So with the most expensive console in history coming out soon, and me foolishly getting one, I've been making a list of launch titles to get. Plenty to choose from (despite the constant Sony bashing from 360 owning peeps) and VF5 was on my list.
I read a few previews and watched a few videos and it looks good, but I just assumed it would be online - DoA4 is, and that’s the game it most closely resembles on the 360, the game it will be compared to.
It’s not online - not even a bit online. What’s the point of it then?
It could look better than DoA, play better than DoA, but all you can do is play through against the CPU, like a game from the olden days! Seriously, there is no point to this game if you can't go online.
Sony need to offer an alternative to the 360, they need to match it blow for blow. If you are into fighting games, no matter how good VF5 turns out to be, with DoA offering online play (and really good online play at that, with a nice lobby system, rankings for everything, even a shop to buy things for your avatar and stuff) and VF5 having nothing, DoA wins hands down.
How long will VF5 last you once you've clocked it with the characters and unlocked stuff? I was playing DoA online months after I'd finished the game.
Sony has to offer everything the 360 offers, and be seen to do it better. Burnout: Revenge for example - class game, mostly because of how much fun it is on Live; Sony come along with MotorStorm, which looks better, seems a ton of fun to play, and (not in the Japanese version but will be ready for the Yank \ Euro release) has all the online stuff covered.
This is good, its offering a genuine alternative to the 360, with all the same bells and whistles, and if the gameplay is there as well, its ticked all the boxes, Sony can’t afford to have basic features missing from games like this, making it look like a rush job compared to its Xbox evil twin.
So yeah - waste of a game, 1 point to Microsoft. Online stuff for games like this should be nailed on, it should be the main selling point. With a price tag of £400+ just for the console, I don't expect to have to make do with what is there, I expect everything that’s there on the rival system, done just as well if not better.
*Crosses VF5 off the list*