PS3 Virtua Fighter 5 golden

Sega's first fighter for Sony's new console is now primed for its February 20 launch; Xbox 360 version due in fall.

Nearly one month ago, Sega announced that Virtua Fighter 5 would arrive on US PlayStation 3s on February 20, 2007. Though the game has been available in arcades in Japan since last year, its arrival across the Pacific would mark the fighting genre's debut on Sony's new console stateside. (Currently, the only title offering fighting on the platform is EA's boxing game Fight Night Round 3.)

Luckily, while many games saw their winter release slots slip, Virtua Fighter 5's stood fast. Today, Sega announced that the game has gone gold and will arrive on the PS3 as planned, months before the Xbox 360 edition. It is rated T for Teen and will retail for $59.99.

The first console installment in the series since 2002's Virtua Fighter 4 and 2003's Virtua Fighter 4: Evolution, Virtua Fighter 5 was developed by Sega's popular internal AM2 studio. As outlined in GameSpot's recent exclusive hands-on preview, the game revamps the series with new 3D graphics and several new characters. Its roster now boasts 17 different fighters, most of whom are returning favorites such as action star Pai Chan and wrestler Wolf Hawkfield. It will sport five gameplay modes and extensive character customization options.

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tigerfan1993
tigerfan1993

I still think Tekken 6 is better for its story and exclusitivity, but it has no where near as awesome combos and graphics as VF5, so i think they are even.

AnklyosoR
AnklyosoR

jup VF5 rulezz i saw a lot of ingame vids from it n it was so beautifull> i like it more than tekken the combo's are much cooler. im surely gonna buy it (when i have the money) n as a break for resistance

drim_vells
drim_vells

GIF you won't get anything extra. I've read in GameInformer they will be the same exact game unless there are major bugs. I've already got mine pre-ordered. Only 25 more days!

NND1
NND1

Yeah!!360

Djammal86
Djammal86

I've always loved the Virtua Fighter franchise. VF4 was really good, so I can't wait to play VF5

rarson
rarson

VF4 was a really good game, much better than I was expecting, but I can honestly wait at least a year to play VF5. It interests me, but doesn't excite me.

Proman84
Proman84

Sounds exciting! Hope it's good.

okassar
okassar

Sounds like a good game but I can wait till fall for it....it's a fighting game....

majestikk
majestikk

I'm looking forward to grabbing up this game when it arrives on the 360. VF series have always been a fave of mines. It would be nice to see an online mode, but wouldn't want to have my fighting record comprimised becuase of latency problems.

Legacyoftain
Legacyoftain

Cool looks like a solid fighter...will be nice to see a good one on PS3...cant wait for the 360 version..been a VF fan for the longest

GunGriffin
GunGriffin

Well Online play for this game may be fun for a short time till all the homebrew users and cheaters get on then like any other Sony game online it will fall down hard. I don't know if online could work for fighting games, it was only avrage with the Xbox DOA line of games and it had to get all kinds of patches before it got realy fun.

subzerodark01
subzerodark01

really on online play hmm! can't wait see how many would be on

Yuck_Too
Yuck_Too

--thebrazenone -- "i don't think many serious fans would want to play online where their win/loss record would be adversely affected by external issues out of their control. " ~~~~~~ Well that is very true I still think a great many people would play online. After all who cares if your king ofyour basement...for games like these I want to see who's the best in the world. Even if it's less then perfect it would be an option and better then nothing.

GIF
GIF

Can't wait to see what 360 owers get, hopefully reworked gameplay and more of everything. PS3 who?

datniccah187
datniccah187

Should be a pretty hot fighting title. I'm still not sold on the ps3, but a few more games like this will get me in a buying mood. To me the ps3 still seems like an oversized psp, with better graphics.

