I’m having a blast climbing my way to G1 with my Gouken, and I’ve learned some good strategy given my limited combo and punishment options, but I feel like I need to make the jump to Akuma if I want to be truly competitive and get good with the more aggressive characters. I was wondering if someone had a brief guideline of Do’s and Don’ts for someone who already has a fair hand on the game mechanics and has played against a number of quality Akuma players. Playing Gouken, I’m a really conservative player and its given me opportunity to knock out a lot of rushdown characters and players of that nature, but Akuma is not a wait and see kind of guy. Should I be teleporting, throwing short demon flips, spamming fireballs and generally freaking out my opponent like an angry-ass gangster until he makes a mistake to capitalize on? Or are there other ways to play him? Here’s some educated guesses I have coming from my experience as Gouken and fighting Akuma online and at the arcade (I usually just play Ryu there.)
-As a demon flip lover I imagine I’ll be doing a lot more shenanigans with this without abusing it, as I am aware of how easy it is to turn around a match when akuma misses a demon flip or dragon punch.
-Poking options go up significantly compared to Gouken, plus I have that amazing HK, whore that shit out in training mode I guess till I got a few combo favs out.
-Much like my backthrow -> ultra tricks with Gouken, work on Demon Rage mindgames with people (lots of practice I guess)
-Akuma’s crazy wakeup game ain’t nothing to fuck with and since I’m not really used to that kind of mentality It’s probably something that’ll develop over time I guess.
Anyone care to elaborate on my guesses and give me some good starting advice before I get punished by every Ryu on Xbox Live?