Virtua Fighter 5 Reviews (PlayStation 3)
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|AI||The quality of the game's intelligence, usually for the behavior of opponents.||3.9|
|Gameplay||How well the game mechanics work and the game plays.||3.9|
|Graphics||The visual quality of the game||4.1|
|Personal Slant||A personal rating of the game, regardless of other attributes||3.8|
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|Overall User Score (17 votes)||3.9|
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Snackbar-Games.com (Apr 13, 2007)
Virtua Fighter 5 scores high with me, with its awe-inspiring graphics, its fluid controller style, and most importantly its ease of picking up, but complexity of delving into. All of this makes for a truly promising transition to the next-gen consoles. As for my "research" I had to kick everyone out late because we couldn't stop playing and I finally needed some sleep. I have to tell you though; my thumbs still hurt. It's a good pain.
GameSpy (Feb 19, 2007)
Again, while some might disagree strongly with us, we're okay with the lack of online multiplayer in this case. Although none of us own a 1080p TV, we wonder if the resolution wasn't capped to give the upcoming 360 version a little more "umph." At the end of the day, however, we close with this advice: for gamers who've mocked their PS3-owning friends, it's time to suck up to them and hang out at their crib for this one. One taste of this, and it's going to feel like a long, long wait for the summertime release on Xbox 360.
1UP (Feb 16, 2007)
Although it offers pretty much what VF4: Evolution offered, the overall list of options (arcade mode, Quest mode, versus mode, Dojo mode, VF.TV, aka replay viewer) feels kind of bare bones in the grand scheme of things. Fortunately, VF5 doesn't succeed by throwing tons of superfluous Tekken-esque modes on a disc. It succeeds based on the merits of its infinitely replayable, highly finessed fighting engine. While "noobs" might be content to knit the same canned combos over and over, veterans will relish the ability to improvise, discover, and master new moves, combos, and strategies, day after day after day.
PSX Extreme (Feb 26, 2007)
Virtua Fighter 5 does not disappoint. While it may not offer the amount of extras that Tekken does, it does offer the most well thought out fighting mechanics a fighting game could have, and that's more important than having a bunch of mini-games. Ultimately, you're paying for the experience of Virtua Fighter 5, not tacked-on extras, and in that regard VF5 delivers in every way. Virtua Fighter 5 doesn't have game endings, or copious amounts of characters to play with. What it does have is 18 well balanced fighters, that don't share the same move sets, that can all be customized and the Quest mode. Visually, there is no equal, and based on what we've seen of Tekken 6, it doesn't look like there will be an equal for some time. The soundtrack is terrific, even though the voiceovers aren't. Likewise, as good as Tekken: Dark Resurrection is, VF5 is still the better fighting game every which way.
UGO (UnderGroundOnline) (Feb 21, 2007)
Overall, Virtua Fighter 5 is a fantastic fighting game. It definitely sets the bar for technical fighters out there, and while newbies might feel a little overwhelmed, gamers in for the long haul are definitely going to get their money's worth. That being said, it does seem like Sega rested a bit on their laurels with this one. Apart from the graphical upgrade and two new characters, this feels almost identical to Virtua Fighter 4. So, if you picked up that game and were a little luke warm, you definitely should consider staying away.
Computer and Video Games (CVG) (Feb 13, 2007)
We could grumble about the lack of online play, but offline versus will suffice so long as our friends love the game as much as we do. We could complain that the SixAxis doesn't do Virtua Fighter 5 true justice, but then we bought Sega's awesome High Grade Virtua Sticks. And we could whine about the ten-second loading times that occur between fights, even though we've installed 2.35GB of Virtua Fighter 5 game data to our PS3's hard disk, but... oh, what's the point? As an intelligent and masterful 3D beat 'em up experience, this is as pure as it gets.
GamingTrend (Feb 23, 2007)
VF5 is the only new fighting game currently available for the PS3, and it certainly is one the premiere titles currently available for the PS3. If you are currently looking for a title to show what the PS3 is capable of, VF5 certainly fits the bill.
