I’m not new to Street Fighter per se but after perusing the threads on SRK it seems I’ve been playing a completely different game! Allow me to explain…
I’ve been playing SF since the snes days but never knew nothing about frame data, match ups (excluding j.hk meth to beat gief in early days) link combos or any combos really outside of j.hk, cr.hk. In fact I still remember vividly the eureka moment when I finally realised I could consistently land DPs! But I digress; apart from playing a very little amount of the Alpha series and MvC1/2 I took a step back from SF - that was until SF4 landed. I picked it up day one and thought I could handle myself pretty well. I never played online just had mini tourneys when the fellas came over and I would dominate with Ryu just from basics like anti-air shory’s, hados and the only consistent combo I could do with Ryu cr.mk xx Hado. Then one of my mates bought a PS3 with a copy of the game and started practicing at home. SF4 was the only game he had for months and when we met online to play again, having not had a match together since launch he absolutely obliterated me! He plays Ken and he was crossing me up, throwing me, it was ridiculous. After playing 20 maches with him and winning only 2 I decided to call it quits and set the pad down.
Fast forward to 6 weeks ago; I happen to stumble across a small arcade with a SF4 cabinet in it (I’m in London so anyone from here will tell you arcades are a rareity round these parts). A bunch of uni kids were playing but had the game absolutely locked down! FADC’ing into outrageous combos and Ultras, teching throws and generally showing off really but at least having the skill to back it up. Then I discover one of them doesn’t even own the game but instead learnt all his skills from just frequenting this dingy arcade!
The new gameplan; 2 days later I bought a TE fightstick and embarked on what I thought would be a straight forward matter of fooling around in training mode for 30 mins a day to get used to using a stick since I’d never used or owned one before. Was I wrong. Excuse the wall of text but I just wanted to make sure it was understood that I’m not new to SF, I’m just trying to not only relearn the game but to learn how to use a stick also but I dont feel like I’m progressing as much as I should. I’ve tried drills which did help basic execution of my specials and Ultra, but this has proved misleading itself because when I replayed my friend again recently he creamed me once again! I can beat CPU on hardest with minimal fuss but then get ripped by my buddy. I tested the waters online recently too and that was a huge knock to the ego.
If there are any players out there who are willing to endulge a scrub with online play so that I can improve my game or any pearls of wisdom or advice they can give me please oblige. My PSN ID is Frank_Lucas83. For the record I cant do the SRK - FADC - Ultra, any link combos with any degree of consistency, shit I’m just managing to get to grips with this stick!