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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: 14 out of 18
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 18
  3. Negative: 4 out of 18
  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. Jun 6, 2012
    10
    Sega might as well have called this Virtua Fighter 6. I've been waiting a very long time to play this game, and as a big fan of the series, ISega might as well have called this Virtua Fighter 6. I've been waiting a very long time to play this game, and as a big fan of the series, I am happy that they didn't ruin the game! The graphics look great, the mechanics are solid, and the combos are extremely fluid. I had no problem finding opponents to fight online, and really enjoyed all the playable modes / trials this title has to offer. I'm very pleased, and to sweeten the deal, it was made free to ps+ members, minus the customize feature which will run you 14.99 on the playstation store. A must buy for any 3D fighting fan, it's sure to hold you over until DOA5 and Tekken Tag 2! 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. 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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  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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