There are a few things in gaming I cannot stand; long loading screens, overpriced expansion passes, guys who don’t watch your back in the latest Call of Duty game while you are trying to plant the godamn bomb are a select few on that list but nothing irritates me more than a broken mess of a game.
So you might be asking yourself why I am writing this post and what the actual hell it is about, well this ladies and gents is about broken games, the developers that make them and the people who clearly do not care about the quality of their purchases especially on a service like Steam and etc.
Anyway the latest instalment of the Street Fighter franchise was released on PC on the 16th of February and well the response on Steam regarding the newest entry in Capcom’s popular franchise has gotten some mixed reviews due to a number of issues and some of the said issues really REALLY hurt the game and the consumers, you know issues like….THE GODDAMN SERVERS NOT RUNNING PROPERLY.
I am saying this now, I am not the biggest Street Fighter fan (having only played Super Street Fighter 4) or much of a fighting game enthusiast in general because I absolutely suck at playing them because my learning disability screws me over HOWEVER even though I have a love/hate relationship with the genre I am disappointed in Street Fighter 5 and it’s release because of the issues plaguing it.
So what are the issues, well for one the servers do not work properly which pretty much kills the game from the start because it’s a fighting game and no servers means no online play and no online play means a lot of pissed off SFV fan since online is pretty much the entire point of the game, not the story mode, not the arcade mode (which isn’t even in there by the way) so for that to not even be working is a huge deal breaker from the start because this game is £45 here in the UK and as I stated above in the image the deluxe version is £70 and for it to not even work properly is just insane.
Other issues include and not limited to; no arcade mode, no PS4 controller support while you can use a Xbox 360 or Xbox One controller, Keyboard remapping is non-existent (there are third party programs to get around this problem but that is no excuse, the story mode is terrible, survival mode is decent until you get disconnected from the server, even though you are playing the game in “offline mode”, I am really wondering what Capcom was thinking putting out Street Fighter V in this state.
I swear they must of spent most of their time censoring Mika’s buttslap to stop the always offended crew aka the politically correct people from throwing a tantrum instead of making sure their product’s servers run perfect on release day, this is totally unacceptable and Capcom should be ashamed of themselves really because their consumers should of got a fully working product but didn’t.
I looked on the Street Fighter 5’s Steam forums and well hundreds of people are reporting problems and while Capcom said they will release a patch to fix most of the current issues the point still stands that we as consumers should not need a patch like a day or two after release, now I might sound like some old granddad but I remember the good old days when we could buy games on disc and have them work as soon as we installed them, no online services like Steam were needed and certainly not patches that in this day and age are sometimes far bigger than the game itself but now I am just reminiscing.
And while on the subject of broken games and insanely huge patches, there was the PC port of Batman: Arkham Knight which was so broken the thing had not one but two huge patches and still didn’t work properly resulting in the caped crusader’s newest title to be taken down not once but twice from the Steam Store.
As of right now Street Fighter V has over 1,400 negative reviews and has only 1,011 positive reviaews which is bad, numerous Steam users have been making their struggles known on the reviews page and the forums which I really can’t blame them and then there are the people on the other side of the coin who are like “stop complaining guys…the game will be fixed in March” and defend Capcom and the game like they have stocks in the company or something and this is another thing I cannot stand.
When you trust and defend a company blindly that puts out poor products you become not a consumer but a doormat and then the companies for example Capcom for the sake of the argument will begin to take advantage of that trust and keep doing it, “Hey it’s okay if our game is overpriced an, d completely broken….our fans will still buy it because of loyalty” and its bad plain and simple.
Games are not cheap today, it’s about £300 for a PS4 or Xbox One then about £50 for games and let’s not forget PlayStation Plus or Xbox Live so that’s even more money out of your pocket so you have every right to demand quality products, it’s your right as a consumer and you have to call out companies on it because if you don’t then they won’t step up their services and their overall product quality and I know I sound like a complete and utter asshole but it’s the truth….tough love is the only way to go sometimes and Capcom is one company that needs some tough love but anyway that’s it from me for today, if you liked this post then please like this post, comment down below in the comments section and share it around with the hashtag #Slay3rNation because it helps me out