Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown Hype Thread! (56k) 8.5 on Gamespot!

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Information:


Gamespot Review - 8.5!


Playstation Plus Members get Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown for FREE

PSN only Deal Until June 19th:

Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown Complete Edition with ALL DLC for $29.99 - VF5FS with all DLC is normally $45.

Players choosing to purchase Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown on PSN will have the option to purchase the "Complete Edition" for $29.99, which includes the full game and all character customization DLC. Complete Edition is a limited time offer and will only be available for two weeks after launch. PlayStation®Plus subscribers will be able to download Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown free from PSN for one month after launch, and will have the option to purchase character customization DLC bundle packs for 20% off for two weeks from launch.Gamasutra


(Some reviews are out! Check the "Reviews" section in the second post!)


Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown Launch Trailer

Official Sega Blog Announcement of VF5FS / Gamespot Article on VF5FS

Release date: June 5th for Playstation Network (June 6th for Europe), & June 6th for Xbox Live Arcade.

Price: $14.99/£9.99/AUD$18.25 (PSN), 1200 Microsoft Points (XBLA).

Stand-alone title, no copy of the original VF5 for PS3/360 is required to play VF5FS.

Digital Download only, game is about 2GB in size.

Demo: A Trial Game/Demo will be availible on June 6th for XBLA.The demo will allow you to try out the new characters Jean Kujo and Taka-Arashi, along with Sarah Bryant and Jacky Bryant. You will be able to try some single player modes and even try out the new (awesome) tutorial!



Introduction:

Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown, the first Virtua Fighter game to be released on consoles in nearly 5 years, is the newest (and final) version of VF5. It contains all of the improvements and changes to the VF series over the past 4 years. Since 2007, VF5 has seen the Japan only arcade release of VF5R that added 2 new characters, Jean Kujo and Taka Arashi, and also drastically improved VF5's gameplay, added new stages, and updated each character with new moves and animations.

VF5FS is the update to VF5R. It further refines VF5R's amazing, balanced gameplay, and makes VF more fun and accessible than it has ever been. In VF5FS, TONS of new moves were added, animations were improved even more, stages were changed again, and the item count is now through the roof!

VF5FS is the ULTIMATE version of Virtua Fighter 5, and on June 5th, the long wait for VF fans will finally be over! The Final Showdown will begin!


  • 2 New characters, Jean Kujo and Taka-Arashi, bringing the total in VF5FS to 19 fighters! (No characters are DLC, all come with the game.)

  • 20 new stages: Compared to VF5, VF5FS now has very different stage types and sizes. Some stages even change between rounds!

  • More streamlined and accessible gameplay: VF5FS features simplified and improved controls, while still retaining VF's depth for veteran players.

  • Online play: The original VF5 for the 360 is known for having amazing netcode, and VF5FS improves it even more! VF5FS also has 8-player lobbies and a spectator mode! 2 Players fight, and up to 6 others can watch the match while they wait to play the winner. (Oh, and yes, both the PS3 & 360 versions have online play this time!)

  • Hundreds of new moves and animations in total for all 19 characters. Seriously, some of the moves in VF5FS are freakin' BRUTAL!

  • Tutorial mode: VF5FS will teach you the basics of VF. From proper evading and blocking, to more advanced concepts, it covers it all.

  • Training mode: You can quickly learn all of each characters' moves as the training mode walks you through each one (No pausing and checking the move list required!). There are in-game demos for the more difficult moves, and you can learn basic combos as well. Press the spoiler below if you'd like an image example of what the training mode looks like!

[spoiler]

The training mode will walk you through each and EVERY move the character has. Press the button, do the move, the game then moves you on to the next move in line.

You can also press start and see the entire move list if you want. The yellow movie icon means you can see a demonstration of the move.

- [/spoiler]

  • Customizable characters: Each of the 19 characters can have 600-900 items with the total being over 14,000 items to use with the game! Customize your character to completely change their appearance! Want an Akira who looks like Ryo Hazuki? You can do that, and a ton more.

  • More features: You can easily configure your buttons on the character select screen, or even while waiting in online lobbies.
  • VF5FS includes all stage music from past Virtua Fighter games for free, just change the stage BGM in the options.
  • There are new opening and winning moves for each character (even some special ones with the items!).
  • There are new Single Player modes where you can take on a variety of challenges.
  • You can save online & offline replays.
  • And of course, there are leaderboards.





(Note: All Youtube matches in this thread are not high quality. VF5FS's actual resolution is far better than the videos. Also, many replays have a "Frame Data Display" (the thing where the numbers are popping up in the middle of the screen), that is not displayed during real-time gameplay.)



New Characters:


Fighting Style: Karate

Jean Kujo is the first new character in Final Showdown. He's a hard hitting master of Karate who can overwhelm opponents with fast attacks, and brutal charged moves. He's an accessible character for new players, but also has a lot of depth for experienced VF players as well.

