Hello. I have a friend who is sort of a newbie to fighting games. We’ll call him Ross.
In the past, Ross has played some DarkStalkers and some Marvel vs Capcom 2. He used to play Marvel 2 regularly in the past and could pull off special moves with Cyclops and Cable. He was pretty decent at the game.
He’s known for playing Smash, and a year ago I got him into Tatsunoko vs Capcom. He used the “Simple” control mode, but eventually realized that some characters simply don’t work and that he won’t get better using Simple mode. He attempted to learn standard controls, but got confused by the move list and reverted back to Simple.
It’s approaching Marvel vs Capcom 3, and I encouraged him to learn Normal control mode, partly because the game kind of discourages Simple control mode by leaving out some of the character’s moves.
In a facebook chat with him, I showed him this:
And he kinda freaked out. Then I told him that the left/right directions are reversed if you’re facing left. He said, “Yikes!” Currently I’m trying to help him recall his Marvel 2 days so he remembers the feel of standard fighting game inputs.
He knows what the inputs are like. He’s done them before, facing left AND right. He’s probably hasn’t been exposed to lists like the picture I posted above and the notation like QCF, DP, QCB, etc.
The problem here is that I’m in college, and Ross is back at home. I can’t always be physically present to teach him commands.
What’s the best thing to do for this situation? What games should he play and what characters should he use to familiarize himself with the inputs and Marvel engine?