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.


Jean Kujo is an interesting and unexpected Karate enthusiast.

ABOUTVirtua Fighter 5 R is an enhanced arcade version of Virtua Fighter 5 that introduces new stages, character customizations, and gameplay tweaks. In Virtua Fighter tradition, the update adds 2 new playable characters. The newcomer introduced in VF5 R is Jean Kujo, a "sinister-looking" karate-user with silver hair. Taka Arashi, the towering Sumo wrestler who debuted in Virtua Fighter 3, also makes his long-awaited return to the series (and looks better than ever).


Enter Taka Arashi's ring... and 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 replaced VF5R when it released in arcades on July 29th, 2010. Finally, in August 2011, Sega announced Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, bringing the series back to consoles for the first time in nearly 5 years.

A welcomed update for hardcore VF5 players at the arcade.


Page Updated: April 19th, 2023
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 Jean Kujo, Akira Yuki, Sarah Bryant, Jacky Bryant, Kage-maru, Jeffry McWild, Wolf Hawkfield, Pai-Chan, Lau-Chan, Shun Di, Lion Rafale, Aoi Umenokouji, Vanessa Lewis, Lei Fei, Brad Burns, Goh Hinogami, El Blaze, Eileen, Taka-Arashi, Dural

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Final Words:

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

Like many installments and sequels for other fighting game franchises, VF5R was a stepping stone to take the game up a notch. The addition of VF veteran Taka-Arashi and newcomer Jean Kujo surely brought some hype back to the arcade scene for hardcore players.

On a side note, I found it kind of odd that the promotional "artwork" for VF5R features oddly customized versions of several iconic Virtua Fighter characters. It was definitely an unorthodox (and rather bizarre) method of advertising, considering the iconic characters of VF are more recognizable in their original threads. Maybe these adverts looked more natural in an actual arcade setting, but looking back on some of them, VF5R's promotional media is slightly cringe-worthy. 
~TFG Webmaster | @Fighters_Gen


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