So here’s the situation: Fighting games are a new genre to me. I played Mortal Kombat 3 and Street Fighter 2 as a kid. Played Marvel SuperHeroes vs SF and Marvel vs Capcom 1 and 2 a lot in highschool.
Now I own Ult. MvC 3.
Well, all that playing gave me the illusion that I was at least somewhat good. I could beat my friends with some consistency – often 5+ times in a row. I never felt obligated to stop playing “cheap” (where ‘cheap’ is defined as any tactic that’s significantly easier to do than it is to stop/counter) and that gave me a distorted impression of my skills.
Because you see…now I play online, and I know that there’s a “better” level of skill to be playing at. Now I’ve read Sirlin’s “playing to win” and I realize that the fighting game genre has more to offer than I’ve gotten out of it thusfar. Make no mistake: I have no intention of becoming “godlike” or “pro”. But I would like to be able to hold my own against anyone “3rd lord” and under by the time I’m done.
WHAT I WANT:
1.) Someone interested in training/teaching/showing me the way to improve. My PS3 username is BountyHunterSAx.
2.) Actual, followable advice on how to improve.
WHERE I AM:
I play Ryu, Dante, Hulk, and Sentinel.
Sentinel is the one I play with the worst style. I basically spam H / crouch H, until my opponent gets into range for a S, following which I go: S j.M H S qcf l qcf m+h. It’s a solid combo, does tons of damage, but relies on my opponent to blindly jump in and not block. This doesn’t always work. At all.
Hulk I’m better with. I’ll try to use H-grab, standing H, or air H to get a combo going (and when I’m not blocking). Follow that up with H, S, (air) M H S. At that point I’ll either use a team-combo or follow up with another qcf MH on the ground, depending. The damage, is solid, and hulk takes a lot of punishment. But, once more, this suffers from being too much of a “noob-stomper” tactic as anyone with the sense to BLOCK my hugely telegraphed H will avoid the combo every single time. And quite probably counter attack.
Dante…he’s the one I want to be good with, but am not. I practice blocking with him with signifcantly mixed results. I can’t deal with projectile spam or heavy pressure (yet). I try for l m s m qcf h --> qcf mh and have varied results with it. I feel as though learning to do either him or Ryu properly will be the key for learning to actually play the game more skillfully.
I’ve tried spending a few hours in the training room, but rarely feel as though my execution improves any in even simple things (like a shoryuken). But more painfully, when I go to a real fight, NONE of that matters as I’m beaten down by large comboes and chains instead. I have no idea what it means to “practice blocking” or how I would go about doing that.
Thank you for your consideration.