How Mortal Kombat 11 killed its reveal and why I think Street Fighter 5 feels like a sinking ship right now

Plus Topanga tier lists, Super Smash Bros. online events and more

Posted by John 'Velociraptor' Guerrero • January 23, 2019 at 7:21 p.m. PST

As if NetherRealm Studios' massive Mortal Kombat 11 reveal event wasn't enough, we got a pretty massive news drop over this last week from seemingly all corners of the fighting game landscape.

We kick off this week's podcast with Steven "Dreamking" Chavez as he was able to make it to said MK11 reveal in person and got firsthand experiences with the upcoming title while the rest of us merely got to watch from afar.

Steven helps break down how the game feels, how the game looks, what its new mechanics seem to bring to the table and one or two small details that gave him some hesitation. All in all we're very excited for the next Mortal Kombat, and would go as far as to say it could threaten to become the top fighting game dog.

Catalyst and I then jump into some recent happenings in Dragon Ball FighterZ, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and Street Fighter 5 as there are developer-driven tours and/or leagues for all three at this point.

After a month with no direct SF5 Season 4 news, I'm starting to feel less and less motivated to play. While this may not be representative of the entire community by any means, I have heard others share similar sentiments.

We close things out with a discussion of why SF5 is feeling somewhat like a sinking ship at the moment, and what Capcom needs to start doing to bring it fully back up to the surface.

Timestamps

02:44 - Steven's immediate thoughts on the MK11 reveal production
04:54 - Top tier visuals
07:48 - NRS games have felt janky in recent years, how does MK11 stack up?
10:14 - Cinematics during gameplay... will they be too repetitive?
14:04 - The most competition-friendly NRS game yet?
22:50 - Cool down meters, a good thing?
24:50 - Amplified inputs, why Steven wasn't a huge fan (pressing back to walk forward)
31:35 - Geras reactions
32:37 - Skarlet reactions
35:02 - Steven's final thoughts
38:38 - Crossplay becoming more of a reality
44:28 - Nintendo's Super Smash Bros. Online Tour
49:33 - Dragon Ball FighterZ World Tour ending, Jiren coming?
51:26 - Street Fighter Pro League... teams, bans and eSports oh my!
1:01:19 - Topanga League tier list for SF5
1:08:25 - Capcom's radio silence on SF5
1:14:07 - Capcom hits home-runs in other divisions - RE2 remake, Monster Hunter
1:16:43 - Why SF5 feels like a sinking ship to me right now, and how to fix it

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