For the record, I didn't play a lot of 2, haven't touched HD Remix (due to it being released one day before SFIV was for PAL PS3 users (Thursday then Friday respectively)), nor have I ever played 3. I have however played a lot of Alpha 3 Max on my PSP, lots of fun.
So I went into SF IV relatively noobish. But thankfully I'm not doing too badly now. My current records is Played: 161, won: 65, which is roughly 40%. My battle points for what it's worth (not a lot IMO) is currently 635, although it has been 700+.
The online seems to be much better than most fighting games, I have even been playing against Spanish players who usually have the worst connections on the planet. I had already planned beforehand to install the game on my PS3, so your experience may vary.
As far as players go I have been playing Sagat exclusively, I want to get him to a level I'm happy with before I start fresh on some secondary characters. I think he's great, love his range. I've been playing against mainly Ken users for better or worse, I've got used to his playstyle now, a lot of Ryus, the odd Sakura player, quite a few Akuma players ranging from average to pretty good, I find Gouken players harder to be honest. I've very little experience against Blanka players, the few I have played were all better than me by far.
I unlocked and completed the game with all characters on the first day I got the game but I've resisted to urge to use Seth, it just wouldn't seem right.
I'm always looking for challenges so I can improve myself, my PSN is also FLStyle, see you there.
Well it finally happened, with all the problems plaguing MGO and not being able to buy the GENE expansion pack it was only a matter of time before another online game took my interest and Warhawk has done just that! The jetpack is amazing, it's probably the best add-on to a game I've ever come across (Sonic and Knuckles multi cartridge in a close second).
I've had a go at getting my first trophies too which has been pretty successful, it's felt more like a challenge than a chore which is a relief, if Sony had messed this up it would've looked really bad next to the 360 achievement points. All considered I think Warhawk should last me a while.
One thing I wanted to get off my chest is the amount of people moaning that the other expansions take a backseat to the new one which is rubbish, I've been playing on full Omega Dawn and Broken Glass servers all day! Got my bronze today for shooting down a dropship with a warhawk in fact!