So, I’ve been trying to learn Gen in SF4. I really like the character, he’s very different from the usual ‘old man’ character that you see in other fighting games that tend to rely on Turtle or Zoning styles.
So I went into training, and I got pretty decent at his combos, landing them 9 times out of 10. But, you have to use this character against an actual person in order to really learn. You go online and some obnoxious shoto scrub beats you down because you simply don’t know what beats what or just how much (or little) priority your character has.
It was horrible dudes. I used Gen’s Crane stance and cr HK and thought I could launch him, and (at the start of the round) his jFP out-prioritizes my hit and he does the usual SRK combo, and I was shocked that immediately Gen’s health is cut down to almost 50%. I’m still experimenting, I try the wall dive, I don’t try to get him but just fake him out, not realizing that it is completely unsafe, and he gets two other lucky hits in. Suddenly I’m down to 25% health.
Then I get my comeback, hit him with Mantis ultra, then get him with some Slap Chop combos, bringing him down to around 10% health and he mashes for dear life for Ryu’s ultra and wins.
Luckily I switched characters and destroyed him as Gen and Bison. But that’s besides the point. How do you guys break in a new character?