This might be both the easiest and the hardest post I’ve written in a while.
Let’s answer the basic questions right off the bat. Yes, I like Street Fighter V. Yes, I think that -- even with the rough launch and the controversies surrounding it -- it’s a good game overall. With enough time and familiarization, whether it’s with casuals, pros, or someone nestled in between like me, it’s going to cement itself as the flagship title of the fighting game genre. Well, if it hasn’t already.
But it’s hard for me to ignore the outcries right now. Why? Well, in one of my earliest experiences with the game, I sat down with my brother to play it. And in the middle of our match, the game booted us back to the main menu because of Capcom’s server woes. Despite us playing offline. Despite the two of us sitting less than a yard away from each other. And of course, that’s overlooking the obvious issue. Capcom ran multiple betas and multiple stress tests over the course of roughly half a year, and the online launch was still a mess.
So, once more, let’s gab about Street Fighter V. Even though a guy who can just barely land a combo has no business discussing it, but whatever. It’s fine.