I’ve been a big fan of this character ever since I started watching bruce lee flims, he seemed like the natural fit for me mainly because he was inspired by my idol and because he was designed as a fast and aggressive character. Now we all know that historically speaking, fei has always been a low tier character ever since his inception. This hasn’t discouraged me though as I have always took pride in the chanllenge of overcoming the odds, this is espcially true in HDR which is my main game at the momment. I know that using fei will instantly put me a disadvantage and I am okay realizing that I will lose a lot more then I will win especially as I ascend towards the higher levels of competition.
In recent times, I don’t mind the loses so much in HDR mainly because I feel that fei is a very effective character regardless of the overwhealming disadvantages he faces agaisnt the majoirty of the cast. In SF4, I was thinking I could hold true with this same attitude…but something about the SF4 iteration of Fei really irks me to the core. Granted. a lot of SF characters are in someway or form nerfed from there previous alpha/turbo/3s counterparts but with fei it seems like they completly removed everything that made fei a fun and great character to play.
Out of all the characters adapted to this game, I feel fei was handled the worst. Not only is his rekka/CW/FK preasure game completly removed but most of the other reliable aspects of his design are either entirly usless or just negated completly. He doesn’t even fit in well with the engine of SF4, he can’t utalize FAC’s that well and his ultra is a complete gimmick alongside his newly added but situational command grab. He has a hard time getting in close and any character with a strong defensive game can slaughter him for free…in short SF4 fei is a shadow of his former self which was already a low tier character lol.
This probably isn’t news to most of you, but the issue I have now is if I should continue to play as fei or drop him for a better character…especially with the advent of SSF4 being released soon. I recently endured a hasrh 15-1 beat down at the hands of a great sagat player (forget his name but it ended with coffee) and a ruthless beat down at the hands of a local rog player who beasted me 11-5. I consider myself a rather excellent player, but I feel as though fei has some innate boundaries that will prohibit me from excelling at the highest level of competition. So the question I propose is simple, should I stick with fei long and deal with the reality that I will lose more then I will win or should I trade up for a better character that will secure me victories and championships?