There's no situation that Jean can't deal with. Brutally awesome kicks, powerful punch strings, awesome throws, reversals, and devestating combos, Jean has it all. Jean plays like no other character in VF history, and he's an absolute BLAST to use.

Jean: Youtube Matches

Jean match 1

Jean match 2

Jean match 3




Fighting Style: Sumo

Taka Arashi, the second new character in Final Showdown is actually a returning character from Virtua Fighter 3. He was removed in VF4, but brought back in VF5R due to fan demand! Taka, a Sumo wrestler, is an overpowering force that no character can stand in the way of!

Taka, while he takes a bit more getting used to than Jean, is still a character who isn't difficult to use. He has a massive variety sumo attacks, terrifying throws, powerful combos, and moves that just crush anything your opponent can do. Taka can be slow, but his power more than makes up for it.

Taka: Youtube Matches

Taka match 1

Taka match 2

Taka match 3



Returning Characters:

(Example Youtube matches from arcades are in the links below each character!)

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(Note: Don't feel like reading? Then watch these gameplay tutorial videos with James Chen, Ultra David and LA Akira!):

First Attack Ep 15 - Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown Pt 1

First Attack Ep 15 - Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown Pt 2

They both do a FANTASTIC job of explaining how to play Virtua Fighter!


Virtua Fighter's gameplay consists of similar gameplay to any other 3D fighter. You try to win by knocking out your opponent through damage or by ring out (knocking them out of some stages. Not all stages have ring out possibilities).

You may have heard that Virtua Fighter is too deep or complex for new players, but that isn't the case (it's a myth!). VF5FS uses 3 buttons to do every move in the game, and VF5FS's gameplay is so intuitive and accessible that anyone can play it. VF5FS also contains no 1-frame moves or 1-frame-combos and has a generous frame buffer so you can relax and not have to worry about PERFECT move executions.

Virtua fighter 5 Final Showdown uses 3 buttons: Punch, Kick and Guard (As referenced by the control layout below), and then also uses combinations of those buttons for more attacks:

  • Pressing Punch and Kick together (along with directions) will get you totally different attacks than either alone. Often stronger punch moves.

  • Pressing Kick and Guard together (also along with directions) will get more attacks still, usually stronger kicks.

  • Pressing Punch and Guard together will throw an opponent. You can input directions before Punch and Guard to get stronger throws.

  • And finally, pressing Punch, Kick, and Guard all at once can get more moves as well (Varies per character)

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Unlike games such as Street fighter, where many moves are performed with quarter-circle or Dragon Punch motions, Virtua Fighter, like Tekken, mostly plays by inputting directions THEN hitting a button (or buttons) at the same time as the last directional input. Some basic examples are below:

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  • Pressing down-forward or forward + Punch will often do mid punch attacks or elbow attacks that work great against crouching opponents.

  • Pressing down-forward + Kick will usually do a Side kick attack that has great range.

  • Pressing back then forward + Punch can do strong punch attacks that will slam your opponent onto the ground.

  • Pressing forward, forward quickly and then Punch or Kick can get dashing moves with great range and speed.

  • Pressing back, then forward or forward then back + Punch and Guard can lead to stronger throws


How to play Virtua Fighter:

The basics of playing Virtua Fighter are very simple: Guard if your opponent is attacking you; Try to throw them if they are guarding; and if you are guarding and you think that your opponent will try to throw you, attack them!

Master those 3 simple steps, and you're already playing Virtua Fighter.

Also, new to VF5FS is a simplified throw escape system. You can hold guard and then hold punch to not only block, but also escape an opponent's throw! It won't escape every one, but it'll escape the basic one. So, in VF5FS you can keep your guard up and avoid throws! Damn cool.

Advantage/Disadvantage:

Get THIS, and you get Virtua Fighter! If VF, if you attack, and your opponent blocks you, you are at a disadvantage. If you attack and you HIT your opponent, you're at an advantage. It's that simple.

So, if your attack is blocked, hold guard to try to block your opponent's retaliation, and if your attack HITS, your opponent now must try to guard you. You are then free to follow up with another attack or try to throw them.

Obviously, this goes for you as well. If your opponent attacks and you block it, you have the advantage and so on.

In this example, Jean (on the right) attacks and his attack is blocked. Jeffry has the advantage. Jean then tries to attack again, but since he's already at a disadvantage, Jeffry's move goes first and hits Jean and puts him in a bad situation. Jean should've just blocked instead.

Counter Hits:

Whenever you attack an opponent in VF, if you hit them right when they are starting their own attack, you will see a yellow flash, that means you have counter hit them! A counter hit deals more damage than a normal one, and can lead to you being able to combo an opponent!

In this example of a counter-hit, Kage launches Sarah into the air because he hit her while she was trying to perform a move. Kage can then combo Sarah with a few moves while she's in the air.

However, in this example, Kage doesn't counter-hit Sarah with the same move. Sarah isn't launched and she can evade Kage's followup.

