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I'm still playing arcade mode in "hard" difficulty, a rather easy one. Why? Because the last opponent (Seth) and the special "rival" opponent ("Now, fight you rival" - Ryu, in my case) are super hard to beat, while all the previous fighters are simply ridiculous. Whilst I can manage the "rival", Seth is a real problem to me.

Is it because

  • Akuma is a particularly weak matchup against Seth?
  • There is a crazy increase of difficulty during the endgame, like the rival is one level above the selected difficulty, and the final boss is 2 levels above? Since I can easily beat Ryu or Seth when I create a match against one of them in this difficulty, it seems pretty credible.
  • I just suck like hell?

Does anyone know how the difficulty increases in arcade mode (especially in the endgame)?

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It isn't a matchup thing. Seth is an SNK boss:tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/SNKBoss –  z - Jul 3 '13 at 23:00
    
Once you realize that you just have to change your tactics to be super defensive and counter him when he jumps in, which he likes to do a lot. The only chars I've found to have a hard time are the ones with weak anti air moves –  z - Jul 3 '13 at 23:02
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