I haven’t officially settled down with a main in SFIV. In HD Remix my main was Dee Jay. Got really good with the character entered a few tournaments with him. Didn’t win any of them, but got fairly far in every one of them. Think I remember just choosing him because I liked his character design and I heard he played like Guile. Guile’s pretty fun to play with in my opinion. So, I just randomly chose him. 3S I only play casually, but love playing as Ibuki or Dudley. Both characters have great designs and are a lot of fun for me to play as.
IV though, I have a general idea of who to go with. Character design does matter to me, but not as much as playstyle of the character. Most important aspects of a character I look for are:Is the character fun to play as? Tournament viable or am I good with them? On SFIV’s current tier list anyone from Chun Li or up is viable in my opinion. While Dee Jay is really fun to play as, I don’t want to play a defensive/zoning character anymore. I want to really play a rushdown oriented character. In my opinion, my strengths are I’m good at analyzing patterns, baiting, playing footsies and teching throws. My weaknesses are:Pretty bad at zoning. I can’t keep someone out for long with projectiles. I’ve got a poor air game. Not good when it comes to anti air(Funny considering I main Dee Jay and do really good with him in HD Remix.). So, I definitely need to play a character with a good anti air. Have problems getting around zoners and I tend to do bad when someone is going crazy rushdown and is right in my face while I’m on the defensive. As for my playstyle my friends and people I play against tend to say:
I’m a defensive player. A few of my friends even saying I tend to wait for my opponent to make a mistake then capitalize wen they do. However, I don’t really think I am a defensive player. If I can completely recognize a pattern in my opponent, I will play defensive since I absolutely see no need to take risks in that case. Since I can just exploit that person’s pattern every time a opportunity presents itself. Aside from that though, in my honest opinion it comes down to whatever character I’m playing as. With characters like Ryu and Akuma I play extremely defensively and zone the whole match. However, with someone like Balrog I play extremely rushdown. Sometimes, I tend to notice that I play a mixture. I go heavily rushdown then after a while back off for a few seconds and go on the defensive to see how my opponent reacts. Maybe it’s because when my opponent and me are within jump-in range I play carefully and wait for a opening?(Isn’t that footsies or am I wrong? Overall though, these are the characters that interest me for character design wise or playstyle reasons:
Rufus:Have fun playing as him and love the character, but not good with him at all. Find that he has a really bad matchup against Ryu/Sagat. Don’t misunderstand this as I hate bad matchups. Just I would prefer a character if possible that had a at least even matchup with the more popular/better characters in the game.
Chun Li:Like the character design, but she doesn’t seem like that strong of a character playstyle wise. Am fairly decent with her.
Balrog:Okay character design, but I love his new alt in SSFIV. Pretty good with him, but I screw up his link combos a lot.
That’s pretty much it of all the tournament viable characters that interest me. If anyone can suggest me a character please by all means. Sorry if there’s a billion topics about this question, but I would greatly appreciate any help.