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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
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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!
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!
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.
- 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.)
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
(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)
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:
- 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.
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.
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 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.)