Gamesmania.de (Apr 04, 2007)
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. Einzelspieler trauern dem fehlenden Onlinemodus nach, der wohl erst mit der Xbox 360 Version eingeführt wird. Ob Arcade und Quest Modus ausreichen, die Motivation langfristig aufrecht zu erhalten, ist sicherlich fraglich. Wer jedoch gerne an einer Konsole gegen Freunde spielt, sollte sich diesen Titel unbedingt zulegen. Ring frei!
Gamereactor (Sweden) (Mar 15, 2007)
Virtua Fighter 5 kräver lite mer träning, tålamod och hängivenhet än exempelvis Tekken 5 eller Dead or Alive 4, men i gengäld erbjuder det en belönande och väldigt underhållande fightingupplevelse. Virtua Fighter 5 är det bästa premiärspelet till Playstation 3, helt klart.
TTGamer (Apr 25, 2007)
Virtua Fighter 5 is undoubtedly an excellent game within its own niche, but it's well worth recognising that this is a niche title, designed for those with the patience and time to learn minute little differences in fighting patterns. Some gamers will pick it up, enjoy the visuals but find that kind of play immensely frustrating, and there's nothing wrong with that whatsoever. Others will find its challenge deep and immersive, and they're the niche that Virtua Fighter 5 does such a good job of filling.
Gamernode (Feb 24, 2007)
If you're a fan of the genre, Virtua Fighter 5 is an incredible title. Is it worth buying a PS3 over? Only if you planned to import the arcade version. If you have a PS3 and are looking to fill an oddly empty genre, then by all means pick this title up. And if you've been waiting for something other than Resistance to be worthwhile, you can't do much better. While the barebones gameplay options and lack of flash may make VF5 seem like a stripped title, that couldn't be further from the truth. While we don't get beautiful cinematics, dozens of characters or a bunch of gimmicky modes to keep us busy, we do get the solidest fighter we've had in a very long time, and what may be the best single player mode in any fighter to date.
ZTGameDomain (Feb 27, 2007)
When all is said and done Virtua Fighter 5 is a bare bones package that will survive based on its merits as opposed to failing because of its shortcomings. The lack of any online component is a heartbreaker, but one that can be overlooked if you truly enjoy the deep combat to be found within. The Quest Mode will keep you enthralled for hours on end, but not being able to put your custom fighter up against your buddies via memory card will hurt this game’s longevity. If you enjoy the series or fighting games in general it doesn’t get much better than the VF series. While the PS3 has been a stale place for original content lately, this game finally brings something to the table to help you justify that $600 purchase.
GamesAreFun.com (GAF) (Apr 21, 2007)
While the lack of modes is a problem, again, it is a problem that the series has had since day one. The biggest gripe here is that VF5 features a Quest mode that is dumbed down from the one released four years ago. Also, having everything save to one save file so you can't transfer your customized character to a friend's house to play there is a little bothersome... but that was also a problem in VF4:Evo, so not much has changed there. Hopefully with the extra time that Sega has for the Xbox 360 version of the game, they'll add in what otherwise would make this game a 10. Virtua Fighter 5 is 3D fighting game perfection, but it offers only so much to keep the casual fan interested.
PAL Gaming Network (PALGN) (Mar 20, 2007)
Despite AI-related complaints and the lack of an online mode, it’s with great ease that Virtua Fighter 5 can be declared the greatest 3D fighting game ever created. Its depth is unparalleled, and the diversity of its fighting styles overwhelming (in a good way). Graphically, it's stunning, while the vast amount of unlockables in Quest mode provide players with the motivation to invest hours and hours of play. But as good as the single-player game is, Virtua Fighter 5 shines brightest against human opposition, and it is here where the game really earns its stripes. If you’re playing alone, then this isn’t an essential purchase, but if you’ve got a friend to do battle with, then it's vital you pick up Virtua Fighter 5 with your shiny new PS3.
