Thanks everyone. Good advice - as usual.
I have decided on N-Groove for the time being, and it seems to be working out alright. (I tried K-Groove initially, but that just wasn’t jiving with my total lack of knowledge and game-specific skills.
For team members, I’ve bounced around trying to find people I like, but who don’t seem to be ridiculously hard to learn. R2 Ryu is my constant anchor because he is my best Third Strike character and some of his B&B transfers. Otherwise though, the list of attempted pick-ups looks something like this:
Mind you, this was before I’d read any of the replies, and, as you probably would have guessed, I ran into some…er…difficulties. For the moment, I’m keen to learn Athena.
As for my problems…
Basically, SaiYuk hit the nail on the head; I’ve been trying to combo way too much. (‘WTF! Are there any damn combos in this game?’) It’s simply that I’ve been hardcoded to rely on combos for the last few years and it’s quite the tough habit to break. I’m trying though.
Also, having only ever played KOF on rare occasions in the past, the structure of their moves and tactics seems completely foreign. I know, I know…It’s not that different, but coming off of MvC2 and, now, 3S, the notion of QCF - HCB+P is mindnumbing - and, as I’ve been finding out, rather finger twisting as well; for my executional accuracy with Shining Crystal Bit is a sorry and meager 50%.
So… I’ve decided, based on your collective deft advice, to return to basics and, with the exception of faithful Ryu, forget about chains, links, cancels and supers for a short while and see where that takes me.
In the meantime, if anyone could help me construct a decent learning team, I’d appreciate it. (_____ / Athena? / R2 Ryu). I think Hibiki is fun, and am (obviously) predisposed toward Mai, but the former is a bit tricky to learn from what I’ve read; and both of 'em have low stamina. Thoughts?
Keep the suggestions coming. And please keep in mind that I’ve been playing CvS2 for all of two whole days.