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Virtua Fighter 5 (Xbox 360)

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Overall MobyScore (12 votes) 3.7


The Press Says

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1UP
Still, with the addition of serviceable online play, Sega has finally gone where it once refused to go, and that's online. Now it can rest comfortably with Dead or Alive and Tekken in the online department (with Soulcalibur IV coming up next), bringing with it the long-standing Virtua Fighter depth and playability. 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.
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GameSpy
While Virtua Fighter has been known as the fighting game for the hardcore for years now, with Virtua Fighter 5 the series has a fine opportunity to garner some mainstream love from more casual gamers. There's never a strong sense of "oh, you picked the crutch character" that there are in other fighters. Instead, it's a pure fighting experience that gamers who've only played Tekken, Dead or Alive, or Soul Calibur will be able to jump in and appreciate. Of course, there's no such thing as a perfect game -- that's entirely too subjective -- but VF5 does as well as any fighter can. We said before the PS3 owners could taunt their 360-owning friends with VF5 for most of the year. It's now safe to say that the shoe's on the other foot, and with this new version, AM2 has discovered the secret to creating a great online fighting game.
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Gamernode
If the most important aspect of a 3D fighting game is the depth and balanced nature of the gameplay, then Virtua Fighter 5 has no rival. Sure, it doesn't have the lobby system of Dead or Alive 4 or the character list of Tekken, but when the gameplay is this good, it doesn't matter. This is without a doubt the greatest 3D fighting game out there, and it earns every point of its 10.0 score.
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Game Vortex
The only issue I had with Virtua Fighter 5 Online was that some of the menu items weren't as easy to spot as I would have expected. For a while, I was beginning to thing that there was not a way to exit from the Online menu, since I was expecting to hit the (B) button or similar to go back. As it turns out, you have to move down the menu to the item, "Return to Main Menu." Yes, the text is perfectly clear, but usually actions that take you between modes are made more visible.
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Destructoid
I can't possibly recommend this game any higher. Assuming you don't have some unnatural slant against fighting games, VF5 Online is neck and neck with The Orange Box in the race for finest game on the system. If you have ever enjoyed a fighting title, punching someone, or ninjas in general, you'll be a fan.
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Game Over Online
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. Series-long fans should pick this up immediately, while those new to the series should at least download the Xbox Live Marketplace demo and see if the gameplay’s to their liking. If you find that you dig it, definitely buy it, as there’s a lot of game here for $60, and you’ll certainly get your money’s worth out of it.
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Xboxdynasty (XD)
Virtua Fighter bleibt sich selbst treu und überzeugt mit einer unglaublichen Grafik, exzellenten Spielbarkeit und einem Xbox-Live Versus Modus. Für Langzeitspielspaß ist reichlich gesorgt und mit dem Arcade-Stick macht das Spielgeschehen gleich doppelt Spaß. Wir können allen Beat Em Up Fans die eine echte Herausforderung suchen dieses Spiel nur empfehlen. Allen anderen legen wir die erhältliche Xbox-Live Demo ans Herz. Wie bereits bei allen Virtua Fightern Spielen gilt: Anfänger werden ihre Freude mit dem Spiel haben, aber nur wahre Meister werden dieses Spiel bezwingen können.
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Kombo.com
Virtua Fighter 5 isn't a perfect fighting game, but its damn close. It's easily the best fighting game available on the Xbox 360. Fans of the genre owe it to themselves to pick this game up, along with an arcade stick.
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Gamesmania
Virtua Fighter 5 ist eine absolut gelungene Fortsetzung der Serie und zählt zu den besten Genrevertretern aller Zeiten. Wer anspruchsvolle Prügelspiele mag und bereit ist, sich in die Tiefen dieses Titels einzuarbeiten, wird mit einem spielerischen und taktischen Tiefgang belohnt, der für das Genre fast schon untypisch ist. Mit der Xbox 360 Fassung verfügt das Spiel auch endlich über einen Onlinemodus, mit dem ihr euch stundenlange und größtenteils anspruchsvolle Duelle mit Spielern auf der ganzen Welt liefern könnt. Offline-Spieler müssen sich mit den Arcade- und Quest Modi zufrieden geben, deren Langzeitmotivation sicherlich fraglich ist. Fans des Genres kommen in jedem fall nicht um Virtua Fighter 5 herum!
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Game Shark
In the end Virtua Fighter 5 Online is a stupendous fighting game and a worthy successor to the series. If you are new to VF games be prepared to get schooled by veterans if you venture online and don’t learn the intricacies of the game. This is truly the best version of all the VF games and the addition of regularly stable online play makes it that much better. 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.
