Last month saw the release of a new Arcadia mook titled "Fighting Game REMIX" in which a number of fighting game titles are covered, including Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown. In this edition, the cover the latest tier list for VF5FS.
As of 2014-04-18
S: Taka, Lion, Brad
A: Jacky, Jean, Vanessa
B: Goh, Shun, Wolf
C: Sarah, Kage, Lau
D: El Blaze, Jeffry
E: Aoi, Pai, Lei-Fei, Eileen
After four years is the "Final Answer" here?!
Four years has elapsed with this game. With such a long time and so much strategy evolving, could this be the final ranking (?)
- Text: Yanaga
- Translation: @noodalls
Points about some important characters
There is a big gap between B and C rank. We will discuss some of the major points.
One of Akira's main points is his jumping ascending . It whiffs lows, starts combos and defeats sabaki, and is a full circular that defeats evade. It is particularly powerful during sideturned with +6 where it is guaranteed on evadeCD, and at +9 on sideturned is guaranteed on evade.
For the characters in A rank compared to S rank there is not a large difference in their fighting abilities, but it is their basic abilities that attracts high praise. Amongst these is Taka, who was getting a lot of interest at the recent BT cup. While Taka can rely on throws and against most characters, the opponent must concentrate on specific combos and untechable situations, focusing on the system side to fight Taka, so it is very difficult to have tactics against him. For people unfamiliar with Taka, he is more threatening than Akira.
Amongst A rank Jacky stands out. The reason that he has fallen in rank is that his options to overcome a guarding opponent are finite. His returns on throws are not that high, and when his high damage throws (and ) are broken it leaves him sideturned. Choosing the right move to throw out is quite difficult, so while he may look like a simple character to play, the value in really dedicating yourself to him is difficult. Of course, against an opponent who lacks defensive skills he is S rank.
Amongst the lower ranks, Blaze and Sarah are well suited to tournaments, each with their attacking options from stances, and are fast so even against opponents adept at defence it can be tough. They are rarely used, and so they may be even more threatening than higher ranked characters if the opponent lacks match up experience. The other character who has ranked up is Jeffrey. His weight is high so damage inflicted is low, and his and one command moves are powerful.
Thanks to Unicorn for the tip, and noodalls for the translation!