Virtua Fighter 5 First Look

We get an early look at the Xbox 360 version of Sega's hardcore arcade fighter.

Ever since word hit that Sega's Virtua Fighter 5 would be getting an Xbox 360 version in addition to the PS3 version released earlier this year, there's been much curiosity as to how the game was going to turn out on Microsoft's platform. The original arcade version of VF5 was developed on Sega's Lindbergh arcade hardware, which Sega reps had noted made converting games to the PlayStation 3 a pretty easy affair. This seemed to be supported by the striking PlayStation 3 version, which of course raised the question of how the Xbox 360 game would make out. Sega dropped by today to demo a work-in-progress version of the 360 game--the first playable incarnation--and we got an answer. Though the game is still early, with the expected rough edges, we do have to say we're quite impressed by how it showed.

Xbox-bound Virtua Fighter fanatics will get the chance to play the series' fifth installment.

The early version of VF5 already had the game's roster of 17 fighters playable--though we weren't able to get our mitts on the controller to try it out firsthand--and all four game modes seen in the PS3 game, arcade, versus, quest, and dojo, were included. Though our first barrage of questions to the Sega reps targeted specifics on what's being added or tweaked in the game over the PlayStation 3 version, we didn't get a ton of answers. The info we did get was basic overall, with some interesting tidbits thrown in. To sum up, the game will have 720p support and offer the core content found in the PS3 game.

In addition, the team is improving the artificial intelligence, as well as adding analog stick support and rumble. The dojo mode will now feature exact recoveries to help you perfect your timing and let you change your starting position if you so desire. Though this isn't related to the software, Sega noted that Hori is planning to release a fighting stick for the game in the US. The questions that got no comments and "wait for E3" replies focused on if there were any new modes being included, support for downloadable content, Xbox Live support of any kind, or anything else cool being tossed into the game. We'll cross our fingers and hope for the best.

The graphics will surely be the most scrutinized aspect of the game, and they're looking surprisingly good for being in such an early state. We didn't totally geek out and bust out the magnifying glass and calipers to pore over the game's visuals, but we did do a bit of nitpicking. So far everything looks very, very close to the PlayStation 3 version and, in a few spots, just as good. Aliasing even seemed to be a bit cleaner on the bitmap portions of the backgrounds, such as Jeffrey's island stage. The overall texture quality was good, though some needed refining here and there. Color in the game stood out a bit; depending on the stage, the palette seemed to be a bit on the dark side and didn't pop quite as much as the PS3 game, but the game is still early and sure to be obsessed over by the dev team until it meets AM2's standards.

We'll have to wait for E3 to find out what's new in the 360 version.

Based on what we saw, Virtua Fighter 5 is shaping up to be a solid conversion of the arcade and PlayStation 3 games. The visuals could use some polishing, but they already look very close to those of the PlayStation 3 game. We can't comment specifically on gameplay until we try the game out ourselves, but it seems to move as speedily as the PS3 iteration, and the fighters animate smoothly. We have a raft of specific questions about the various enhancements the game is set to have, but since Sega wasn't talking specifics yet, we'll just have to hope AM2 is going to do more than port the PS3 game. Virtua Fighter 5 is slated to ship later this summer for the Xbox 360. Look for more on the game from this year's E3 and in the coming weeks.

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fugori
fugori

Looks like it'll be the definitive version...

Chi-You-Man
Chi-You-Man

I love SEGA AM2, can't wait for this

TheoleDominion1
TheoleDominion1

I agree, though a very deep fighting game the awkward and "jerky" movement of the characters turned me off on VF and Tekken series. I prefer the fluidity and the "natural" movement found in the Soul Calibur series. I just wish they made it as "deep" as the VR series.

termadoyle
termadoyle

looks good. I'm not really into fighting games though. unless it's Mortal Kombat.

nubianninja
nubianninja

VF is the game for connoisseurs of fighting games. Can't wait to get my mitts on it.

nevershort
nevershort

VF5 sucks anyways... I didn't even rent the PS3 version... Bring on Tekken 6!!! In the meantime I'll play Tekken 5 DR online, best fighting game thus far...

dafirm
dafirm

Online? I don't think so. Sega made it clear even when developing VF5 for PS3 that they are not pleased with the current speeds of broadband today. This means there will probably be downloadable content only.

LosDaddie
LosDaddie

I own the PS360 and have waited for the x360 version:)

MKOwnzU
MKOwnzU

it better be online... OR ELSE!!!!1

DoctorFu
DoctorFu

Yeah if they take the shine down a little the skin would look a ton more realistic.

Shenmue1000
Shenmue1000

I love the VF series i still have the orginal for the Sega Saturn. I feel it is a very solid series and skill plays more part and each character is balanced than just one over powered character we see in many fighting games I will be buying this game for sure since I do not own the PS3 as of yet.

littletotheleft
littletotheleft

the game will be great and when it IS out, most of you terds will be complaining about some other game that has yet to come out, instead of playing the great games that are out.

