Couldn't find just a general discussion threat for Street Fighter, so I figured I'd ask here.
I've learned that every character in SF has some kind of role to play, a play-style that they fulfill. Ken, Cammy and Guy are more rush-down oriented, Sagat, Guile, and Ryu are more about space control with specials and strong normals. You get the idea. But two characters I've always been fascinated by, are Gouken and Gen.
I don't play either of these two with any regularity, but I only know from the little I've read on them. Gouken doesn't seem to have any obvious combos, or really strong normals outside his S. HP (His chop, basically). His counter is actually pretty interesting to be, but unless you have EX, seems like a big gamble. What exactly is Gouken's play-style? I've seen some Bullkat gameplay and he looks like fun to play. Just not fun to learn.
Gen, I've heard, is supposed to have very strong normals. I once saw his buttons compared to Chun's and were claimed to be even stronger than hers. And I've seen some high-ranked Gen's take off huge chunks of life in one or two combos. But I don't see what role he falls into. Is he rushdown? Mix-up heavy? Zoning? And the fact he has twice as many buttons as any other character with his two stances sounds like a technical nightmare, having to keep track of what stance you're in and how that effects your normals.
So, that's my question. I'd just like to hear an answer from players that play Gouken and Gen with some regularity, and why they enjoy playing a couple of the more unique cast members.
I may not be the most knowledgeable fighter, or the most experienced. But I like to help and offer whatever advice I can, when I can.