How important is a good netcode to you?
I feel its extremely important to any fighter nowadays and that a lot of company’s don’t seem understand this. It’s even more essential to games being released in countries without an arcade scene
I’m making this thread after being disappointed with netcode after netcode after knowing it can be done better.
TLDR at the bottom
SF4 did it well in 09. Blazblue did it even better in 09. Seems like everything since then has been downhill. Tekken 6 online still isn’t playable post patch. SF3:OE. UMvC3 still isn’t on par. I didn’t play MK9 online but I’ve read nothing positive about its netplay. KoF 13 was just released with a not so acceptable netcode. Though I’m seriously hoping they can patch it! Because its really close to good.
When a game doesn’t have a good netcode its hard to have a scene for it here in the U.S. For example. Tekken is my 1st love when it comes to fighters. I was excited about T6 literally for years. I’d finally be able to play with people. Of course that dream was crushed when I got it. A game I’d anticapated for so long ended up collecting dust very quickly. Without a strong netcode there was no chance to take my game to the next level or anything close. Combo’s & punishes couldn’t be performed & you’re not even playing the real game anymore with the netcode destroying the meta.
Even if a game isn’t that popular (every game not made by capcom in the U.S. Lol) it can have a competitive scene that lasts if the netcode is good. Look at Blazblue. It’s a much smaller scene but it still lasts because of the players have access to a way to improve.
The tournaments are affected too not just in turnout but by the winners. I remember in the beginning of SF4 when you only needed to know 2 things to determine who would win. 1. Is daigo there? 2. Is JWong there? Lately you really have no idea who will win the next SF4 tourney. Players like Wolfkrone & Latiff are largely a product of SF4’s solid online play.
TLDR: Why are netcodes getting worse instead of better? All it does it hurt the game’s scene. Can’t see why any company would release a game without its netcode being at least as good as SF4’s. WIth the large amount of new fighters incoming I’m scared for us online warrior’s who would like to become offline warriors.