TGS '07: Virtua Fighter 5 Hands-On

A nearly completed version of Sega's arcade brawler was on show at the company's TGS booth. We grabbed hold of a Hori arcade stick to check it out.

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TOKYO--Nowhere is Sega's Virtua Fighter 5 more popular than in Japan, so it was a fitting place to see a very advanced version of the game on the Xbox 360. It was also welcoming to see that Sega had set up customised Hori sticks to play the game in as close to arcade conditions as possible. We spent some time playing through all the modes on offer, as well as talking to the localisation team about the what we can expect in the finished product.

Although Virtua Fighter 5 has been available on the PlayStation 3 for some time now, the Xbox 360 version looks set to be the definitive version. Because the game is based around the latest version of hardware in the arcades, it's the most up-to-date home port of the game and therefore features improved artificial intelligence. If that weren't enough to convince hardcore VF players to buy the game again, the Xbox 360 version's improved, antialiased graphics should tip the balance.

The Xbox 360 version is also set to offer more on the features side. The number of AI opponents has been upped to 1,000, meaning that there are plenty of different fighting styles to encounter in the quest mode. There are also 3,000 unlockable costume items to customise your characters with. The characters in the Japanese build all had localised voices, so American characters such as Jackie still had American accents, and although we didn't get to hear it, there's a full Dolby 5.1 soundtrack on offer, too.

But of course the biggest new feature is the online mode, and although we didn't get to play it at TGS (because there's no one out there to play against), the localisation team did have some more details about what we can expect to see in the final game. First of all, the expected one-on-one battle mode will of course be on offer, but your online ranking will be completely separate to the one you have in the single-player game. The game will also support voice chat for those who want to taunt their opponents, as well as a VF TV mode where you can watch replays of classic fights from the world's greatest combatants.

We played through some arcade, quest, and dojo battles during our time at the Sega booth, and we have to say we're very pleased with the Xbox 360 conversion. It held up a rock-solid 60 frames per second performance while still managing to look substantially polished. Because of our time spent in Japanese arcades, we loved heading to Club Sega in the game's quest mode, and the varying styles of the AI challengers made us want to carry on and play longer than we could. The dojo mode is a great place to familiarise yourself with the hundreds of moves for each character, seeing as it offers command, free, and time attack training. And finally, the arcade mode was just as we expected, offering a perfect opportunity to experience each of the 11 characters.

Virtua Fighter 5 is going on sale in Japan on December 6, with the Hori arcade sticks arriving on the same day for a little over 7,000 yen (around £30 or $60). We're really looking forward to playing more multiplayer games, especially if the online mode holds up, but it's looking likely that we'll have to wait for the finished game to see how well that particular mode turns out. Keep an eye on the site for more information as we get it.

Discussion

46 comments
vass86
vass86

i should read before i post lol. i'm definately getting this

vass86
vass86

i'm only getting this if you can play people online. that's the thing that will make this game last.

Titanicles
Titanicles

I might get this but, Soul Calibur 4 FTW!

PS360Fanboy
PS360Fanboy

probaly scaled down a lot since the PS3 version

Sam_Lowery
Sam_Lowery

I might get this, but only because I can't get Tekken on the 360

NinjaMunkey01
NinjaMunkey01

'printice21 woo-hoo this sounds awesome finally another full fledged fighter! poor ps3 owners i hope they get an update or something, 360 has better ai, better anti aliasing, online play wow i cant wait!' dont feel sorry for ps3 owners they have a great lineup of games coming out soon. I have a 360 and it has good games but the ps3 has the potential for better graphics and killzone 2 and mgs4 will show that. it has loads of good games coiming out with amazing graphics and gameplay, plus tekken is coming out. dont feel sorry for those with only a ps3 they have loads to look forward too anyway. and so do 360 owners with mass effect and all.

NinjaMunkey01
NinjaMunkey01

I dont think I will get this for the 360. I almost got this for the ps3 but I never liked soul caliber much so I missed it. I want halo 3, killzone 2, MGS4, R&C and drakes fortune so I dont need this. for those who like these games I hope you like it though.

vee36
vee36

NOT AS GOOD AS TEKKEN !!

ebookerd1
ebookerd1

I love the VF series everything since VF2 has been great. I am a tekken fan but I love VF more it always felt more realistic and deeper strategy combat system. I took time to get to understand the fighting system and it is more than just press a combination. The timing is so important to this game and I am so happy 360 is bringing it home. Oh I can't wait for this one.

barnold81
barnold81

This is the only fighting game I need. I played Tekken series until I played Virtua Fighter 4. I don't think Tekken has the depth of Virtua Fighter - not even close. And now it's online. I hope the game plays well online.

Ghettoness23
Ghettoness23

a fresh fighting game comming on its way.....wouldnt mind tekken comming out on 360 tho

LorenaLarue
LorenaLarue

I knew what xboxfan101 was saying but I didn't appreciate having to use the extra effort to translate it.

raride
raride

finaly a good fighter game for 360

TheoleDominion1
TheoleDominion1

lol@ Davywin, I'm African-American and I can't understand what xboxFan101 is saying either..so please don't ask me to translate...lmao.

Agermemnon
Agermemnon

Hmm not my most enjoyed fighting series but what with soulcalibur and samurai showdown 2 ( for some 2d fighting ) i think i can avoid this .

