Virtua Fighter 5
Virtua Fighter 5 was released in 2006 in the arcades and 2007 for the Playstation 3 and Xbox 360. This entry is known to be more realistic as it can get. The graphics are deeply well done this time around. If you owned an HDTV, you would literally have a nerdgasm. The character models, lightning effects, clothing effects, and textures are really amazing. The clothing adds in a more realistic effect when it's in contact with water, showing that their clothes have gotten wet. The two new characters were more original.
The gameplay is smoother than Evolution. New elements that were added to the gameplay is the Clash System, in which an attack can be cancelled out using a throw leaving both players at +0 frame advantage. Another new element from the game is the Offensive Move, in which you press P+K+G during a evade to angled forward dash. If you press Punch or Kick during an OM, then it will lead to a crumple or a stagger, gaining a crumple opportunity. "Instants", or 0 Frame throws that were seen in Virtua Fighter 3 are back.
When the game was ported to PS3 and 360, there were two different versions. The PS3 version was based off of Ver.B while the 360 version was based off of Ver.C. The 360 version had online, making it the first Virtua Fighter game to have online play, along with new customization items for Version C. On January 16, 2008, SEGA released a patch for the 360 version, in which it improved the online play and changes to Quest mode. SEGA was thinking about releasing a downloadable patch for the PS3 version to include online play, but according to Jay Boor, he says that there are no plans to release a patch for the PS3 version of Virtua Fighter 5. (Sorry PS3 fanboys...)
In Quest mode, the ranking system is different than it was on Virtua Fighter 4.
You got the standard ranking system: 10th-1st Kyu, 1st-10th Dan
If your winning percentage is below 70: Master - Defender - Enforcer - Sentinel - Protector - Guardian - Paladin - Liberator
If your winning percentage is between 70 and 80: Master - Hunter - Raider - Barbarian - Assassin - Slayer - Berserker - Destroyer
If your winning percentage is above 80: Master - Warrior - Veteran - Gladiator - Vindicator - Avenger - Vanquisher - Conqueror
This was confusing to the fans to be honest. I'm not gonna explain why...Virtua Fighter 5 R
Virtua Fighter 5 R was released on Valentines Day 2008 in the Japanese Arcades only. As an update to Virtua Fighter 5, this game adds two more characters into the mix, bringing a total of 20 characters. The gameplay was retweaked once again. All the characters in that were present in Virtua Fighter 5 gained new customizations, new pre-fight animations and quotes, new win animations, one new costume, and new moves. New to Virtua Fighter 5 R was the Side Block feature, in which players can block an attack from the side. As one new stage has been added, all stages get updated. Now, there are Octagonal stages, one-walled stages, low wall breakable stages, high wall breakable stages, very low walls, semi-open stages, and multi-tiered stages that is from High-unbreakable to Open. Other than the game's new music scores, you also have the option to play classic VF tracks in the game via a code. This is the only Virtua Fighter game that only featured one new character, breaking the tradition of have 2 new characters.Virtua Fighter 5: Final Showdown
Virtua Fighter 5: Final Showdown was released in July 29, 2010 in Arcades. The game will be available for the XBLA and PSN on two different dates. The PSN version will come out on June 5, 2012, while the XBLA will come out on June 6, 2012. The game will be released in a downloadable format. There are more customization items this time around, especially the ones from R bringing up the total to over 14,000 items to use. One more costume was added to the mix, called the S-Type costume in which all characters are in their swimsuits. Once again, characters recieved new pre-fight animations and new win-animations, an updated version of their moveset, new KO animations, tweaked stances, and attacks are clearly reworked to make it look like low, medium, and high attacks. Once again, the stages are updated with a new soundtrack, however the arena is the same as R, but with different backgrounds and environments.
Online play will be on both PSN and XBLA and will be based on the current version that is in the arcades: Version A Revision-1.Character Roster
In Virtua Fighter 5, two brand new characters made their debut, while all 15 characters returned. In Virtua Fighter 5 R, one character made his debut, while the other one makes his epic return to the series, bringing the roster up to 20 characters total.Returning CharactersAkira Yuki
DuralIntroduced in Virtua Fighter 5El Blaze
- Luchador from Mexico, fighting style is Lucha Libre.Eileen
- An destined young girl from China, fighting style is Kou-Ken (Monkey-Style Kung Fu).Introduced in Virtua Fighter 5 RJean Kujo
- Another brainwashed Judgement 6 assassin from France, fighting style is Traditional Karate.Other Facts
-El Blaze is modeled after WWE's Rey Mysterio. He also had some of his moves as well.
-Wolf's throws are more authentic as ever. These moves are based off of wrestlers' finishers. He can perform Brock Lesnar's F-5, Triple H's Pedigree, Randy Orton's RKO, Stone Cold Steve Austin's Stunner, HBK's Sweet Chin Music, The Rock's Rock Bottom and People's Elbow, Ric Flair's Chops, Kurt Angle's Olympic/Angle Slam, Goldberg's Jackhammer, JBL's Clothesline From Hell, etc. I can go on all day with this.
-Jeffery's throws are also based off of wrestler's finishers, such as CM-Punk's GTS and Amhed Johnson's Pearl-River Plunge.
-Virtua Fighter 5 R is the only game to have one new character instead of two. In every VF game, there would be 2 new characters.
-You can customize characters to look like other Sega characters and characters from non-Sega games. For example, you can make Sarah look like Ulala from Space Channel 5, customize Akira to look like Ryo Hazuki from Shenmue, customize Jean to look like Dante from Devil May Cry, and customize Kage to look like Geese Howard from Fatal Fury/KOF.
-Final Showdown's training mode is similar to Virtua Fighter 4: Evolution's training mode.
-Since Virtua Fighter 5 R, all characters have alternate win animations with their items equipped.
-The intro camera effects that were used in Virtua Fighter 1-3 and Fighters Megamix returned in Virtua Fighter 5 R.
-In every Virtua Fighter game, the announcer would say "Fight 1, Ready... GO!" or any number referring to that. Most of the time, the text would read "SET 1" or "Round 1" (The only time that the text read Fight 1 was on Virtua Fighter Remix) and then the announcer would say K.O. after the round is over. In Final Showdown, not only there was a new announcer, but he say "Round 1" this time and ends by saying "Knock Out" instead of saying "K.O." Nothing important, but good info nonetheless.
-As I previously stated, Virtua Fighter 5: Final Showdown used a new announcer.
-One of Eileen's hairstyle customizations includes Honey's hairstyle from Fighting Vipers.
-Goh Hinogami and Jean Kujo are the only two Judgement 6 representatives in the Virtua Fighter roster.
-Jean Kujo is the only character to make his debut in Virtua Fighter 5 R. His name was originally Karateka before the reveal.
-Back in 2010, North American VF fans and Japanese VF fans united to create a petition to bring Virtua Fighter 5 R to consoles. The petition was submitted to SEGA before SEGA decided to reveal Virtua Fighter 5: Final Showdown that same year.
-In Virtua Fighter 5 R and Final Showdown, all characters have an win animation with their equipped items. Some of them are awesome, some of them are funny, some of them were weird, and some of them are based off of other references such as Lion saving a puppy from a car (present from VF3's CG Ending), Sarah using a ray gun in the similar fashion as Ulala in Space Channel 5, etc.
-In every Virtua Fighter game, the roster goes in a unique order: Akira, Pai, Lau, Wolf, Jeffery, Kage, Sarah, Jacky, etc. Virtua Fighter 5 was the only game to mix the roster up. Virtua Fighter 5 R went back to the order again.