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Virtua Fighter 5!

The latest in the popular Virtua Fighter series has finally arrived, but will Virtua Fighter 5 be able to live up to the well-known name?

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Cage Fighter: Virtua Fighters gameplay has essentially remained the same over the many years that the series has been going through. Virtua Fighter 5 is no exception and still feels like to first game in the now well-known franchise...which is both a good and bad thing.

You will still fight with basically the same colorful cast of characters (a drunken master, a wrestler and such) in mostly caged arenas.

The gameplay of VT5 is very similar to other fighting games like SoulCalibur and Dead or Alive.

When you are playing VT5, you will not notice many differences during the actual gameplay hat vary from VT4, other then the tight visuals and responsive controls.

Shopping Spree: The main draw-in of VT5 is the Quest mode that allows you to fight through a tournament-like career of sorts for a variety of unlockable prizes.

You will be able to choose a character, and then guide him through a countless number of bouts, working for gold, which can then be spent on prizes like character accessories (sunglasses, hats, ribbons) costumes and more.

The Quest mode in VT5 can be fairly engrossing and at times has that one more fight kind of charm that sometimes can keep you up all night long.

Smacked Around: The Xbox 360 port of VT5 also includes a completely functional multiplayer mode (unlike the PS3 version) that allows you to play with other people around the world.

While online, you will be able to fight other people from around the world with either your customized Quest character or a stock fighter from the VT5 roster.

The online mode is amazingly enjoyable, and defiantly makes you question why the PS3 version of the game did not have online capabilities.

The online players are viciously tough though. If you have never played VT5 online, there is no doubt that you will be unmercifully crushed under the skill that nearly everyone online seems to have.

It is way to difficult to fight a competitive match while online, and you can expect to rack up a lot of losses.

Rent vs. Buy: Virtua Fighter 5 is a great game that maintains the same feel and the same gameplay formula that has been in use for many years. The strong graphics, fairly engrossing Quest mode and fully functional online capabilities will overshadow the sometimes choppy sound effects and lengthy load times for most VT fans.

If you are a fan of the series and have been into the franchise for years, you will want to pick this game up. However, if you are simply a casual fighting fan, you will probably want to look elsewhere for your fighting fix.

Report Card

The strong graphics, fairly engrossing Quest mode and fully functional online capabilities will overshadow the sometimes choppy sound effects and lengthy load times for most VT fans. If you are a fan of the series and have been into the franchise for years, you will want to pick this game up. However, if you are simply a casual fighting fan, you will probably want to look elsewhere for your fighting fix. (Krakrabbit.com)

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