Evading:

Evading is very important in Virtua Fighter. No other 3D fighter does evading (or side-stepping) as well as VF. If your opponent is going to do a linear move (That is, a move that's like a straight punch and not one that looks like a full-spin kick), you can press UP or DOWN (without any button input) to evade your opponents' move and often gain the advantage over them.

In this example, Jean (on the left) evades to the front of the screen and dodges Wolf's attack. Jean then has the advantage and throws him!

Of course, if you try to evade too early or too late, your opponent can still hit you. The in-game tutorial explains this as well.

(Continued in next post.)

#2 Posted by Virtua_Souls (289 posts) -

(More "How to play" stuff in spoilers!)

Throwing your opponent after you block their attack: (Gif, explanation, in spoiler)

[spoiler]

In this one, Jacky (right) attacks, and his attack is blocked and puts him at a significant disadvantage. Wolf then rushes in and throws him for a ton of damage!

Throwing an opponent after you block their attack is a huge part of playing Virtua Fighter. Every throw in the game can be practiced in the Dojo. [/spoiler]

Ducking attacks and throws:

[spoiler]

Here, Akira (left) attacks with an elbow, Wolf blocks it, and attacks him. Akira blocks low, crouches under Wolf's High attack and hits him with a shoulder attack. Note that ducking/crouching will only go under high attacks! If Wolf would've attacked with a mid attack, Akira would've been in trouble.

It's not shown in that gif, but you can also crouch under throws! Ducking under an opponent's throw and punishing them is very important in VF! [/spoiler]

Blocking low, and punishing your opponent:

[spoiler]

Here, El Blaze (Right) tries to hit Taka with a low sweep Kick. Taka blocks low, puts El Blaze at a huge Disadvantage, and then combos him! [/spoiler]

Punishing your opponent while they're at a disadvantage:

[spoiler]

In this one, Vanessa (right) attacks Kage with a knee attack. Kage blocks it, and punishes Vanessa with an attack before she can recover.

Pressing Punch and then Kick (quickly) is a standard attack to punish an opponent when you block one of their large moves and have the advantage. [/spoiler]

I don't cover everything here, so if you have any further questions about VF5FS's gameplay, check out Virtuafighter.com!


(Note: All items in VF5FS are obtained by the purchase of DLC only. You can't get them any other way.)

PSN only Deal: Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown Complete Edition with ALL DLC for $29.99 - VF5FS with all DLC is normally $45.

Players choosing to purchase Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown on PSN will have the option to purchase the "Complete Edition" for $29.99, which includes the full game and all character customization DLC. Complete Edition is a limited time offer and will only be available for two weeks after launch. PlayStation®Plus subscribers will be able to download Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown free from PSN for one month after launch, and will have the option to purchase character customization DLC bundle packs for 20% off for two weeks from launch.Gamasutra



Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown has a vast amount of customization options for each character. As previously mentioned, each character has between 600-900 items. As the gif above shows, you can change almost anything. Hair and hair color, hats, skin color, what your character wears, accessories and more. Some items can even change your winning move!

When it comes to items, Sega went with a different approach than other fighting games these days. Sega decided to release VF5FS as a digital release at a cheap $15 price (instead of $30 or $40) and then let YOU decide if you want any items or not. Every item in VF5FS is payed DLC, but don't worry, if you don't want to buy any, each character in VF5FS comes with 2 costumes in the base game.

DLC Prices: (Please note that ALL DLC in VF5FS is cosmetic only. No DLC in Final Showdown has any effect on gameplay!)

  • You can buy EVERY item for one character for $4.99/£3.59/or AUD$6.25/ per character pack on PSN, or for 400 MS points on XBLA. There is only one character item pack per character. So yeah, if you just want Jean and Taka's DLC, you can get ALL of it for $5 each and so on.


If you want EVERY item in the game however, you can buy it all in 2 bundles:

  • For $14.99/£9.99/ or AUD$18.25 on PSN and 1,200 Microsoft Points on XBLA. You can buy "Item Set #1" Which has every item for: Akira, Sarah, Kage, Wolf, Lion, Aoi, Brad, El Blaze, & Jean

  • And again, for $14.99/£9.99/or AUD$18.25 on PSN and 1,200 Microsoft Points on XBLA. You can buy "Item Set #2" Which has every item for: Pai, Lau, Jacky, Jeffry, Shun, Lei, Vanessa, Goh, Eileen, & Taka


So in total, you can buy every DLC item in Final Showdown for $30(US) or 2400 MS Points. Which brings the total for everything in VF5FS (Game + all items for each character) to $45(US) or 3600 MS Points. Still cheaper than most retail fighting game releases.

