ATM, I’m a Street Fighter IV PC player. I currently main Balrog and my controller is… the keyboard!
I honestly don’t mind trying one of those fancy TE sticks yet being underage, it’s hard to convince your parents to pay for a 150 dollar controller. However, that’s not what’s I’m here for.
I can’t say I’m completely new to SFIV as I’ve been playing for at least 6 months (very rough guess, I have no idea) However, I do consider myself to still be a novice. I’m incapable of playing with anyone else
My question is: what are good ways to particularly get better at SF?
Or perhaps the question is: how do you properly navigate the SRK forums in order to find read-ups that I particularly could benefit from?
I’m not the greatest at self-educating myself but I’ve picked up some important info, such as Balrog’s Safe-Jumps, his mix-ups, how to juggle into his super/ultra,etc. Problem is that I’m not finding much… or I’m at least not at the higher level play that I’d wish to be.
More info? Sure!
I’m a SFIV PC Balrog player who’s currently hovering around 3300 BP. To me, that means NOTHING since 1) people fail to wakeup reversal DP… in SF4… I’ve attempted to play ST before so IK we are spoiled with SFIV’s huge reversal window. 2) That’s exclusively using Balrog, I find it hard to win with anyone else and 3) I speculate there are more skilled players in Player Match over Ranked Match. I just don’t win as much there.
From playing online I’ve learned a lot so far. I recall being a flowchart ken, put that past besides me. I know how to deal with flowchart kens online and I generally can adapt to playstyles well to win. I’ve learned how important rog’s normals are, some of his link combos, how to play offensively yet switch defensively when I have the life lead. I have some basic mixup knowledge, I’ve recently learned how useful dashing is to evade attacks (especially for grapplers like Abel).
I’ll get positive mail on the rare occasion, I’ve gotten a bit of hate mail.
One problem I have is that I’ll always seem to find a person who’s capable of beating me. However I can’t seem to adapt and find out what I’m doing wrong. It gets me frustrated… which defeats the purpose of me playing video games. I play to have fun.
Second problem, I can’t win with any other character! It’s always been an odd problem I have… I’ve been trying to play with ryu but it doesn’t go so well. I’ve been trying to play patiently but it’s mostly an execution issue that I can’t seem to overcome. Against the dummy I can do basic c forward to fireball yet in a real match, it doesn’t come out! 0_o Yeah yeah FADC to ultra is easy, even on keyboard. Yet in a real match, I can’t react fast enough to execute it… or I execute it inproperly! I honestly can’t see how other players can do good with him. I try to emulate it some way or the other, but it doesn’t seem to work for me.
What’s weirder is that I play Sakura far better than I play Ryu. >.> My sakura isn’t too great, but it’s just easier to win with.
I’ve tried playing with another charge character like Bison, yet I’m either whiffing his normal attacks, jumping in too much, or just plain missing his links into knee press. Just doesn’t feel natural.
Every attempt I make at playing another character doesn’t go well and I end up switching back over to Balrog.
All I know is that I want to win. Balrog’s been doing that for me, yet I can’t seem to do that with the rest of the cast. Balrog is… boring me.
I don’t know how to improve, or where. Is there SF basics that apply to most characters that don’t apply to Rog? What is it
Is someone willing to help? If you are, I’d appreciate ANY input at all. :DDD
Does ANY of that make sense? I hope so.
PS I apologize for the wall of text. I tried my best to abridge it.