Some of this has been said (a lot of times) before, but just wanted to get down a few flaws that have bugged me lately. Some aren’t actual flaws and are just things I’d want in an ideal world.
First the big one, and one that everyone has mentioned: online play isn’t really great. 3s is a game where good online seems like it would be hard to implement. I understand that it probably isn’t doable to get it as good as offline. But I’ve played the same guy on the same connections on GGPO and then OE, and GGPO just worked better. Somewhere along the way in the transition they messed something up. My attitude towards online play is “it is what it is, and you accept those terms when you play online.” I’m not gonna complain about guys using “online tactics” or whatever because that’s just the nature of online play. But the implementation could be a lot better.
Both players shouldn’t have to go through the “Rematch/Save Replay/Exit” screen. SF4 does this better, and it came out first.
Color packs should be handled the way SF4 handles them. There’s now four different color groups, and having to go through beforehand and select one per character is dumb and inconvenient. They also shouldn’t be listed under “DLC,” that doesn’t make much sense especially for the Second Impact colors.
I live in North America and get matched up with Japanese players constantly, especially at night. The connection is always red and they almost never play me. They live in Japan, after all! They’ve got a bunch of guys relatively close to them with all probably green connections, they don’t need to play some red connection guy from Alaska. I’ve also ran into people some France and Denmark. This makes me think that there’s not too much regional filtering going on. Those connections will never be good, wish they wouldn’t show up in ranked. It just wastes everyone’s time when we run into each other, wait 10 seconds to ping each other and then back out.
If you back out of a ranked match once, a lot of times it’ll search and just bring you back to the same guy. Sometimes 4-5 times in a row. I still don’t want to play JohnPwns! There should be some sort of way for the game to remember who you didn’t want to play and respect that decision for a set amount of time.
Now a couple nitpicks:
The Vault and achievements are a waste. I suspect no one really cares about them, and I certainly don’t.
The filters are ugly. Especially on LCDs. They’re not as bad on CRT but you don’t need them on CRT. I could live with just straight up bilinear filtering, but that doesn’t seem to be an option.
I miss the classic red background on character select. They think the silver looks more professional I guess? I’m not a fan.