While Virtua Fighter 5
is a damned fine fighting game in its own right, there can be no doubt that its biggest boon on Xbox 360 is the inclusion of online play. As the first in the Virtua Fighter
series to include the feature, much attention is being paid by fans. Dead or Alive 4
currently stands as the only Xbox 360 fighting game to utilize online play, and many players find it less than satisfactory. Without a miracle of a connection, fights often turn into lag-filled nightmares where victory has little to do with skill. The Gamersyde
video above shows off Virtua Fighter 5
's online system as displayed in Leipzig. The lobby system appears to be a no frills affair, though it looks like it gets the job done. The play looks solid, and any slowdown could be attributed to the video quality. Still, we're sure that Sega
went out of its way to set up a smooth match for the convention, so we'll have to reserve final judgment for the retail version.