Hey there, this is Norik. I’ve been playing fighters casually for as long as I have memory, mostly just button mashing. Like a lot of people, I was really excited when this generation of consoles started because I could finally show off my skills online -except I got my ass horribly beaten several hundred times. The frustration caused me to move from game to game, losing constantly until I finally settled for Soul Calibur and decided to really break the game down to figure out what I was doing wrong. Fast forward into the present, I’ve developed a strong liking for the game and its depth, so I decided to see what else the genre has to offer.
I got my hands on Super Street Fighter IV, SFxT, and Street Fighter III online -this last one being a masterpiece according to a lot of people. I don’t know where to start though. The in-game tutorials aren’t very helpful, so just like I did with Soul Calibur, I’m asking other players for help. I don’t know how much I know, but I can pull off a few matches online with Guile and Cody in SSFIV (though my record in SFIII is beyond shameful). What basic concepts and skills should I learn first? Which game of the three would be best to develop good fundamentals? And which characters are best for beginners?
Oh and also, what other games do you guys recommend? I didn’t like Marvel much because it’s way too heavy on long combos and speed, and Tekken Tag 2 and DoA5 both seem like a lot of fun but the quality of players is probably not too good.