Virtua Fighter 5 is Released for the PS3

Virtua Fighter 5 (バーチャファイター5, Baachafaitaa 5) is the latest game in Sega's Virtua Fighter series and direct sequel to Virtua Fighter 4: Evolution.

The original version was released on July 12, 2006 into Japanese arcades. A revised version (called "Version B") was ported on the PlayStation 3 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. The Xbox 360 port of arcades' "Version C", was released in October 2007 in North America and Europe.

Virtua Fighter 5 is a difficult game to judge. The fighting engine is second to none. Just based on mechanics alone, it's one of the greatest fighting games I've played. The level of character customization is exciting and can lead to some very unique looking fighters. But everything else comes up a little flat. The interface is mediocre and the AI is unsophisticated. The environments, which lack good ambient sound and graphical flare, are a bit of a disappointment. So too is the lack of online play. The absence of the network aspects that made the arcade version so cool haunts the gameplay modes. This is a game that belongs online, and part of the overall experience feels hollow without network play. Virtua Fighter 5 gets a lot right and in the places it matters most. You won't find a more technically demanding fighter on any system. Virtua Fighter 5 is a great fighter, but with the dawn of the next-generation of gaming, more is needed to make for a true classic.