I’ve been seeing a lot of newer players get into the genre recently due to Steam sales and stuff and not surprisingly most people start with SF4 however it made me realize Capcom really missed the point with making the game more accessible. There is no tutorial and no explanation of how the game is meant to be played. There are plenty of other FGs that have tutorials, some ranging from basic to great, such as Skullgirls and apparently KI. For the biggest game in the genre by far, I do believe Capcom has some responsibility for introducing new players however I feel SF4 is more of an example of how not to do it.
- No tutorial
- Too much link based gameplay
- Input leniency that could bring bad habits
- Frustrating arcade mode (Overpowered Seth + reads your inputs)
So in short I believe Capcom has a responsibility of introducing new players by making the game more accessible and that they are really doing the genre a disservice by making SF4 so alienating. I’m not blaming Capcom for it as they have helped the FGC in many other ways so props to them however I do believe as a game SF4 could do a lot better in bringing in new players who don’t know anything about the genre or game besides “This game has Ryu and Ken in it and you shoot fireballs out of your hands”.