Video Games Daily (Apr 02, 2007)
If we reviewed the arcade game as an arcade game it would be ten, because it's the best fighting game ever made. It's had a decent stab at console specific features here on PS3 and does what it does admirably given the development timeframe, but leaves room for several improvements. But even if it had no console features at all and just an arcade and versus mode, I think it would still score close to a nine. Because it's still the best fighting game ever made, and we'll be playing it for years.
Gamers.at (Mar 23, 2007)
Beim aktuellsten Prügelspiel von SEGA handelt es sich um „Fighting at its best“. Virtua Fighter 5 ist ein knallhartes Kampfspiel, welches auf realistische Animationen und authentisches Gameplay setzt und alle möglichen Kampfarten dieser Welt stilgerecht mit seinem umfangreichen Arsenal an Kämpfern gelungen umsetzt. Leider ist der Soundtrack nicht allzu gut gelungen und ein fehlender Onlinemodus trübt das ansonsten hervorragende Ergebnis, welches gleich zum Launch der PS3 erscheint. Dennoch handelt es sich bei diesem Launchtitel definitiv für einen Pflichtkauf, wenn man sehen möchte, wozu die PS3 grafisch fähig ist und nebenbei sich ernsthafte Kampfpartien liefern will.
GamePro (US) (Feb 20, 2007)
Virtua Fighter 4 was easily the best in the series, and also one of the best hardcore fighting games ever released. While it doesn't represent as huge a step up as say, VF4 did over VF3, it can still claim the crown as the best Virtua Fighter to date. It's a rousing success on all fronts.
Eurogamer.net (UK) (Mar 20, 2007)
To complain that Virtua Fighter 5 isn't accessible enough would be like complaining that a black and white film isn't colourful enough, or that a vegetable dish isn't meaty enough. VF5 sets out to create the world's best beat 'em up for beat 'em up aficionados, and it succeeds. It deserves all the plaudits it gets; we just think that you should consider carefully whether you count yourself as a beat 'em up aficionado before deciding to pick up a copy.
DarkZero (Apr 08, 2007)
There are only two games in this world that I have won (and lost) money on while playing. The first of those is the Pro Evo series and as you would most likely guess, the second is of course the Virtua Fighter series. Currently these are the only two games I trust to reward skill level and not constantly reward button bashing. Sure, every now and then people will win a game out of shear luck but pit two people against each other in a best of 7 series and the more skilled always comes out on top. As such when a new edition of either of these titles is released I am always iffy about giving it the same trust as I gave its predecessor. Thankfully, it seems my uncertainty was unwarranted this time as it seems the best just got better.
GameZone (Feb 19, 2007)
Virtua Fighter 5 is an amazingly fun, must-own sequel for every fan of the series. The single-player options are limited, but the two-player battles – the area where every great fighter shines – make owning a second SIXAXIS controller a must.
Jolt (UK) (May 02, 2007)
Virtua Fighter 5 is, quite simply, about the art of fighting. Not destructible environments, super power moves or jiggling breasts, but technique, speed and strategy. As such, this is a game you have to be willing to work at to enjoy, and certainly won’t enjoy if you don’t. Although the game makes very good use of the PS3’s hardware to provide its super-slick gameplay, it’s not in the slightest just about next-gen eye candy. Admittedly as a sequel, the next-gen appeal is an important factor, but if you’re just looking for something new and exciting for your shiny PS3, be warned that VF5 hits heavier than you might expect.
PGNx Media (Mar 15, 2007)
Series veterans will be glad to know that Virtua Fighter 5 doesn’t disappoint. It’s still quite tough on beginners, though, if you’re willing to give it a chance this is PS3’s first (time limited) exclusive third-party killer app.
