Virtua Fighter 5 rolls out in Japan

The latest installment of Sega's brawler goes live in arcades across Japan, joined by a pair of new services.

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Virtua Fighter 5 is off and pummeling in Japanese arcades, according to the game's official Web site. The game makes use of Sega's new Lindbergh arcade board and will sport a number of enhancements to the VF.NET online service. In addition to the actual game, two machines, the VF Terminal and VF.TV, are being introduced.

The VF Terminal provides a touch panel that allows customization of IC card (basically a memory card) data. For example, players can use the machine to edit their ring names and write profiles. They can also use the touch panel to tweak their character costumes while viewing the results on the display.

The other new display, VF.TV, is dedicated to delivering Virtua Fighter 5 content to arcades. This will allow live broadcasts of high-profile matches with blow-by-blow commentary. It will also feature programs that provide fighting tips, hints on using the VF Terminal, and Virtua Fighter news. The VF.TV terminals can be refreshed with new content as needed through a network connection.

Finally, for a 100 yen fee (about $1), VF.NET will also let players save replays of their favorite battles. They can later download the replays as digital video to their home PCs.

Discussion

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mike_mgoblue
mike_mgoblue

Actually, Microsoft was the one who told Sega that they couldn't release Virtua Fighter 5 on the Xbox 360!!! Sega wanted to release Virtua Fighter 5 on the Xbox 360 WITHOUT online gaming, just like the Playstation 3 version. Microsoft has the MANDATORY requirement that a game like Virtua Fighter 5 would have online fighting. When you consider that Dead or Alive 4 is much faster paced than Virtua Fighter 5, and it runs at 60 Frames Per Second, then it doesn't take a rocket scientist to realize that the reason why Sega did not want to include online gameplay is because that would make it so the arcade version had absolutely no value at all!!! Sega ALWAYS wanted to do a half-hearted job on the quality and performance of their videogame hardware; that is why they couldn't last. Even Virtua Fighter 1 on the Saturn was a bad conversion; the characters didn't have individual fingers! But now that a company like Microsoft is out to make the best possible hardware for the home, if Sega were to take advantage of all of the features the Xbox 360 offers--such as online gameplay--then that would really put them out of businss, because the graphics would be nearly identical to the arcade version, and the home version would include online play. This is the reason why the PS3 version of Virtua Fighter 5 is coming out first. And just so everyone know, the word "exclusive" on the PS3 doesn't mean much. Fight Night Round 3 was announced "exclusively" for the PS3, and it is out NOW for the Xbox 360! The Darkness was announced "exclusively" for the PS3, and it can be seen on Xbox Live NOW. The same thing happened with Unreal Tournament 2007, Devil May Cry 4, and Silent Hill 5. Assassins Creed is another one--you know, the game that was SHOWN at the Microsoft X05 Trade Show with the name Project Assassin. There is going to be a version of Virtua Fighter 5 on the Xbox 360; the rumors are too strong...and it will include online play. Sega is stupid, because their logic says that an online version like that needs to be released about a year after the arcade game, though. That way, the arcade game has time to be successful and make a lot of money. We will probably find out more at the Tokyo Game Show in September of 2006. By the way, the "exclusive" PS3 game called Full Auto 2 will be out on the Xbox 360 before Christmas! A Sega representative confirmed this with his facial expressions and laughs, and his overall tone of voice. He simply said that at this point in time he was only legally allowed to say that the Playstation 3 version has been announced. But he would not deny that an Xbox 360 version is in development.

guslan
guslan

I am an arcade collector so I would like to answer to the guy who asked about the price : a VF5 machine costs about 7500 Dollars in japan (you will have to import it to get one so add shipping an importing taxes to that)

hemakm3
hemakm3

I love Virtua Fighter

tonyleo01
tonyleo01

Tekken 6 needs to look like that...

_Sam_
_Sam_

It looks good

Angryduck67
Angryduck67

Vitua Fighters Mega Mix was freakin' awesome for sure.

chikahiro94
chikahiro94

lol - while I'm thinking of it - who think's it high-time Sega did another Fighter's Megamix?

