Virtua Fighter 5 – Sega-AM2 – PS3 – ETA 2007
The choice of the fighting connoisseur; this is no frenzied button hammering smash-’em-up. Instead it requires patience and dedication to master an incredible range of moves, counters, blocks and grapples. But it’s worth it as this offers some of the best-looking fisticuffs we’ve ever seen. The background detail is incredible and the characters are similarly gleaming examples of next-gen loveliness, especially newcomers El Blaze, a Mexican wrestler, and monkey-fu specialist Eileen.
Perhaps a little too hardcore for casual gamers, but for the prospective El Blaze prepared to put in the hours, this is the only beat-’em-up worth considering.