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UGO (UnderGroundOnline)
Virtua Fighter 5 certainly isn't for everybody. It punishes those looking for quick thrills, and it punishes them badly. But if you're willing to persevere and really learn how to play, the reward is nothing less than proving to the world that you're better at the game than other people. Thus, this is a perfect game Achievement-hungry community which populates Xbox Live. Virtua Fighter 5 offers nearly endless replayability - especially now with the inclusion of online multiplayer functionality - and it is a joy to behold in action. If you're a newcomer, try renting this one before you shell out the $60 for a purchase. And if you're a PS3-only owner... well... in the immortal words of Nelson Muntz: "haw-haw!"
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Gaming Age
If you've been holding off on trying out the series I'd say this is the best time to jump in, and if you've been a long time fan then you'll find plenty of love here. And, if you're like me and have been waiting for a good online mode to expand your skills with, then you'll really love this title. I had zero lag issues in every match I was in, but keep in mind that won't always be the case. All in all Virtua Fighter 5 is a great experience, and one that every player should at least check out for themselves.
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Gaming Nexus
Released six months after the PlayStation 3 version, Virtua Fighter 5 proves to be an even better game on the Xbox 360. Not only are the graphics as good as they can be, but the game sports some of the most compelling game modes found in a fighting game. If you even remotely enjoy beating the snot out of another person, then Virtua Fighter 5 is the perfect game for you!
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4Players.de
Virtua Fighter 5 endlich mit Online-Modus! Dazu eine Analogstick-Steuerung, verbesserte KI-Routinen und eine Kulisse, die etwas weniger Kanten und dazu einen Tick mehr Farbkraft bietet. Man darf hier natürlich keinen großen Grafiksprung erwarten, aber alleine die Tatsache, dass ich mir endlich online mit Freunden über Xbox Live die Handkante geben kann, ist für mich ein Grund, dieses Spiel noch mal auf der Xbox 360 zu zocken und den Platin-Award zu zücken. Die Online-Performance kann sich sehen lassen und bisher laufen die Live-Duelle so flüssig, dass keiner entscheidende Nachteile hat. Das Team von AM2 serviert allen Microsoft-Kämpfern eindeutig die Königsfassung!
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SEGA-Portal.de
Auch auf Microsofts Konsole kann Virtua Fighter 5 vollends überzeugen. Die Spielbarkeit ist exzellent, die Grafik dank Anti-Aliasing etwas hübscher als auf der PS3 und der Umfang durch den neuen Online-Modus umfangreicher. Wirkliche Kritikpunkte existieren nicht. Die gelegentlichen Lags im Online-Modus mögen stören, sind aber technisch gesehen schwer zu vermeiden. Von diesem Missstand abgesehen, macht Virtua Fighter vom Balancing bis hin zur Optik alles richtig. Wer das Spiel noch nicht hat, sollte spätestens jetzt zugreifen – und gleich in einen Arcadestick investieren, um in den vollen Spielgenuss zu kommen. Der Meister ist zurück und zeigt eindrucksvoll, wer der Herr im Ring ist.
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Gamereactor (Sweden)
Virtua Fighter 5 är fortfarande ett krävande, snyggt (särskilt med den förbättrade bildutjämningen på 360) och oerhört intensivt slagsmål som alla riktiga fightingentusiaster bör ha i sin samling. Därför får det också precis samma betyg. Spring och köp!
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Wonderwallweb.com
There is no doubt that Virtua Fighter 5 kicks every other fighter on the Xbox 360 into submission. It offers an impressive range of characters, great looks and a brilliant online mode, which is both fun and addictive. If you only want to get one fighter for your Xbox 360 then this is the one you want.
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videogamer.com
Quest mode, which sees SEGA dumping the traditional laughable storylines seen in beat-'em-ups for playing the part of someone playing the game in the dog-eat-dog world of arcades, makes a return from VF4 EVO. In it, you play gradually improving AI controlled players with weird names and even weirder slogans to earn cash spent customising your character. It's compelling only for a few hours, and is just like any other beat-'em-up quest mode, except dressed in different clothes. In fact, the whole single-player side of VF5 smacks of box-ticking.
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Eurogamer.net (UK)
If you've yet to play VF5 (or Virtua Fighter at all for that matter), this is the point at which you should do something to change that. You owe it to yourself to sample how close to perfection SEGA has come with this and you owe it to SEGA to give something back to the people behind this outstanding fighter and boost the already huge VF community. Prepare your hammy taunts, stock up on Red Bull and don't make allowances for old men - you've got a hell of a lot of fighting to do.
