New Release: Virtua Fighter 5: Final Showdown
This last month Sega launched the newest entry in their legendary hit series, Virtua Fighter 5: Final Showdown. Virtua Fighter is well known as the pioneer of 3D fighting in the world of video games, and been a classic arcade hit for nearly two decades now.
Unlike the last iteration, Sega has decided to go completely digital with this copy, it is downloadable for PSN for $14.99 and on XBLA for 1200 Microsoft points.
Launching simultaneously with the game are DLC customization packs for each of the characters. By purchasing the customization pack you unlock all the costumes for the characters of your choice along with a massive number of dress-up items to give your character a unique look to make it yours.
Individual character packs can be purchased for $4.99 on PSN or 400 points on XBLA arcade, or you can buy one of the two bundles, each containing one half of the roster, for $14.99 a piece on PSN and 1200 each on XBLA.
If you have Playstation Plus you can download Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown free for a limited time, and also for $29.99 you can purchase the bundle containing the game and all the customization packs for all characters at a discounted price.
New to this iteration are a bevy of new features; an improved online lobby and two new characters added to the Virtua Fighter 5 line up. New in the roster are two additional fighters, one old, and one brand new to the series. First up is the sumo wrestler Taka-Arashi, missing from the line up since Virtua Fighter 3 and reappeared in arcades in Virtua Fighter 5 R and now is back on consoles in Final Showdown. Taka-Arashi fights with his own brutal take on the Sumo martial art style with powerful palm strikes, unrelenting pressure, and burtal grapples.
To complement the return of this power house we are given a brand new character never before featured in the line up. The newest member to the VF family is Karateka Jean Kujo. Jean is a Frenchman of a Japanese upbringing who uses various forms of traditional full contact Karate and is also a brainwashed assassin. Do not let his looks fool you, he is a brutally strong fighter with some hard hitting combo’s.
One of the best features Virtua Fighter delivers is it’s comprehensive training mode which comes in three flavors.
First the game features an in-depth introduction tutorial for the combat system that will walk you step by step through all the different controls giving you and in-depth look at all the in’s and out’s of the combat system.
The second training option is command training in which the game will train you in each move of your characters movelist, complicated moves are generally accompanies by a demo video showing the inputs and timing.
Finally is the basic free training mode, which comes with every competitive fighting gamers dream, and in-depth frame advantage reader.
The side of the screen will track you combo hits, damage output, and how much frame advantage you have after every move. This allows you to practice to the fullest and assure that your understanding of the character and their moves is comprehensive as well as practical. Below is a video from GameSpot giving you a glimpse at the training mode.
Virtua Fighter’s interest has been re-peaked in the last year, partially due to the upset at EVO, when the first place winner of the Super Street Fighter 4 Arcade tournament was not the previous years winner; Daigo Umehara. The winner was new comer and well known Virtua Fighter player Fuudo. Since then, people have become more interested in the Virtua Fighter scene.
Sega has been helping promote the game to the fighting game community. To celebrate the release of Virtua Fighter 5 Final: Showdown they held a pre-launch party hosted by Level|up media and MC’ed by fighting game superstar Alex Valle. Invited to the tournament were Fuudo, who was sponsored by Razer games, and Chibita. Both are high level competitors in Virtual Fighter in the tournament and arcade scene in Japan. The exhibition match that ensued was one for the ages with Fuudo playing drunken master character Shun and Chibita playing as mantis styled Lion. Watch the video below for some of the most exciting versus play you have ever experienced.
Virtua Fighter 5: Final showdown is a must buy and is available now on Xbox Live Arcade and Sony’s PlayStation Network. Download your copy now to join the fight online.