SF2 I always had a soft-spot for Guile. Alpha series (including EX+A), Charlie/Nash/Guile (Basically because they were the equivelant of Guile’s playstyle), XMen v SF, Charlie/Nash again and basically any SF game I played would be based on those characters until I stopped at XMvSF and quit most fighting games when I lost my Playstation.
Queue several years later and I start seeing YouTube videos of an up-and-coming StreetFighter 4 and my curiosity gets piqued, eventually stumbling randomly onto SF4 tournament matches held at Arcade Infinity starring the usual suspects such as Gootecks, Keno, Ronstoppable and several others.
I found that I spent so much time watching SF4 vids that the urge to get it just increased until I saw it in the GAME store here in Ireland for the PC and snapped it up in a hearbeat.
Happily installed it then realised I forgot to buy a keypad or stick so was stuck with a Keyboard and that my PC really REALLY wasn’t geared well towards gaming so I had to play on medium/low settings - After hours of tweaking this to a playable level it was off to the Training Room & Character select screen!
I picked Guile and found him just plain awkward, probably because of Keyboard issues - It was impossible to even do a Sonic Boom consistantly and so the next one I wanted to try out (after having seen so many awesome Balrog players in AI Ranbats on YouTube) I grabbed Balrog, donned the gloves and just fell for the playstyle instantly.
It suited me perfectly - I loved his sounds, his animations, his moveset and general image, the fact he’s actually a BAD GUY (Gotta love being a baddy, even if Balrog is a big cliche) and most importantly, I could perform 99% of his moves on Keyboard.
Off I went to Championship Mode and fell in love with random headbutts and laughing along with Balrogs demented giggle anytime he connected one with that meaty SPTHUD sound… Then I started comparing my garbage playstyle to how I saw the up and coming SF4 professionals play it and I started on my crusade to improve - I recorded every match, started uploading movies from day 1, made an account here on SRK to become part of this very Forum and get all the information I needed (maybe try to help a few people along the way) and after nearly 2 years I still haven’t gotten even the slightest bit bored with this character despite his reputation of being boring/linear and having low mixup potential.
I love knowing all that and still trying my best to adopt an aggressive/fun playstyle that actually focusses on being flashy and suprising and getting tricky with people who expect you to turtle or hang back.
Even though I’ve been playing SF4 for a long time and have a 97% Balrog Played record after thousands of matches, I’m still a proud mediocre player who still only really does basic BnB’s with no concept of footsies or spacing, and yet I’m still having fun despite those restrictions.
My YouTube channel has about 680 movies and I can safely say under half of those are purely SF4 movies beit combo movies, plain fun movies or actual matches, all 100% Balrog and I loved every moment I played in those movies, love re-watching them for nostalgia and just love the fact I enjoy Balrog so much that I’ve not even considered dropping him.
This, however, is easy for me as I’m still in Vanilla whereas those who’ve moved to SUPER or AE will have more to consider than I will.
Here’s just some of the midlevel fun shinanigans I get up to whenever I opt to play SF4 (Which is usually 2-3hrs a week at most).
Some may look like I’m taking the total piss but ultimately I’ll do whatever it takes to come out of a fight and think “That was good fun!”.
Typical Playstyle against a sparring partner quite a long time ago:
[media=youtube]NlldXVgFyVY]YouTube - SSF4 Costume In SF4 - Balrog v Bison [Rishek[/media]
Combo Vids / Training Room Experiments:
(First ever combo vid)
General Fun Moments:
[media=youtube]PeqWTyGtFec]YouTube - SF4 RopeDrink [Balrog[/media]
[media=youtube]NFxBdNICOm8]YouTube - SF4 RopeDrink [Balrog[/media]
[media=youtube]jxIFunzB4UA]YouTube - SF4 RopeDrink [Balrog[/media]
Balrog may not be the most complex and mixed character but by gum that doesn’t stop me having a blast with him.