I've been beaten senselessly by half the characters on normal or higher.
The boss has wiped the floor with me more times than I can count.
I can barely pull off 15 hit combos while the AI can seamlessly pull off 30-hit comboes ending in a Blockbuster every other attack.
And yet I still keep coming back to this game.
Why, you ask?
Simply because it's the greatest fighter game I've ever played.
You will find yourself playing this game over and over with its easy to learn, difficult to master playstyle, with anything from a ridiculously easy Sleepwalk mode for the starters to a downright nasty Nightmare mode for those who know what they're doing and do it well.
You will fall in love with the playstyles of each and every one of these characters, from Filia, the girl with a fanged monster for hair, to Peacock, the living cartoon character, to Ms. Fortune, the zombie catgirl who can decapitate herself at will, and everyone in between.
You will find yourself in awe at the amazing background scenery and music of every last stage, from Maplecrest's calming "The Lives We Left Behind" to the techno beats of Lab 8's "Paved With Good Intentions" to the rocking jazz of Under the Bridge's "Unfinished Business".
You will laugh at every single one of these characters' lines, from Big Band's constant musical references, to Ms. Fortune's terrible as crud puns, to Valentine's dark nurse humor, and all of the others as well.
And once this is all said and done, you'll agree with me when I say - this is the best 2D fighter that there ever was... and, believe it or not, with two more DLC characters planned for release soon, the ride is only just beginning.