I know I said I was going to play a different character each day but it really wasn’t enough time to get used to Abel. Now, after messing around with him for three days, I feel like I have a pretty decent understanding of the character and I’m ready to move on. Overall I would say that Abel seems like a pretty strong character. He has decent stamina, a strong ultra and a lot of offensive options with his f+mk and his command roll. However I think he has a hard time against characters with good mid-far pokes. Abel’s best poke seems to be c.mp because it has good priority and combos into rekkas, but the range on it isn’t very good. I had a hard time getting in on characters with longer pokes like Sim and Dictator. I think once I go through the cast and get a better feel for the game, I could see myself coming back and picking Abel as a main or secondary character. But enough of Abel, let’s move forward-
The next character I’ve decided to try is Gouken.
I haven’t had a lot of time to mess around with Gouken, but I noticed that he seems to have a lot of high damage options. Back throw into super/ultra seems great, and s.hp xx EX dash punch, hp dash punch does something like 30-35%. However I think everyone’s going to be watching for his back throw and so I don’t think I’ll be able to rely on that as a consistent source of damage. I hope his counters are good, otherwise Gouken is probably going to end up being a really simple character.