IGN (Feb 20, 2007)
Virtua Fighter 5 kicks a whole lot of MMA ass. It offers one of the most intuitive and robust fighting systems ever assembled and the customization options and quest mode are great fun. Granted, its AI isn't very good, it has a couple of interface issues and the lack of online is a major negative, but the mechanics here are so amazing, that it doesn't hurt the overall package as much as it would in other games. Grab a buddy (or five) and play it... a lot!
Power Unlimited (Oct 10, 2008)
Het gemis van een online mode is de game aan te rekenen maar verder kan VF 5 beschouwd worden als wellicht het beste deel uit de reeks. Dat wordt dus maar weer vaste game avonden met vrienden organiseren!
Cheat Code Central (Feb 20, 2007)
Without the need for showing blood or other harsh elements, the game still manages to provide great satisfaction and fans of the fighting genre shouldn't be disappointed. All of the aspects of the game seem to have been developed with care, including the most important: graphics, music, and gameplay. If you don't like the Tekken games, maybe Virtua Fighter is not for you, but you could at least give it a try and see what you think. I give it thumbs up!
GamingHeaven / DriverHeaven (Mar 26, 2007)
Games that are difficult to master usually turn away the majority of the potential customers. Hopefully this won’t be the case with Virtua Fighter 5. In Europe the game might get overlooked because of the huge launch lineup, but hopefully at least in the states people will notice a good looking, excellent playing game in the midst of no other new games for the PS3. That is not to say that Europeans should ignore the title though! It might take a few days before you start appreciating the depth of the combat system, but believe me when I say that every moment spent in the game will be repaid tenfold at that point. So, if you want to kick some ass and look good while doing it, this is the game for you!
Gaming Target (Mar 02, 2007)
We're talking DOA4 speed, requiring fast minds and reflexes to dish out those huge combos. It's quite surprising just how well these characters perform in the game, all of which hold their own unique traits and abilities. No character is alike, and that's something amazing. Though the action is fast, the beautiful graphics engine holds up, whether you're battling in a caged arena on a busy street or going to war in the middle of nowhere. Taking the authenticity to another level, all characters speak their native dialects, which is pretty cool and a rare trait for the genre. Sadly the ones who don't speak English aren't subtitled so who knows what they're saying.
Playstation Illustrated (Mar 11, 2007)
As I said at the beginning of this review, VF5 is really for fans of the series who already have a handle on how the game behaves and are used to the controls. If you are new to the fighting genre, then I would start with another game, or rent this one before you decide to purchase.
4Players.de (Mar 14, 2007)
Obwohl ich dieses Spiel eindeutig einem Dead or Alive 4 oder Tekken 5 vorziehe: Für unsere höchste Auszeichnung hat es auf der PS3 nicht gereicht. Das hat aber weniger mit der Überlegenheit der Konkurrenz zu tun, sondern mehr mit der Stagnation innerhalb dieser faszinierenden Kampfsportreihe. Virtua Fighter 5 besticht auf der einen Seite mit all seinen alten Qualitäten: Das Kampfsystem ist enorm komplex und auf lange Sicht unheimlich interessant. Dieses Spiel braucht Zeit, verdammt viel Zeit, wenn man alle taktischen Kniffe und eleganten Kombos meistern will. Wer sich einmal in die Liste der Schläge, Tritte und Würfe wagt, wird sich in einem Wald aus offensiven und defensiven Stilen verirren. Langzeitmotivation? Ohne Ende. Auf der anderen Seite vermisst man angesichts der Power der PS3 den Feinschliff im Arena-, Sound- und Animationsbereich. Virtua Fighter 5 sieht richtig gut aus, aber es lässt technisch noch deutlich Luft nach oben.
Jeuxvideo.com (Mar 21, 2007)
Avec ce cinquième épisode, Virtua Fighter conserve la même approche visant à privilégier le réalisme et la technicité au détriment de l'accessibilité et de la démesure. Si les affrontements se veulent moins spectaculaires que ceux de la concurrence, ils ont le mérite de s'attacher au respect des styles de combat proposés. Ceux qui perçoivent le combat comme un art plutôt que comme un simple moyen de se défouler apprécieront tout particulièrement.
