I will concede...maybe IGN was right about the game's difficulty.
I've got a really bad win-loss record in this game right now. After a few days I suppose the ones who live in the arcades have finally picked this one up, and they're now proceeding to decimate all the newbies in their path. Including myself.
I'll admit, this game got me infuriated at times. It was about Marvel vs. Capcom 3 level infuriation.
I do admire a lot of things that Namco has done with this game. Great number of characters, great number of features, the online is perfect....a lot of what they did is great, heck I'm even glad they were nice enough to put proper CG endings on most of the very large cast. And not charging for costumes is one of the best things they've ever done.
But in terms of learning curve, it soon became apparent to me that this game is not for regular people like me. Well, okay, I'm still going to play this actually. I do like it. But I think I've come to the realization that perhaps I can't be good at this game. I'll still try but I don't have my utter dedication to it. I'll just play the game to enjoy it. Hell I may just even be stuck fighting ghosts for the rest of my days in TTT2 in its' 'Ghost Mode'.
The one thing that made TTT2 so hard is the way your opponents move. Movement in the game requires a dash motion, which is inputting a direction twice. Sounds simple enough. Actually in VF you can do the same, and in high level VF I've seen players use the same strategy. But for some reason, doing it consistently in this game is quite hard, and since getting hit ONCE can kill you, movement is so important. If you move slowly, your opponent already has an advantage. They can just feint all your hits and eventually land a counter hit into a 50% combo. It's insane.
But it has always been like that, especially in the arcades. Now I have a renewed respect for Arcade Tekken players. The amount of dedication (and credits!) to actually get good at this game must be incredible. If they're used to playing under situations like those presented in the game, they must be really gifted if they win consistently.
Tekken is a great game. I'll keep playing it. Just not sure if I'll succeed at playing vs. real people. If you're reading this and you're good at Tekken, consider yourself one of the greatest gamers on Earth.
Now, maybe if I was 20 years younger....