On top of a solid fighting engine, Virtua Fighter 5 Online has at least one
truly amazing single-player mode. Even the most hardcore fighting game
fanatic would agree that the single-player mode is where most fighters fall
down. But Virtua Fighter 5 is different; it offers a "Quest" mode that gives
you a compelling reason to fight hundreds (if not thousands) of battles
In Quest mode you get to choose one character and then play as a guy going
from arcade to arcade playing virtual Virtua Fighter 5 fans, entering
tournaments, customizing your character and going from the bottom ranked
player to the top. It's not as deep as a full-fledged adventure game or the
campaign in a first-person shooter game, but Virtua Fighter's quest mode is
Each of the city's arcades is represented by a little icon on a large map; in
each arcade are a series of Virtua Fighter regulars who are looking for a new
challenger. Each of the arcades has three different Virtua Fighter cabinets,
so pick the one closest to your rank and see how many opponents you can beat
in a row. From time to time you'll win prizes for playing certain fans and,
if your experience is high enough, you may even rank up to another level.
Part of what makes this game so addictive is leveling up your character, it's
always exciting to know that you're making progress and are ready to fight the
arcade's more experienced players.
Of course, none of this would work if you were just playing the same 18
characters over and over. The reason that this quest mode can exist at all is
because of how customizable each of the characters is. Between the different
clothes, accessories and hairstyles, every character can look as goofy or
deadly serious as you want them to look. While none of this changes the way
they fight, it is awfully fun to dress your character up in a lot of different
weird ways. In the quest mode you will be running into a lot of other
people's Virtua Fighter characters, that is, the dressed-up fighter that each
real person has come up with. The reason this works so well is because each
fighter is given a name and you start to recognize certain virtual fighters
based on the way their Virtua Fighter looked.
The quest mode is about more than just fighting strangers at one of the city's
many arcades; you can also enter major tournaments and see if you can hit the
top spot. What's more, the game also tracks your wins and losses, as well as
let you add your own icons next to your name/handle. While there isn't a
story in the quest mode, this does offer a compelling reason to fight when
you're by yourself.
But as great as the quest mode is (and trust me, I've lost plenty of hours
just sitting there ranking up my character), Virtua Fighter 5 is meant to be
played against other people. If this was any other version of Virtua Fighter
that would involve you finding another real person who was into video games
(and good at Virtua Fighter), but thankfully that's not the case with this
Xbox 360 game. As I mentioned before, this is the first time Virtua Fighter
has been online, and Sega has done a remarkably good job of giving us a smooth
running 3D fighter that works with the Xbox Live service.
Released six months after the PlayStation 3 version, Virtua Fighter 5 proves to be an even better game on the Xbox 360. Not only are the graphics as good as they can be, but the game sports some of the most compelling game modes found in a fighting game. If you even remotely enjoy beating the snot out of another person, then Virtua Fighter 5 is the perfect game for you!
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