drangel_jam
drangel_jam

I don't think it will surpass DoA4 if it's not online

GrimBee
GrimBee

"grimbee, i guess i understand what you are saying, but investing a lot of money in the 360 version would be a bad move - the console sold less than 200,000 units last year in japan". Good points there. Maybe Microsoft know how "well" vf games sell, and dont want to shell out loads of cash to sega to get its online system sorted. I mean, if it costs a good few million to have a secure online server (provided by ms) for VF5, and sega have to encode it all to work for online.. if this was say "TEKKEN FOR 360!" you can bet that Microsoft would push that boundary, but maybe because the ps3 version doesnt have online, microsoft hope that they wont need to do anything as there is no "need" to. As in, a few more sales of a VF game wont really do much for Microsoft, but millions of fans moving over to a big franchise is. Like Halo 3, imagine no online for that! Anyways, Im out of this now, said my piece. Thanks guys, again ;) I think VF5 NEEDS to be online, flesh out the series a bit, also, be a good feature to compete with other games that are out for the summer-period. Its not completely impossible to have an online system, but I think Sega are refusing because it would cost too much, the release would be out of their schedule and they will miss the all important summer sales figures. Also, Sega are historically lazy at their ports. The only good one over the last decade or so was Outrun for the xbox, it had online, it had a plethora of extra stuff instead of just the plain old arcade port. It would almost be the equivalent of Soul Calibur, in terms of arcade ports. Tekken has a good advantage over VF5 because it has loads of little hidden modes which add longetivity, something VF games never got into (but hey, spanning over to shenmue aint TOO bad ;)). Soul Calibur, if it returns to the original routes set by the first game (well, actually the second) with its brilliant quest/mission mode will surely knock VF5 right off of the top spot. It is a real shame that there is no online for this game, my reasons for moaning is that other games will surpass it commercially. Thus leading to VF6 not being released in arcades over here. Maybe if this game doesn't sell too well, VF6 wont be out for a LONG time, maybe even NEXT generation. Tekkens get churned out because they are commercially successful, Soul Calibur 3 was ps2 exclusive, didnt sell THAT well. So I hope Soul Calibur to return across all platforms like before. You see, just TALKING about other fighting games makes VF5 sound like the technicians fighting game. Although I LOVE virtua fighter, and anything VIRTUA (except virtua cop 3, where has the charm gone!) the series never really thought out of the box to make it appeal to even more people, this leaving it in its lowly-updated, japanese cult following which leaks onto 360 shores in about 6 months time. I just hope Sega make a decent Daytona USA game (the original) for xbox live arcade, aswell as sega rally. Online for those would be fantastic, Id buy that for a dollar!

thebrazenone
thebrazenone

Bathyj . . . VF is great but I'm only really getting it to hold me out til Tekken. . . . yeah, a lot of people will probably do the same. if tekken 6 came out now . . . well i don't want to even think about what would happen to vf 5 sales. even tekken 5 is going to probably sell better than vf 5 here once it hits the north american playstation store. tekken has an ingenious way of always putting you in an offensive position. even when you get knocked down you have a mind boggling amount of offensive options. that's a good "hook. " vf's only "hook" is precision. which is why it is totally beyond me that people would want to use the 360 d-pad to go online and play this game. all that's missing is the blindfold.

wildsnipe
wildsnipe

Don't know if I want it either. If I do get it, its for the PS3, but I have been a Tekken fan for years and VF just looks like one of those simulator type fighting games based on VF 1 etc. Hey I could be wrong and it may turn out great, but I'd have to demo it out first. No online is disappointing, 360 may get it though.

pupaboy
pupaboy

What is up with Sega? This just looks like VF4 with better graphics. I think Sega really needs to update VF. It looks like the same old moves and the same old levels. Fighting on a float raft is starting to get really old. For $60 clams I am thinking on passing on this version of VF. I know that I am the small minority but I am very disappointed.

Doolum
Doolum

wolf is in am gonna have it.

Bathyj
Bathyj

No blood and no boobies? Maybe I wont get this then. ;) VF is great but I'm only really getting it to hold me out til Tekken. Someone should bring back Battle Arena Toshinden. I liked that game. Flashy fighting with projectile attacks. Like a 3D street fighter but better than the 3D streetfighter

thebrazenone
thebrazenone

grimbee, i guess i understand what you are saying, but investing a lot of money in the 360 version would be a bad move - the console sold less than 200,000 units last year in japan. even with the changes found in vf evo and vf 5 to make it more "tekken like," most people either get the series or they don't. while online matches might encourage new people to give the series a try, i don't think many serious fans would want to play online where their win/loss record would be adversely affected by external issues out of their control. maybe you are just more cool-headed than i am, but i don't want to have to do tai chi all night just to calm myself down after losing matches because of factors out of my control. that's not fun. it would essentially be online for noobs and people who don't care about their records, for me that's not worth a delay in the product hitting market. maybe i'm wrong, maybe it would sell 2 million if it had online matches on the 360. i just seriously doubt it - less than 20 combatants to choose from, no cheesy blood spouting all over the place, no boobs or panties in your face all the time, and so on and so on.

