Virtua Fighter 5 Ultimate Showdown Review (PlayStation 4)

The legendary fighting series returns with our Virtua Fighter 5 Ultimate Showdown review! Challenge the greatest fighters in the world in the ultimate remaster of the classic 3D fighter, now featuring gorgeous HD graphics, new online features, and all the bone-crunching, martial arts combat of the renowned original.

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Virtua Fighter 5 Ultimate Showdown Review Pros:

  • Crisp HD graphics.
  • 16.52GB download size.
  • 13 Trophies.
  • Fighting gameplay.
  • Works on Playstation 5.
  • Five game modes- ranked, room match, training, arcade, and offline versus.
  • Demo matches play when you are on the main menu and you can go fullscreen.
  • Can rebind controls for both the controller and a fight stick.
  • Music- have it randomly pick songs or pick a playlist from all the games.
  • Match UI can be set to default or retro.
  • Full character customisation- four slots for each person, choose costume type, head, upper body, face, arms, and lower body.
  • Very fast loading times.
  • Tight familiar controls.
  • Full stats section with filters.
  • Title card- can unlock new ones.
  • Set your active player choice for online.
  • Can play against the CPU when waiting for a ranked match.
  • Full online leaderboards.
  • Rank search settings- similar rank/higher rank, connection quality (any/good/best) and disconnect rate (any/not frequent/infrequent only).
  • Player room- search or create. Can set up the room with the- type of match (normal/Kumite/single elimination/double elimination/league match), round count (win 1/2/3/4/5), time limit (30/45/60), number of players (2-16), number of spectators, passcode, connection restrictions and any room tags (optional).
  • Player room search has filters and a room browser showing basic rules.
  • Training mode- tutorials, command training, and free training.
  • Arcade is the story mode for each character.
  • Arcade mode settings- 5 difficulties (very easy/easy/normal/hard/very hard), round count (1-5), time limit (30/45/60), health bar for you and your opponents (200/220/240/260).

Virtua Fighter 5 Ultimate Showdown cast of 19 characters-

Akira, Pai, Lau, Wolf, Jeffrey, Kage, Sarah, Jack, Shun, Lion, Aoi, Lei Fei, Vanessa, Brad, Goh, Eileen, El Blaze, T-Arashi, and Jean.

  • Feels just like it did back in the day, possibly better and smoother.
  • Robust combo system.
  • Feels good to be back playing a Virtua Fighter game.
  • You can buy retro music and character skins.
  • Arcade mode randomizes who you fight and in what order.
  • Arcade game presentation.

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Virtua Fighter 5 Ultimate Showdown Review Cons:

  • You have to pay for the retro aesthetics.
  • Takes a while to learn a character.
  • Online is a seems to be populated with nothing but pro players!
  • Plays like the original so it may take a short while to reacclimatize to the flow and speed.
  • Only on Playstation.
  • No PlayStation 5 upgrade or version with enhancements.

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Virtua Fighter 5 Ultimate Showdown:

Official website.

Developer: SEGA EUROPE

Publisher: SEGA EUROPE

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PlayStation

  • 8/10
    Graphics - 8/10
  • 9/10
    Sound - 9/10
  • 8/10
    Accessibility - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Length - 8/10
  • 9/10
    Fun Factor - 9/10
8.4/10

Summary

Virtua Fighter is back! In a surprise (it got leaked) announcement, SEGA dropped Virtua Fighter 5 Ultimate Showdown on us and it was/is free on Playstation Plus. This is not a simple re-skin or up-res of the graphics and bosh off you pop, no SEGA has put the work in. The game handles every bit (maybe more) as good as you remember and looks just so fucking cool. Every hit sends feedback to the controller, every victory feels earned and it’s just a feel-good beat ’em up. Add in the extensive collection of customizable items and you can dress to impress and kick ass in your best threads. I like how just sitting on the main menu is cool with a demo reel of matches playing endlessly. The music is exceptional but to be honest, to get the absolute best experience in Virtua Fighter 5 Ultimate Showdown you need to buy the DLC pack. Normally I don’t advocate for DLC but here it puts all the retro goodness back in from skins to music to player cards and arenas. It’s good they did it this way as the base game is the new school and the DLC is the old school. You get the feeling (SEGA said it’s true!) this release is to test the waters for more Virtua Fighter, thing is people will buy this game not just because its Virtua Fighter but because SEGA actually put some work in and made it a worthy purchase so its more a lesson to them and a bonus to us. Virtua Fighter 5 Ultimate Showdown is a Fighters game and SEGA did a dam good job.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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