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  • Summary: Virtua Fighter 5 features an all-star cast of 17 fighters, including characters from the previous iterations along with two new characters named El Blaze and Eileen. El Blaze is a Mexican fighting champion who defeats opponents with his quick Lucha Libre fighting style. Eileen, originally from China, uses a Monkey Kung-Fu fighting style that she learned from her grandfather, a former Kung-Fu master. Players are able to customize their characters by selecting from four uniquely patterned costumes and a wide range of attachable items that can be placed onto each fighter’s various body parts. Virtua Fighter 5 delivers fast-paced, adrenaline-pumping action as players head into battle, taking on a host of popular characters. Players not only achieve victory by defeating highly-skilled opponents, but also by competing for prizes which earn them in-game money allowing them to buy many items at in-game shop. These items allow players to customize their ultimate warrior and become the top Virtua Fighter. In addition, the game introduces "Offensive Move", a new maneuver that allows players to easily approach opponents from the side, adding a more strategic element to the battle. [Sega] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 35 out of 36
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 36
  3. Negative: 1 out of 36
  1. 100
    If you love fighting games and want to play a fighter that continually unveils new wrinkles day in and day out and rewards dedication like no other, this is the game to get. Virtua Fighter 5 may not have kangaroos or weapons or bridges to fall off of, but it has unmatched playability as its calling card, and that's the only thing that counts.
  2. Overall, I’d say that Virtua Fighter 5 Online is a remarkable game with a few missteps, but no fatal flaws. The intricate gameplay is better than ever, while the addition of online play adds an incredible amount of replay value to the game, even if it does need some improvement.
  3. A must buy for fans of the series and a serious look for those that have always wondered why the series is regarded by many as the best fighting game out there.
  4. There's a lot to do in VF5, which will keep offline players entertained for quite some time, and is always good to break out if you have friends round. The game does have a lot of depth for those who wish to devote much time to learning and mastering characters, but at the same time, beginners can button mash and be reasonably successful - or by learning a few simple moves.
  5. But here it is: the finest version of the finest fighting game series, and with spot-on Xbox Live play. [Holiday 2007, p.64]
  6. If you're a fighting game fan, you'll find it hard not fall in love with the depth of control and fantastic presentation of Virtua Fighter 5 Online.
  7. This is essentially the same game they’ve been making for years with a couple new characters and updated graphics.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 21
  2. Negative: 4 out of 21
  1. Nydrin
    Nov 3, 2007
    One of the deepest and most beautiful fighters ever. With smooth online play and customization options, you'll be playing this one for a long time to come. Expand
  2. JohnS.
    Oct 30, 2007
    Greatest fighting game on the planet. Ignore the haters. DOA, Tekken, and SC players need to check this game out and battle against people who actually know how to play VF online. Expand
  3. Oct 10, 2011
    Virtua fighter 5.The deepest and the serious one,no other fighting game feels like this because it starts as a dull arcade that takes time to learn but once you get used to the gameplay it takes you to a whole new level it slowly crosses the boundaries and feels more and more like a martial arts simulation.I recomend this game only to those who are willing to dedicate a large amount of their time because this is the only way to understand why Virtua fighter 5 is over the top. Collapse
  4. DavidH.
    Nov 28, 2007
    I have been a VF purist since the first game hit arcades. I have read other user reviews and have this to say: 1) DOA1 was copied from VF1 (using the same hardware even), not vice-versa. They have gone different directions since then, but both are good in their own right. 2) Because VF3tb didn't sell well Sega removed the only "new" thing since this series' inception - varied terrain height. Honestly going back to the roots works, but with the exception of some new fighters and online play, you HAVE played this before, in VF1, VF2, and VF4. I LOVE VF and this game is excellent. If you aren't familiar with the series, you need to take some TIME to learn the inticacies of the controls. HOWEVER I had to dock some points for: 1) Texture clipping, body parts pass through one another. 2) Animations, while good, are not varied enough 3) Online play lag, common to all twitch fighting games, pick a faster fighter to help overcome timing issues, but breaks gameplay balance. 4) Rings? While I always liked ring-outs, the level designs consist of a pretty background behind a square ring. This is one place where 3tb actually improved on the level design, and one place where DOA really shines with tiered levels that you actually feel like you are INSIDE of, rather than pasted on top of. Expand
  5. redson
    Jul 12, 2008
    I'm still playing this game after more than 70hrs in the quest arcades (Completed Vanessa, 70% in Brads) and double that online.. VF5 is not a game for non-fighting people tho and this is not a glowing "go buy this game now" review.. Its not a button masher at all, powerful moves and combos can be difficult to pull off with the 360's dpad and the counter/sabaki/reversal system is NOT intuitive or easy to implement.. despite the updates i still feel like the online implementation is broken, especially when compared to DOA4.. there are no lobbies and changing fighters requires creating a new room and starting a new fight.. lag is definitely an issue for advanced users but new or mid level players probably wont notice until its obvious or unplayable.. if you're not a fan of the series or the fighting game genre Virtua Fighter 5 is not the game for you.. go play DOA4; DOA is much more arcady, button mash friendly and has a much better online setup.. Virtua Fighter 5 has a deeper combat system and requires much more commitment but the rewards are totally worth it.. Put it this way; i bought Virtua Fighter 5 twice.. after cracking my first disc by accident (games belong in cases, not on floors) i had to pick up a used copy.. i traded DOA4 for store credit towards my second copy. Expand
  6. MaxM.
    Nov 5, 2007
    This game is a bit overrated. It's a cheap coppy of Dead or Alive. They did a good job of balancing the characters but the gameplay is a bit too slow for me. Expand
  7. Jun 20, 2012
    I haven't played this anywhere near enough for my opinion to be valid, but the game did not attract me. Normal rounds are far too short, the game is so boring and dull, and the moves list of each character is endless. Had some fun in trials mode (or Command time attack), but got so bored I never really gave it a try. Overall, the graphics are hideous and variety in characters and moves and gameplay... almost non-existent. Again, I have to say I didn't play it for long- perhaps a couple of hours. But from what I've seen there's no attraction to this game if you're not experienced with or a fan of fighting games. I would recommend Street Fighter IV instead. Expand

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