The developers chose to make the inputs for moves less strict in SF4. They decided to increase the reversal time. Why then, did they choose to make basic combos so difficult?
Responses (2 total)
I would imagine the answer to that question to be almost obvious. The combos are hard due to the creators of the game wanting to give the game more depth. I feel like if everyone can do 500 hit combos and can kill you in one shot, who would want to play the game anymore? So that's maybe why it's so hard to do certain links or combos. I mean, most characters do have easy combos, and beginners and veterans alike can use them and appreciate the simplicity and easiness of them. And then there are the much harder ones, that perhaps only veterans who put in a lot of practice can do. Beginners would think oh, it's not worth my time and not learn them and give up the extra advantages ( more dmg, un-techable knockdowns, placement, extra ex bar). While veterans who understand the not so apparent advantages, would master them. So SF4 has both, easy combos such as the generic jump in hard kick into trip, which everyone can do, and the harder links - which is why I think it's so popular. Easy to learn and stand a chance against anyone, difficult to ultimately master and beat everyone.