Originally Posted by HC_Chief
Whoa there.... button mashers will get their ass handed to them by anyone even remotely competent with the thumbsticks. I was able to kick the hell out of the CPU using button-mashing, then went to a FN3 tourney & got schooled by a n00b who used the sticks. I could hit him a lot more times, but with nowhere the same amount of power. When his punches landed they did a lot more damage. Since that night I have used the sticks & found them to be the way to go.
My experience was exactly the opposite. I started with the thumbsticks and after about 40 matches in single player found the difficulty to be too great to continue. I played a few online matches and a few games with friends, got whipped, and switched to buttons.
I cruised through single player (1 loss) and never lost a game against my buddies after that.