Street Fighter V Turbo Whining Edition – The Battle Blog

Josh talks about the supposed barebones release of Street Fighter V. Is it really that bad? Can you still enjoy the game like the days when you played on the couch with your friends?

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  1. I’m listed as “Rocked” if you want to fight online. I started with Ken but am now fighting with Vega.

  2. Agreed. I will wait to buy it untill it’s finished.

  3. Great vlog, Josh. Although in all honesty, I can’t say I’ve enjoyed the game as much as you have.

    Capcom thinks that the demographic that plays Street Fighter are the hardcore tournament people who play these games 24/7 and not us “filthy casuals” who enjoy playing on the couch with friends. I enjoyed your episode on the Tuesday BGP show about this game because it was you guys playing on the couch and not playing online with people you don’t even know.

    My girlfriend and I stopped playing after finishing up everyone’s “story” mode, aka low budget cheap drawings mode trying to tell a story and we’ve played against each other a few times, but it’s just not something we feel like constantly going back to.

    I really really really want to love this game since I love Street Fighter, but after being blown away by SF4’s multitude of modes *cough*Arcade Mode*cough*, this game feels like a slap to the face.

    I’m not dogging you for enjoying the game, but this is my opinion on it.

  4. It’s good that you got a progressive attitude about this, since pretty soon all the March DLC is gonna make most of the major criticisms completely anachronistic.

    On the note of couch-versus, I gotta say I’m jealous. I haven’t really been able to round up anyone in my neighborhood that wants to play that kind of local multiplayer. I hope I’ll have better luck when I move in June.

  5. Of all the problems of this game, why do people go on about Arcade Mode being the biggest? Really, arcade mode, AKA, the most basic dull mode you play through maybe once, until you unlocked all the characters or once with each character and then never touch again?

    Can we have more concerns over bigger issues, like the lack of a good tutorial mode to teach people how to play (being retified in March, but should have been in launch) the online servers basically being on fire at launch(they are getting better, but still aren’t perfect yet, netcode is great though when it works, it’s the when it works part that’s an issue) or how there is still lack of D-Input support on PC for your fight sticks (Hurry up with that one please)

    My opinion is as follows, I play the story mode for one day for 4 hours once. I play the versus mode with friends over a thousand times through multiple weekends for all nights. Which do you focus on? The second one is more important one and the actual fight mechanics are SUBLIME in this game and it feels amazing to play, and all the characters handle and play well, plus more characters are going to be added monthly, they recently revealed shots of Alex and he looks fun to play as.

    When it comes down to it. You play fighting games for the multiplayer, be that online or offline (it’s often more offline due to the tournament scene). Whilst arcade mode really should actually be there anyway. I feel like if that’s your deciding factor on buying this game or not… I think you are in the wrong genre. If you want a single player mode, at least ask for a mode that’s greater than that, like the Weapons Master mode from Soul Calibur 2, the World Tour Mode from Street Fighter Alpha 3 Max, the Abyss modes from Blazblue, the challenge tower from MK9 (Not MKX, those ones sucks).

    And yes, there’s a giant Cinematic Story mode coming in June, considering how fighting games aren’t designed well since there’s too many characters to focus on a coherent story and you have to keep coming up with unweildy scenarios for 2 players to fight to get gameplay. I don’t have much interest for it. But I don’t get why they are the deal changer in Mortal Kombat series either, they look pretty, but the writing and the story for them is god-awful and just bores me of it instantly. You also don’t even get to play as all the characters in them which feels like such a waste. When I can get a single fighting game that can tell a good story well, maybe I’ll care, but the odds are stacked against them just due to how the genre works.

    As for me, I just want a game that plays really well and is going to be a good time with friends, it’s like Mario Kart, Mario Kart has done squat for single player people for over 2 decades now (They did Mission Mode once, then never brought it back for some reason.) Does that bother people? No! Because they don’t want to play with boring AI racers, they want to go 4 player split screen and play with friends! Or up to 11 friends online! I see Street Fighter V that way at present and… well, it’s got half of it right so far, fix up those online servers, that’s the bigger issue at hand.

    • Great feedback! SF’s hardcore fanbase is largely people who play multiplayer in some form. I was initially having second thoughts about getting good it Day 1 because I don’t play online much, but I got lucky in how much local multiplayer I do.

      Also, I’d kill for a World Tournament Mode in SFV.

      – Josh

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