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  • Summary: Challenge the greatest fighters in the world in the ultimate remaster of the classic 3D fighter, now featuring gorgeous HD graphics, new online features, and all the bone-crunching, martial arts combat of the renowned original. Master your fighting style to defeat all challengers in theChallenge the greatest fighters in the world in the ultimate remaster of the classic 3D fighter, now featuring gorgeous HD graphics, new online features, and all the bone-crunching, martial arts combat of the renowned original. Master your fighting style to defeat all challengers in the Fifth World Fighting Tournament and become a Virtua Fighter legend! Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 32
  2. Negative: 0 out of 32
  1. 95
    A stellar remastering of one of the best fighting games ever, Virtua Fighter 5: Ultimate Edition is at the very apex of Sega's long running series and in doing so, its elevated profile will hopefully propel the franchise forward as a whole to heights that it has long deserved. Virtua Fighter is back and it's better than ever.
  2. Jun 5, 2021
    85
    Mechanically Virtua Fighter 5 still is an outstanding Vs-fighting-game that looks better than ever. But it lacks singleplayer content as well as a modern netcode.
  3. Jun 1, 2021
    80
    While the game itself is basically the same Virtua Fighter 5 bolstered with a graphical makeover, it’s hard to fault it when the core fighting system is just so meticulously polished. Regardless of what the future may hold for the franchise, Virtua Fighter 5 Ultimate Showdown is a welcome return of a 3D fighting legend, one that looks and plays better than it ever has before. The major caveat here is that the wealth of online multiplayer options are potentially held back by the netcode.
  4. Jun 15, 2021
    80
    Virtua Fighter 5 Ultimate Showdown is a revamped and remastered version of a brilliant game released over a decade ago. Despite the simple 3-button setup, the battle system is surprisingly deep. This game is easy to access but hard to master. Every fighter has his unique fighting style and everyone can find is perfect fitting. SEGA obviously wants to push the online experience since offline modes are very limited. Expect regular free updates for netcode and new contents in the next months.
  5. Jun 5, 2021
    75
    Mechanically Virtua Fighter 5 is still one of the greats, and being able to play it again is definitely a pleasure for any fighting game aficionado. Unfortunately, a weak netcode in a primarily online based fighting game is a terrible sin.
  6. Jun 11, 2021
    70
    Virtua Fighter is still a great game, no doubt about it. And Virtua Fighter 5 Ultimate Showdown fully re-proposes the old-but-gold original combat system, enhanced by a Training mode that explains in depth everything there is to know about it. What’s inexplicable in this operation is the poor care paid to the multiplayer, penalized by an old and poorly performing netcode, which heavily limits a game designed to be SEGA’s first step towards esports.
  7. Jun 4, 2021
    60
    A lazy and bite-free remastered, designed for online but with a netcode absolutely not up to par. A carefully created online component would certainly have made a combat system shine that remains solid and fun after decades, finally bringing the saga back to the beat 'em up giants. Let's hope Sega has learned his lesson and wants to "get serious" next time.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 22
  2. Negative: 10 out of 22
  1. Jun 7, 2021
    10
    I just forgot how technical and deep the combat mechanics are in VF. After booting up this on ps5 I realised how much I missed VF series. Trully a joy
  2. Jun 8, 2021
    10
    Super Fun!
    Offline matches are quickly and every stage increases the level of the opponent, making hard to bet all while is a good
    Super Fun!
    Offline matches are quickly and every stage increases the level of the opponent, making hard to bet all while is a good challenger. At the same time everyday changes, the lineup for you to fight.
    Online you have to level up every character instead of your profile, therefore you have to use different fighters if you want to show that you are really good.
    I love this retro game and enjoy playing old fight game online, especially in the pandemic where you can't receive anyone in your house, different of the old days
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  3. Apr 9, 2022
    10
    Great game. The only issue is the net code and the lack o balance (choose wisely) between the characters.
    Some have all the pearks other
    Great game. The only issue is the net code and the lack o balance (choose wisely) between the characters.
    Some have all the pearks other have... some..

    Only online. For some weird reason, u will reach a point where u only mach with higher ranks (like 5 to 10 lvls higher)
    Arcade stick recommended.

