Honestly. I’ve been playing this game on and off (mostly off) since its release, and still scratch my head as to why people play this game let alone pretend its a good SF game, or fighting game.
Have you guys NEVER played 3s, CvS2, or ST? Those games are MUCH better games, and your characters don’t feel like they weigh 80 tons when you’re moving around.
This is probably the clunkiest Street Fighter game, with the most amount of nonsense like unblockable crossups on top of crossups that you might as well be unblockable because you have no chance of seeing which side the crossup is going. These are affectionately called “ambiguous crossups” as to try and mask the fact that they should instead be called “bad game engine design crossups”, and to pretend that pulling them off requires skill.
Let’s not forget the shortcuts that are more of a hindrance at times than a help, and when they are a help, they make the most challenging techniques of older games (like anti-crossup DP) seem trivial by double tapping d/f.
This game’s design (ultras, shortcuts, 50/50s, easy setup unblockables) make the skill gaps very constricted when compared to the old school games that had very clearly defined top tier players who the whole world tried to beat. Nowadays it seems like every major we have a new player who upsets an established name, which would almost never happen of they played a game that wasn’t pretty much 80% chance at the high levels.
Let’s not even start on the ridiculousness of the OS game in SF4. Ill just finish that conversation by saying “mindless inputs” and “triple OS”.
So honestly, why do you play this game instead of 3s, CvS2 or ST? You do recognize those games as being more skillful, more focused on player vs player, and overall more fun to play and watch, right?
Is it really the money that’s available, or do you actually think this game is more suited for tournament play than the games I’ve listed?
Remember: tournaments are meant for the highest level of player, ideally playing a game that requires the highest level of skill. It isn’t supposed to be an inclusive fun time with friends.