90
Planet Xbox 360
Virtua Fighter 5 continues the series of outstanding fighting games, while standing out against competitors in a crowded genre. There are a few weak points, such as clumsy menu navigation, great but lacking online support, and reliance on the Microsoft D-pad, but overall VF5 is a very strong title, and fans of fighting games are going to love this game. Unfortunately, this game is not going to get the attention it deserves being released within mere weeks of hyped titles such as Halo 3, Call of Duty 4, Guitar Hero 3, Assassin’s Creed, Mass Effect and many, many others. Curse you Xbox 360 and your deep, stellar library of quality games! Just kidding. Virtua Fighter 5 is a quality game, and should not be overlooked.
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MS Xbox World
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. The overall look and feel of the game is very impressive and whilst there are no modes, like Team Battle, and Tag, there's certainly enough to provide a heady dose of fighting madness for newcomers and veterans alike. I really like this game, and I really wish I had more time to learn more characters and go beyond my current abilities. Either way, if you like fighters, then VF5 is well worthy of your time.
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IGN
Virtua Fighter 5 is a fantastic fighting game. The fighting system is deep, complex, and wonderful. If only the other elements surrounding VF5 were of equal measure. The presentation is fairly standard stuff and the Quest Mode should be online. It would be unfair to hold the 360's poor d-pad against AM2, but know that if you want to get the most out of VF5, you should pick up the HORI arcade stick. If you love fighting games, there's really no choice but to pick up VF5.
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GameZone
Welcome to one of the best fighting games to grace the Xbox 360 so far and the reason you’ll be putting in a lot of hours on the fighting arena. Virtua Fighter 5 for the Xbox 360 delivers one of the best-looking and amazing fighting experiences you’ll get to play so buying this one is really a no-brainer. If you played this one on the PS3, the online component is a major plus but if you missed it on Sony’s console you’re going to love this game.
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Xbox Exclusive
Any Xbox 360 owner who loves fighting games must have Virtua Fighter 5 in their collection, not only because it’s online and 1-Ups the PS3 version, but because is a great fighting game. Who knows what Sega has in mind for the sixth Virtua Fighter, but it has to include beefier online options, and of course new characters. For now VF5 is the perfect adrenaline rush and thumb breaker that we gamers crave for; particularly the Xbox crowd who now know that good things come to those who wait.
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Inside Hotwire 3D
The punches and kicks packs a satisfying wallop, while throws deliver a painful pounding. Most of the voiceover work is done well but the English dialogues are somewhat cheesy and announcers don’t dictate the action of the game properly. Sometimes they make random commentaries that overlap each other, which can get confusing to grasp and annoying at times. The music is okay for the most part and provides a decent rush to the fighting scenes. The rest of the audio piece is certainly convincing being that you can almost feel the damage first-hand and not some synthesized bricks. At any rate, you can be certain you are getting a superior iteration with Virtua Fighter 5. It simply is one of the best fighting games for the next generation consoles. It’s accessible to newcomers, yet deep enough for veterans to enjoy. This is definitely one fighting game you don’t want to miss out this year.
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VicioJuegos.com
Virtua Fighter 5 consigue ser uno de los mejores títulos de lucha de la nueva generación. Superando con creces a la versión para PlayStation 3 (con las mejoras en la IA de los rivales, más modos de juego, y leves actualizaciones en el control y el apartado gráfico) y convirtiéndose en un buen compañero para Dead Or Alive 4. Los puntos negativos son pocos, aunque los prolongados tiempos de carga y los controles en el pad de Xbox 360 pueden agobiar a más de un jugador.
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Entertainment Depot, The
Virtua Fighter 5 Online is the premier fighter on the Xbox 360. I would also say that, at this moment, it’s only matched by Virtua Fighter 4: Evolution in the genre. The system is solid, there are tons of options, and online opens up a whole new world for fans. The series still isn’t the most inviting to newcomers – Dead or Alive this isn’t – and the serious player will find some qualms over the tweaks made and the latency online, but even they will find plenty to like here. This is definitely one for the library, and it comes highly recommended.
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Cheat Code Central
Better late than never for 360, and in this case way better because VF5 came bearing the all important gift of online play. It can not be debated that this is a hardcore gamers' fighting game, but even those looking to just pick up and play will find more than enough to enjoy in this title.