    All this issues remobe most of the fun, i reach a point where iam playing just for the platinum
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  4. Jun 3, 2021
    5
    Why are they want to feed us with this again? New graphics, ok, but again, it's remaster of remaster of a 2006-7 game with the same amount ofWhy are they want to feed us with this again? New graphics, ok, but again, it's remaster of remaster of a 2006-7 game with the same amount of content, characters and freacking stupud sound work (voices and sounds of kicking and this sort in particular). Totally wait for changes there, devs should add some DLC or just guest characters like from Yakuza series or else. Technically gameplay is good, but the game is barebones, like there is most simple arcade mode without story, without any cutscenes or character info + no story mode. If you're not a fan of fighters like, where you need to learn moves to master it, not just play it for fun and story, it's probably not for your eyes, but you still can play couple of decent rounds online or beat your friend. Expand
  5. Jul 15, 2021
    4
    Not fun at all. Lagy online gameplay. Poor graphics, and not story. Why waste your time on this when there's Street Fighter, Tekken, MortalNot fun at all. Lagy online gameplay. Poor graphics, and not story. Why waste your time on this when there's Street Fighter, Tekken, Mortal Kombat, or even Injustice? All these games have WAY better graphics as well as a story. They even have much more stable internet connections. Finally, this is just an HD remake of Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown from the PS4 which was an HD remake of Virtua Fighter 5 from the 2013 PS3 version in which THAT was just an HD remake of Virtua Fighter 5 from 2006 on an Arcade system. Sooo dumb, I know Expand
  6. Jun 7, 2021
    4
    Virtua Fighter 5 is still one of the best fighting games of all time, but Sega is exploiting it at this point instead of giving it the modernVirtua Fighter 5 is still one of the best fighting games of all time, but Sega is exploiting it at this point instead of giving it the modern love it deserves. 1. It is not on Xbox. Why?
    2. Still has a near sole focus on online play, like last time. 3. Doesn't have even close to good enough online for such a restricted focus.
    4. Lacks the quest mode which was the best part of the original release. Other than the improved visuals (which are not in 4K), this seems like a worthless release. It could have been the true ultimate package of an amazing game but I see no reason for it to exist as is.
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  7. Jun 12, 2021
    0
    Just to be clear, Virtua Fighter 5 online for the 360 is in the top 20 of my favorite games of all time. Considering that I've been playingJust to be clear, Virtua Fighter 5 online for the 360 is in the top 20 of my favorite games of all time. Considering that I've been playing games close to 30 years and have played 100's of them, that means something to me.

    Virtua Fighter 5 Online had this excellent quest mode that encouraged new players (like me at the time) to learn and experiment with many different characters. With each victory you had in quest mode you improved your rank and increased your chances of unlocking one of the many costume pieces for your character. Eventually you would have to travel to a more difficult arcade, forcing you to go into training mode to learn some new moves so you can continue to level up and unlock fun content. it was a simple but ohh so effective way to keep new players engage as they learn the many ropes and systems that are in Virtua Figher.

    Ultimate Showdown does not have a quest mode or any unlockable content, leaving new players little else to do, other than to go online and get killed by more experienced players... like me. Add in the fact that the game looks markedly worse than both its 2008 and 2012 counterparts and I see why the game was made free to ps+ members... it would be nothing short of robbery to pay for this. (They really want 30 bucks for this after August?)

    This is a bit off topic but I want to talk about DOA: Ultimate which was released way back in 2004. Like Ulitmate Showdown that game was a third iteration, in this case being DOA2, that game had: a bonus character, new environments, a beautifully update graphic engine and packed to the gills with unlockable content. DOA:Ultimate lived up to its name... I promise your their is absolutely nothing Ultimate about 2021's Ultimate Showdown.

    (Side Notes)
    A.) Awful netcode. It was acceptable back in the day but we have had so many advances in technology that the game should be running much better.
    B.) Why no keyboard chat in lobbies? Why hamper the ability to communicate with each other?
    C.) Seriously why does the game look so ugly? Vanessa and Sarah look like they were beaten with a shovel, and Lei Fei looks like someone drew angry eyebrows on his face while he was sleeping.

    Final Thoughts:
    End of the day this is just a huge missed opportunity. After a 10 year hiatus they had a chance to revitalize the franchise and entice new players to get into the fold. But there's nothing here for them. Series Vets will enjoy playing online matches again but without any new blood this game and ultimately this franchise is doomed to die. And that's a damn shame.
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