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'If Street Fighter 4 kept maturing, it would have devolved into just Elena and Seth' - 801 Strider is tired of hearing overly rosy praise for SF4

'Try to play your elegant footsies game against Rufus, see how that goes...'

Posted by John 'Velociraptor' Guerrero • May 12, 2020 at 11:19 a.m. PDT • Comments: 88

The transition from one title to the next in any fighting game franchise is going to have its fair share of potentially unfair biases and expectations, but the transition between Street Fighter 4 and Street Fighter 5 has been one of the most turbulent and hotly-discussed the genre has ever seen.

Gustavo "801 Strider" Romero, a pro player who has seen notable success across both titles, recently went on a bit of a rant about how he's heard too many players romanticizing Street Fighter 4 and remembering it as something that it never really was.

"I love Street Fighter 4, I LOVE Street Fighter 4, alright?" he starts. "I don't see it with f****** rose-colored glasses, though... There was so much unga in that game, it was ridiculous. People romanticize it saying it was a true footsie game where you could whiff punish? Okay, try doing that s*** against Yun while he's just jumping and diving all over the place."

Indeed we've heard many times that Street Fighter 4's focus on pristine footsie play is one of the pillars that bolster it up above Street Fighter 5, (though many of SF5's updates have contributed to closing this particular gap) but Strider points out a few very prominent characters that he champions as counterexamples for those who feel this way.

"I really stand by the fact that if the game kept maturing it would have just devolved into Elena and Seth," he continues. From there, Strider goes into a few details on both characters and how they respectively hampered the SF4 experience in different ways.

Check out the full clip from his live stream rant (which is a bit NSFW for language) below. Let us know if you agree or not and why in the comments, and please play nice around this particularly sensitive subject.

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