If you have a problem with the DLC, I'm sorry, but don't miss out on this AMAZING fighter just because it has DLC. If you want it, buy it, if you hate DLC, just enjoy the game without it. Again, no DLC has any effect on gameplay. You can just buy the items for your character of choice as well. And that'll only run you $5, so, keep that in mind! :)

(Also, please note that NO DLC IS LOCKED IN THE GAME WHEN YOU BUY IT! :cool: The game itself takes up the full 2GB size. Items ARE actually downloaded when you purchase them, they are not "unlocked" like in "other" games. :P)




Virtuafighter.com - THE Virtua Fighter site! Need help playing VF? Go here. Amazing community!

Also, check out this FAQ on Virtuafighter.com if you have any other questions about the game that I didn't answer.

Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown Announcement Trailer - (from last year) GREAT cinematic trailer that features all of the characters!

iplaywinner Youtube playlist for VF5FS - Tons of recent tournament play from the US.

Virtua Fighter 5: Final Showdown Pre-Launch Party stream archive - The Pre-release party for Final Showdown.

Chibita versus Fuudo Exhibition Matches (First to 5) - 2 Virtua Fighter Legends square off in some incredible matches!

Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown's awesome item win poses! - (Seriously, watch this!)

Level|Up UFGT8 Archive of VF5FS Final 4 (At 59 minute mark) - Great matches from a recent US VF tournament.

iplaywinner VF5FS stream 1 - Haunts from iplaywinner plays through tons of different modes from VF5FS!

iplaywinner VF5FS stream 2

iplaywinner VF5FS stream 3

iplaywinner VF5FS stream 4

Some Youtube channels of high-level VF play from Japan:

BattleCoreJP's Channel

Sankon327's Channel

Shirouto1218's Channel

Bejibura's Channel

Gamespot Videos/Articles for VF5FS:

Now Playing: Virtua Fighter 5: Final Showdown

Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown Sends You Back to Basic Training

Pro Gamers on Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown



Reviews:

Shoryuken Review - No scores are given

Eurogamer - 9/10

Edge-Online - 9/10

Gamers Daily News - 9.0/10

Level Save - 9.0/10

EGM Now - 9.0/10

XboxAddict - 9/10

VideoGamer - 9/10

Push Square - 9.0/10

ZTGameDomain - 9.0/10

Gamer Limit - 7.5/10

Official Xbox Magazine - 7.0/10

Just Push Start - 7.0/10



Screenshots:


More screenshots from Andriasang.com



Okay! That's my hype thread! (yes, I know it's late, but I just got to level 10 recently! :P ) I hope that it got YOU hyped for Final Showdown as well or at least helped you out in some way. If you couldn't tell, I'm FREAKIN' HYPED for VF5FS. I've been waiting for almost 4 years for a new VF game! June 5th and 6th, man! C'mon Tuesday! Get here already! - Oh, almost forgot: Obviously, my personal HYPE for VF5FS is AAAAA (Yeah, an 11/10!), but I'll go with AAA to be realistic. I think Final Showdown will get at least a 9.0 on GS, easy!

Oh and let me close by saying: If you're still not convinced about just how awesome VF5FS is, it DOES have Hadokens, Shoryukens, and Tatsumaki Senpuukyakus!



[spoiler] Oh wait. That was an April Fools joke! My bad!

:D [/spoiler]

#3 Posted by Virtua_Souls (289 posts) -

Reserved. Just in case it's needed for future updates.

#4 Posted by FPSDad1161 (814 posts) -
I voted AAAA and am hoping for that. VF is one of the best fighting games period. Looking forward to this one and didn't know it was coming so soon. Gonna have to get me some MS points. And if you could clarify for me, I have to purchase the customization items via DLC? Or is that just to unlock them all without having to purchase/unlock them in game? Also is there no quest mode in this one?
#5 Posted by TheGuardian03 (22123 posts) -
2GB, that's alot, is there a disc version in other regions so i could import?
#6 Posted by TecmoGirl (3965 posts) -

I voted AAAA and am hoping for that. VF is one of the best fighting games period.FPSDad1161

And easily the most boring one as well dad.

#7 Posted by FPSDad1161 (814 posts) -

[QUOTE="FPSDad1161"]I voted AAAA and am hoping for that. VF is one of the best fighting games period.TecmoGirl

And easily the most boring one as well dad.

Wow. I just don't know what to say about this. How is it boring? I find SFIVAE2012 to be more boring to watch and a lot of times play than I did any of the times I played VF5.
#8 Posted by Thefatness16 (4672 posts) -

Great thread. Voting AAA.

#9 Posted by FPSDad1161 (814 posts) -
So is the dlc the only way to get the customization items, or is it just a way to unlock them all without buying/unlocking the items in game? Also is there no quest mode this time?
#10 Posted by TecmoGirl (3965 posts) -

[QUOTE="TecmoGirl"]

[QUOTE="FPSDad1161"]I voted AAAA and am hoping for that. VF is one of the best fighting games period.FPSDad1161

And easily the most boring one as well dad.

