Fighting games have seen their heyday in the early 90's to the early goings of the 21st century. Since then, however, the genre has taken a back seat with only a handful of franchises acting as surviving torch-bearers. Pundits have predicted that the next console cycle may be bleaker for beat-em-ups but Sega's Virtua Fighter 5 has something to say about that.
The Virtua Fighter franchise has been in the business almost as long as 3D graphics have been in use for gaming. Along with Tekken in the mid-90's, the first Virtua Fighter was the showroom baby of polygon fighters. It's interesting to see then how Sega is coping with the changing times and evolving a series with a massive following worldwide.