Wakey652
Wakey652

cool news about the sticks! now we just need an ultra hi-res online Street Fighter Alpha 3 and Xbl will be the place for beat em ups

c_smithii
c_smithii

Woohoo! This game and Halo 3 is what I've been waiting on for sometime now. My last Virtua Fighter games was Virtua Fighter 4 import - PS2 Virtua Fighter 2 import - PS2 Virtua Fighter - Genesis 32X Never played VF3, but oh well.

Anabub
Anabub

Fantastic ... now if only we can some how steal Tekken as well :)

yugimasa9999
yugimasa9999

Question is...do the NTSC / J version have some english menus to offer ??

KingKoop
KingKoop

Good to see VF coming over to the 360 it'll do good especially on XBL.

arc_salvo
arc_salvo

I agree with thegame1980. I wish Namco'd realize that releasign Tekken 6 on the 360 would be a great business move. Even still, I'm glad VF5's making its way to the 360. I like the 2 new characters, and I'm fascinated by how deep the gameplay can be.

saquib_h
saquib_h

SIMPLY AWESOME!!!! Thank you SEGA!!!!!!!!!! X360 needs more fighting games for sure... whats with Midway and MK? Cmon.. DOA is not enough for X360... I'm sure VF5 would really fill in the requirements....

Holopaw
Holopaw

So many awesome games for the 360 coming out, makes me glad I went Xbox over Sony. Don't get me wrong, i used to be all about ps2 and xbox, but the ps3 just doesn't have the quality games like 360. Im sure I will get a ps3 someday, but as of now they need to step it up.

1alberto
1alberto

man I really feel sorry for PS3, too many years to end like this. MICROSOFT please fix the problem you having now, do not rush to do or make any feature, upgrade, software, hardware or whatever you guys want to make we can wait WE JUST WANT QUALITY..

1alberto
1alberto

To all serious gamers, we know that this is one more software and all they want is money, with DOA is enoug I think is the best fightting game out there and the next big hit will be soul calibur.

Sam_Lowery
Sam_Lowery

I hope the hori stick works for Soul callibur too when that comes out. (and hopefully Tekken if Namco decides they want to get about three times as much $$$ as they will releasing it on ps3 only)

Williedude87
Williedude87

I'm entirely convinced xboxFan101 must be some kind of joke..

daviwinn
daviwinn

xboxFan101 said: "i dnt see da need for dis game i guess is jus not DOA IS ENOUGH have to admit tho dis game offers more ,3000 CUSTUMES itemz to customize ur players dats crazy plenty of stylez to fite against dis game is off da chain ill cop it looks lik 360 is jus keeps takn till PS has no games left lmaoo den again games r more fun to play on xbox wid its sexy controller PS u lose son You want to try that again in English maybe?

OhSnapitz
OhSnapitz

Can't pass up a chance to play VF Online.. I'll be getting this one..

xboxFan101
xboxFan101

i dnt see da need for dis game i guess is jus not DOA IS ENOUGH have to admit tho dis game offers more ,3000 CUSTUMES itemz to customize ur players dats crazy plenty of stylez to fite against dis game is off da chain ill cop it looks lik 360 is jus keeps takn till PS has no games left lmaoo den again games r more fun to play on xbox wid its sexy controller PS u lose son

thegame1980
thegame1980

I'm still excited they decided to release VF 5 on 360. Now if only we can convince Namco to release Tekken on 360...........

jcloverboy
jcloverboy

Just 5 weeks or so away from Virtua Fighter finally on Xbox - can't wait. It was my favourite PS3 game when I had the system. Pre-ordered it the moment online play for 360 was announced. Gonna be sweet.

Freezeryder
Freezeryder

So this means that consoles getting "me first" deals with developers are actually screwing their fanbase over with a shoddy, stripped down edition of a game? I mean Virtua Fighter on the PS3 is uglier, based on older hardware and without online mode ie. useless! So what are we supposed to root for? I mean GTA has a deal with Microsoft, yeah? But will the PS3 owners then get the later, superior version? Probably not, but still... Apparently the creative juices do not stop flowing eventhough the finished game has been sent out on a particular console. They keep tinkering. It's a good thing, but will also be a cause of worry next time we see the spokesperson for our respective consoles go: "And we get it FIRST!"

vahid_xbox_360
vahid_xbox_360

it,s a long time after dead or alive since we haven,t play a good fighting game. and now we enjoy it

cdripper
cdripper

Coming out in Japan as well? Cool! So if the US version isn't region-free, I can get it as well. Awesome!

McH0TTY
McH0TTY

360 FREAKING RULEZZ!!! ITS THE "MUST OWN" CONSOLE OF THIS DECADE.

printice21
printice21

woo-hoo this sounds awesome finally another full fledged fighter! poor ps3 owners i hope they get an update or something, 360 has better ai, better anti aliasing, online play wow i cant wait!

Lord_Daemon
Lord_Daemon

With every piece of news that comes in about the 360 VF5 I get more and more impatient to get my hands on it.

NeonNinja
NeonNinja

Very nice. I've never owned a Virtua Fighter title, but with online play, and of course the fact that it's finally on a system that I own, this will be more than worth it.