Wow. I just don't know what to say about this. How is it boring? I find SFIVAE2012 to be more boring to watch and a lot of times play than I did any of the times I played VF5.

lol I dunno honestly. I usually love fighting games but I tried playing VF a few times and it was just impossible to enjoy(hella difficult to play as well). Maybe it's the lack of flashyness and crazy combos but then again, I love DOA games and they aren't exactly shining with flashing special arts either. But it's much easier to play and have fun with them.

#11 Posted by FPSDad1161 (814 posts) -

[QUOTE="FPSDad1161"][QUOTE="TecmoGirl"]

And easily the most boring one as well dad.

TecmoGirl

Wow. I just don't know what to say about this. How is it boring? I find SFIVAE2012 to be more boring to watch and a lot of times play than I did any of the times I played VF5.

lol I dunno honestly. I usually love fighting games but I tried playing VF a few times and it was just impossible to enjoy(hella difficult to play as well). Maybe it's the lack of flashyness and crazy combos but then again, I love DOA games and they aren't exactly shining with flashing special arts either. But it's much easier to play and have fun with them.

I've played both the DOA and VF series. I love them both honestly. They are actually similar in a way. They both feature the same control scheme and kind of have similar fighting systems. I will agree that VF is more complex than DOA, but they are both great fighters. Would have love to seen a DOA vs. VF game before Itigaki left Tecmo. Would have been f'n amazing.
#12 Posted by MyopicCanadian (8345 posts) -

Really looking forward to this. I have a few days off next week so I'll be spending a decent amount of time with the game. I'm already practicing some fundamentals now on VF5 for 360. Voted AAA, as I think it'll be an excellent fighter at a great price.

Probably playing Lau or Jean :D

#13 Posted by Virtua_Souls (289 posts) -

So is the dlc the only way to get the customization items, or is it just a way to unlock them all without buying/unlocking the items in game? Also is there no quest mode this time?FPSDad1161
Yes, the DLC is the only way to get the items this time. That's why Sega is releasing the game at the reduced price of $15, so you can then just buy what you want.

All items are unlocked right when you buy them, so yes, you don't have to earn them anymore.

And yes, quest mode is out in VF5FS. Sega has said that due to digital download limitations from Microsoft/Sony, they were only able to make the game a maximum of 2GB, so some things had to be cut.

VF5FS does have some great single player modes, but nothing as vast as VF5's quest mode. I think that VF5FS is more focused on having an amazing online mode and awesome tutorial and training modes this time.

#14 Posted by FPSDad1161 (814 posts) -

[QUOTE="FPSDad1161"]So is the dlc the only way to get the customization items, or is it just a way to unlock them all without buying/unlocking the items in game? Also is there no quest mode this time?Virtua_Souls

Yes, the DLC is the only way to get the items this time. That's why Sega is releasing the game at the reduced price of $15, so you can then just buy what you want.

All items are unlocked right when you buy them, so yes, you don't have to earn them anymore.

And yes, quest mode is out in VF5FS. Sega has said that due to digital download limitations from Microsoft/Sony, they were only able to make the game a maximum of 2GB, so some things had to be cut.

VF5FS does have some great single player modes, but nothing as vast as VF5's quest mode. I think that VF5FS is more focused on having an amazing online mode and awesome tutorial and training modes this time.

Damn, I loved the quest mode in VF5, but i figured the space limitation was probably the cause. Too bad. Still going to be a hell of a game even without it.
#15 Posted by AcidSoldner (7051 posts) -
One of the best fighting franchises around. Will be getting this for sure.
#16 Posted by nini200 (10083 posts) -
GETTING THIS GAME DAY FRICKIN 1!!!! I will be on it After Nintendo's E3 :D
#17 Posted by Virtua_Souls (289 posts) -

2GB, that's alot, is there a disc version in other regions so i could import?TheGuardian03
Nope. Digital download only for all regions. The only other way you could play it would be to play it in a Japanese arcade. :P For various reasons, Sega decided that a digital only release of VF5FS was the best option for them.

[QUOTE="FPSDad1161"]Wow. I just don't know what to say about this. How is it boring? I find SFIVAE2012 to be more boring to watch and a lot of times play than I did any of the times I played VF5.TecmoGirl

lol I dunno honestly. I usually love fighting games but I tried playing VF a few times and it was just impossible to enjoy(hella difficult to play as well). Maybe it's the lack of flashyness and crazy combos but then again, I love DOA games and they aren't exactly shining with flashing special arts either. But it's much easier to play and have fun with them.

Well, to each their own, but if you have a 360, TecmoGirl, try downloading the demo when it's out on XBLA and giving it a shot. VF doesn't have as much flash as Tekken or DOA to most people (obviously to me VF is more exciting than the others), but it makes up for it by having incredibly balanced gameplay that Tekken and DOA just can't match.

