Wondering if there are any players here. If so, what do you play? Whom do you play? Do you play on the competitive level or in tournaments?
Do you count and watch frames, you obsessive person?
HUGE fan of 2D fighting games. While I don't play them much anymore, I still own a few titles. Blazblue Calamity Trigger and Continuum Shift, Street Fighter IV and Super Street Fighter IV, and Marvel VS Capcom. I can usually never find someone to play and I am not good enough to continued getting owned online and enjoy it Lol! So I stick with solo play for the most part. I love the work that goes into the art. I was going to get King of Fighters XIII but saw too many disappointing reviews and the gameplay I did see of it, I wasn't impressed. I will say that Blazblue is probably the hardest 2D fighter I've ever played. You can't just mash buttons.
Man I forgot about the Capcom VS _____ series of games. I dug quite a few of them. Also like Street Fighter Alpha as well. I'm with Mad Lust Envy on how the online community killed 2D fighting. Basically why I play alone or with friends who come over.
Reminds me of when I was at an arcade and someone walked up, inserted their coin into Tekken 2 and went right to Eddie. I looked at them and said, "Sooo you don't know how to play this game, huh?" and they gave me a look like I better watch out so they selected the character anyway. I just walked off shaking my head.
I play as I-No is Guilty Gear XX, and was sad they totally nerfed her in Accent Core. Started playing Aba more because I-No was made so weak.
In BlazBlue I play Rachel and Tsubaki, though playing Makoto is fun from time to time.
Not as into Street Fighter IV, but I liked the new characters in the "Super" and "Arcade" followups. Juri is my primary character now.
See, you're wrong for me liking 'top tier' characters for them being 'top tier' or cheap or just overly used. I've been playing Fatal Fury, King of Fighters for ages, but I grew up also watching the Fatal Fury anime. Also the Street Fighter 2 anime. I have fond memories of both of those. Terry is the main character in all three Fatal Fury anime, and Ken actually HAS a purpose/plot in the Street Fighter 2 anime. He's always been more interesting.
Who I like to play is a different matter.
Yun is a top favorite for Street Fighter. Kyo or Yamazaki or Gato for King of Fighters or Garou.
Lee Recca in The Last Blade 2. etc. etc.
I've never bee much into 2d fighters; I used to hate them, actually. But recently that's been changing quite a bit.
I tried Blazblue a little while ago and found it quite engaging, which pleasantly surprised me. I've been seriously thinking about buying it. I've also been getting pretty interested in Skullgirls -- I'm a huge fan of the artistic style and character designs.
If you guys had to recommend a title for someone interested in getting more into 2d fighters, what would it be?
BTW, with regard to the 'tier' thing:
Although I can't relate to how it works in fighting games, obviously, this is the exact reason I stopped playing Armored Core games online. It got to the point where you could predict the average ladder player's build. Which is just plain sad in a game like that. So I can relate to the theory, at least, and know from experience how lame it can become.
While I certainly agree that people often exploit top-tier characters (Ryu, Yun, Sol Badguy, etc.), the motivation isn't always because they're easy to pick up and use to punish. Sometimes people just like playing as "the hero" or one of the archetypal main characters. They want to be "canonical," and part of that involves being in the role of the lead and envisioning the game's struggles as centering around that lead. Also sometimes people just get attached to a character totally apart from their play-style. Terry Bogard or Ryu have a backstory just like any other character, and some people may be fond of their personalities.
I prefer more unusual characters, myself. For me only a small part of it is liking the challenge of learning their play-style though, and the larger factor is just having the unfortunate penchant for liking characters who happen to be difficult.