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An Excellent Fighting Game
posted by Commish428 (CASTALIA, OH) Jan 7, 2008
Member since Nov 2007
15 out of 15 gamers (100%) found this review helpful
I am somewhat surprised to see what I believe to be a negative reaction to this game, but I can somewhat understand. The game takes time to learn and fully appreciate and that is not something that many gamers want to do with a fighting game.
Each fighter has a strength and a weakness. Each fighter also has a different degree of difficulty in learning. Sarah Bryant was easy for me to learn. She had a quick style with some devastating combos that were not that difficult. Where-as Akira has been extremely difficult to learn. Some of his combos can be extremely difficult to pull off, however they are much more devastating to an opponent than the quick combos of Sarah Bryant.
The fighting is very smooth and the control configuration works well, especially with the multi-button moves.
The quest mode is an interesting modification from the last title and is one of the features that sells me on this game as a single player game.
However the best part of the game is the online feature. Testing your skills against those that are just as good. This part of the game is so addicting.
Now to the more frustrating parts of the game. As with every fighting game the end boss is a nightmare to fight. Dural seems to know every move you do before you do it. She also juggles well. I didn't mark down for this because every fighting game has this problem.
What I did mark this game down for was the lack of story and this has frustrated me with every Virtua Fighter. Where is the ending? You work your butt off beating an impossible boss and what are you rewarded with? Credits...thanks guys...thanks. One of the reasons I prefer Tekken over Virtua Fighter.
All in all I think this is the best fighting game on XBox 360 so far. It is a solid title and gets better as you play it more.
Technical.. Deep.. Beautiful.. Boring
posted by Notaro (GLASSBORO, NJ) Nov 5, 2007
Member since Mar 2006
14 out of 22 gamers (64%) found this review helpful
At a fighting distance.. it looks awesome: the texture detail is amazing; the characters are well proportioned and the motions are fluent; and the levels are amazing. Once you get up close in the victory scenes it's not so impressive.
The arcade mode is pathetic, in my opinion. Without knowing any real combinations I managed to get straight through with no difficulty at all. Compared to other fighting games I've played; Mortal Kombat, Dead or Alive, King of Fighters, Guilty gear, Tekken, Street fighter, the AI in this game is by far the most disappointing. I feel bad for PS3 players who're limited to the offline modes.
After putting some time in, I'm impressed by the depth of the fighting system.. but it's complicated to the point of being more work than play. This game has almost no fun factor, it's not for the casual player.
At this point, I was still thinking about sticking with the game, learning the system enough to play competitively, until I tried the online play. As you sign into the xbox live section of the game, you get to choose your character and data from the offline game. This means that once into the live menu, you can't switch characters. You then search for a match against one opponent, with your pre-selected characters, for one match, to then be kicked back to the menu again. It's almost impossible to enjoy playing with a friend, and a less advanced system then that of the xbox live arcade fighters.
Atleast for competitive players, Virtua Fighter 5 WOULD have been a must-rent, and a blast, with lots of lasting appeal and depth. They've completely destroyed the game's chances by rushing it out without a good xbox live system.
Best fighting game ever
posted by JoeyVast (REGO PARK, NY) Nov 5, 2007
Member since Jul 2006
8 out of 17 gamers (47%) found this review helpful
There is a steep learning curve but the game provides a pretty good dojo mode to learn the moves.
If you like fighting games i can't recommend this game enough. Im addicted.
For the Hardcore only
posted by Hollowcow (BUCHANAN, MI) Dec 7, 2007
Member since Oct 2006
1 out of 2 gamers (50%) found this review helpful
Graphics- To put it quite simply they are unmatched by any other fighter on any system. The clothing and character models beneath them look as real as they could. Virtua Fighter 5 is only rivaled by Dead or Alive 4 is terms of graphics. The overworld in Quest mode looks pretty awful and is the only real graphical issue with the game.
Sound- Not much to talk about here. The menu music is fine and the voice work is good enough.
Gameplay- this game is broken into several different modes consisting of Arcade, VS, Quest, and Dojo. Arcade is probably the weakest of these modes.
Arcade- You choose a character and fight through a ladder of matches that increase in difficulty as the game progresses. Most fighting games have a story to go with the Arcade mode but Virtua Fighter 5 does not. If you want to know a characters motivation for being in the VF tournament you will have to read the manual, which is lame. The last few matches also feel very unbalanced. Towards the end the AI feels like they know what you are going to do before you do it and you MUST come up with a cheap tactic to bring them down.
VS- This allows you to play against a live person either on the console or online. The online in this game is very good but unforgiving to new VF5 players. Unless you play with a euro player with a bad connection this game is lag free. The unranked matches are mixed up with people of all skill levels. The ranked matches however are cruel and only frequented by VF gods.
Quest- Quest is the best way to learn how to play this game. It has you choose a character and begin your rise to fame as an up and coming VF5 player. The main hub is made up of arcades for you to play against A.I opponents.
boring and annoying
posted by Droppo (MOUNTLAKE TERRACE, WA) Nov 6, 2007
Member since Dec 2006
4 out of 18 gamers (22%) found this review helpful
I did like the option of customizing my characters with accessories and changing the parts of their costumes around. You can never have too much customizing in a game.
