I’ve decided to take the plunge with SFV, and try to learn how to actually play this game. I’ve been practicing with Ryu and Ken ( as per many suggestions ), and reading as many guides as I can. I am focusing on training modes and online ranked, trying to get better. But frankly, I am getting stomped daily.
One thing I have noticed is that when I land a hit, I pretty much just get that one hit ( unless I have managed to do a Target Combo ). It’s not that I can never hit my opponents, but I can’t really capitalize on it. Meanwhile whenever I get touched, other guy combos at least 2 or 3 moves, and I end up getting drained fast.
Up until now I never quite put my finger on it, but after they added that new Challenge Mode, I think I see my biggest problem. I simply cannot cancel my Normals into Specials. The first Challenge for Ken has you jumping in with HP, then throwing a standing MP and finishing with a Hadouken. I must have tried that thing 50 times, and I cannot get the last part of the string. If I perform the motion naturally, I will throw the Hadouken at the end, but it must be too late because it gets blocked. If I try to execute it faster, it just doesn’t come out at all. It’s driving me insane!
Is this just a matter of my fat fingers, or am I missing something conceptually? I don’t have a problem throwing out Hadoukens as a starting move, so I feel like I have the motion down pretty well. But this is starting to make me wonder. Is there a particularly narrow window here that I am just missing? Are there any tips to getting the Special out faster? I am using a PS4 pad if that makes a difference.
Thanks for any advice!