Virtua Fighter, the fighting game of fighting games it has been called by fans. The most complex fighter out there, and probably the most rewarding, but it is unfortunatly flawed in some areas.
First of all, I must say that this is one of the most gorgeous looking games around. All of the characters have been made so well and look amazing, and the enviroments are pretty spectacular too, this game definately makes the most of the technology its using.
Now, the gameplay. VF5 is a complex, but rewarding game. Each character is very unique, and while its easy for people to mash away at buttons, this game rewards you for patience, and if you can master a single character, you can easily decimate your opponents.
But for alot of people, its hard to get used to many of the moves, as sometimes there is a very small or extremely precise gap in time to use certain combos, making alot of characters difficult to fully appreciate.
The game has plenty of modes to keep you busy, the main story mode and versus aside. The main feature of the game is probably the 'arcade' mode, which acts like an online mode.
You travel to various arcades around japan, using the character of your choise to 'challenge' other people to fights. As you do better, your rank increases and you can enter tournaments to win cash or extra prizes to buy items for your charcter, like new clothes and accessories.
Unfortunatly, the game lacks any real online mode, and unless you have friends that you see often enough to play versus mode constantly, theres little else you can do.
Its surprising when you look at other fighter (Dead or Alive and Tekken 5 - Dark Ressurection) which have included an on-line mode to increase the playability of the game.
Its also a problem when you look at the 360 version of this game, which has been given an on-line mode, making this version somewhat inferior.
Personally, i'd only pick this up if you have plenty of friends you can play with.