This isn’t a hate thread or what have you, I just want to see if there’s anyone else out there feeling the way I do about Zangief in SFIV.
So I have been playing SFII ever since I can remember. When Hyper Street Fighter came out I played it consistently on my PS2 and then eventually in the arcades when I found SFII machines. I have loved and played Zangief ever since I learned how to do his 360, which mind you was very difficult for me at the time.
Fast forward to SFIV launch, Zangief is deemed top tier by many. And it shows. EX Green hand getting you out of trouble, SPD still doing good damage in SFIV terms, safe crossups, and a mind blowing lariat.
While I definitely rode the gravy train for the beginning and through a few tournaments, I have given up playing him competitively for now. He’s a whole new character, and in a less fulfilling way to me. I felt pretty good when I could lock down opponents in SFII, and take home some victories with Gief, but in SFIV he has so many options after knocking someone down, that he seems unstoppable.
I guess I’m basically saying that in SFIV he feels a bit to one dimensional to me, and MUCH easier to play. I shouldn’t let that bother me, but he’s not as fun to play as he was in SFII.
Now he’s obviously NOT unstoppable/overpowered, or at least I’d like to think that tournaments are proving this to be true. You still see Balrog/Ryu taking the cake at most tournies. He still has his issues like everyone else. I just wish his game didn’t revolve around the scare factor in this one. Hell, I know him inside and out, and even when I play against him, I’m doing everything I don’t want to do—jumping away after every attempted combo, trying not to stay grounded all the time, afraid to make any real offensive action, etc.
TL;DR — Zangief feels a little unrewarding in SFIV compared to previous games. Fighting through smart zoners is a little too easy, feels one dimensional, changes the whole playing field when facing him, and much easier in general to get inside on your opponent than before.
So, have any of you left Zangief for another character in SFIV due to some of these reasons? Let’s hear some stories!