I recently got some second hand agetec sticks for the Dreamcast. Managed to mod one out with sanwa parts and really wanted to get into some retro fighting games with a buddy.
First I’ll really want to understand King of Fighters 2002 on a deeper level.
I learned the special moves of my three characters. I went through the system, learned about CD counters, max mode, rolling, roll counters, etc. But I want to learn some combos consistently.
I tried lookign some up online for all of my characters, but I cannot seem to do them at all, even in training mode. There are videos, showing the combo in action with instructions… But then actually repeating them is hard. I thought it maybe had something to do with the Dreamcast port and then tried it in a Neo Geo emulator, but no. Same issues.
I did learn some small nuances. Like with Chin, I should do a hyper hop and get to twice C in the air, then just land in time for another C before blockstun ends. But I cannot do it reliably. I cannot suddenly go into max mode if I keep having to wait and see if I get the confirmed third hit…
Is there anything to it other then to keep playing the game and getting a better feel for spacing and timing? I see huge long combo chains online but I cannot reliably link 4… Really is a wall for me.
Or are combos overrated in terms of managing to defeat actual players and is a strategic understanding of the characters and game more important?
I asked this in the King of Fighters forum recently, but didn;'t get a response. Hopefully this is a more appropriate forum.