Honestly I dislike their design when I first saw them, I would rather had a different and exclusive version of Ruby Heart that uses whip as a weapon to add a category of mature women a long with Viper and Rose. We need more weapon melee fighters in SF.
Blatant and confident decisiveness, misleading, confusing approach is obvious in this place, It's sad to realize that it isn't just the controls and executions are dumb down here but also resort to opinions and ... to compromised with MVCi dev team's playstyle biases and low standard productivity.
The prior comments here that include even yours prove the intentions and biases to Ryu as a character. Such discrimination treatment to his character to have a specific "role" which is to be experimental usable training dummy for teaching players. Unlike Sega,SNK, Namco, ASW and NRS that give there flagship icons with viability and without discrimination or "ordinary" bias misconception just to favor obvious bias to a favorable playstyle. Every argument about the topic of sensibility of Ryu is just going on circles and repeating of misleading like the tag and the stones.
As much as I realize I wasted my time in this make believe promising and interesting fighting game franchise about the brokenness and creativity for every character was the otherwise. It feels really pointless since it's near september and whatever I'm saying now is not worth my time.
Props to MVC3 dev team no shill and no politics despite the negativity. Unintentional mistakes are tolerable and acceptable.