UntoldDreams
UntoldDreams

You guys should understand that I, PERSONALLY, want online in a game like VF5. You guys do realize that I would wholeheartedly love such a fine concept? What I'm saying is that technical issues would screw it up. Basically, the only argument i hear is from non-network engineers among you who are saying "It can work because I really HEART this game. That's good enough to make anything work!" 1/60 second = 16.7 Milliseconds. In that time frame you start a counter attack in VF5. 2/60 of a second later your opponent starts to hit the guard button. The VF5 engine was built with this level of detail in mind. What you guys are saying is this: "Give me a screwed up Sonic the Hedghog with bad camera. It's better than NOT having it at all." You know what? I now HATE sonic the hedgehog whereas before I used to love it.

GrimBee
GrimBee

The thing is, VF has always been a BRILLIANT second rate fighter. I love the series to death, I am really looking forward to this game. However, as with most VF fans, I feel like the series has been seriously overlooked. Heck, it was the first polygonal fighter, it introduced K.O replays into the mass market. Anything done today in a 3d fighter has the clear influence of the VF series. It just started it all. Now, the series isn't really bringing anything new to the table. You can bet that a new Soul Calibur game will have an online scheme set up, and you cant tell me that the moves in that game aren't in need of some serious timing. Tekken has some seriously good combos there, I bet that will have online aswell. Heck I beat several VF games with Lau just pressing punch punch punch kick, all the time (with the occasional head stomp when they are down ;)). If you can't press that combo online, there is something wrong there. For the series to really hit it off (and lets face it, no real VF sequel comes out until years apart from eachother) in this generation, it needs to lay down some ground rules of what its about. Generally, I have my back up about Sega's descisions over the last few years or so. Chromehounds was great... but what did they do to their biggest franchise? yes, they made Sonic... they celebrated his birthday with an awfully buggy game, its not even better than the first sonic adventure! Maybe Sega don't want to stick in the funds to develop an online system for this game. Its basically an arcade port, with some extras thrown in. I wouldn't put it past sega to just "decide" to not have online due to bugetary reasons. I mean, for them to make a brand new online structure for the ps3 would cost them millions. Maybe VF5 was designed with the ps3 in mind (port-wise that is), but after the bad news and rep that Sony have had, they last-minute decided to have it on the 360 aswell (thus leaving the 6 months delay between the two versions). With the ps3 version, they didnt even THINK about an online structure, because it would of cost them too much to set up. Now maybe they are too far ahead to even insert something rushed into the mix, and are using the 6 months extra time to port the game to the 360. If you can pull off fatalities in UMK3, you can pull off akira's moves. Sega are not doing very well at making great things of their biggest franchises at the moment, I am sure that VF5 will be an amazing beat em up. But then comes along another fighter, and turns vf5 into a bargain bin game again. I feel that a good online system will make the game sell more copies as it will be the first of its kind, the second beat em up on the 360, first on the ps3. An online VF5 game in Japan will sell LOADS, internet is sound as a pound out there. Why Sega deny their home country this, is beyond me. But then again, they did make Sonic on the 360...

redxwarriorxxx
redxwarriorxxx

The good news/ Sony gets a premo fight in VF5. bad news/ 360 gets it as well just later.

makemeweak
makemeweak

Looks like I'll be waiting till the fall.

Bathyj
Bathyj

Grimbee, its ok to say, its the new generation machines and they are supposed to be better but they still have to make it work, and they can only work with what they have, Its not the consoles that are lacking but the internet itself. I agree with people, I wouldn't want to see online if it was below par. It would better better off not having it at all. A bad game in a series can damage the whole franchise, sometimes beyond repair. It's all well and good Japans internet is so awesome but what if it sucks in the USA, the home of most of the vocal complainers. It would do more harm than good. I think it would get bloody anoyying quick, not being able to get a counter working because of lag. That game would piss me off and tarnish my view of the game itself, hurting the offline mode. I think it will have online features like downloadables and leaderboards but I dont see Vs mode happening. If it does it better be good or half the people will be complaining while the other half says I told you so.

snarple_basic
snarple_basic

nacademy only problem is what happens when that friend sucks at the game and rather play something else? Its hard to have fun with a friend that doesn't like the game, and its even harder to pick your friends just because you have the same taste in games, but its easier to pick your friends because of the games they play when there online friends.

