Virtua Fighter 5 for PS3
If you haven’t played a fighting game before you gotta play this one. And if you love ’em, you probably have a favorite series you stick with, and a character in that series you’ve perfected. Such is the reason the genre has struggled to regain popularity — even in the face of growing attention for real-life fighting such as UFC and PRIDE. Virtua Fighter has long been considered the fighting gamer’s fighting game, and Virtua Fighter 5 proves why that is, for better or worse.
If you want deep gameplay with smart strategy about which there are articles on situs judi online terpercaya, this is the series you embrace. It’s as true today as it was when Virtua Fighter 2 took the Sega Saturn by storm. You won’t see flaming projectiles or gaudy finishing moves, just perfect pugilism paying the highest respect to the actual martial arts. It’s more of a fighting simulation than anything else out there. This is great for those with discriminating tastes, but VF gets a bad rep for not being n00b-friendly. In truth, it’s relatively easy to pick an intriguing character, study up in the manual and the in-game dojo, and become a formidable adversary.
Part of what makes Virtua Fighter’s learning curve so manageable is Quest mode — a brilliant idea started on the PS2’s Virtua Fighter 4: Evolution and expanded here. Go from arcade to arcade with your customizable character, building up your rank while competing in tournaments and earning new items to wear and emblems to display. It’s an odd duck if you compare it to most fighters’ money modes in that it’s simulating a fighting-game player rather than the character itself, but it’s got near-limitless replay value and a very gradual difficulty ramp-up that makes the too-tough too-quick Arcade mode, with its nonexistent story, nearly obsolete.
Joining the roster are two new characters, El Blaze and Eileen. Both try something new, and both instantly shot near the top of our favorite picks. In the past, wrestler characters have always been big brutes, but instead El Blaze portrays the acrobatic, athletic Lucha Libre style made popular in Mexico. He’s got his share of suplexes and slams, but also flies through the air with the greatest of ease. Meanwhile, Eileen uses animal-based kung-fu techniques usually reserved for the old man characters, but makes them “cute.” What would’ve been considered tiger style is now more aptly called kitty-cat. No matter whom you select, though, you’ll find enough moves and technique to spend hours getting acquainted with your avatar.
Fighter 5’s gameplay lives up to its reputation. As fans have come to expect, the game’s combos flow silky-smooth and most collision is spot-on. Throws, down attacks, and counters are all useful things to master – and you can slowly add new moves to your repertoire in Quest mode. However, it’s a little disappointing that the fighting hasn’t evolved much in the past few years. The square arenas where you battle seem archaic compared to the sprawling interactive environments in Dead or Alive 4. Not being able to use the analog stick is a curious choice, and you’ll have to compensate for the odd period of invulnerability when a fighter gets to his or her feet.
These little gameplay complaints are like zits on a supermodel — they’re unsightly, but too tiny to detract from the game’s overall brilliance. However, they garner more attention because Virtua Fighter doesn’t do much to take advantage of its new next-gen home. That’s not to say the graphics aren’t of the utmost quality, though, because this is easily one of the best-looking console games on the market. Effects like snow, rain, and darkness dazzle, fabric flows realistically, and the character models look eerily lifelike. Rather, VF5’s handicap is its lack of ambition to revolutionize.
Online play does not exist in Virtua Fighter 5. Some will groan in disgust, but others will realize that games this beautiful and intuitive can’t yet be played lag-free, so it’s not a huge deal. But where are the alternatives? You can’t create AI characters like in VF4: EVO; they would’ve been sweet to upload and download online. Virtua Fighter 5’s game’s rankings are a joke: win streak, time attack, and score rankings. How about a judging mode that critiques your play ability, and allows your skill ranking to be posted on a leaderboard? What about reinventing Quest mode to allow for gambling or arcade patron intimidation? Well overall I would say this is a must buy game for the PS3 for its overall fun.