Gamezine (Feb 21, 2007)
Que dire d'autre ? Ce jeu est magnifique, mais ça, vous le savez déjà. La PlayStation 3 tient là son premier grand jeu, une réelle killer-app. Hélas pour Sony, Virtua Fighter 5 sortira prochainement sur Xbox 360. Qu'apportera cette version ? Sans doute le jeu en ligne, absent ici. Le reste ne devrait pas changer, à vous de choisir donc. Quoi qu'il en soit, c'est sur PS3 que le jeu est disponible pour l'instant, et il rassurera les plus sceptiques d'entre vous quant au potentiel de la machine.
IGN UK (Mar 21, 2007)
Everything Virtua Fighter gets right, it does so for the arcade crowd first - or, more specifically, loyal punters in Japan. With the home versions, SEGA proves time and again that it will not, perhaps cannot, entertain first-timers or reward its seasoned campaigners with thoughtful presentation. The absence of a portable save file, which made PS2 VF4 so compelling, hurts the most; the promise of real-world notoriety reduced to a one-player detail. SEGA deemed the UK arcade scene too puny for its VF5 coin-op, so this PS3 version will be snapped up by fans eager to play. But a game with such core qualities deserves more than just a fanatical following. Here’s hoping the Xbox 360 version gives reason to play beyond our own bedrooms.
Deaf Gamers (Jun 04, 2007)
Fans of the Virtua Fighter series will undoubtedly be pleased with Virtua Fighter 5 and it has to be said that the combat system is excellent. The Quest mode will keep you busy for a fair few hours and the customisation options are a nice touch. However, when the single-player game begins to get a little tiresome and the wow factor of the graphics has subsided you'll be left wishing that an online mode had been included. In fact the absence of an online mode is probably the only disappointment that most will have with the game. In fairness though, the game could have done with more single-player modes too because what's here is practically the same as in Virtua Fighter 4. Minor disappointments aside though, Virtua Fighter 5 is still one of the best fighting games we've played over the last few years and if you're a fan of the genre and own a PlayStation 3 then you're going to regard this as a must own title (unless you're holding out for the 360 version of course).
Gaming Age (Feb 27, 2007)
So is worth Virtua Fighter 5 worth getting? Absolutely. Fighting enthusiasts will love the new characters and moves, along with the finely balanced Vs. play. Newbies to the series or genre, will appreciate the eye-pleasing high-def visuals at first and then most likely be sucked in by the deep gameplay and the enjoyable Quest Mode. Either way, it's an obvious purchase for the new PlayStation 3 owner.
VicioJuegos.com / uVeJuegos.com (Apr 04, 2007)
Virtua Fighter 5 es uno de los títulos más recomendables del catálogo de lanzamiento. Pese a que es bastante exigente para un alto porcentaje de jugadores, cualquier buen fan del género debe tener al título de Sega entre sus estanterías. Su puntuación sería bastante incrementada de haber incluído un modo online, imprescindible a estas alturas.
Worth Playing (Feb 21, 2007)
Virtua Fighter 5 is a deep, beautiful fighter, but the depth of gameplay is undercut by a shallow offering of modes and a complete lack of online support. The Virtua faithful will likely swoon over the expanded roster and move sets, but the casual crowd may be disappointed with what is largely an incremental upgrade rather than a full-blown evolution of the franchise. Still, due to its release window, Virtua Fighter 5 for the PlayStation 3 should sell by the truckload, at least until a few more exclusives hit the console. But if you can resist the urge, it may be worth holding out until the hopefully expanded Xbox 360 version hits stores in six months.
Game Freaks 365 (2007)
Virtua Fighter 5 should be your next PlayStation 3 game if you enjoy fighting games and can deal with its "more of the same, but improved" syndrome. Quest mode could easily have you hooked for thousands of matches and have you searching for band-aids for gamer's thumb. The lack of online play hurts its overall longevity, but perhaps this will be attended to with the Xbox 360 version's summer 2007 release.
