17
Jan
08

Virtua Fighter 5

Virtua Fighter 5 features beautifully detailed stages from around the world where players face off in fast-moving martial arts battles against one of 17 characters. Two new characters join the elite group of fighters, all with their own unique fighting style. With more skill and strategy than ever before, players will employ a new “Offensive Move” technique to take down their opponents from different angles. The game also includes the ability to customize your own character by selecting from four base costumes and a wide range of unlockable accessories and earnable items. As players win more tournaments they will not only earn costumes and accessories, but also prizes and in-game money that will allow them to buy items from the in-game shop.

Ranking system

The ranking system in Virtua Fighter 5 is different from Virtua Fighter 4. The following outlines the ranks obtainable:

  • 10th Kyu to 1st Kyu
  • 1st Dan to 10th Dan

After the Dan ranks, a character’s title is dependent on winning percentage.

  • If a character’s winning percentage is less than 70 percent they will obtain the following ranks:
Master -> Defender -> Enforcer -> Sentinel -> Protector -> Guardian -> Paladin -> Liberator
  • If a character’s winning percentage is between 70 and 80 percent they will obtain the following ranks:
Master -> Hunter -> Raider -> Barbarian -> Assassin -> Slayer -> Berserker -> Destroyer
  • If a character’s winning percentage is above 80 percent they will obtain these ranks:
Master -> Warrior -> Veteran -> Gladiator -> Vindicator -> Avenger -> Vanquisher -> Conqueror

This implementation has led to some player’s confusion as to what is the highest rank. Upon obtaining “Conqueror” players have not gone through the other two ranking trees, and so, believe that other ranks exist above them. A character’s winning percentage can and does change over time. This can lead to crossing from one rank tree to another (i.e. an “Enforcer” can rank up to “Barbarian” and then up or down to “Vindicator” or “Protector”). The only time a rank tree is final is when a character obtains their 28th rank, “Liberator”, “Destroyer”, or “Conqueror”. It is impossible to change ranks once a character obtains their final rank, the experience bar stops moving, even when fighting other 28th rank opponents. It also appears to be impossible to rank down from this level, locking a character into their final title.

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