Virtua Fighter 5

Virtua Fighter 5
Developer(s) Sega AM2
Publisher(s) Sega
Director(s) Yoshihiro Tsuzuku
Producer(s) Noriyuki Shimoda
Composer(s) Tatsutoshi Narita
Shinichi Goto
Fumio Ito
Series Virtua Fighter
Platform(s) Arcade, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
Release date(s)


  • JP: November 26, 2005 (location test)
    • JP: July 12, 2006 (Ver.A)
      • JP: 2006 (Ver.B, Ver.C, Ver.D)
        • EU: February 2007
          • JP: July 24, 2008 (R, Ver.A)
            • JP: May 21, 2009 (R, Ver.B)
              • JP: November 25, 2009 (R, Ver.C)
                • JP: July 29, 2010 (FS)
                  • JP: April 20, 2011 (FS, Ver.A)
                  • PlayStation 3 Ver.B

                    • JP: February 8, 2007
                      • NA: February 20, 2007[1]
                        • EU: March 23, 2007[1]
                          • WW: June 4, 2012 (FS)
                          • Xbox 360 Ver.C

                            • EU: October 26, 2007
                              • NA: October 30, 2007
                                • JP: December 6, 2007
                                  • WW: June 6, 2012 (FS)
Genre(s) Fighting
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer
Arcade system Sega Lindbergh

Virtua Fighter 5 (Japanese: バーチャファイター5 Hepburn: Bācha Faitā Faibu) is the fifth installment in Sega's Virtua Fighter series of arcade fighting games and direct sequel to Virtua Fighter 4: Final Tuned. The original version was released on the Sega Lindbergh arcade system board, first for location testing on November 26, 2005,[2] followed a wide release on July 12, 2006 in Japanese arcades and then February 2007 in European arcades.

A revised version (called "Version B") was released in Japanese arcades in 2006[3] and ported to the PlayStation 3, for which it was released on February 20, 2007 (despite the advertised date of February 23) and was a launch title for the console's European release on March 23, 2007. "Version C" was released in Japanese arcades in 2006[4] and was ported to the Xbox 360, for which it was released on February 2007 in North America and October 2007 in Europe.



All of the sought after invitations for the Fifth World Fighting Tournament have been sent and now the 17 best fighters in the world begin their final phases of preparation. They must learn from their prior mistakes and perfect every aspect of their mind, body, and soul - for there is no room for mistakes in this competition. Little do they know that J6, the organization funding the tournament, has sinister ulterior motives for the contest and the company's top secret Dural program is already well underway. In the organization's quest for world domination, the scientists at J6 are creating the ultimate fighting machine with human features. Their first model was defeated in the Fourth World Fighting Tournament, which drove them to kidnap Vanessa. She was able to escape with the help of an insider, but not before they captured her combat data and transferred it to the new advanced Dural model named V-Dural.

J6 is determined to find out who the inside traitor is that released Vanessa and more importantly, if V-Dural is indeed ready to defeat the world's best fighters. The Fifth World Fighting Tournament will reveal both - let it begin.


Returning characters

New characters


PlayStation 3 version

The PlayStation 3 port is based around the older Version B revision.[7] On January 16, 2008 Sega confirmed online features will not be added to the PlayStation 3 version due to the Version B's technical limitations.[8]

Xbox 360 version

The Xbox 360 port of Virtua Fighter 5, known as Virtua Fighter 5 Online in North America and Virtua Fighter 5 Live Arena in Japan, benefits from the additions and refinements that have been made to the Version C arcade revision, including online play and an online update ability.[9]

Virtua Fighter 5 R

On February 14, 2008, at the AOU Amusement Expo, Sega AM2 announced a revision to Virtua Fighter 5 known as Virtua Fighter 5 R. This new version was released for the Arcades on July 24, 2008 and features brand new stages as well as a new character named Jean Kujo,[10] who practices Karate. The sumo wrestler Taka-Arashi also returns, making his first appearance since Virtua Fighter 3 and bringing the fighter count up to 20 (counting Dural).

Version B of Virtua Fighter 5 R was officially released in the Japanese arcades on May 21, 2009. This version featured changes in the animations of moves on all the characters, as well as changes to enhance the gameplay modes, and an improved camera system. Version C was released on November 25, 2009. However this particular version mainly added new team items for the character's outfits.

Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown

On February 18, 2010, Sega released a trailer for a second revision called Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown. This update for the Sega Lindbergh arcade system debuted at the 2010 AOU Expo, and features new character costumes and new animations. The game was officially released in Japanese arcades on July 29, 2010. Version A of Final Showdown was released on April 20, 2011 at the Japanese arcades. It was announced at Gamescom 2011 that Final Showdown would be coming to PlayStation 3 on June 5, 2012 and Xbox 360 on June 6, 2012, complete with online play for both platforms. The game was released in downloadable format.[11] Within a week Final Showdown surpassed Japanese Sale Goals expectations.[12] Version B of Final Showdown was released on March 25, 2015 at the Japanese arcades, and removes internet functionality. The game will be playable in PlayStation 4 game's, Yakuza 6, as one of its play spots.[13]


Reviews (Arcade, PS3, and 360 versions)
Publication Response
1UP A+[14] 9 out of 10[15]
Game Informer 9 out of 10
IGN 9 out of 10[16]
Eurogamer 9 out of 10[17]
OXM 9 out of 10[18]
Electronic Gaming Monthly 9.5, 10, 9.5 out of 10[19]
Famitsu 34 out of 40 [20]
GameTrailers 88 out of 100 [21]
Official Xbox Magazine 9.0/10
IGN 8.8 out of 10[22]
GameSpot 8.1 out of 10[23]

The PlayStation 3 version debuted at #1 on the Japanese charts on February 20. The game received significant critical acclaim from most reviewers. Edge ranked the game #24 on its list of "The 100 Best Games To Play Today" (the highest-rated 3D fighter on the list), stating "One of gaming's great myths is that VF is inaccessible to all but the initiated. It takes care of frame-counting junkies, of course, but the core of AM2's series is a beautiful balance of attack, block and counter-attack that anyone can enjoy. Each new entry refines, making that solid animation even more seamless and introducing new characters that seem like they were always there."[24]

Final Showdown received a 9/10 from Eurogamer, which called it "deeper than any of its peers."[25] Edge favorably compared Final Showdown with Street Fighter IV, Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Soul Calibur V, and Mortal Kombat, noting "Its prudence, that veil of simplicity masking a system of astonishing possibility and depth, makes it one of the purest fighting games on the market today."[26] The game was featured in 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die, with journalist Richard Stanton stating "No matter how good the latest Street Fighter or Tekken is, they'll still be undisciplined teenagers compared to Virtua Fighter's cool, mature mastery of fighting."[27]


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