Probably inviting abuse here, but what the hell.
I’ve been playing SF4 for only a little bit, and am finally starting to kinda-sorta figure out Sagat. I can’t do any of the advanced stuff yet (cancels, combos, FADC and all of the other leet mumbo-jumbo eludes me, I’m happy if I can get the dragon punch to come out when I want it to as opposed to “once out of every fifth attempt”).
I’ve never cleared arcade mode. On Easy. Because Ryu ruins my day every single time. HADOUKENHADOUKENHADOUKENHADOUKENHADOUKENSHORYUKENHADOUKENHADOUKENHADOUKEN. I inevitably lose the projectile war even with Sagat’s tiger shots (because well, after ten-fifteen fireballs I either screw up, or CPU throws the flaming fireball that eats the tiger shot and hits me). If I jump in, CPU catches me with srk, if I advance on the ground, it fireballs me to death, if I try to build distance it just chucks fireballs all day, anyway see about projectile war and how I lose it every time. Sooner or later CPU builds the meter and takes me out with an ultra combo. I played maybe 100 rounds at this point vs. Ryu and won perhaps a dozen, but never two in the same fight.
I watched videos, but they are player vs. player, nobody throws a constant stream of fireballs like the CPU does. What’s the magic bullet here? Advice appreciated.