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Game Critics
It's a fighting game stripped down to the most basic elements. It's almost as if the developers don't have the slightest interest in attracting new players. I'm sure they're turning a profit; according to the credits, the game is made by a shockingly small number of people, and it has a long life in the remaining arcades, but I can't help but wonder how long a series can last with a static user base. Viruta Fighter 5 is a great Virtua Fighter game. As with most series that have lasted long as it has, now it can only be judged by its own criteria, and how it stacks up to previous entries in the series. Considered in that light, it's a great game. Perhaps the greatest game that almost no one will ever want to play.
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Game Informer Magazine
The Virtua Fighter formula hasn't changed much in years and why should it? It is, in my humble opinion, the greatest 3-D fighting series ever made. Not only does this Xbox 360 edition of Virtua Fighter 5 have the online multiplayer support that was sadly missing from the Playstation 3 iteration released earlier this year, it also features the latest arcade code, so it is the most balanced home edition you can play. Plus, if you have a Memory Unit, you can bring your customized characters to your friend's house to show off all your hard-earned items from Quest mode. With plenty to do both online and off, Virtua Fighter 5 for the Xbox 360 is a must-have for any fighting aficionado.
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Worth Playing
Virtua Fighter 5 continues the success of the VF franchise by adding an online mode and providing enough single-player modes to keep even the most avid fighting fan enthralled for quite a while. While the online mode needs a better touch-up in the next iteration, this latest installment makes it pretty clear that Virtua Fighter has solidified its spot as a top-tier fighting series.
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Defunct Games
Virtua Fighter 5 more than lives up to the high pedigree of the first four games, which should be enough of a reason right there for most people to buy the game. With its amazing cast of characters, detailed graphics and solid gameplay modes (for both online and offline play), Virtua Fighter 5 is the best fighting game currently available on the Xbox 360. We can argue all day about whether it's the best fighting game of all time, but I doubt too many people are going to disagree that this is a high water mark for Microsoft's next-generation console.
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Game Positive
Although the differences in this version of VF5 will barely be noticeable to most gamers, its addition to the 360 means a more balanced fighting experience all around. Combined with the inclusion of a huge number of extra collectible items and of course, the ability to play online through Xbox Live, makes this a substantially better purchase than the PS3 port. When compared to other fighters on the market, this is simply the one of the best fighting games out today, with or without online play. The characters are varied and realistic, whilst being unbelievably well balanced against each other. 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. This is a fantastic purchase.
87
Gamer 2.0
With all that being said Virtua Fighter 5 Online for the Xbox 360 is most definitely a buy. That is of course, if you didn’t buy it for the PS3 already. It’s arguable though. The added content and online functionality may be the push you need to make up your mind. It just can’t be missed if you haven’t played the game yet. It’s totally accessible to everyone and provides a very unique and very cool fighting experience.
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TeamXbox
While it may be easy for those in Japan to play Virtua Fighter 5 in the coin-op format, stateside gamers will probably find it difficult to even find an arcade. No worries, though, as not only did Sega release an Xbox 360 version of Virtua Fighter 5 for the arcade-devoid to enjoy, but AM2 created one of the better console fighting SKU’s ever to be released on a Microsoft system. Despite a few small gameplay issues and questionable feature-set decisions, Virtua Fighter 5 is about as solid of a fighting game as one will find, especially when literally no competition exists at the present to up the competitive ante.
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Gamigo
Virtua Fighter 5 ist klar der Klassenprimus der Beat ´em Up Spiele auf der Xbox 360. Die Grafik ist schön, der Schwierigkeitsgrad fair und der Spaßfaktor im Singleplayer dank dem Quest-Modus groß genug um immer wieder zum Gamepad zu greifen. Die Auswahl an Charaktere weiß durchweg auch zu überzeugen, zumal man durch die Abkehr vom Button-Smashing nun nicht mehr mit einem großen Kämpfer die Leichtgewichte mit wenigen Schlägen niedermachen kann, sprich jeder Kämpfer hat die gleichen Chancen im Ring, egal aus welcher Gewichtsklasse er oder sie kommt.
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XBox Front
Virtua Fighter 5 ist das beste zurzeit erhältliche Beat `em Up. Die unvergleichliche Spielmechanik ist in Verbindung mit den zahlreichen Angriffs- und Verteidigungsmöglichkeiten einfach unschlagbar, wobei Anfänger aufgrund enormer Steuerungsanforderungen auf eine Menge Training angewiesen sind. Beherrscht man die Bedienung, ist ein grandioses Spielgefühl allerdings garantiert. In Duellen gegen menschliche Konkurrenten, sei es via Xbox Live oder an einer Konsole, ist dieses noch deutlicher zu spüren.