UberNova
UberNova

Seraph-General - They still look like Plastic Manikins, Yuck! I agree. they look plastic because of the shine they put on the skins it doesn't look real. That's what I didn't like about the previous game. Someone over there needs to help them figure out how to do lighting correctly

mooseman721
mooseman721

malmeid2 yea this will most likely be a much better version than the PS3's. but isn't that the story with every cross platform game? blu ray and cell have yet to impress me. i'm starting to think that sony is completely full of it.... Oh for christ's sake. SHUT UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I bought new shoes today, they own ps3. I took a dump today, it makes the ps3 look like sh1t. Almost every item has this nonsense at the end of it, if it's not ps3 bashing it's the other way round. Would you actually have fights about this stuff?? Grow up morons, buy the thing you like most, or whichever mummy buys you, and be happy!

malmeid2
malmeid2

yea this will most likely be a much better version than the PS3's. but isn't that the story with every cross platform game? blu ray and cell have yet to impress me. i'm starting to think that sony is completely full of it....

wildsoul0509
wildsoul0509

im not a fan of fighting games but this games seems interesting, maybe a must-have when i buy my xbox 360

UmonDaisuke
UmonDaisuke

Higher Resolution + Online Play + More VF goodness = Instant Win! AM2 confirmed it time after time that the 360 game won't have online play. Just likely an online ranking mode, and that's it.

cdripper
cdripper

I am really hoping that Sega puts in the ability to download additional items and costumes, but I think it's pretty slim. It will be academic though unless this game is region-free...

Junsei
Junsei

To Kellz: Why would they put "VF4 final tuned" on console now ? that game is 3 years old and theres no such thing and no talk of VF5 evo. if anything version B is the evolution you are looking for. but at the moment its arcade only. possible the xbox 360 version is version b thats why of the delay. lol im not posting any links. go to the sega japan yourself and translate using microsoft word 2003

lilbus
lilbus

i cant wait too try this game but it still aint gonna be better than DOA 4

Proman84
Proman84

Higher Resolution + Online Play + More VF goodness = Instant Win!

ahyumifan
ahyumifan

of course, the X360 version should be very same as PS3 version, but i think what people really want from X360 version of VF5 is the online play.

Sir_Bozack
Sir_Bozack

Im not a fan of VF. I havent really gotten into one since VF3 on dreamcast. I like DOA or SC more. VF5 is a good game {I played it} But I have a world of more fun with DOA4 online. I might gamefly this tho.

Latinbro1
Latinbro1

if i were to choose among VF, DOA, Soul Caliber, or Tekken I'd choose Tekken...then DOA (and I dont' care on which system these games come out as long as they continue seeing the light of day).

By-tor_basic
By-tor_basic

To Kaz: VF is in no way like DoA. Where DoA uses over the top moves, VF uses actual martial arts moves and disciplines. It's also alot more strategic than most fighting games. Personally I can't wait. When I traded my PS2 in for more XBox stuff, the only game that I was still playing was VF4. I wish there could be on-line play but oh-well. If the AI is anything like VF4 it'll still be a fun game.

Skiggy80
Skiggy80

I cant stand computer geeks.lol Go play with your little mouse and you GString 8800. Say hi back to a card that costs more than my 360 and ps3 and by the way, both my 360 and ps3 look awsome on my aquos 1080p TV.

Kellz
Kellz

VF5 Evo or Final Tune on PS3 will be much much better :-)

valestis
valestis

I want Tekken for my 360. >_

hahamanin
hahamanin

@saxxygamer mgs4 will come out for the 360 anyways a year later after the ps3 launch

hellsingfan666
hellsingfan666

VF > tekken, this without online is going to suck, but the quest mode was awesome last game. hopefuly they repead that this game and i know several people who i can fight againest to make it worth it

SaxxyGamer18
SaxxyGamer18

Oh wow. This could be an interesting generation if ports from previously PS3-only games turn out more refined and fun on the 360. This doesn't bode well if, say, MGS4 ends up on the 360 later or something. I'm really pulling for full Xbox Live support here.

rulo_rezn0r
rulo_rezn0r

"Aliasing even seemed to be a bit cleaner on the bitmap portions of the backgrounds, such as Jeffrey's island stage." this version is gonna be the definitive one to get :)

CyphenX
CyphenX

Is the sky blue? "Wait for E3."

omegacis
omegacis

I think it's awesome that Hori is finally putting out another fighting stick for the 360. It's rediculously hard to get your hands on a DoA4 stick now-a-days. Hopefully this VF5 stick will look nice.

kazraycrawley
kazraycrawley

ive never played VF5 before,question, is it any thing like DOA

anarchicgoth
anarchicgoth

cool- i played it on the ps3 but now its on the superior platform ;P

TheRealMantera
TheRealMantera

fighting games are soooo played out. boring. IMO

DoctorFu
DoctorFu

I can't wait to buy the 360 version.

Ra-Devil
Ra-Devil

Do they really have to add crappy voice acting anyway? I mean I'm sure this game had some high payed Japanese voice actors, like DOA does, so why not leave them in? I'll never understand the idea behind horrible Americanization. If you're gonna' do it, do it right.

Killian420
Killian420

cool, i'll buy it, i hate the voice acting in the ps3 version, hopefully, you can turn that off.

rkgambill
rkgambill

Wow.... GETAGIRLFRIEND you're an iidiot.... it's called expanding your audience, bub. Take a business class. I'll break it down for you: PS3 has a small user base. Games cost a lot of money to make. Making the same game on multiple systems equals more customers.

GETAGIRLFRIEND
GETAGIRLFRIEND

GARBAGE. ANOTHER WAY OF MAKING MONEY THROUGH RELEASING THE SAME TRASH ON OTHER SYSTEMS WHILE ENHANCING THE PRODUCT MINIMALLY TO CHARGE $60 PLUS TAXES. WHAT I AM SUPPOSED TO WITH THE COPY THAT I NEVER BOTHERED TO HAVE BOUGHT FOR PLAYSTATION III? RIGHT.... MY GEFORCE 8800 GTX SAYS HI.

Dreski83
Dreski83

rental at best... this game has lost its appeal compared to more fast paced fighter like DOA.

Nexeus
Nexeus

yay!!!! THX SEGA, YOU SAVED ME 600 DOLLARS!!! I LOVES YOUS... now if only FFXIII were coming out on the 360.... oh wait :D