Ok, well, I have always loved fighting games but I never really got into them. I might play a little game of Tekken at an arcade or Soul Calibur against a friend, but I would do it rarely and nothing too competitive. I have heard about EVO, I have seen the Daigo EVO 2004 comeback video, and now I have watched some of the stream myself on Friday and last night and I want to start playing for real. I might not be good but I want to know where to start off.
I love Street Fighter and have loved it since I can remember playing it at an arcade at camp 10+ years ago. I’m too young to own a SNES and really remember playing it (I’m almost 19) and I never got into Playstation, so I never got to play it much owning a Nintendo 64 and Gamecube. I have an Xbox 360 and I’m very likely to get a Playstation 3 and I’m wondering what arcade stick to get since they’re apparently far superior than a traditional Xbox 360 or PS3 controller. I currently don’t have a Playstation 3 but my dad has a $500 Best Buy gift card and he wants to get another Blu-Ray player so I’m going to try to convince him to get a Playstation 3 for the Blu-Ray player and I also have wanted one for a while. Does Best Buy sell a decent arcade stick in-store? I saw they have the Mad Catz Super Street Fighter IV Tournament S stick but it’s online only and it’s very expensive. Plus I think price match doesn’t apply for the online store so I’d be paying full retail instead of a few extra dollars off from price matching. Another question is if it’s optimized mainly for Super Street Fighter IV. I don’t want to buy three arcade sticks for different games so I’d see it pointless to buy that if it’s mainly a Street Fighter IV stick. If Best Buy doesn’t work for that, is there another stick comparable or even better than the Mad Catz stick? I have looked at the Hori Pro Arcade Stick and it looks very nice and it has a nice color and was wondering if that’s as good as or better than the Mad Catz stick. Also, do the sticks work for both the 360 and PS3 or is it separate sticks per system? I presume I’d be getting a PS3 stick since the Xbox 360 market is practically non-existent in Japan and that’s where so much of the fanbase for fighting games is from. Money isn’t a huge factor but I doubt I’m going to spend hundreds of dollars for some uber rare stick that’s a bit better or even annihilates every other stick
My final question is where I can find online or buy an in-depth chart for character moves and a strength-weakness charts for different characters in Super Street Fighter IV. I’ve looked on here but I think it’s per character and I’m too lazy to search dozens of character specific forums for an in depth moves list and such. If there is a universal one on here, I apologize. But I’m mainly interested in Street Fighter since that’s the game I’m most familiar with, even though there are 3x as many characters in the new versions. But thanks for those who can help answer some or all of my questions