The online play, though, is crippled by an anomaly that lets losing players quit games midway through without being punished with a loss on the leaderboards. It's also annoying that you have to use pre-set playbooks in online play. Hoping against hope for some kind of fix to these issues, I sent this email to a Tecmo PR rep:
Please please please please release an update that punishes people for quitting online matches by giving them a loss for forfeiting and gives the other person credit for a victory. Also, let people customize their playbooks for online matches. Other than that, perfect game, but if you don't fix these problems your online community won't sustain.
And about an hour later I was elated to get this reply:
Update from the producer:
We're working on pushing a title update to fix the issue with online matches. Hopefully it'll be out by next week.
So next week all those scared, pathetic wusses who fled when I was whipping them last night won't be able to repeat their offenses against humanity. Hallelujah!