Review: Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown

With so many fighting games available, how do you know which one is for you? Sure, we all know about Mortal Kombat, Street Fighter, Tekken and others, but the real question is what makes Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown stand out above all the others? I sat down numerous times through out the past couple of weeks trying to figure that out and couldn’t come up with an answer. I really tried my best to find something good about the game, but failed.

One of the first things I noticed about the game is that it’s more of a realistic fighter. There are no Hadukens or spears flying out of peoples hands here. Now this isn’t a bad thing by any means, but it was a game breaker for me. You’re not able to do 300 hit combos like in other fighters and button mashing won’t help the “noobs” out either. Basically you have to be a fan of the series to know how to play. Newcomers will have a hard time adapting.

The lack of a story mode was disappointing as well. Basically what you get is Arcade Mode and an online/offline versus mode. Now I have been told Virtua Fighter is more of a competitive game, but a story mode would have been nice. Arcade mode is like any other fighter; you take on everyone until you reach the end boss, Dural. After defeating Dural the credits roll and that’s it. No end cut scene or anything. The Dojo is basically a training area which allows you to learn how the game plays. I went through it, but still had a hard time playing the game.

The other option worth mentioning is the Terminal or what I like to refer to as dress up. Purchasing the game will run you $14.99. There are two packs of DLC that includes different clothes for each character that also costs $14.99 each. You’re able to go into the Terminal and dress up each fighter however you want. Now if you don’t want every character’s clothes pack you can buy them individually for $4.99 apiece. Why that much is beyond me. $.99 would have been a better option in my opinion.

Overall I was unimpressed with the game. Again this doesn’t mean it’s bad just because I didn’t like it. It just wasn’t the fighting game for me. I’m sure Virtua Fighter has a huge fan base who enjoy the series and there’s nothing wrong with that. To each their own is the old saying and I’m sticking to it.


  • has a “rage quit” indicator for online play 🙂 = doesn’t quit, 😐 = quits sometimes and :< = a quitter


  • not noob friendly
  • lacks a story mode
  • pretty bland in terms of fighting games

Score: 2/5

Note: This review is based off of the Playstation 3 version with the publisher supplying a code. It is also available on X360.



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Author: Chris Carboni View all posts by
Chris started off as a co host on Gamingcore podcast. Now he currently hosts Retrocore Podcast and Retrocore Classic Game Music both found here on Vagary. A huge retro gamer and collector, with no signs of stopping. He loves to share his knowledge of classic games and his passion of game music from yesterday.