I’ve been waiting for someone else to take the plunge and start this thread and I’m amazed that it hasn’t happened yet - at least not that I’ve seen. Well, here goes nothing…
So I play SSF4 and AE, both of which taught me how to use my first ever fightstick, but nothing could have prepared me for SF3 Third Strike. I’ve heard that the inputs are lenient in SF4 but the difference is absolutely riddiculous! I spent over an hour trying to do Ryu’s SA3 on the P1 side and managed to pull it off exactly 2 times! I main Ryu in AE and do all his bnb’s, super combos and FADC combos and now I feel worse than when I attempted my first hado with the fighstick in SSF4. Before you get the wrong impression I’m absolutely addicted to trying to master this game. The masochist in me wont let me walk away from this which is what kept me going in the darker days of nailing 1-frame links and the dreaded dp-fadc-ultra. But what is it about the way this game registers inputs which makes it so difficult?
I know the drill by now - do reps on both sides etc - but without an input display I’m often at an odds as to what adjustments need to be made. ie I cant physically see where I’m going wrong! I noticed when trying to do Ryu’s SA3 - 2xqcf + punch for those very few that are wondering - sometimes I get a crouching hp. Okay so I can work out that I’ve ended in the df motion with this one, and yet on the P2 side I noticed you can blatantly end in a df position and still get the super out! Another weird quirk I found just today is that almost 100% of the time if I do an actual fireball so that it comes out, I can do a quick down to down-forward flick and hit punch to ALWAYS get the super. Without doing it this way with the initial fireball it just doesn’t come out at all. Surely this isn’t normal, is it? I can cancel into his specials and perform each one consistently - all except his joudan kick - but a raw SA3 is proving crazy elusive.
Another trick I do in training mode , as I can consistently fireball, is shoot off hados closer and closer in succession until I get the odd super but I fear this may not be the best way to approach this.
I’ve always been interested in SF3 but must have admit I’ve been more than a little intimidated by how technical it looks. Since getting into SF4 I’ve grown in confidence and in what I thought was technical ability but SF3 it seems is a demanding and cruel mistress. Any advice from the vets on this site about the points I’ve raised and any knowledge you can lay down about getting to grips with this game would be greatly appreciated. I hope to make it outside of the training room more this time round!