Ok, I started playing fighting games competitively with Street Fighter 4, and I main El Fuerte. People have repeatedly told me this character, among others, isn’t playing Street Fighter. The reason being is that this character turns things into a guessing game. While this is true, I fail to see how having strong mixups isn’t “playing” Street Fighter, or perhaps any other fighting game. Sure, a vortex like this or with Viper’s, etc. probably has never been seen in a Street Fighter game, but can someone explain to me what is wrong with this kind of design existing in this series.
But this isn’t just on this character though. Why should any character have to abide to the designs of previously established characters/playstyles? You can only reinvent the wheel so many times.
Or for that matter, is the whole “not playing Street Fighter” argument absolute BS?