chikahiro94
chikahiro94

@calibretto1 I misinterpreted what you wrote originally. I thought you were suggesting VF5 wasn't innovative enough. As for your idea: Sounds great, however they'll need to make another title/franchise to try that - the dev's would be crucified if they made that radical of a departure from the VF conventions. If anyone tries going in really different directions, I think we'll see it on a console first, simply because an arcade flop is too expensive for both the company and the arcades. At least with the console you can try going independant/low budget. Maybe we'll get lucky and see something like this come out in the sunset years of the PS2 - given the PS3's price and competitive development costs (ie, the minimum you'd want to sink in order to make a competitive product), I think the PS2 has gotten an extended lease on life. You can't do budget titles on an expensive launch system the same way you can with a system that has over 100 million installed users. Check out MxO's Combat Revision 2.0 for an interesting take on cinematic fighting - it's different, its interesting, and it's a good, raw idea that could go in several different directions. Ditto for Flying Warriors (NES), Flying Dragon (NES), and Golden Warrior (SNES) - all of those ideas could use expanding...

juvinwo1
juvinwo1

that is gonna be a great game, cant wait!!!

calibretto1
calibretto1

@chikahiro94 I'm all for refined gameplay. I think it's why VF4 is regarded as one of the best if not "the" best fighting games to date. When I was in Japan in summer of 2002, most arcades there had entire floors dedicated to VF4, and it would still be crowded with mostly business men. It was very interesting to see. Anyhow, I'd still like to see refined gameplay coupled with a big jump in innovation. One thing that's always bothered me with 3D fighters is how mechanical and predetermined they all move. It'd be nice to see a game like VF attempt at least a bit more fluid and dynamic movement for the characters on top of the robust fighting engine. Imagine how characters would move if it were choreographed as a movie scene, then try to work backwards to fit a workable engine around that. You're probably thinking that would break the game play... perhaps that's why they don't do it, it's a difficult task. @mike_mgoblue You've been lied to.

DrogosIronfistcg
DrogosIronfistcg

How much does a VF5 console cost? I might want one. Home Console ports of the game just don't cut it.

macross
macross

chikahiro94 you are the first guy i found here on GS that truly understands VF. My regards.

chikahiro94
chikahiro94

"The word on the street is that although Virtua Fighter 5 will appear on the Playstation 3, there will be a completely new Virtua Fighter game appearing on the Xbox 360. The Xbox 360 version will feature online fighting." Nice dream, I think I'll hold on to it. However, given how insanely precise some of the moves are to perform, wouldn't it be far worse affected by lag than other fighters? Especially characters like Akira? I will agree, though. MS should've dropped $100 million on Sega... it would've probably gotten them a better return than Rare has gotten them thus far. Oh, and Calibretto - wild innovation isn't what draws me (any of my friends, or given how revisions/tweaks a VF gets over its' lifetime, Japan) to VF, it's the exceedingly refined gameplay (VF4 had 7 total revisions). I'm sure there's going to be a fair bit of changes under the hood, but chances are (like many things in VF) you'll have to be a certain skill level to understand/appreciate/notice them. I think it's comparable to Capcom and their Street Fighter II and III series - not so much innovation compared to their competitors, but in their final iterations the games were extremely polished, refined, and are still held in high regard among competitive players, unlike most SNK games (and I love SNK dearly - former Neo owner here). SNK always pushes things, but seldom stays with something long enough to really get that kind of refinement (hard to when you're changing 1/2 of KOF's roster on a regular basis). The graphics look great to me, probably better in motion, but I will agree - Sega should get some new voice actors! lol

mike_mgoblue
mike_mgoblue

Virtua Fighter on Xbox 360! The word on the street is that although Virtua Fighter 5 will appear on the Playstation 3, there will be a completely new Virtua Fighter game appearing on the Xbox 360. The Xbox 360 version will feature online fighting.

fodonico
fodonico

VF is really big in Japan, i don't think that there are fighting games there that are as big as VF.

calibretto1
calibretto1

PS3: no rumble and no online play = disappointing. M$ really missed the boat on this one. They could have won over a good chunck of the Japan market if they won exclusivity for VF5. Those guys will sell their left nut to play this game. I really like VF4 because of the solid gameplay, but it doesn't look like Sega has innovated much beyond making slightly prettier graphics. And for the love of god, fix the generic voices. "You can't beat me, yeeaaahh!" pffft

chikahiro94
chikahiro94

VF is big in Japan, the 360 isn't, and I'm going to guess either Sony got the exclusive first and offered Sega a SWEET deal or Microsoft didn't offer Sega enough to make it worthwhile. Great for the arcades, glad to hear it, hope to see it hear. I'm upset at the PS3 exclusive, but I can understand it @#$%@%

fodonico
fodonico

I would kill for one of those arcades :(, thank god Sega was kind(or not) to announce that it's coming to the PS3.

