A couple of months ago I decided that I would try to seriously learn SF4 after a few years of just spectating the game on streams. I’ve been practicing around 4-8 hours, 3 to 4 times a week for several months as work and my personal life allow. But now I’m beginning to think that perhaps the game just doesn’t mesh with how I think and play? Before Street Fighter the games I mainly played were all air-dash games like MvC, BB, etc. My main problem is that everything in Street Fighter feels so random to me. Let me explain.
In Street Fighter I eat raw ultras, supers, wakeup ultras, and DPs all day. I can understand WHY someone might throw one of those out, but I can’t recognize that the player is likely to do it until after a few matches. I just can’t get it into my brain that “Okay this person is going to shoryuken and I’ve got it spaced well enough so it will whiff… oh okay they shoryuken’d again now let me punish… oh I just got hit with ANOTHER shoryuken.” To give an example of why I am having an issue with this thought process, let me compare to MvC3. If Doom randomly supers it is usually to chip or to give himself a short break to process the situation and assess how to handle it. If he randomly team supers with Ammy it is to set up a mixup situation. If Storm randomly supers it is to try to snipe an assist. But in Street Fighter it seems more like “I’m in a risky situation so I’m just going to gamble it all and just do it.” I don’t know why but this kind of risky all-in gameplay seems very new to me and is much more prevalent in SF than the other games I’ve played. Then there are also a few side things that frustrate me like trying to anti-air and it ends up trading but because my character (Chun) has low health I end up in an unfavorable situation where I lost more life than the opponent. Or that I will have combo’d into Ultra but then I get a stun and so the opponent falls out and what would have killed had the entire combo connected, did not. And then I end up losing.
I seem to have reached a plateau where I can’t get beyond average unless I overcome this. I’ve been stuck trying to figure out how to get past this for about a month now. I’m beginning to think that perhaps the way that I think and approach game just doesn’t mesh and that I won’t ever “get it.” So part of my question is when do you all make the decision “This game isn’t for me” and move on? When do you decide that this is something you can overcome and buckle down?
Sorry if the post seems whiny xD