Yo - I come from the smash community - seems a few of you scattered around recognize the name <3
I played competitive melee for a few years - I was a major contributor to the community and pushed my character to a level never seen before - I consider myself a very smart player who’s best asset is the ability to read a player better than almost anyone else who plays - another one of my best assets in gaming is that I can recognize most patterns and find ways around them almost immediately (I’m currently using said talents to be a smash coach rather than a player) - and those 2 traits are obviously important in a game like this one… I really have been wanting to pick up SF when 4 came out for a long time…
But unfortunately… this leads me to problem number 1. While I consider myself a good gamer in general and a high level player in Melee - I rarely pick up a 2D fighter. I probably don’t have more than 20 hours of actual 2D fighting play under my belt in the last 10 YEARS. I’ve ‘played’ street fighters in the past - but that was before I even knew what competitive gaming was.
I’m really excited about picking up SF4 -because- it’s so new and foreign to me - but largely enjoyable at the same time. It gives me such a HUGE opportuntiy to learn and an opportunity to become active in a whole new gaming community.
Obviously I’m going to be beyond terrible at this game at first asside from my ability to inherantly see through peoples basic strategies and read their movements - but I know hardly anything about the actual gameplay from a technical standpoint - so I had a few questions.
First off - I’m sure there’s about a billion things I should be reading at this point to learn basic strategies of the game - I’ve read a lot of sirlin information and have seen his really stunningly good ST video guide - but I’m sure there is information that is more applicable to this game specificallly
Second - There are a few characters that I really want to play - I’m pretty stubborn in my character choice (I only used Bowser in tournament in Melee - and he was EASILY one of the worst characters in the game) but in a game like this where I don’t have as clear of a favorite - it’s less important. Also I’m concerned about simply being able to learn the game’s base play (so based on what I’ve read I’m not jumping to C.Viper XD). I really like the look of Fei Long’s basic playstyle - but I’m also attracted to Ken’s seeming versatility over a lot of other characters. Able and Dictator also interest me in part - but not nearly as much as the others. Boxer was another character that I used to love - but the whole charging aspect is so unbelievably foreign to me there is no way I would jump straight to him. I’m not particularly concerned about tier placements at this point.
Third - Should I LEARN the game with a stick? I’m planning on getting one at some point - but should I be getting it when I get the game? I mean - what’s the point of even learning the controls on a 360 controller when I’ll almost never be using that once I get the stick? I’m fairly certain I’ll be getting the FightStick when I pick up the game but I’m not entirely sure.
Fourth - Daaaaaangg this game looks tight. Not a question I suppose - I’m just excited.
Fifth - I like tournaments. A lot. I’m a tournament organizer and I’ve run tournaments for anything from smash to mario kart to pokemon puzzle league - I’d love to just jump in and host a tournament - I’m imagining a ruleset is EASILY accessable somewhere so that such a thought could actually be achieved. Any help with a link to said rules?
So to sum up the Q’s in a shorter fashion if you didnt’ want to read that…
**1. **What reading material should I really be looking at to learn the basics of advanced SF4 gameplay?
**2. **What characters are accessable/universal enough for a new player like myself to have as a good “starter character”?
3. **Should I LEARN the game with a stick - or would learning on a controller and transferring with practice be fine?
**4. **This game looks so tight.
5. I would like to start hosting tournaments in my area as soon as is possible - what is the most universal accepted ruleset for tournaments?
Anyways, I appreciate you even READING this much of a monstrous post here - and if you post to help - I appreciate even more.
Can’t wait to play with you all n_n