Virtua Fighter 5: Ultimate Showdown

A Virtua Fighter game was nowhere near my 2021 bingo card, and especially not a good one. But Ultimate Showdown is a good Virtua Fighter game, with all the pros and cons that entails. The core game is fine, if light on content outside of Arcade and online. The fights themselves are also passable, despite feeling a little stiff on occasion. The problem is that, in a world with games like Strive and Tekken, Virtua Fighter still feels like a game from 2006. Fifteen years ago, Virtua Fighter was a strong series, but the lack of evolution hampers the appeal.

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