I’ve played fighting games my whole life casually with friends; grew up with 3s SC2 and mvc2 then later SC4-5, mvc3 and smashbros throughout. I’d like to try investing some time into one specific title to see 1) if i enjoy the learning process of fighting games in general at a much higher level and 2) which series would be the ideal one to start learning competitively. I have a few questions for the more experienced players on here before making a choice.
For starters, I want to have a fresh start and build from the bottom up, so I have no problem with a game I havent played before as long as I can find games (online or otherwise). I have a good deal of tournament ssbm experience as a background. I really enjoy SC causally, but can already tell I wouldn’t want to get deeper into it (not that there is a scene around me anyway). The most active ones nearby are usf4 and mkx of course.
I guess my main question is, what one title/series will ‘carry over’ the most to others when learning it for the first time? which would be the best game to build a solid foundation on? Usf4 is the most accessible from steam / locals and SF5 release makes me think it will be a good time investment, but I really cant tell from the little footage i’ve seen if i’ll want to pursue sf5 at a higher level yet. I have access to s3/ps4/360 and also ggpo/fightcade so am willing to look into older ones beyond the obvious usf4/mkx choice. I’ve also heard that they aren’t exactly the most ideal to start learning on.
Lastly, could anyone recommend me a decent stick for PC + (the console for the game you recommend)? I have been using a crappy xb360 mk klassic which I am very sick of and ready for something better. Looking at the HORI Real Arcade Pro 4 Kai for PlayStation 3/4 but need to nail down my game/console choice first.
side question, is it a bad idea to start learning on a hit box? friend has an old one and i enjoyed using it the few times i tried, but i’m worried it will stunt my improvement if i practice on that instead of a stick