The intensely devoted nature of Virtua Fighter fans is legendary amongst gaming hobbyists. Many have poured hundreds of hours in VF4 and VF4 Evolution on PS2. A few have even plunked down the hefty wad of money to buy the arcade-only Virtua Fighter 4: Final Tuned. The game even caught on with US PS2 gamers - going Greatest Hits last time around. It's no surprise, then, that many of the people lining up in front of EBGames to reserve their $600 PS3 are buying their console primarily with the spring release of Virtua Fighter 5 in mind.
As a special treat for the VF fans among the press, Sega had Virtua Fighter 5 for the PS3 up and running at Sony Gamer's Day. The game is still very early - as evidenced by its lack of gameplay modes and its frequent crashes - but it looks to provide a fantastic fighting experience on par with the arcade version, both in terms of its amazing visuals and its deep, but extremely enjoyable, gameplay.
All of the arcade version's characters and backgrounds were already in the PS3 version. We're not sure what resolution the game was running at, but the detail on the characters is absolutely impeccable, and among the best we've seen yet on any next-gen hardware. We're talking realistic skin, textured fabric, individually flowing strands of hair... everything that makes a game character seem less like a mass of textured polygons and more like a living, breathing human being.