It’s only a matter of time until we see the legendary fighting game return
It’s been a while since we’ve seen or heard anything about Sega’s renowned fighting game, Virtua Fighter. The last entry in the series was Virtua Fighter 5: Final Showdown back in 2012, it was more refined and had more characters than the original Virtua Fighter 5 release.
Since Final Showdown, the Virtua Fighter series has been very quiet and Sega have yet to announce anything. Virtua Fighter 6 will happen at some point it’s just a matter of when. There’s no way in hell that Sega would just leave the Virtua Fighter series alone, it’s just too popular and Sega would be absolutely insane to do so.
So with all that said I’ve come up with a list of 6 things I would like to see in Virtua Fighter 6.
6. New Characters
Every new instalment of a fighting game introduces at least one new character, so of course Virtua Fighter 6 should bring some new fighters into the mix. What fighting style should the new characters have? Well there are tonnes of fighting styles out there that the VF have yet to implement. Just a few I’d like to see would be Sambo (like Dragunov in Tekken), Krav Maga and Boxing. I’d like to see how a Boxing fight style fits in Virtua Fighter as Tekken’s resident boxer, Steve Fox plays really well and is quite popular.
Also out of sheer curiosity I’d like to see an animal character in Virtua Fighter just to see how Sega would implement it and if it would actually work. For the record I don’t see this happening but with playing Tekken and for that series to feature animal fighters, I’m curious to see how they’d fit within Virtua Fighter.
5. Tag Battle/ Mode
Dead or Alive has a Tag Mode and Tekken has Tekken Tag Tournament and I love both of them. Tag Mode adds a level of intensity to fights, one character could be low on health so you quickly switch characters and get back into thick of it, hopefully laying on the offense. So with two other 3D fighting games having tag battle, why not Virtua Fighter as well.
I reckon Tag Mode would work really well in Virtua Fighter. Just imagine having the team of Jeffry and Wolf, you’ll have tremendous amounts of power. Jacky Bryant and Kage, my god the speed of the two fighters together would give Sonic the Hedgehog a run for his money. Given the amount of care and detail that goes into Virtua Fighter, I’m confident that if Sega does implement a Tag Mode then they’ll do it right and do it well.
4. In-depth Tutorial Mode
I know that this wouldn’t really be of much of use to the ‘masters’ of Virtua Fighter but an in-depth Tutorial Mode would make the game more accessible. A well made in-depth Tutorial Mode will help people who may be picking up their first Virtua Fighter game to get to grips and understand Virtua Fighter’s mechanics. If there are tutorials for each individual character (a huge undertaking I know) then this will only further the game’s accessibility.
Individual character tutorials would be amazing especially for me as I’ve always like Goh’s design but I have never been able to play him brilliantly. As stated before tutorials for each character would be a huge undertaking for Sega but if they do it, then Sega will have one of the most accessible fighting games on the market.
3. Plenty Of Modes
A fighting game should have a good amount of modes outside the usual; Arcade, Time Attack and Survival. You can count the previously mentioned Tag Battle here. Sega can go nuts with the amount and kinds of modes in Virtua Fighter 6 as long as they are well made and fun to play.
I’d like to see a customisation mode in Virtua Fighter 6, anytime I can personalise my favourite characters in a fighting game is always good. Veteran VF players can you remember Quest Mode from Virtua Fighter 5? I enjoyed the hell out of it and I’d love to see it return in the next entry. An RPG/ Fighter hybrid mode would be cool, something similar to BlazBlue: Central Fiction’s Grim of the Abyss mode or Soul Calibur 3’s brilliantly fun Chronicles of the Sword. Can anyone remember Tekken 5’s Devil Within mode? Something like that could work really well in Virtua Fighter. A multi-level beat-em-up would be awesome and Sega know how to do a beat-em-up *cough* Yakuza, *cough* Shenmue.
2. Story Mode
NetherRealm Studios has set the standard for story modes in fighting games, thanks to recent entries of Mortal Kombat and Injustice 2. Virtua Fighter does have a story but it’s never been a major focus for the series but could we see that change in the next instalment?
Virtua Fighter has good lore that’s pretty interesting and it has the potential to be a great story mode. There’s three ways Sega could go about doing a story mode, there’s the NetherRealm Studios style, a mix of cinematics and fights. There is the Guilty Gear/ BlazBlue style which is predominantly cutscenes with a few fights here or there. The third option is that Sega do their own twist on a story mode. Sega tend to be as original as possible when it comes to Virtua Fighter, so if they do decide to go about doing a story mode their own way then I’m all for it.
1. Good Online Component
Online functionality is essential in a fighting game these days. The fighting game community and e-sports have grown considerably since the last Virtua Fighter title so the next entry has to have good online capabilities. A strong online component can extend the lifespan of fighting game tremendously.
Player matches and ranked matches are a given but what if there is an online tournament, like the one seen in Tekken 7? Online tournaments are a good idea and can give people who are alright at fighting games a slight feeling that they are at Evo. If Sega decide to add Tag Battle then why not have online tag matches. Sega has the chance to make Virtua Fighter a strong competitor in the online fight game scene and given how vibrant and popular the fighting game community is now, now is the time to capitalise on it.
Given that it has been five years since Virtua Fighter 5: Final Showdown, a Virtua Fighter 6 announcement could happen anytime now. However if you are itching for a VF fix on PS4 then you’ll want to check out Yakuza 6 as it has Virtua Fighter 5: Final Showdown in its Sega Arcades.
Tekken is my favourite fighting game but Virtua Fighter is the one I respect the most. Whenever Virtua Fighter 6 arrives you can be sure on one thing, it will make a huge impact in the fighting game community and genre.
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