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Ever since SEGA patched VF5, the game has allowed players to save their online Xbox Live matches on their Xbox 360 hard disk drives and view them again later on as match replays. I thought this was one of the best features of the game, since it would let you review online matches and learn from your mistakes, and it would also let you revel in those hard-earned victories and close matches!

Now I've recently recorded some of the best online matches I've ever had and I'm currently in the process of uploading these to Youtube. These replays not only demonstrate the level of competition that's available for VF5 on Xbox Live; they also show how great the netcode is for the game. The way it plays online practically feels like you're playing right next to your opponent. Granted there are those very rare occasions when you get into a laggy match, but for the most part, online matches feel and play as smooth as is demonstrated by this video. Note that my internet connection is PLDT, it isn't really very good and gives me a lot of lag in Call of Duty 4. For Virtua Fighter 5 the game plays very smoothly online.

This is the first match I've uploaded the youtube. It's not a match where I end up winning though. Actually I performed quite poorly in this match against another Jacky player. I'm the Jacky player in the black outfit on the right. The reason why I saved this replay is because I was so impressed by the skill of my opponent; I've never seen any other Jacky player play like this guy, he's really good at the game and there's a lot that one can learn by just watching how he fights.

JACKY VS. JACKY (Scytherage == the one on the right)


I guess by this point you've figured out that my favorite character at the moment for VF is Jacky. Here's an online match I had a night ago which was pretty close. I was beaten four times in a row by this expert Akira player. Surprisingly he wanted to play again with me for several matches, so this is the one time that I did win against him.

I enjoyed the last round because I caught him by surprise at the end. I guess he didn't expect that rage kick!


Now here's a nice come-from-behind victory I had before with a skilled Eileen player. She's quick and tricky but her range can be quite short at times.


I like what happens at the last second :D


If the sound suddenly gets cut off, that's my Xbox 360 DVD drive acting up again (happened while I was recording).


Lei-Fei's Shaolin Kung Fu style is always entertaining to watch.


Wall combo!


Even more online VF fighting goodness.

For ThirdWorldGamer's review of Virtua Fighter 5 Live Arena, click here!

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