Virtua Fighter just plays like a dream, and for me, once I got into it, I could never see other fighters the same way again! :D

#18 Posted by Sphire (2074 posts) -
For £10, I'm gonna get it. Not a pro though, and haven't played fighters in ages, but I wanted to try some again. Would be nice to have a bit more, but I guess I can't really complain for the price. Though having a tourney mode would be nice. I personally don't get the spectator game mode, I'd hate waiting to fight, unless I was doing something else. Hopefully, there'll be a good amount of players online, since that's the main mode.
#19 Posted by Tikeio (5332 posts) -

A (7.0-7.5) HYPE.

Don't know if I will be buying this. I never liked Virtua Fighter and I probably never will. I'll still checkout the demo though.

#20 Posted by Malta_1980 (11466 posts) -

maybe i'm in the minority here but when it comes to 3D fighters VF series has always been better than competition...

Looking forward to get this title !!!

#21 Posted by nameless12345 (15125 posts) -

Well made thread, congrats. VF is still the most technical 3D fighter of them all.

#22 Posted by OhSnapitz (18498 posts) -

I still have VF5 online for the 360 so I think I'll pass.. that is unless I get a PS3. :P

#23 Posted by WarTornRuston (2733 posts) -

First of all this is one of the best hype threads I have seen so bravo on the good work.

IMO the recent MK really set the bar high for fighters for now on with all of the extra modes and the crazy amount of characters and arenas. I do think Virtua Fighter is better than Tekken and Dead or Alive and I applaud Sega for releasing this as a $15 download. But at the same time I feel like Sega does not have faith that it will do well at retail. I know this is mainly a GOTY type release but they have had plenty of time to make an actual sequel.

I am buying it for sure.But I have a feeling this is the last time we see this series if it does not sale well, at least for a while.

#24 Posted by Virtua_Souls (289 posts) -

First of all, thanks everyone for the feedback! I worked darn hard on this thread. Anyway:

Haunts from iplaywinner is currently streaming Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown! - > IPLAYWINNER VF5FS Stream <

Update: Stream from iplaywinner is over. I'll update this post with the archive when it's availible.

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First of all this is one of the best hype threads I have seen so bravo on the good work.

IMO the recent MK really set the bar high for fighters for now on with all of the extra modes and the crazy amount of characters and arenas. I do think Virtua Fighter is better than Tekken and Dead or Alive and I applaud Sega for releasing this as a $15 download. But at the same time I feel like Sega does not have faith that it will do well at retail. I know this is mainly a GOTY type release but they have had plenty of time to make an actual sequel.

I am buying it for sure.But I have a feeling this is the last time we see this series if it does not sale well, at least for a while.

WarTornRuston

Thanks, man! This thread took quite bit of work!

Yeah, the recent MK really did set the bar for features in a fighter, it's an amazing game. It'd be difficult for VF5FS to measure up to MK in total content though, since VF5FS is only a 2GB digital game.

Sega decided that a digital release was the best option for VF5FS due to various reasons. From what I've heard, they thought that Final Showdown would do better as a $15 title, instead of a retail release, and personally, I agree with them. Many more people will pick it up at $15 online.

In regards to an actual sequel though (like VF6), Sega AM2 (VF's developers) have been working on VF5R/VF5FS for the past 4 years in arcades, so they haven't had the time to make VF6 yet (They're probably working on it now though, since VF5FS's final version was finished last year).

I AM sure though, VF5FS isn't the last that we will see of the Virtua Fighter series! ;)

#25 Posted by Tikeio (5332 posts) -

I feel like Sega does not have faith that it will do well at retail.

WarTornRuston

Because it wouldn't. And DD seems like it would be much more cost effective.

I have a feeling this is the last time we see this series if it does not sale well, at least for a while.

WarTornRuston

I doubt we'll see a sequel anytime soon (well, maybe not on consoles). But even so, I doubt it will have anything to do with sales of a budget update title.

I mean, Sega probably has realistic expectations for this title. Even with the "low" price, I'm sure they don't expect VF5:FS to sell like gangbusters or anything. VF fans practically begged Sega for a console port of FS, and Sega decided to give the fans what they want.

Attracting a flock of newcomers didn't really seem like their goal IMO. But with SFxT flopping and Skullgirls currently being an afterthought to most (until DLC and patches start rolling in), VF5:FS couldn't have come out at a better time.

#26 Posted by freedomfreak (41877 posts) -

Kage and Jacky were my favorites.

#27 Posted by Virtua_Souls (289 posts) -

I personally don't get the spectator game mode, I'd hate waiting to fight, unless I was doing something else.Sphire
Yeah, some players will enjoy the spectator mode, but I get what you're saying, in an 8-player lobby, you can wait quite a bit for your next go.

Don't worry though, I only mentioned the lobbies/spectator mode in the "features" section since it's "new" to VF, but VF5FS also has the standard 2 player Ranked Match and Player Match modes.

You can also set the room size for the lobbies. You can make it 2-8, so you can just play with friends as so on.

