To be honest, I never thought that it would come to actually creating a thread like this, more so at an SRK forum. But here it is.
A short story first:
Since childhood, I never really was into Street Fighter. Sure, throughout the years I heard about the game as it is one of the most popular franchises in the history of video games, but I haven’t really experienced the game for myself. So ever since Sega Genesis/Mega Drive days, I’ve been more of a Mortal Kombat, and later as a PSOne owner - a Tekken guy. These two series were with me up until I bought my PS3 in late 2008. As you can guess - I haven’t ever played online either prior to that. Then, in 2010, I saw a local forum posting seeing a guy was selling his Street Fighter IV copy. Of course I decided to pick it up since it costed like 10$, which is quite a bargain for that game.
And so, I slowly started getting into it, trying out the game, doing trials, playing online, all that good stuff. I even managed to play some Alpha 1 and 2 after buying those off PSN, and later of course I bought the Online Edition of Third Strike. And I generally liked all those games.
But… if Alpha 1 and 2 were stricly offline experiences, and Third Strike required top execution, SF4 was more or less a smoother experience for me.
The problem is - I have been playing for so many years, yet my skill level hasn’t improved not one bit.
I still can’t properly hit confirm
I can’t FADC
I can’t setup for combos/ultras
I can’t cross-up/option select/mix up
People basically body me every time. Sure, once in a while I maybe somehow get a win, but that’s only if I meet even a worse player than I am (as shocking as that may sound), but that win doesn’t improve myself nor does it bring any satisfaction. Heck, I even manage to lose to Dee Jay. Frickin’ Dee Jay! (here the amount of facepalming probably intensifies)
So, in general…what do I do now? 5 years worth of online experience, and I’m still at the beginner level. Is it my setup issue? Maybe I should just move to the PS4 version since I am playing on PS3 (which is known to have frame drops, highest input lag of any console, etc)? Is it the character problem? (I’ve started out as Ken, then kinda played Evil Ryu, then went to Fei Long and honestly found him the most agile and most fun to play as)
I just don’t know what to do any more…