Well, I have to admit that they did
tone the fanservice down. Breasts don't bounce as much as they did before. But they still bounce noticeably. Still, that's more than I expected. I thought that the claim that they will tone it down will be completey bullshit.
And while the characters look more "real" than in previous games, they still have that "artificial, doll-like" look going on (the girls, at least). But it's much better now (and more of a change than the fanservice).
It seems that Virtua Fighter characters are unlocked in the story mode. At least, I unlocked Akira after beating him, when he appeared out of the blue for no apparent reason and Kokoro challenged him... for no apparent reason.
The rest of the story mode is barely better. But in it's badness it can be quite, but unintended, amusing. Even when it attempts to be funny, it's still only unintended so, in a "hahaha, was that an attempt at humor?" kind of way. Like when Hitomi goes through a South American jungle in safari clothes to train and Ayane asks her whether that's the right clothes to train in.
People aren't as awful as the internet makes them out to be.