Picked this up a few days ago. As a fan of the series since the beginning, it was really a no-brainer purchase.
What's different vs. the original VF5?
- 2 additional characters (karateka Jean Kujo, and sumo Taka-Arashi from VF3)
- New stages with more variation in ring shape and fence configuration
- Quest mode replaced by similar but less involving "Special Sparring" mode
- License mode where you have to work specific challenges into a series of fights
- More unified move commands across characters
- Training mode comparable to VF4: Evolution
- Clothing customization via paid DLC instead of in-game unlock
- And most importantly...ONLINE PLAY!!
The new and returning characters are great, but online play is obviously the biggest draw here, and it does not disappoint. I only had one laggy connection over 50+ matches, and it warned me up front that the connection wasn't great. Otherwise, online play pretty much feels just as good as local multiplayer, but you get a huge variety of opponents. The game still looks great, too, which is a little surprising given that VF5 came out over 5 years ago.
VF5:FS is still one of the most technical and pseudo-realistic fighters out there, which is a plus or minus depending on your tastes. Personally, I love it, and it's a steal for $15 (or $0 on Playstation Plus, I guess...?) The only real question is whether the Complete Edition with all the DLC clothing is worth it for an extra $15. If you look at it as less than $1 per character for lots of alternate clothes it might seem worth it, but it's purely cosmetic and unnecessary, and there are a lot of dud items for each character. Plus, the core game takes up 2GB on the hard drive, and the Complete Edition doubles that to about 4GB, if that matters to you.
Series fans should scoop this up in a heartbeat. Fans of other fighting games who are curious about the series might also want to take the plunge, since this is the full VF experience for a bargain price. And if you have Playstation Plus, it's free, so why not give it a whirl?