well, you are wrong here. It is not 99 percent anyways. I started with SFII in arcades when it first hit. Those days when there were many players hording around the machines and you had to put your quarter up and wait what seemed liked forever. I played SFII pretty much every day of my life back then. Had 3 arcades rgiht near me in the early and mid 90s.
I played Alpha, Darkstalkers, VS games and Tekken long before SF3, and I was in the arcades alomost every nite for many, many years. All I did wasp lay fighting games. The first Sf3 was ok and I barely played it. Double Impact was only in a mall a good ways away so didn’t play it much. When 3S came out I still played other games more.
It took me a long time to really understand and appreciate the depth and ingenuity of 3S, and I have been playing it competitively for many years now. and I am honestly am STILL learning stuff believe it or not. I didn’t start competitively with 3S, but it is my definite favorite.
When I see fools (yes, they are 100% fools to 3S) post on these forums about “guess” parrying and its easy or winning matches this way it just makes me shake my head at how ignorant these people are. If you are winning matches by “guess” parrying then you are either the luckiest bitch on earth or your opponent sucks.
I play GGPO pretty much every nite and not one player who is any good (only newbs suck on GGPO of course but i welcome any new players to 3S) and there is little to no “guess” parrynig on there. Only when you have a predictable opponent will you might try to guess when to parry and get lucky. You still have to know what to hit with and when after you parry though. Don’t always think you can parry a jab and land a big combo though.
Bottom line, if you play against a good opponent (someone who knows 3S well) you are NOT going to win trying to guess where and when to parry. The whole guess parrying thing is pure nonsense stated by scrubs on the net that know jackshit about 3S.
BUT this kind of mentality and the fact that most players don’t like losing is what prepents players from liking 3S. And also it takes a lot of time and dedication to get really beastly at it. Many levels to the game. Example- A new guy comes to GGPO 3S and plays me. Loses to me about 10 in a row then starts tautning and quits. I ask in the room what was up with that and he said he was sorry and that it was his first day on GGPO and he hasn’t won once (what did he expect???)
Ono actually made a statement that could be taken as a negative or positive comment depending on how you take it- He mentioned something about how he will not make a third SFIV because he doesn’t want it to just attract the top hardcore players like 3S. (even though I doubt a SFIV will do that)
So 3S is very pro and there is a lot of misconstipulation about it and thtese things prevent players from liking it.
SFIV watered down everything I worked hard for over the years in other fighters, so of course I hate this shitty game. Probably why most others dislike it. The ones that do like it are many, and that does not surprise me at all. Its easy to play and win at. It is also a bore fest in every regards.
All the incredible characters of SF in SFIV have been made into puffed up walking jokes. They have no personality or class and everything they are is just “borrowed” from the previous games. The games takes great characters and lessens their awesomeness. That’s why I don’t want to see any more SF3 characters in it.
But in the end it is just what you prefer, and I prefer 3S and will continue playing it.
LOL that and mix up your game. I have played a lot of great …uhh… “parry spammers” lol and throwing always works. ;p