Much like the Winning Elevenseries, there are two ways to play Virtua Fighter games. There’s the “casual” post-bar, fight-it-out-with-a-friend kind of way, and then there’s the slavish, almost scientific approach - fueled by the sort of devotion that’s made the series so hugely popular in Japanese arcades.
For those who prefer option one, Virtua Fighter 5 won’t disappoint. On the surface, it’s definitely a next-gen game, with hyper-detailed looks not so different from the stunning Fight Night Round 3. Traditionally, there’s always been a step down from the quality of visuals seen on proper, expensive arcade machines and game consoles - but then that’s why gamers pay to play the games in the arcades, even though they know they’ll be able to take them home months later.