srk!!! I introduced some kids I work with at my job to ssf4, and I wrote up a quick curriculum on how to learn to play. is it some stuff already in the newbie saikyo dojo? yes, but its organized in a way i feel is a little more clear and explicit for people who have never played fighting games. I did grab some links from other posts, I hope this info might be helpful to those trying to learn ssf4. If not, let it get buried under the pile of help me pick my character posts.
Preface: You don?t need to follow any of the information to have fun playing street fighter. Your welcome to plug in, fire up the xbox, and slam your thumbs on buttons randomly hoping to beat your opponent.
However, I think its more fun to beat your opponent when you know what you?re doing, after you?ve practiced, so you can read your opponent perfectly, shut his move down, and win in satisfying faction.
Additionally, if you choose to button mash and don?t learn HOW to play street fighter, you will LOSE. A LOT. The only other people you?ll beat will be other button mashers. People will know what your doing, and counter it perfectly, and you might throw your controller into the tv. Which won?t be very fun.
You wouldn?t play COD by just running around shooting randomly, you?d never win. Instead, you not only learn the games mechanics, the best players learn to UNDERSTAND AND PREDICT their opponents moves, and shut them down before they can execute their plan. Street fighter is no different, except instead of bullets and grenades for offense, you have punches and kicks. Instead of using cover for defense, you have to block. Instead of playing for 30 minutes on a huge map, you have a small 2-d plane. But the key to winning is the same: do attacks that your opponent can?t stop or doesn?t see coming to stop it, and stop your opponent from doing damage, or stopping them before they can attack.
I?m listing out some resources you can check out, to telll you what to do, and how to do it. First, read a few more things to take into account:
- internet: make sure if at all possible, use a wired connection. Wireless is slower, and will have more lag than a wired connection. Doesn?t make a difference in call of duty, however in street fighter, 30 milliseconds could be the difference between blocking an attack, and getting hit to get KO?ed.
- tv: again, same thought on lag. The difference is, if your tv has significant lag, its on YOUR END ONLY and gives your opponent a huge advantage. Most all hdtv?s have image processing, which makes the image appear on the screen later than the signal is sent. How do you know if you have lag? Test it out. Use a calibration test in guitar hero or rock band. The best is rock band 2, which has an automatic calibration. If you can?t figure that out heres some steps to take:
a. turn on game mode on your tv, it cuts down the post processing, and therefore reduces lag significantly.
b. Try getting a vga adapter to plug into your xbox. Only $20, on most newer hdtv?s the vga input doesn?t have post-processing. If it doesn?t do the trick, you can always return it for all your $$ back.
c. Just use an old tv. Crt tv?s (the big ones) have zero lag.
Again, this is only as important as you want to research, but since I got my tv lag situation figured out, ive had SIGNIFICANTLY more wins.
Thoughts on joysticks:
If you really really like street fighter, and want to really get better, I fully recommend switching to a joystick. Why??? Here?s a few reasons:
- Precision ? the joystick allows for much more precise controller motions than a pad, even the highly superior madcatz SF pad
- Button pressing ? the Tournament edition fightstick has extremely sensitive buttons, that are really responsive, which gives you a slight edge. Also, with a pad you only have your thumb to press buttons, while with a stick, you have all 5 fingers to press buttons, allowing you to switch between buttons instantaneously
- Value: ok, so your trying to encourage me to buy something that costs over $100, and talking about value? Let me break it down: the stick costs the same as maybe 2 full price games, that you?ll spend between 8-10 hours playing, maybe more with multiplayer. With street fighter, I?m up to 280 hours of gameplay time, with no signs of stopping, and I LOVE my fightstick. Its ridiculously high quality, and can be used for fighting games for years and years to come. With Christmas here, and $$$ floating around, if you think its something your gonna play, why not learn the right way from the start?