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Checking out Virtua Fighter 5: Final Showdown at PAX photo
Checking out Virtua Fighter 5: Final Showdown at PAX
by Jesse Cortez

The recent announcement of Virtua Fighter 5: Final Showdown for Xbox Live Arcade and PlayStation Network during the summer of 2012 was great news to many fans in the fighting game community. The Virtua Fighter series is regarded by many to be one of the most balanced and hardcore fighters out there, and it garnered even more attention when Virtua Fighter 5 champion Fuudo took the championship in Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition at EVO this year.

Final Showdown has actually existed in Japanese arcade since 2010, but there was no way for American fans to check it out besides flying around the world. Consider how surprised the PAX crowd was when the local Seattle Gameworks announced that Sega had sent over one of the Japanese cabinets for the attendees to check out.

Not only that, but our friends at iPlaywinner hosted a live stream of the game for people at home to watch. I was able to sit down with Patrick Riley, director of international product development at Sega to talk about this anticipated release.

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2:20 PM on 01.18.2010

Inbox spam reminds me of Dead Space

Here's what I got in our tips inbox this morning: Subject: PLASMA CUTTER HELLO MY NAME IS DAVID JOE I SEND THIS ENQUIRY TO YOUR COMPANY IN REGARDS TO ORDER SOME( Plasma Cutter)..I WILL LIKE YOU TO EMAIL ME BACK WITH THE P...

Dale North

4:39 PM on 08.12.2008

Shocker: Yu Suzuki still works at Sega; meanwhile, sky continues to be blue

While Yu Suzuki, famed creator of Virtua Fighter and Shenmue, has kept a relatively low profile of late -- he's been working on some arcade racing titles, but that's about it -- he is still an employee of Sega Corporation, sa...

Joseph Leray

8:18 PM on 08.03.2008

Goodsmile Vocaloid accessories now in Virtua Fighter 5 R

[As originally posted on Japanator] If you're a hardcore arcade play -- hardcore enough to go to Japan to play Virtua Fighter 5 R -- then you're sure to love the latest wave of accessories. They've gone ahead and released a s...

8BitBrian



Destructoid Review: Virtua Fighter 5 Online photo
Destructoid Review: Virtua Fighter 5 Online
by Earnest Cavalli

When Virtua Fighter 5 hit the PlayStation 3 earlier this year, everyone loved it. On a system lacking in quality software, it was hailed as the second coming of Christ (albeit, Christ with a wicked left hook and lightning fast snap-kick). The only issue anyone could seem to find with it is that in an era when absolutely everything, from refrigerators to third-world countries, is connected to the Internet, VF5 had no online multiplayer.

Sega, never one to shirk responsibility when there's the opportunity for tons of cash to be made, has amended that issue with the Xbox 360 Virtua Fighter 5 reissue, even going so far as to advertise the addition with a new subtitle. The only question now is: how did the rest of the game fare during the port?

Hit the jump to find out.

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4:08 AM on 10.12.2007

Virtua Fighter 5 (360) goes gold, I hate Miguel [UPDATE]

Team Xbox has news that Sega's Virtua Fighter 5 for the Xbox 360 has finally gone gold and will be shipping on October 30, 2007. I could go into detail on why this title is so utterly amazing, especially in this incarnation, ...

Earnest Cavalli

3:45 PM on 08.29.2007

Japan may not see Virtual Fighter 5 360, five Japanese people angry

Virtua Fighter 5 lead designer Tohru Murayama isn't sure whether or not they'll be releasing the 360 version of the game in Japan. Hold on just a minute -- the Xbox 360 was released in the Japan?Speaking to Eurogamer at the L...

Nick Chester





3:24 PM on 08.27.2007

PAX 2007: Virtua Fighter 5 Arcade in US confirmed

Remember when we told you that we heard that Japanese-style Virtua Fighter 5 arcade cabinets were on their way to the United States? We can now confirm that. What? How do we know? We played it! Yours truly took on varied atte...

Dale North

8:29 AM on 08.14.2007

Virtua Fighter 5 to come to U.S. arcades

Just when you thought that arcade gaming was dying, Arcade Heroes catches word that 3D fighter Virtua Fighter 5 will be coming to arcades in the United States, going head-to-head with the upcoming Tekken 6 from Namco.Sega's V...

Dale North

11:20 AM on 07.06.2007

Sega confirms Virtua Fighter 5 will be online for the 360

According to Gamefront in all its direct-link-lacking glory, Sega has confirmed that the Xbox 360 version of Virtua Fighter 5 will be online-compatible, allowing gamers to play via Xbox Live. This might come as a kick of san...

Jim Sterling

8:23 PM on 05.11.2007

Virtua Fighter 5 on the 360 looking kinda sorta OK

If a recent Games Rader hands-on preview of the Xbox 360 version of Virtua Fighter 5 is to be believed, the game is looking better than it ever has. Writer Christian Nutt (har har) raved about his time with the game, saying ...

Nick Chester

10:49 AM on 02.20.2007

Winds of change? PS3 game tops Japanese sales list

Hard to believe it has happened this early, but I suppose the Japanese really love Virtua Fighter because the 5th version of the game has made its mark as the first PlayStation 3 title to break the country's top 10 in sal...

Robert Summa

11:32 AM on 02.14.2007

Get your Virtua Fighter 5 virtual swag

Despite some assumptions in the reactions to this post from last week, I truly am looking forward to Virtua Fighter 5's Feburary 20th release - and to stay somewhat flamebait free (although there is no esca...

Dale North

12:01 AM on 02.10.2007

North American Virtua Fighter 5 ad heals the sick, grows hair on your chest

Virtua Fighter 5, or as I like to call it: The Only Reason To Own A PS3, looks amazing. I know I have said in the past that it looks like a total rehash of Virtua Fighter 4, but I'm beginning to think that I just don...

Earnest Cavalli

4:23 PM on 02.03.2007

Virtua Fighter 5 'Features' trailer leaves Nex cold, surprisingly lonely

Here it is. The most comprehensive video yet of the latest iteration of the most technical, hardcore three-dee fighting game available.So why am I unimpressed?Sure, it looks pretty. Sure, I'm pleased that they aren'...

Earnest Cavalli