GameSpot (Feb 20, 2007)
Virtua Fighter 5 is a great fighting game that's specifically geared toward players who have experience with the series. If you've been playing Virtua Fighter for any length of time, this game is worth adding to your library, especially if you have other like-minded players in your immediate vicinity. But if you're a fan of other fighting games and aren't already familiar with Virtua Fighter, it's likely that you're just going to keep on wondering what all the fuss is about.
Computer Bild Spiele (Apr 04, 2007)
Die muskelbepackten Kämpfer und Amazonen liefern wirklich eine atemberaubende Vorstellung ab. In die komplexe Steuerung müssen sich selbst Fortgeschrittene erst hineinarbeiten, doch dafür werden die Kampfturniere auch nicht so schnell langweilig. Ein "guter" Mix aus Show und Kampfsport.
UOL Jogos (Mar 09, 2007)
Analisando apenas pelo sistema de combate, o quesito mais importante para qualquer jogo de luta, "Virtua Fighter" é uma das melhores séries que existe e o quinto game não foge à regra. Mas falta conteúdo, como modos de jogo e vídeos, para valorizar o produto. Além disso, problemas de interface irritam o jogador com muitas caixas de diálogo e se lamenta que não haja uma internet avançada o suficiente para permitir um multiplayer online. Faltou para se tornar imperdível, mas é altamente recomendado.
Eurogamer.de (Mar 09, 2007)
Sicher, Virtua Fighter 5 ist dafür gemacht, um von mehreren Spielern an einem Bildschirm gespielt zu werden. Doch hier unterscheiden sich Spielhalle und Konsole: Nicht immer ist ein Mitspieler greifbar. Es wäre mehr drin gewesen, hätte man diesen Aspekt nicht so stiefmütterlich behandelt. Denn Spielmechanik und die Präsentation sind grandios.
Jive Magazine (Feb 21, 2007)
I really appreciate what they've achieved with the graphics and movements here. I give them kudos for that programming. Now it's time for them to take that work to the next level, and to bring it online, and to add in more complex gameplay and arenas.
videogamer.com (Mar 30, 2007)
Enthusiasts wouldn't want it any other way, of course. They don't want beat-'em-up n00bs sullying the beauty of VF5 and desecrating its arenas with button-bashing. They also don't want a revolution, so a simple graphics overhaul and a couple of new characters to experiment with will be a relief more than anything. It's just a massive disappointment that this PS3 port is so bare bones.
USA Today (Feb 19, 2007)
Is Virtua Fighter 5 strong enough to plunk down hundreds of dollars on PlayStation 3? Not really. However, a flashy addition to an already rich franchise proves the PS3 has a lot of fight left.
GameDaily (Feb 20, 2007)
Even without PlayStation Network support, Virtua Fighter 5 deserves a place in every fighting fan's library. Not only does it provide hours of fun, but also the presentation finally gives PS3 owners something to "ooh" and "ahh" about. It'll keep them busy...until Virtua Fighter 5: Evolution arrives.
Yahoo! Games (Feb 23, 2007)
Virtua Fighter 5 fits the mold of a great fighting game to a tee, and you won't find the age-old single combat theme done better in all of gaming. If you're a fan of the genre, this title is going to bring a smile to your face for months at a time. It's just a shame that Sega chose to conform to the fighting game mold rather than breaking it with something totally extraordinary, because that's what it's going to take if we're ever going to see this genre back at the top of the video-game food chain.
EmpireOnline.com (Mar 30, 2007)
Graphics aside, VF5 is merely an incremental evolution of the series, introducing a few new moves that make for faster-paced, newbie-friendly fisticuffs. But as a solid scrapper dripping with eye candy, Sega’s PS3 debut is essential.
