like how u know what buttons to use at what spacing and how to scare your oppnent into not walking into that spacing
Same way you do a reset
He who controls the spice controls space. The spice must flow.
I could show you a few youtube videos that you’ve been shown a million times before when you ask one of these questions, but you’ll probably just say that you disagree with the videos.
Just google footsies and read or youtube footsies and watch. If you can’t learn anything from that, then your ONLY hope is to find a real person and ask them these questions in real life.
Re-reading Dune at the moment ^^
It’s almost like someone should write a handbook about footsies or something.
Good luck to that poor soul.
add your opponent at the start of the match and ask them if you can have one half of the stage to yourself
Establish a solid AA defense first. This is very crucial to locking them down. You’ll need to constantly keep this in mind while playing footsies and when the opponent is in the corner.
Next, maintain an optimal distance between you and the opponent such that your best pokes can hit at their max ranges. The opponent will respect your range to avoid themselves getting hit.
Once you get a knockdown, rush in to close your rewarded distance and start a meaty/oki setup
What is a tennis player supposed to do when he is receiving a serve ? Get close enough to the ball and return it. How simple, right ? Now try it in real life. Your body will simply not react the way you want it to.
In my opinion footsies work the same way. People talk about it as if its something really simple and almost every fighting game player knows how to use them. It’s neither simple nor easy. It is something so elusive because no fighting game has a “footsie training mode”.
In Tennis or any sport, a coach will teach you how to hold a racket, give you an exercise regiment, train with you everyday till your body knows how to react properly. In fighting games I don’t know.
Just like a normal person isn’t used to 160Km serves , similarly normal people aren’t used to reacting so quickly.
I haven’t heard anybody say that footsies are simple, or easy.
They are FUNDAMENTAL though in terms of developing your fighting game skills, which means you should be mindful of them and be practicing them as early as possible, even if you’re a beginner. Footsies is a skill that has one of the biggest impacts on your skill level, and good footsies and space control is going to win you more games than long combos or complicated tech will.
In SF5, record 5 different dummy actions where he walks back and forth in random patterns and either presses nothing or just one button each time, then activate them all at the same time. Now just try to walk forward and tag him with a button when in range or to whiff punish their normals. Boom, here’s your footsies training.
Nevertheless, just like receiving in tennis, learning footsies in fighting games is an essential skill if you’re going to play the game competently. If your immediate reaction is “it’s hard and boring and I don’t want to do it”, well, maybe fighting games aren’t for you. And I’m saying that as someone who kind of understands basic footsies in theory but sucks at actually implementing them in practice. It might be slow, but I feel like I’m getting a little better in neutral the more I work on it. And I think that’s the most crucial part of playing fighting games, regardless of skill level, or even whether you have the potential to be halfway decent or not in the long run. Do you enjoy practicing the fundamentals? Because if you only enjoy winning, or only enjoy hitting big combos, or absolutely hate hitting training mode until you get it right, you’re not going to like fighting games. You might like a particular fighting game at a particular level of skill, but neutral game is something pretty much all modern fighters have in common and it’s really goddamn hard in pretty much all of them, particularly since they all have their specific nuances.