B) Dizzy Recovery Theory-
Take the following with a grain of salt, a dash of pepper, a sprinkle of sugar,
a pinch of garlic, or whatever you need to keep from being upset if I’m wrong.
I was reading Phil Stroffolino’s Street Fighter 2 FAQ on this very
site, when something interesting caught my eye and I quote:
"What are the different kinds of dizzies?
When a character gets dizzy, either stars or birds appear above his head.
Generally, the bird dizziness lasts a bit longer than the star dizziness… It’s
a good way to judge whether you have enough time to run in and land a combo. Of
course I always try to regardless
On Super there are four kinds of dizzy animations:
These are grim-reapers, not skulls. As far as I know, they have nothing to do
with killing your opponent. The only difference between the symbols floating
above your head is how difficult it is to ‘RECOVER’ (to coin a CPU phrase).
Incidentially, here’s the list in order of ascending difficulty.
Angels - Stars - Birdies - Grim Reapers."
Now despite this being written for the SF2 series, I wondered if possibly this
system has still been kept by Capcom, even up to Third Strike.
To test this, first I had to see if the same 4 dizzy animations were still used,
and they are. And then I had to see each character had the same dizzy animation
every time they were stunned, and they do:
Angels: Alex, Oro
Stars: Dudley, Q, Sean, Yang, Yun
Chicks: Akuma, ChunLi, Elena, Hugo, Ibuki, Ken, Makoto, Necro, Ryu
Reapers: Gill, Remy, Twelve, Urien
And then I tried to compare relatively how long it took a character to recover,
and…I couldn’t come up with much of anything concrete. The amount of time
required to recover from stun isn’t completely consistent every time, even for
the same character, even if you mash (though it does reduce dizzy time).
IN GENERAL, the most definitive conclusion I can draw is that star characters
(especially Yang and Q) do recover significantly faster than chick characters
(especially Ryu and Makoto). In general, without mashing, a star dizzy lasts
around 3 seconds while a chick dizzy lasts around 5 seconds, more or less. Since
there are only 2 angel characters, there really isn’t much to draw conclusions
for them. I don’t think they recover faster than stars, but they are a little
better than chicks. I don’t think reapers are that much worse than chicks,
probably about the same or maybe even a little better.
If I were to rank them, it would go: Stars-Angels-Reapers-Chicks. This would
make the chicks the worst as well as the standard, as the lion’s share of the
roster are chick characters.