Kage and Jacky were my favorites.

freedomfreak

You should be happy with them in Final Showdown then. They've both gotten some outstanding new moves, and can do some stunning combos in VF5FS. They have some great new items as well. Personally, I'm partial to Jacky's new item can give him his "Laser eyes" winning move! :D

Also, check out these two Youtube channels if you'd like to see some more Kage and Jacky matches:

alcoholicKAGE's Youtube Channel

dbfetable's Youtube Channel

Some awesome high-level VF play on those two!

#28 Posted by Virtua_Souls (289 posts) -

Just to let everyone know, there's currently a tournament going on for VF5FS! > VF5FS top 4 at Northwest Majors 4! <

Check it out! Get HYPE!

Update: Whoops. Already over. Sorry, found out about the tourney kinda late. I'll update with the tournament archive when it's up.

#29 Posted by Mystery_Writer (8022 posts) -

though I'm not into fighting games anymore.. needs too much time dedication... but in the spirit of being positive I'm hyping it 8.0 - 8.5

#30 Posted by madsnakehhh (14750 posts) -

Now this is what i call a fancy Hype Thread.

Anyway...i'm sorry to say this, but i just can't get much hype for this, i think i'll wait for DOA5 for my 3D figthing needs.

#31 Posted by getyeryayasout (7936 posts) -
Voting AAA for the game and AAAA for the hype thread, great work Virtua_Souls. I bought a DOA 4 fight stick for $20 from the flea market, probably get it for 360 for that reason. Also, timed exclusive for PS3! :P
#32 Posted by Virtua_Souls (289 posts) -

Now this is what i call a fancy Hype Thread.

Anyway...i'm sorry to say this, but i just can't get much hype for this, i think i'll wait for DOA5 for my 3D figthing needs.

madsnakehhh

A fancy game, deserves a fancy hype thread! :cool:

Oh, and no problem, man. Everyone gets hyped for different things (What am I saying? That's no system wars attitude! :shock: ), I'm crazy hyped for DOA5 as well. If you have a 360 though, try out the demo. VF5FS's spectacular gameplay might change your mind. :D

Also, awesome gif of Leona! She's pretty much my favorite character from KOF13.

Voting AAA for the game and AAAA for the hype thread, great work Virtua_Souls. I bought a DOA 4 fight stick for $20 from the flea market, probably get it for 360 for that reason. Also, timed exclusive for PS3! :Pgetyeryayasout

Thanks! Wait... a AAAA for the hype thread? Great, now my thread can flop too! :P

:lol: Timed exclusive for PS3! That's true. Didn't think about that.

#33 Posted by jg4xchamp (49275 posts) -
Virtua Fighter 5 was ace, but man did I suck at it(then again I'm pretty bad at fighters). But I'm looking forward to this game(and promptly getting my ass handed to me).
#34 Posted by Virtua_Souls (289 posts) -

Virtua Fighter 5 was ace, but man did I suck at it(then again I'm pretty bad at fighters). But I'm looking forward to this game(and promptly getting my ass handed to me). jg4xchamp
Check out the training mode when you get the game. It has a record mode so you can set the computer to do any moves that you might have trouble dealing with. Then you can see how to block or punish your opponent properly.

Also, the "How to play Virtua Fighter" section of this hype thread could help as well. Once I got a lot of those things down, it really helped my game.

#35 Posted by Virtua_Souls (289 posts) -

VF5FS on UltraChenTV!

^^^ Check out that stream! James Chen, Ultra David and LA Akira are playing VF5FS and explaining the game and how it plays!

#36 Posted by nini200 (10083 posts) -
I'm soooo ready!!! 45 more minutes!!!! :D :D :D
#37 Posted by Virtua_Souls (289 posts) -

BIG UPDATE!

Playstation Plus Members get Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown FREE

PS3 only Deal: Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown Complete Edition with ALL DLC for $29.99 - VF5FS with all DLC is normally $45.

Players choosing to purchase Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown on PSN will have the option to purchase the ?Complete Edition? for $29.99, which includes the full game and all character customization DLC. Complete Edition is a limited time offer and will only be available for two weeks after launch. PlayStation®Plus subscribers will be able to download Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown free from PSN for one month after launch, and will have the option to purchase character customization DLC bundle packs for 20% off for two weeks from launch.Gamasutra

New Reviews:

Shoryuken Review - No scores are given

Gamers Daily News 9.0/10

Level Save - 9.0/10

Just Push Start - 7.0/10

EGM Now - 9.0/10

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Oh what a GLORIOUS DAY today is! :D THe best fighter EVER will be out SOON today on PSN and tomorrow on XBLA! :D

#38 Posted by nini200 (10083 posts) -

BIG UPDATE!

Playstation Plus Members get Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown FREE

PS3 only Deal: Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown Complete Edition with ALL DLC for $29.99 - VF5FS with all DLC is normally $45.