Plays_4_Pants
Plays_4_Pants

The graphics stink, it's like they spent no time on it. Put that baby back in, she aint done yet

epy0nkaru
epy0nkaru

I'm joining the "I can't wait for the PS3 version" bangwagon

NiGHTS
NiGHTS

the only reason I will get PS3 is to play my all time favorite fighting series VF5

drangel_jam
drangel_jam

When you're in a big business, it's good to reach a mass audience when you're dealing with one of your biggest franchises. How about delievering the game to XBL users, Arcade users, and the nerds who like it better single anyway!? Sega, like Capcom, Konami, and most Japanese publishers are still not making the right choices. Looks like they haven't learned from the last generation. I am sad because Sega could be way up in the ranks with EA. They had the sports franchices, great arcade games (most people love pick up and play), and truly superb franchises, that you don't give up just because it had disappointed sells. What they should have done, it's to add a little extra taste on it, and take advantage of the more than solid engine and theme of the franchise, just like Capcom did with Resident Evil, and EA did with Burnout and Need 4 Speed.

Game-o_O
Game-o_O

Online gaming isn't the future of gaming. I've played every FF except XI ;).

xavier14
xavier14

sorry i'm not buying it. 1 i'm not paying 600 plus bucks just 4 vf5 . 2. vf5 has no online play???? very dumb and i'm not going 2 the arcades until somebody makes it online and put it on the 360 i'm not getting i mean its a great game yes but i love doa4 better. even if they put it on the 360 i'll still be playing doa4 more . but any way sega do something really add online something i think its dumb not 2 have online play its the future of gaming

roadrunner1178
roadrunner1178

It's cool that there are still arcade games being made.

final_cut_hugo
final_cut_hugo

Hope we get to see those machines stateside, I have no intention of getting a ps3, and I'm in arcades more often than I am playing games at home anyway.

LoserMike
LoserMike

Sadly Arcades are dead in the US. Only Arcades doing well in the US are Dave & Buster's and Gameworks. That's cause people who remember the arcades way back in the day can now play boozed up. HOORAY BEER!!!

marioman50
marioman50

profiles in arcades, now that's cool, but I know alot of people who woulldn't care. I should go to japan where gaming is taken much more seriously.

paradyme777
paradyme777

I don't care about arcade titles I want to see Next Gen titles...how many people go to the arcade still?

Fallout_red
Fallout_red

With the weak showcasting of Tekken during the E3, VF looks like to be PS3's main fighting figure.

GoddBless
GoddBless

"Malten @3 Can't wait for the 360 version (to play over Xbox Live of course :p)" Sorry buddy but their will be no 360 version. The folks at Sega don't think Virtua Fighter should be played online either so that's out as well.

SWANN2099
SWANN2099

Sounds, very kool!!! If some of the things they described can be implicated into the PS3 version, this will be a kick a$$ game, definately!!!

WolfSkill5544
WolfSkill5544

Wow, that's a really amazing what they doing with VF 5. Too bad arcades are kind of dying in the state; so I don't think we will never see that service here.

rl_41
rl_41

Arcades are still hot in Japan.. probably because they have all the good arcade games. Where I live there are a few good arcades, but the games are old and basically outdated, and I could never dream of something like this VF.TV thing happening here

Surllio
Surllio

With such a great announcement, its sad that most places don't have the luxary of an arcade anymore.

Rubin42
Rubin42

Too bad the arcade is all but dead here in the US cause I'd love to see VF5 in action in the arcade.

bulldog7
bulldog7

good stuff. the ps3 version will be better i think

epy0nkaru
epy0nkaru

This is more than i wanted for Virtua Fighter, but hey, it's all good. Now if only they did this here in the US... but Virtua Fighter isn't as famous her T_T I will await the PS3 versions though

Baroque-Legacy
Baroque-Legacy

Very, very cool. Too bad this would never fly in the US arcades. Oh, almost forgot: WHAT ARCADES!?

Raisuke
Raisuke

Cool. But why is this under PS3? This is an Arcade game...

jcloverboy
jcloverboy

Will be great on PS3 :) Would have preferred on the 360 but PS3 is fine too.

ghangiskhan1
ghangiskhan1

This looks great I liked VF4 so I have high expectations for this.

cszero
cszero

Cool! It's good to see that arcade games are utilizing the internet.

lalex2
lalex2

Virtua Fighter 5 It's a PS3 exclusive. Dont worry X360 owners, I will send you all replays of my best matches :-)

szindragon
szindragon

See, reading things like this make me wish Arcades hadn't died here in the US. I loved the arcades in Japan when I was there.

gillri
gillri

VF5 has always been the hardcore choice of fighter and is one of the reason for me getting a PS3 til then the 360 will do me fine

blackIceJoe
blackIceJoe

Virtua Fighter 5 looks real sweet and I can't wait to play it on the PS3.