My experience with Gouken has been bitter sweet. I’ve never felt so satisfied after a win using a character and I’ve never felt so frustrated after a loss using a character.
I’m definitely using him as a main in Super, but if I really have a 2nd or 3rd main or so will depend on what tweaks he actually gets. Looking at the vids of Juri ALOT of her normals and specials seem to be safe on block and they look as if they have high priority, so you can bet your ass you’ll see alot of her. One of my main reasons for using Gouken is I wanted to use a character that not many people use… right now every other fight I’m facing a Ryu, Ken, Akuma, or Sagat… not taking any thing away from those players but you kinda get tired of facing the same match ups on a regular basis.
Overall, I think playing with Gouken has made me a better player defensively because all of the constant blocking, teching, and counter opportunties you have to look for. Mirror matches have actually helped me more than vs. battles because I get to see holes in my game and certain ways I can be punished for it. You also get to see different styles of other players which you can incorporate what you liked about thier game into yours.
I did accomplish what I set out to do considering I started playing champ mode very late, I stil got to G1. Now most of my time is being spent ironing out the kinks in my Stick and working on my execution. I’m still not 100% on Tatsu to Ultra, and corner Palm . Ultra. (hope to have that fixed by the time super comes out). My rule is if you can’t do it 9/10 or 10/10 times then you are not good at it.
It’s going to be a joy and a pain picking apart the new frame data hopefully it will be more ways to punish people. esp if I get my wish to be able to combo link from lp, lk, mp, and mk… I think that would solve the issue of being able to normal link to EX Palm, and making him OP. If that and a few of the other tweaks I am looking for are made (tatsu hit box and parry recovery) then I will still use him exclusively.
I didn’t participate in any tourneys, not too many in my area that I am aware of and they use PS3 at EVO. I’m getting my stick modded so it will work with PS3 and XBOX and I’ve been putting in about 30 min - 1 hr a day getting comfy with it (I must say some things are a hell of alot easier with a stick). Based upon the great Goukens I faced here… I wasn’t quite ready yet anyway. I have stepped my game up after every loss I faced which is what we should all be aiming for, but I think my greatest accomplishments have came from coming here, mixing it up with you guys and increasing my knowledge of the game. Taking that knowledge back to practice mode then to the fray has been invaluable.
I think we will be even better in Super with the different online modes it has to offer. Can’t wait!!!