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Virtua Fighter 5


Xbox 360


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Suitable for mature audiences 16 years and over.

NOTE: Moderate Violence

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"Addictive but worth it!"
5 stars"
Purchased on Mighty Ape

Virtua Fighter 5 is addictive.

Hailing from a Sega's AM2 department and following a huge franchise, this game delivers a great and rewarding experience. The more you put into this puppy the more you get out of it. From the standard Arcade mode, online play, through to a Quest mode that has you playing against data taken from arcade machines used in tournaments overseas, this game puts you to your limits!

The ability to make your characters your own is encouraged through the use of unlockable items, clothing and even avatars to put by your name. This always pushes you further to unlock something new, to acquire something that another online opponent has or just to have something cooler than your friend has equipped!

The moves list is huge and mastering a character is easy to begin with but is hard to complete. Though if you're dedicated enough, you will be the envy of friends pulling off amazing moves and combos.

I would suggest this game to avid fighting fans or those that are looking for a fighting game with some depth. While the rewards are great, it's a matter of… the more you put in, the more you get out!

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.
"Rewarded dedication..."
5 stars"
Purchased on Mighty Ape

Back in 1993, the now-legendary, SEGA AM2 department released Virtua Fighter. The first 3D fighting game. For it's time it was hailed by many as the most technically impressive game of it's time. Consisting of an arcade stick and 3 buttons, Punch, Kick and Guard. It sounded easy but demanded dedication to master. The popularity of which lead to many sequels for the franchise and lay the way for many other franchises to be born.

Fast forward to 2006, the latest installment: Virtua Fighter 5. On the surface VF5 looks like standard fare for a 3D beat-em-up; beautiful graphics, a decent list of characters and a large move set. But under the surface, is the same level of depth that the original held. Can you beat the game with button mashing? Sure, on lower difficulties, it can be done. But it is a game that demands dedication for you to enjoy all the benefits.

Virtua Fighter has always been about knowing, and being aware, of points where you have an advantage over your opponent or when the opponent has one over you and reacting accordingly. Standard attacks, throws, throw escapes, recoveries, rising attacks… all those are here. As well as more advanced attacks like reversals, deflecting, charged attacks and staggering.

The game also features a Quest Mode, where you go from arcade to arcade beating various challengers. It's a great way to pass time offline or to hone your skills against varying difficulties. Along with this comes more items and titles for you to use to customise characters and/or change your title for online play and increase your ranking.

This is where the Xbox 360 version outshine it's Playstation 3 counterpart, for it has online mode. This is due to the PS3 version being built on the older Version B of the arcade model and is tied to the limitations of that model. Which is great for 360 owners! You can now challenge your friend down the street or across the World. Show off your title, icons, ranking or just the way your character looks with the available items you've unlocked.

Of course, you can still play against your armchair buddy with a second controller. Personally, an arcade stick is my choice for fighting games, but the controller settings are perfect for this game. So no worries there!

Virtua Fighter 5 will test your skill and demand your time, but the more you give to it, the more it gives back. It's a challenging game that rewards the fighter purist and those that are willing to test their mettle.

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.
"Great Gaming"
5 stars"
Purchased on Mighty Ape

This game has it all, great graphics and all the fighting styles. I prefer playing with friends as it is more unpredictable but one player is also fun. I believe this game is better than the newest Tekken, in graphics and fighting moves.


Virtua Fighter 5 will elevate the arcade fighting genre to all new heights as the game promises to take true advantage of the capabilities of the next generation hardware. Virtua Fighter 5 raises the bar for console fighting games including all the features fans know and love plus enhanced gameplay mechanics, additional characters and new fighting styles, as well as newly redesigned 3D environments.

Virtua Fighter 5 will deliver fast-paced, adrenaline-pumping action as players head into battle, taking on a host of popular characters. The game will introduce two new dynamic characters, El Blaze and Eileen, complete with new fighting techniques and from completely different backgrounds. Play as one of the 17 default characters in the game or customize a character. Players will be able to modify their characters by selecting from four base costumes and then decorate them by attaching a wide range of unlockable and earnable items. Players will not only achieve victory by defeating highly-skilled opponents, but also by competing for prizes and earning in-game money allowing them to buy many items at an in-game shop. Further building upon the depth of the series, players will now be able to move around their opponent using an “Offensive Move” technique, adding a new strategic element to their battles.

  • Two New Characters, El Blaze and Eileen, round out the cast of 17 dynamic characters. El Blaze is a Mexican wrestling champion that uses the Lucha Libre fighting style, and Eileen, originally from China, uses “Kou-Ken” a Monkey Kung Fu style which she learned from her grandfather.
  • Reinvented Quest Mode where players can compete in various arcades and win prize money to fully customize each character. The Quest Mode will also allow players to choose their opponents allowing for more strategic and flexible gameplay. Would you rather fight in an easy competition to win items to customize your character or compete against the highest ranked fighter to improve your dan-level? The choice is yours.
  • Commentary Function allows players to turn on a play-by-play sports commentary audio creating an action-packed competitive atmosphere.
  • In-depth DOJO Mode where players can learn and practice thousands of moves and techniques to succeed. The DOJO Mode allows players to practice against any of the characters they choose, set their skill level, specify their actions and reactions and activate in depth display settings showing button inputs and move frame counts in real time.
  • Customize your character with the enhanced attachment system and customization engine giving players more flexibility than ever before when creating their characters.
  • Stunning, Highly-Detailed 3-D Fighting Environments inspired by locales around the world where players can challenge their opponents in unique types of arenas.
  • Offensive Move lets players to move around their opponent from the side and back allowing players to be more strategic with their battles.
  • Next Gen Presentation HD resolution widescreen and Dolby Digital 5.1ch.
Release date NZ
October 26th, 2007
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