters look authentic still unlike the ones on Tekken. Virtual Fighter Final Showdown is the bar that all fighters should aspire to match.
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  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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