85
Console Monster
Overall, VF5 would've been a completely average fighter, but with the inclusion of a good online mode, it's brilliant. The graphics are great, online is almost lag free. But the 360 pad doesn't work as well as it should and there is a definite lack of modes. At the end of the day, though, if you’re at all predisposed to fighting games, you’d probably do well on yourself to give this one a look, if for nothing else than the online mode.
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GameSpot
Virtua Fighter 5 is a great fighting game and the addition of a good multiplayer mode only makes it better. But keep in mind that the game is geared toward players who have experience with the series and isn't always friendly to new players. If you've been playing Virtua Fighter for any length of time, this game is worth adding to your library. However, even if you're a fan of other fighting games but aren't already familiar with the series, it's likely that you're just going to keep on wondering why there is such a fuss about Virtua Fighter.
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Jeuxvideo.com
Exclusivité PS3 oblige, les possesseurs de Xbox 360 auront dû patienter de longs mois avant de pouvoir jouer à leur tour à l'excellent Virtua Fighter 5. Vu le laps de temps écoulé, on aurait bien aimé trouver des combattants supplémentaires ou de nouvelles arènes, mais l'ajout du mode online suffira à convaincre une bonne partie des joueurs de se procurer cette version. En revanche, réfléchissez-y à deux fois si vous n'avez pas l'intention d'y jouer en ligne et que vous possédez déjà la mouture PS3.
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Game Captain
Virtua Fighter 5 ist auch auf der Xbox 360 ein gutes Spiel, das durch den Online-Modus nun auch die Möglichkeit bietet, sich international mit anderen Kämpfern zu messen. Grafisch gibt es einiges zu bestaunen und das Kampfsystem ist kinderleicht zu erlernen, so dass zumindest kurzfristig für eine Menge Spaß gesorgt wird. Auf der anderen Seite ist der Quest-Modus auf Dauer eintönig, der Online-Modus ist nach meinem Empfinden ein wenig sparsam ausgefallen. Das altbackene System mit dem begrenzten Kampfraum ist ebenfalls ein Feind der Innovation. Fans von Prügel-Spielen dürfen bedenkenlos zugreifen, wem freispielbare Objekte zu wenig Motivation sind und wer mehr Spieltiefe sucht, der sollte vorher unbedingt mal Probe spielen.
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Extreme Gamer
Virtua Fighter 5 is a great game overall, and one of the finest fighters available. This is a game that will take time and patience to become decent at. The mechanics of this fighter is extensively complicated and deep, yet it offers extreme satisfaction once one has learned the ropes. The competent AI will offer enough resistance for most players. Also, with quest mode and online play, Virtua Fighter 5 will remain a regular in you 360’s disc tray for quite some time.
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GamingExcellence
Still, it is about time fighting games were given the opportunity to shine in the online world. Fans of the Virtua Fighter arcade series take for granted that playing a real person is necessary to truly take in the experience. Although the online menu system needs some surgery, the fact is lots of people love this game and thus an online match is always available. Again though, be warned: if you are new to this game you will likely be beaten down so badly online that you’re definitely going to throw in the controller a few times.
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Fragland.net
Virtua Fighter 5 manages to take all we've seen before and optimze things a bit to make it better. The online part is also very well worked out, but it's quite hard for newbies to join in without getting slaughtered.
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UOL Jogos
Analisando apenas pelo sistema de combate, quesito mais importante para qualquer jogo de luta, "Virtua Fighter" é uma das melhores séries do gênero que existe e o quinto game não foge à regra. A inclusão do multiplayer online é bem-vinda, e acrescenta bom valor ao game. Não é perfeito, ainda mais num título cuja mecânica prima pela precisão, mas deve agradar aqueles que não se encaixa no perfil do jogador "hardcore". Alguns problemas de interface foram resolvidos, mas ainda peca na navegação dos menus. Para fãs (ou órfãos) de jogos de luta, "Virtua Fighter 5" é uma excelente opção dentro do gênero.
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Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault)
Still tough after all these years, the Virtua Fighter series remains afloat as one of the more well put together fighters of this generation. The online portion is skimpy, the voiceover is grating, yet I can’t help but be fascinated by its ability to compact so much strategy into a genre that used to feed on hadoukens and on-the-spot spinal extractions. Pick this up if you’re the fightin’ kind — and be sure to grab an arcade stick and some quarters for the full arcade experience.
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Game Revolution
At the end of the day Virtua Fighter 5 Online is as good a game as any of the previous and for the exact same reasons. It’s just not a better game than them. The whole idea of making a sequel is to improve them. This is essentially the same game they’ve been making for years with a couple new characters and updated graphics.