Want to debate this topic REALLY bad, so making thread to keep the topic flowing to entertain myself.
Is Ken the hardest character to play in the game? - not from an execution standpoint, or a “I need to learn this tech!” standpoint - from an honest, traditional Street Fighter standpoint.
Are Ken’s footsies the hardest to master? Are Ken’s confirms the hardest to learn and react to? Is Ken’s gameplan the hardest to understand and apply? Is Ken’s pressure the hardest to sustain? Are Ken’s mindgames the hardest to embed into the players brain? Is Ken’s spacing the hardest to maintain in the game?
In my opinion, yes. Yes to all of the above and more. Ken is fucking difficult to play efficiently in this game on a lot of levels, let’s completely wipe USFIV Ken out of our memory banks and think solely about SFV’s version of Ken. Out of any character I’ve played in this game(All of them now, with a good chunk of research and play time) the only character that has struck me as genuinely difficult to be able to master has been Ken. There isn’t any other character with such high learning curves in this game other than Ken. Let me just make a list that goes over why I think this.
- Hit confirming
All of those points I’ve listed are ones I feel Ken requires the utmost levels of to be able to excel with the character. I think at this point Ken is top 5 with a little bit of leeway and conjecture. Looking over his ability to do the things listed above and factoring in his toolset I seriously feel he is one of the top contenders in this game.
But why isn’t Ken winning tournament, or getting exposure with a higher playerbase?
I think the reason Ken hasn’t “been exposed” or had the spotlight on him yet is due to difficulty barrier, he isn’t a week one pick up and play monster like some characters can be; e.g Bison in the first month of the game. If we fast forward into September, or just early next year I’d like to bet a lot of Japanese tier lists and players(Momochi hopefully) will have Ken in their top 5 overall.
I’d like to expand upon my points with discussion between the sub-forum, and see what everybody thinks. Opinions?