First, a little background. I took a long break from SF4, but I was never really fantastic to begin with. I’ve come back, and I’m pretty much relearning the game. I’ve been practicing because I want to get involved in the tournament scene, maybe have some fun at EVO, and just enjoy the game more overall. Also, I definitely don’t feel up to par to attend any tournaments, especially since there are no SF4 events in my area, and everything’s at least a good 2 hour drive away. However, I’m not really sure how to go about practicing. I’ve spent a few hours each day for the past few weeks in training mode working on my execution (which has improved significantly), but I feel like practicing on a training dummy won’t help much when I play actual competition. I’ve also looked for games online, which does yield a few, but is overall just not worth the effort of searching for 20 minutes to play 2 minutes of a laggy game with pretty bad opponents. With that said, can Arcade Mode actually help me with anything? I’ve figured that it is sort of better for practicing execution than a training dummy, but it seems like the random AI might throw off other elements of my gameplay.
Any suggestions or recommendations on how I can get some practice? Thanks in advance.