With input lag being fixed (thank God) may I draw your attention to the other major problem this game has, one that I hear almost nobody talk about ever, and that’s hit/hurt boxes.
I’ve never seen anything like this in a Street Fighter game. From day one, the first local tournament we played I literally yelled “what the fuck?!?” out loud as I watched my c.HK from Birdie literally clip completely through my opponents foot. Visible clip, without registering a hit. So it turns out Ken and Ryu’s hurtboxes are just way off. Notice here how the entire from of his body is outside of the box: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lX-R0-Z48DU
Normals just feel like they have no reach whatsoever. Especially Ryu and Ken’s c.MK. When c.MK into Hadouken doesn’t feel good in a Street Fighter game then you know you fucked up.
This is how it’s supposed to be: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KimKJCjfPFs Notice how the hurtbox, represented by blue, engulfs the character. When you touch the character, it hits. Not in 5.
Street Fighter has always had an element of zoning and spacing. Without that you’re just left with: rush in, get as close as possible, do frame traps. This haunts both SFIV and V.
These are such simple things, such “taken for granted” things we never thought about back in the day when SF was good. Well I shouldn’t say we never thought about it, but we certainly took for granted that it’d be done right. SSF2T was already great A2 even tighter and with 3S they introduced pixel-perfect hitboxes that made the game incredibly organic. Nowadays we can’t count on them to get the simplest things right and it’s regressed to the point of ST level hitboxes would be an improvement, SNK-era hitboxes would be an improvement. Not knocking SNK but back in the day Capcom fighters were just tighter.
No other fighting game to my knowledge has such fundamental issues of weird hit/hurtboxes and input lag, not Smash Bros, not Virtua Fighter, not Guilty Gear not even second rate stuff like DOA or KOF. Why? Does Capcom’s SF team just suck? Maybe they should contract Arc or SNK for the next game, I just don’t get it.