I’m a returning SF2 player, who never played the Alphas or SFIIIs or even much vanilla IV. I’m maining Deejay because I mostly played him in HD Remix, and because I enjoy gettin’ lost in da beat.
A lot of the time playing online though, whether I win or lose, rather than wanting to play again and see if I can improve on my previous game’s performance; I find myself wanting to play AS my opponents character because they did something awesome I didn’t know that character could do.
Back in the megadrive/snes days of SF2 and more recently in HDR, I’d regularly do “double random” select with equally skilled friends of mine. We all sucked, but we all sucked equally so the matches were even and varied, and it was a lot of fun.
I think maybe in SSFIV, the “hook” that will keep me coming back might not be being the best DeeJay I can be for tournaments, but being solidly mediocre with all 35 characters with an end goal of being able to hit “Random” in a ranked match, and being able to take down your average flowchart Ken; or to just have fun at casuals. The added plus in Super being that “random” doesn’t show your opponent (or you) your character until the match begins, so they can’t optimise by picking the appropriate Ultra.
I mean, Capcom put a lot of work into this game, and I spent a lot of time reading the developer blog posts about Super, after all that it seems weird just to reuse my old main from HDR and neglect the majority of the content. At best maybe I’ll find someone I like better than Dee Jay, and at worst I’ll eventually pick up that “C to shining C” achievement.
So from the more experienced fighters, I was wondering if there’s a “best way” to go about doing this?
I know the challenge modes teach a lot of the basics, and the individual SRK character forums have a wealth of information, but there’s a very wide gap between being a knowledgeable theory fighter, and pulling this stuff off in muscle memory.
I figure at the very least I need to know all special, super and ultra inputs, as well as any special properties/uses they might have (Like how Chun’s ultra 1 can punish fireballs from full screen, and her Ultra 2 rules the skies), as well as notable normal attacks. One BnB I can pull off per character would probably be useful as well.
Also how much time is probably needed per character?
Should I choose random all the time, or should I have 1 dedicated character only for set periods of time?
Thanks for any advice and sorry about the teal deer.