AceGamez (Apr 16, 2007)
If you are a longstanding fan of Virtua Fighter then you've probably already picked up Virtua Fighter 5, with this review doing little more than confirming what you already know - that Virtua Fighter 5 is exceptional. It's just a shame that with a few extra modes (Sega, please get an online mode running for the 360 version!) this could have been a masterpiece of pure gaming gold. Sadly, due to the lack of replay value on the multiplayer front, it will simply remain an exceptional fighter that cannot be bested when fighting against friends who are familiar with the game. If you are a newcomer then just know that effort must be made to get the most out of this game. Put in that effort however and it won't be long before you realise just how great it is. Please, come one, come all, to experience the incomparable world of Virtua Fighter 5.
Gamestyle (May 08, 2007)
As a fighting experience Virtua Fighter 5 is unsurpassed, where the series goes from this point is open to debate. It is crying out for some form of online functionality or a decently implemented career mode. However while that fighting system is still in place it will remain a worthwhile, challenging and prolonged experience.
Atomic Gamer (Feb 28, 2007)
Virtua Fighter 5's greatest strength is the depth of its incredible fighting. Unfortunately, the lack of online features and not-that-impressive graphics make this one only really worth it if you've already got a PS3 and love fighting games. If you're looking for months worth of fun out of this one, better find a friend who you can play against pretty often, too. I expected more out of Sega's first HD fighting game, but they at least got the fighting just right - but it's going to be up to you to make the game really worth your hard-earned money.
FZ (Apr 07, 2007)
Det finns konkurrerande titlar som erbjuder fler karaktärer, bättre enspelarkampanj och möjligheter att möta spelare online, men när det kommer till den grundläggande spelmekaniken och balanseringen går de bet. Virtua Fighter 5 är därför ett av de där spelen som på pappret har en hel del brister men som när det väl kommer till kritan är så pass underhållande att det är svårt att stå emot. Full pott är det dock inte i närheten av, det finns helt enkelt för mycket som saknas, men tills dess att det kommer till Xbox 360 har Playstation 3 marknadens djupaste och bästa fightingspel.
Game Shark (Feb 27, 2007)
Virtua Fighter 5 feels like it caters to its rabid fan base more than it courts newcomers. A gorgeous graphical update and two new characters are more than enough to satiate the appetites of ardent followers; however, there really isn’t much here that significantly sets this fifth installment apart from previous efforts. This, along with the glaring lack of online features, makes Virtua Fighter 5 limited in its appeal. Even if it doesn’t shake the series up, it would be hard to deny the allure of spectacular visuals and finely-crafted fighting in Virtua Fighter 5.
Gamereactor (Sweden) (Mar 15, 2007)
Grafiken är bra, om inte häpnadsväckande, och de nya karaktärerna regerar stenhårt. Jag gillar även presentationen som känns klassisk och väldigt arkaddoftande och musiken. Jag gillar också variationen och hur krävande Virtua Fighter-spelen alltid är. I övrigt är dock Virtua Fighter 5 inte riktigt det spel jag hade förväntat mig. Ett välgjort slagsmål, men inget som jag kommer att spela regelbundet... Jag är, trots allt, mer en Tekken-kille.
Maxim Magazine (Feb 20, 2007)
If we have to listen to douche bag Brad Burns say, "It's the Brad show!" or "Might makes right!" one more time, we're going to find a kitten and bite its head off. You know, just to make a statement.
Game Revolution (Mar 20, 2007)
Virtua Fighter 5 could win an award for pacifism, because it overwhelmingly asks the question: “Why fight?” It can’t be for the rewards, which are boring. It can’t be for the story, which is non-existent. And it really can’t be for pride, since without any online multiplayer, you are confined to fighting only people who probably have never played before and who might not enjoy coming over to your apartment solely to get their ass kicked. I, for one, don’t want to fight anymore.
The Video Game Critic (Apr 01, 2007)
There's still some competitive fun to be had, but after ruling the previous generation, I was expecting Virtua Fighter 5 to set a new standard, not play second fiddle to Dead or Alive.