2015's Fighting Game Of The Year was awarded to NetherRealm Studios' Mortal Kombat X. For many, it was the pinnacle of the Mortal Kombat franchise. It was filled with content, awesome gameplay, great online capabilities and fantastic local fun. We were hoping that 2016 would be able to match its wonders (though I do love how awesome [Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4](tag:3755113) can be), however the one game we all banked on has disappointed countless fans.
Street Fighter V was released on February 16 to average critical reviews — most of which referenced the game's almost complete lack of single-player content. Additionally, Street Fighter V suffers from server issues that have also blocked players from enjoying the game online. Thus, the community has hit the game hard and we're wondering whether a rerelease is actually better than buying Capcom's Street Fighter V right now.
'Mortal Kombat XL' Vs 'Street Fighter V'
Mortal Kombat XL is essentially the full and complete version of the game (which we wish we could have had in 2015, but that's for another story). It'll include every character, along with Alien, Predator, Jason and more. It'll also include every level, every outfit and will also feature enhanced online gameplay from the day it's released. This is a promising and exciting package. I mean, Mortal Kombat X is actually a great fighting game. It's loved by fans and critics alike and enjoys a healthy consensus on Metacritic and Steam.
Then we hop over to Street Fighter V and suddenly everything shifts. If you venture over to Metacritic and check out the disparity between the critical and user score numbers, you're likely to be surprised. While Street Fighter V currently sits with a score of 77 from critics, users have slapped it with a score of 3.2 out of 10. Ouch.
This is an indication that Street Fighter V is not only lacking in content, but grossly upsetting its fan base due to Capcom's poor release strategy. Many players are quoted as saying that playing this fighting game now feels like you're engaging with an early access build. It's unfinished and unworthy of its price tag. Therefore, is the rerelease of a fighting game from 2015 a better option, even though we dislike this practice?
Street Fighter V is an exceptional fighting game at its core. The graphics and animations are SO beautiful and the gameplay is superb. It's accessible, deep and remarkably satisfying. But if the game's servers prevent you from playing online and there's no single-player content whatsoever, what's the point in buying it now?
If you have the choice and haven't player Mortal Kombat yet and are looking for a new fighting game, we say that Mortal Kombat XL package looks pretty sweet right now. Or Bandai Namco's Naruto Storm 4 (that game is seriously awesome). Let us know where you stand in the comments below!