To OP: Seriuosly man, I just went through all this shit as I’ve only been playing fighting games for the past year. With all the new releases it was really exciting and everything to have the opportunity to play all these brand new games with crazy systems and mechanics and all that shit…
BUT the truth is, you need to just play ST or HDremix. Those games will teach you the fundamentals that you need to learn BEFORE you even start worrying about shit like Focus attacks and Parrying which will only give you a headache. You will get a feel for ST/HDR MUCH MUCH MUCH faster than you will with any other fighting game because there is hardly any engine to deal with. Its just you vs your opponent. The only thing that will frustrate you is that you’ll get your ass kicked so fast because in ST/HDR everything hits much harder than in SF4. 1 combo plus a few pokes can easily be GG, whereas in every other game, you’re in it for a lot longer. Don’t let that decieve you thouhg, you’re not lasting longer in other games because youre better, ST/HDR is just that way. Matches can seriously end in less than 10 seconds.
Put all the other games down for a few months, focus on ST/HDR. They are fun as fuck and not near as convoluted as all other fighting games.
And, Seriously, anyone that recommends 3s as a first start (to the poster above me, CvS2… you’re recommending CvS2 to learn the fundamentals… Are you retarded?) is probably just a fanboy that doesn’t want his game to die because he’s pissed off that SF4 is taking over. I love SF3, CvS2, SF4, BB, but recommending anything other than ST or HDR isn’t even arguable.