nacademy
nacademy

Not every game has to have online. Fighting games are way more fun with a buddy with you... it makes victory that much sweeter. :D

snarple_basic
snarple_basic

Hey UntoldDreams yes i know the internet has its up's and down's. What im saying is there are times were perfection can be delivered, and smooth game play can be enjoyed. For this reason and reason alone maybe not every fight would be perfect, but i do believe there would be moments of no lag games. Pick the right person and you should see a good flow. Me i still would love to have a online VF game. I think if AM2 would stop complaining about the internet and realize fans would be still happy to have it, they would sell more copies of the game. I paid $40 for VF4, felt it got boring fast and wasn't worth the $40, when VF evolution came out and wasn't selling Target by me started clearencing it, i was able to buy VF evolution for $10, and truth is the game was out for less then a year and this happened. That just showed that people realized it wasn't worth the $40, if they get online in there the game would sell much better. For every VF fan that says VF is legendary, it's kind of sad that the games dont sell as well as they should.

Alcotamaysees
Alcotamaysees

Well I guess it's better to not have online if the lag is what sega says it is.

ultimate_zero
ultimate_zero

VF 5 doesn't need online, it'll shine without it.

UntoldDreams
UntoldDreams

You guys are mixing latency with lag with online speed. Listen (short pause) to what I am saying. That short pause you just read can be quickly followed by a 1 million megabyte super fast download at the speed of light.... You see its the SHORT PAUSE which screws up stuff not just the connection speed. VF5 arcades in Japan have a private network with low latency and high speeds. That's how Japan does it in the arcades. What you guys are proposing is the INTERNET by definition a network setup with high latency and redundancies, is going to allow a game which requires LOCAL LAN SPEED to play correctly. If they ever put it on the internet... It simply wouldn't play like Virtua Fighter 5 and if you continue to argue otherwise I'm going to have to send you to a Networking Class in community college. Sorry. Look I'm not being a jerk to be mean I'm just saying this: PS3 and LIVE both use the INTERNET as the networking infrastructure. VF5 cannot be played accurately through the INTERNET networks because you couldn't promise me that you can get 1/60 second response time consistently.

snarple_basic
snarple_basic

UntoldDreams you need to scroll down and read my post. What i said is what sega has done to the latest sonic games shows that sega probably already doesn't care much about there francise's. Its more of a slap in the face to sega then anything. In case you dont know im still wanting my 30 minutes back that i lost playing the newest sonic game's demo. That is proff that there a company that will throw anything out just to make some money. for the online im still standing by it can be done. If you make sure you play someone that has a good connection with you in DOA (yea i know someone wants us to stop comparing DOA to VF but its just not gonna happen) you and that person can have a lagless game. The game will run smooth. All VF needs to do is make sure you know the connection quality of your opponent which most games allow you to know, and make sure you dont challenge anyone with a crap connection to you. There the hardest VF moves should be capable to pull off. Yes you will always get lag in 1st person games because the signal is not just going to one play but its going to many, but in online fighting games i have played smooth games with people.

GrimBee
GrimBee

"Some of Akira's move require 1/30 of a frame accuracy to pull off the combo attacks. It's just NOT feasible with the way lag exists right now." I fully understand virtua fighter, I have the deluxe virtua fighter 3 arcade cabinet at home, also, along with several other arcade machines. When I was younger, I had a sega saturn. I was a sega nut back then, but the saturn is all that I had at the time. Virtua Fighter was in my game list, as was remix, and virtua fighter 2. With the dream of fighters megamix though, it was enough to last me then (fighting vipers was pretty good, too). I remember the days of hoping that vf3 would be on the saturn, with an upgrade cartridge (hah!). With Tekken ruling the roost on the ps1, virtua fighter seemed that it was way over its head. When up against the likes of soul calibur on the dreamcast, the pal region vf3tb was terrible in comparison.. WHY? because the dreamcast with soul calibur set a new standard of how fighting games should be. Why release THREE consoles which can go online, when you are limited to the types of games that you can play online?! I mean, where does it say that "the ps3 has the best graphics on any console, 7 cores, free internet, bluray, 60gb harddisc, wifi... but.. er... the internet can be laggy so, yeah not ALL games will work online... sowwy". Next generation is SUPPOSED to improve on things which could not be done before, so yeah those of you attacking the hopefulls here - ease off a bit. Next Gen is supposed to be filled with possbilities. People thought that gears of war would suck with a short campaign (ah i remember the posts now...) but when it came to the day, they were wrong. Until the very last second, you dont know what can or will happen. Laggy or not, the precision of virtua fighter CAN be kept online in japan because their internet is blazingly fast there. And I believe that the biggest audience for this game is there. Maybe another reason for Microsoft to push the japanese market, an online vf game. And pretty much the ONLY version fo vf5 with online, if M$ push the boat out for the japanese release. Not having an online system due to lag is stupid, because in a years time the lag might be less a apparent as internet connections become much larger, and stronger. If its there, at least it can be updated. If its not there at all, then its basically virtua fighter arcade, forever. You can't deny the stability of the japanese online infrastructure. I have used online in japan. And it is "woah" fast. I could download a 360 demo in a matter of minutes if I wanted to. Online in japan is very strong, and is contantantly improving. Having no online system whatsoever for vf5 on the ps3... its crazy. But I would be very dissapointed in M$ if they dont push for an online system, at least for japan. And if they really dont have vs mode online, at least offer some sort of leaderboard, character models, arenas and such.

