First impressions from someone who never played 3S before…
The gameplay itself is fun. Feels “faster” than it looked in vids before playing. I suck very badly, but have had some fun matches so far - which says something considering I dont know what the hell I’m doing on any characters, I don’t know what the enemy specials/supers are capable of or how to counter them, and pretty much everyone I face is obviously better than me. But it’s still fun so that’s the important part.
Biggest hurdle so far is execution, especially since there is no display for what inputs your pressing so you cant see exactly where you are messing up. You seem to need to be much more precise than I’m used to and that’s throwing me off pretty bad, primarily in combos. I’m new to using arcade stick (but comfortable in all but the harshest situations on MvC), and in 3SO the BnB’s feel like the higher execution combos in MvC and definitely harder than the combos were in SF4. I can’t even get Akuma’s kara throw to work and have no clue why - I’m using the key presses from the guide but it’s not canceling the attack in to a throw (don’t know if I need to do it from a specific distance, or do it faster or slower or what)… and the super attack motions are giving me issues when trying to combo them with stick (havent tried them on pad) which is probably the biggest disadvantage I’ve faced in fights since I’m stuck slowly chipping away at my enemies. But I think in the long run the difficulty with execution will actually be a good thing - who doesnt want better execution?
I was a bit worried about graphics before playing, but I’m satisfied… the most important thing is that they run smooth more than graphic detail and animations are definitely smooth - at least smoother than I remember HDR SSF2 and MvC2 were.
I expected a bit more variety in the trials from how the pre-release videos made it seem, but they seem to scale up in difficulty pretty nicely so it’s acceptable. Seems to be a large amount of challenges as well but we’ll see how long they keep coming.
Online has ran great for me so far, although my NAT is yellow (even though I have a wired connection and DMZ setup), but even though most people I faced were yellow-red I still rarely seen a rollback (even in full lobbys) so all is good.
Overall I’m pleased. Enjoying things at the moment and seems like things will become much more enjoyable in the long run, once I’m comfortable with the controls and a character/enemy characters/basic strats for fighting them.