This goes way back to the inception of SFIV. I still remember the way things played out as if it were yesterday. The decision to purchase SFIV for PS3 instead of 360 is probably one of my biggest regrets of my SFIV life. To make matters worse, I was an Xbox advocate because from the beginning, I respected the direction Microsoft were taking in regards to online support. I owned the original Xbox (I owned a PS2 that I rarely used…ended up giving it away), and purchased an Xbox 360 shortly after it launched. I thoroughly enjoyed Xbox experience and new that the online community were thriving in comparison to Sony. Yet despite all of my “fanboyism” for Xbox, when it came to making a decision on which platform to purchase SFIV on, I chose PS3.
Before mentioning why I made that decision, I’d like to point out that the only reason I even owned a PS3 is because I managed to get it at a ridiculous discount. Another reason I purchased the PS3 was because almost all of my friends were Sony loyalists. I guess it was after having glorious and fond memories of PS2. As hard as I tried to convince them that the Xbox 360 online experience was superior in comparison to Sony, the subscription fee pretty much placed a nail in the coffin, and any hopes in convincing them to purchase an Xbox 360 quickly died.
I’ve always loved fighting games because a good friend of mine also enjoyed it, and together we would challenge ourselves to get better. So when SFIV was announced, we were both extremely excited and couldn’t wait to tear into the new game engine and mechanics. The only problem was (and a major problem at that) that my friend did not have Xbox360. Not to make this story longer than it already is, after a VERY long and heated internal debate, I bit the bullet and decided that the years I spent playing fighting games with my friend trumped my belief that the Xbox 360 online experience would be superior.
Shortly after I purchased SFIV, I invested in an arcade stick. Now that I think of it, it was my fight stick investment that shut the door to any future fighting game purchases for Xbox. My stick was not only an investment, but it also signified a commitment to a platform I truly never really loved. To add insult to injury, remember that good friend of mine that loved to play fighting games? Well…he never really got into SFIV. Although he played from time to time, due to his lack of enthusiasm, my skill level surpassed him by a large margin after awhile. He actually prefers MvC3…go figure.
Anyway, I’m sorry for the long story but this is actually suppose to be a rant, so I’ll conclude with just that.
What lead me to make this post was my experience with PSN yesterday that pretty resurfaced this long regret that I’ve dealt with all this time. I’ve learned to accept my decsion for the most part but yesterdays experience was too much.
For the past several months I’ve been playing SSFIVae on PC exclusively, and the connection is simply amazing!! I only wish more people played on PC. Yesterday I plugged in my PS3 and decided to play a few rounds for old time sake.
I MUST SAY…The online connection for PSN compared to GFWL is absolutely TRASH!! How trash you may ask?? SO TRASH that I was unable to punish a blocked ex.ST, with a 3 FRAME JAB!!! Mind you, I’m playing a connection that has green bars!! MY jaw hit the freaking ground!! I couldn’t believe how bad it was. It didn’t happen once, or twice, it happened 3 TIMES in one game!! The only way that I could punish it was to mash jab.
That was only one of many nonpunishable examples. In all, my experience was filled with constant smh moments. I was so disappointed in what I was experiencing that I was left wondering…WHY DIDN’T I BUY AN XBOX VERSION??? SIGH…