The comments characters would make before and after fights were horrible. They aren't great in DOA, but there is some humor there at least. In this game, it sounds like someone tried to force some funny and poorly translated comments.
I only kept this game at home for 3 days. If you are really into these fighting games, you might like it a little more. But I would recommend DOA instead.
JUST PLAIN LAME
posted by Wolfman13 (Hialeah, FL) Nov 27, 2007
Member since May 2007
1 out of 6 gamers (17%) found this review helpful
Avoid at all costs
posted by Donut212 (NEW YORK, NY) May 16, 2008
Member since Nov 2007
1 out of 9 gamers (11%) found this review helpful
posted by 10inchgemini (HOMESTEAD, FL) Jan 30, 2013
Member since Jan 2013
posted by Snowwulfe (HARRISBURG, AR) Dec 29, 2011
Member since Nov 2011
real fighting games
posted by gamespro (LA PUENTE, CA) Feb 12, 2011
Member since Apr 2010
posted by fusionfall (FEDERAL WAY, WA) May 20, 2010
Member since May 2010
a very fluid fighting game to say the least.
i just have one question...do you guys have Virtua Fighter 5R?
Play and Forget
posted by Zollinger (CLARKSVILLE, TN) Aug 27, 2009
Member since Aug 2009
Serious Fighter for Serious Fighting Fans
posted by s1aveone (FORT GRATIOT, MI) Aug 18, 2009
Member since Apr 2009
Virtua Fighter is a game about realistic fighting and realistic fighting techniques. Each fighter has literally hundreds of different combo possibility. The moves are relatively simple to do but you have to learn how to use them. Virtua Fighter 5 is easily the most accessible of the series. It also continues the play style of VF1, 2, and 4. The graphics are very good though I think Soul Calibur IV beats it out in that category. One other thing I should mention is that blocking is actually useful in this game - unlike many others.
All in all, this game is great. If you've been playing fighters since the 16-bit/Arcade era, you'll dig this. If you are too young or inexperienced to have enjoyed that era, this is a great place to start. Its easily accessible but very deep and complex - much like Street Fighter IV. Give it a chance, try different characters, and you'll find much to love here.
a great game
posted by tretavious (BOSSIER CITY, LA) Jul 27, 2009
Member since Aug 2008
2nd dan my favorite charter is sarch she is a strong fighter and hot.
posted by Derm24 (STERLING, CO) Feb 25, 2009
Member since Dec 2008
VF 5 in one word.. Old.
posted by UrThumbs (GARDEN CITY, NY) Feb 24, 2009
Member since Sep 2008
I just felt disappointed with the whole thing. Maybe I demand a little more from a series thats been around a while. It still feels like the game from the 90's i loved but it feels so dated. With games like Soul Calibur, DOA, Street Fighter on shelves, why would I buy this? While fighting games never have a much of a story, there is still something to be said of at least some fiction. DOA, Soul Calibur, and Mortal Kombat all ways keep me interested because I loved a few characters and I like to see what they are up too. The Menu system is medieval as far as i am concerned. No menu system should take that long from one screen to the next. It looks old, and wastes my time... this isn't loading a huge GTA or Halo level. So why so slow? Go find a better fighting game.
posted by nelsonx (PHILADELPHIA, PA) Jan 29, 2009
Member since Jan 2009
Also, the button combos seem simple, but are not. Perfect timing is nearly impossible. And some of the characters are just plain better/faster than the others.
Overall, I wish this game was more like the Tekken series (or at least more like previous incarnations of the Virtua Fighter series).
MY ADVICE TO YOU:
Option one: rent Soul Calibur 4 or Mortal Kombat vs. DC.
Option two: wait for the new Street Fighter game; it looks like a winner.
Feels Like Getting Punched In The Face
posted by Author (WICHITA, KS) Oct 10, 2008
Member since Jun 2005
posted by militis (TULSA, OK) Oct 2, 2008
Member since Sep 2008
Not as good as I was expecting.
posted by emceelokey (LAS VEGAS, NV) Aug 12, 2008
Member since Dec 2007
Good Fighting Game
posted by michael123 (FORKS, WA) Aug 3, 2008
Member since May 2004
Overly complicated game setup
posted by playwithme (ROCK HILL, SC) Jul 18, 2008
Member since Jul 2008
posted by Alckemar71 (ARVADA, CO) Jul 4, 2008
Member since May 2008
posted by Thisisthat (Schroon Lake, NY) Jun 30, 2008
Member since Apr 2008
Based on the law of contrast in perception, you'll have to rent this game to fully appreciate good sensible well-made controls. You can execute combos with about the consistency of a blind-deaf-mute lobotomy patient having a grand mal seizure.
posted by MEPT72 (GLASTONBURY, CT) Jun 4, 2008
Member since Feb 2007