Both Virtua Fighter 5 Online and Dead or Alive 4 are quite established fighting games with good pedigrees. However, the two aren’t quite the same, and those differences between them can be make-or-break for the discerning player.
Virtua Fighter 5 Online is much more focused. It has a quite obvious focus on classic, arcade-style one-on-one versus play, even to the point of simulating it within the game itself. It’s a good game to play online from at home, or with friends who take their fighting games seriously and play frequently. When you pop in Virtua Fighter 5 Online, you’re popping in a game in the franchise that put 3D fighting games on the map, and it certainly hasn’t lost that luster.
Dead or Alive 4, on the other hand, is less focused on one thing. Instead, it does everything, and does everything pretty well. It may not be as hardcore into the arcade atmosphere as Virtua Fighter 5 Online, but it doesn’t need to be. Dead or Alive 4 is a great game to play with friends. It’s easy to jump into, it has appealing visuals, and with tag mode, four players can play simultaneously.
For an analogy, think of Virtua Fighter 5 Online as a dojo and Dead or Alive 4 as a kung-fu movie. At the dojo, everyone is serious about bettering themselves and improving their skill. Watching a kung-fu movie, on the other hand, won’t necessarily make you a better fighter, but it’s fun. In short, if you’re looking for a competitive 3D fighting game to play with people serious about 3D fighting games, Virtua Fighter 5 Online is your game. If you’re looking for a fighting game to play with friends, but aren’t interested in playing super-competitively, Dead or Alive 4 is for you.
As for which one I prefer, I have to go with Dead or Alive 4. Despite its technically underpowered graphics, its aesthetic, characters, and scenery make it much better to look at. In addition, its plethora of game modes makes it a fantastic game to play both alone and with friends. I’m not very heavily into fighting games, but Dead or Alive 4 is my exception.
‘Till next time!
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