Hey all! I’m brand new here and I’m recently coming back into playing fighting games from a two year break to play halo and call of duty, and I want to get back to a competitive level. I used to play DOA, Soul Calibur, and VF all the time, so I’m really, really new to 2D-style fighters, with SSF4 being one of my first. I have a few questions that might help me make the transition easier and prevent me from wasting time:
How many characters would you say I be knowledgable and able to pick up and play to win at any time? I see a lot of people talking about maining just one or two characters, which kind of seemed crazy to me because in any 3D fighter i’ve played, if you don’t know how to pick up and play all of the characters, you’re probably gonna lose out of a tournament pretty quickly.
How would you say I go about to choose a correct character for me to focus on primarily? In the few matches i’ve played, I used Ryu, Cammy, Evil Ryu, and I tried Yun (it was embarassing). I had little success though, but I can probably attribute that to no knowledge of the game.
-Will I have to have high knowledge on every character’s frame data, hitboxes, etc in order to succeed at this game? Or does just my own matter?
How does the math for being stunned work? How can you or is it required to be able to know at any point in the round how close your character is to being stunned?
Is this a game where “any character can win” in the right hands, or is there a defined tier structure and a small amount of characters that actually hold water? (this isn’t me asking for a tier list, just wondering if I could pick a character’s name out of a hat, get real good, and win with it anywhere at anytime against anybody)
I’m also sorry if I am wasting time by asking these without a full, thorough look around at the forums. I’m sure a lot of it is posted elsewhere, I just thought it would be easier to get all the answer condensed into one thread for me to reference as I learn this game. Thanks for you help everyone!