Virtua Fighter 5 R

STORY:  All of the sought after invitations for the Fifth World Fighting Tournament have been sent and now the 17 best fighters in the world begin their final phases of preparation. They must learn from their prior mistakes and perfect every aspect of their mind, body, and soul - for there is no room for mistakes in this competition. Little do they know that J6, the organization funding the tournament, has sinister ulterior motives for the contest and the company's top secret Dural program is already well underway. 

In the organization's quest for world domination, the scientists at J6 are creating the ultimate fighting machine with human features. Their first model was defeated in the Fourth World Fighting Tournament, which drove them to kidnap Vanessa. She was able to escape with the help of an insider, but not before they captured her combat data and transferred it to the new advanced Dural model named V-Dural. J6 is determined to find out who the inside traitor is that released Vanessa and more importantly, if V-Dural is indeed ready to defeat the world's best fighters. The Fifth World Fighting Tournament will reveal both - let it begin.

Akira taking a knee from newcomer, Jean Kujo.

ABOUTVirtua Fighter 5 R is an enhanced version of Virtua Fighter 5 that introduces new stages, character customizations, and in Virtua Fighter tradition, adds 2 new playable characters. The newcomers include Jean Kujo, a karate-user and Taka Arashi, the badass Sumo from Virtua Fighter 3 makes his return to the roster.

Enter Taka Arashi's ring... you might not come out alive.

Virtua Fighter 5 R made it up to "Version C" in arcades, until the latest version, Virtua Fighter 5: Final Showdown was released on July 29th, 2010. Finally in August 2011, Sega announced Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown for PS3 and Xbox 360, bringing the series back to consoles for the first time in almost 5 years.

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Page Updated: January 6th, 2015
Developer(s): Sega-AM2
Publisher(s): Sega
Designer(s): Noriyuki Shimoda    (producer)
Yoshihiro Tsuzuku 
Platform(s): Arcade
Release Date(s): July 24th, 2008   ( Arcade)
Characters Akira, Jacky, Kage, Lau, Jeffry, Sarah, Wolf, Pai, Shun, Lion, Aoi, Vanessa, Lei Fei, Brad, Goh, El Blaze, Eileen, Taka Arashi, Jean

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Related Games: Virtua Fighter 5, Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown, Virtua Fighter, Virtua Fighter Remix, Virtua Fighter 2, Virtua Fighter Kids, Virtua Fighter 3, Virtua Fighter 4, Virtua Fighter 4 Evolution, Fighting Vipers, Fighting Vipers 2, Fighters Megamix, Last Bronx

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Final Words:

Most fighting game players outside of Japan will probably never play this version of Virtua Fighter... but that's okay! Thankfully, Sega eventually released the definitive version of the Virtua Fighter 5 (VF5: Final Shodown) on PS3 & Xbox 360 in 2012. On that note, be sure to check out TFG's full review of VF5: Final Showdown ~TFG Webmaster