[quote="Gamasutra"]Players choosing to purchase Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown on PSN will have the option to purchase the ?Complete Edition? for $29.99, which includes the full game and all character customization DLC. Complete Edition is a limited time offer and will only be available for two weeks after launch. PlayStation®Plus subscribers will be able to download Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown free from PSN for one month after launch, and will have the option to purchase character customization DLC bundle packs for 20% off for two weeks from launch.Virtua_Souls

New Reviews:

Shoryuken Review - No scores are given

Gamers Daily News 9.0/10

Level Save - 9.0/10

Just Push Start - 7.0/10

EGM Now - 9.0/10

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Oh what a GLORIOUS DAY today is! :D THe best fighter EVER will be out SOON today on PSN and tomorrow on XBLA! :D

The best 3D fighter ever. The best fighter ever is King of Fighters. :D Anyway, I'm trying to buy this game but don't see it in the PSN store. Anybody have any luck finding it yet or know when they'll add it to the store today?
#39 Posted by Virtua_Souls (289 posts) -

The best 3D fighter ever. The best fighter ever is King of Fighters. :D Anyway, I'm trying to buy this game but don't see it in the PSN store. Anybody have any luck finding it yet or know when they'll add it to the store today?nini200
Hah! Virtua Fighter is the "King of Fighters"! ;) (KoF is amazing too, I'm just kidding).

It should be out VERY SOON on PSN, either like, NOW, or within the hour!

#40 Posted by Slashkice (13466 posts) -

It's up on PSN if you search for it. 1955 MB.

And yep, free for PS+ :3

#41 Posted by Tikeio (5332 posts) -

No demo on the PS Store? Well, that's f**king stupid.

Even though I generally dislike Virtua Fighter, I wanted to give the demo a shot. Oh well.

#42 Posted by MyopicCanadian (8345 posts) -

Well I am quite impressed. I didn't expect the game to feel THAT much better than VF5 ver. A or C, and wow. I like that the game is zoomed in more so you can see the characters better. The animations have all been redone and look much better, there's a better sense of impact with every move... and I wasn't planning on getting any of the custom packs, but at $30 for everything including the game? Why not.

Was messing around with a few characters, and although Jean is pretty badass, I think I'm gonna stick with Pai. We'll see.

#43 Posted by Virtua_Souls (289 posts) -

Okay, I've been playing VF5FS for a while now, and I just want to say, it's an absolutely STUNNING fighting game (Not that I had any doubt!). If you're a fan of fighters in general, you OWE it to yourself to check it out!

If the word "GAMEPLAY" means anything to you, if gameplay is the most important thing for you when you play a game. CHECK OUT VF5FS. The gameplay design will floor you. I promise. The incredible training mode doesn't hurt either.

Well I am quite impressed. I didn't expect the game to feel THAT much better than VF5 ver. A or C, and wow. I like that the game is zoomed in more so you can see the characters better. The animations have all been redone and look much better, there's a better sense of impact with every move... and I wasn't planning on getting any of the custom packs, but at $30 for everything including the game? Why not.

Was messing around with a few characters, and although Jean is pretty badass, I think I'm gonna stick with Pai. We'll see.

MyopicCanadian

I know, right? It's like, light-years ahead of VF5 Ver. C! I can't believe how much better things look in VF5FS. Like you said, the camera, animations, the moves, it's all gold.

I'm loving Jean and Taka myself. They both play so differently than any older VF character. Yeah though, in the end, I'm sticking with my old Main as well.

#44 Posted by Virtua_Souls (289 posts) -

Review is out! - 8.5 on Gamespot!

Hype met :cool:

(Hype at time of review):

Just look at all them votes :P - Well, just get ready people, VF5FS is the sleeper-hit fighter of the year!

#45 Posted by Thefatness16 (4672 posts) -

Yay, I won mah bet.

#46 Posted by SolidTy (45097 posts) -

I was hoping to get a $5 discount from PS+ on the amazing, new VF5 : FS game and nab it for $10 on PS3 (Where I buy most of my fighting games).
PS+ gave me the damn game for FREE, loving it!

The only bad thing is that I am a god at VF4 and VF4 : Evo. I was decent at VF5, but now I have to relearn everyone! :P

#47 Posted by jg4xchamp (49275 posts) -
#Want
#48 Posted by Virtua_Souls (289 posts) -

Dayuuum. Just noticed: Eurogamer gave VF5FS a 9/10 :D

Aren't they usually really strict with their scores? Quality, people. Quality. That's what Virtua Fighter is.

Absolutely love this beautiful game. So glad to see it getting the praise it deserves. Can't wait to see it at EVO next month.

#49 Posted by jsmoke03 (13026 posts) -

since when did people start thinking AA scores are worthy of hype? i remembered the good ol days of sw when it was AAA or flop...

#50 Posted by Sphire (2074 posts) -

Anyone gonna share vids? Tried Sarah when I first got it, and she's fun. Haven't played in a few days though.

Some Sarah Fights