I’ve always started with leveling up my knowledge of a game before diving into leveling up my play skill, but I may have bitten off more than I can chew with SF4. I’ve just been so excited about the release of Ultra that I’ve been hitting the books trying to build some good habits for the characters I play, but I’m having trouble turning the pen and paper tips into real world results…
Problem 1: Optimal Combos (ex. Decapre: cr. lk, cr. lp, cr. mp xx Sting) – when it is ok not to follow them?
It’s not so hard to do in training, but under pressure, I falter the link pretty bad. I’ve noticed that if I hit two cr. lp I am able to more effortlessly hit the link, but I know that it’s not the best option. I’ve learned that crouching punches hit mid (and thus can be blocked standing) and crouching kicks force the opponent to block low. It’s a huge advantage, right? Well right now, with the amount of times I’ve dropped the link, it’s feeling like a total hindrance.
Are there times when it’s better to just do what you can perform most consistently, or should I just fail until I get it?
Problem 2: How are people playing so well both online AND locally? I can do well local, but when I go online the slight input lag turns me into a complete mess.
I feel so completely rigid. A lot of people seem to just adapt in seconds, but I feel like I need everything to be so perfect to play well. How do people overcome this? I’m afraid if I practice for online I will begin to fail locally and in arcades…
Problem 3: How should I train? Where should I begin with the basics?
I can do some decent (though inconsistent) execution, but I think that’s jumping into the later subjects when I haven’t mastered the basics. How can I improve link training? Any way people stretch their fingers to gain some dexterity? I’m looking for simple tips that can make the experience more enjoyable.