So Street Fighter V has just been officially announced, and if you know me, you know I’m a Street Figher fanatic. Here’s the gameplay trailer for those who haven’t seen it yet. Watch now then continue on to my thoughts why I’m really worried.
Seen it? Good. Why I’m worried about the health of this game, even though SFIV did gang busters. Okay first off, the animation looks a little choppy and spark heavy. Kind of 3rd Strike & Street Fighter Cross Tekken -ish. A little more gritty, a little less cartoony. That’s personal preference but I think it’ll play less well to the masses. And I want this game to suceed.
Secondly, the combo system looks like SFxT’s combo system. There seemed to be a launcher, a legit Chun Li air combo, and even a ground bounce hit or maybe it was an OTG. This is not good, as most people did not like SFxT, and there combo system doesn’t play well to the casual crowds, mainly because they do too much damage, making the game not fun. When your character dies in one or two combos, you feel like you didn’t even play, and it gives a poor experience to everyone. Further evidence to me that it’s utilizing the SFxT engine is that it seems like Ryu combos straight into his Fireball Ultra from the ground, no FADC required.
Lastly, this game is most likely coming out in 2016. But SF4 Omega is out in 2015. We’re still getting updates of the old game. SF4 came out the door in such a big way because it had been 10 years between Street Fighters and 4 was a throwback to the original SF2, that everyone liked. While 4 has been out for 5 years now, can we really say that this game is on the shelf and has nostalgia legacy? SF5 looks like it’s adding a some new mechanics, taking it away from the original SF2 that everyone knows and loves.
Oh and I guess for real lastly, it says it’s PS4 and PC exclusive. I’m sure this will be a timed exclusive and it will go to Xbox eventually, but why cut a large chunk of your American player base off? Sony must have paid a lot for the exclusive and Capcom who is rumored to be in dire financial straights probably needed the payday. But would it make up for lost Xbox sales out of the gate? I’m not sure.
I hope this game does well, and in full disclosure I will be getting this on Day 1. Maybe even before Day 1 if I can find a local mom and pop place to sell to me early. But I just worry about the life of this game and how well it will do out the gate. Prove me wrong fighting game community! Prove me wrong…