LunarCrys
LunarCrys

Online play would be nice, but if you've seen arcade tournament videos of VF4: EVO, you would know what kind of insane crap you would have to put with every time you tried to play an online match, courtesy of crazy Japanese VF prodigies. You would get you ass handed to you in a most glorious fashion. Aside from that, even two frames of lag (highly probable given online play's framerate instability) could make the difference between pulling off Lion's cheap Shinpo Tourou Soushu at a distance for the win, or botching it and getting nailed by Aoi's crazy Wakigarami combo throw. Any loss of framerate will quickly turn a well-balanced VF5 match into a DOA-style button masher, which is everything Virtua Fighter ISN'T.

Ult_gam3r
Ult_gam3r

I wonder if there is a retro mode... >.>

BranKetra
BranKetra moderator

Too bad online isn't happening. If they made it work without changing the system, this game would be the best fighter to date, and I like Tekken, DOA, and Soul Calibur more anyway.

icemancell
icemancell

allstar689: they mentioned in EGM i believe that the reason theyre not gonna do online matches is cuz when pullin moves it should be precise, and ANY lag will compromise the gameplay. personally i would like it to go online but when i played DOA4, there were more matches with lag than ones without lag.

allstar689
allstar689

"No thanks, after DOA4 online I could never go back to offline fighting, sure having the guys over is still great but a next gen fighter without online is a shame. Ill wait for the 360 version." Sega has gone on record saying neither version will support online. If you think about it if they wanted online they would have it on the PS3 - i mean Resistance can do 40 players at once its not like the PS3 cant handle online. The reason for the 360 delay is not they're developing online they're just porting it since they only decided to put it on the 360 a couple of months ago and the hardware is very different.

hotdork70minus1
hotdork70minus1

Did you pretty much just say that you know the required frame rate for an online kick ? Some of you guy's need to invest in a Maxum magazine. I love gaming and all but damn !!!... You guy's are missing out on alot.

UntoldDreams
UntoldDreams

snarple_basic What kind of argument is that? Saying Sega should "hate their franchises" which is why you deserve to have crippled VF5 online? Some of Akira's move require 1/30 of a frame accuracy to pull off the combo attacks. It's just NOT feasible with the way lag exists right now. HELL... Even street fighter had issues.

UntoldDreams
UntoldDreams

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LosDaddie
LosDaddie

:lol: :lol: PS3 Fanboys are trying to argue that online FOR A MULTIPLAYER GAME is not needed or wanted?:roll: Get real. Offline fighter was last gen.

williamwu1985
williamwu1985

good news even i dont play any fighting game i am waiting for more japanese RPG coming on my ps3

hotdork70minus1
hotdork70minus1

"JOFY................Yes, I will get it on my ps3.No online ,I don't care and I will be playing this game while the 360 fanboys are watching me,HAHAHAHAHA!!!! " Looks like the joke is on you. While you are playing an old port of VF4 we'll be playing Crackdown, Shadowrun and the Halo 3 beta along with a boat load of other great exclusives.

UmonDaisuke
UmonDaisuke

VF5 is supposed have Live support No it's not, Sega went on the record with that at Kikizo and it's late summer-fall, not June-August. And you're right, the Tekken 6 bit is a mere rumour sparked out of nowhere with no basis (much like the MGS4 and DMC4 ones). So until NBGI says otherwise, it's exclusive. For now, T5 Dark Resurrection on the PS store is what western audiences are waiting on. Having a larger audience does not guarantee porting as was the case with several of the Xbox's exclusives that never made it to the PS2. Only time will tell. Alas, I will say VF5 is a major exclusive lost, unlike Koei's titles (two lost exclusives... no, Ubi's AC wasn't one of them). Let's see if this helps broaden the VF fanbase that's been primarily Japanese. The game has seen several tweaks that make it more mainstream.