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Step Up Your Game: Chapter 7 - Super Street Fighter 4 Arcade Edition v2012 dedication (character selection)

Written by Justin Wong
July 24, 2012 at 9:34 a.m. PDT
A lot of players have trouble deciding which character(s) to pick in Super Street Fighter 4 Arcade Edition v2012. Here is my breakdown on what characters might fit your offensive, defensive, or balanced style.

Offense Characters:
Ken, Makoto, Ibuki, Dudley, Seth, Dan, Sakura, Gen, Abel, C. Viper, Cammy, Guy, Hakan, Rufus, El Fuerte, Yun, Yang, Oni, Evil Ryu

Defense Characters:
E. Honda, Chun-Li, Dhalsim, Sagat, Dee Jay, Guile, Blanka, Zangief, Vega, Balrog, T. Hawk, Rose

Balance Rush Characters:
Ryu, Gouken, Akuma, Juri, M. Bison, Cody, Fei Long, Adon

Now this list may represent how each character is categorized, but that does not mean you cannot make an offensive character into a defensive character or a balance rush — because depending on match ups you will have to change up on how you will play.

For example: Rufus vs. Zangief: Usually Rufus is supposed to rush a lot with his Dive Kick, but against Zangief you cannot pursue that option as frequent since Zangief wants the character to get close so he can perform a Spinning Pile Driver. Against Zangief, Rufus has to use his far normals like Crouching Hard Punch and his mid range normals like his Standing Medium Kick and Crouching Hard Kick, to prevent him from closing the gap.

Another example is comparing my Rufus to EG|Ricky Ortiz's Rufus. We both play completely different. I play Rufus as a Balance Rush character and Ricky Ortiz plays Rufus as an Offensive Character. We both have our good match ups and we both have our bad match ups. I am weaker to Ryu while I like fighting Sagat. While Ricky likes fighting Ryu but he is weaker to Sagat.

My Rufus Balance Rush:

- I love to whiff punish with his Crouching Hard Kick.

- I slowly play and do a lot of back and forth walking to push my opponent in the corner.

- I want to save 3 meters for Crouching Light Punch into EX Galatic Tornado then FADC, for footsie punishing.

Here are characters that in my opinion should beginners pick up if they want to learn the basics of Super Street Fighter 4 Arcade Edition v2012.

Beginner Characters:
Ryu, Adon, Rose, Balrog, Blanka, Ken

Intermediate Characters:
Seth, Makoto, Ibuki, Sakura, Abel, Cammy, Rufus, El Fuerte, Yun, Yang, E. Honda, Chun-Li, Sagat, Dee Jay, Guile, Zangief, Vega, Cody, Fei Long, Akuma, M. Bison, Dudley

Advance Characters:
Dan, Gen, Hakan, Evil Ryu, Oni, Gouken, Dhalsim, T. Hawk, Guy, Juri, C. Viper

Now if you are a beginner trying to get into playing Street Fighter 4, this list might not appeal because you might be a player who wants to play Guy, but have no clue to start in terms of footsies, spacing, fundamentals, etc. But I think Ryu is the most balanced character to learn these things. After having a feel of the game, then you can make the decision on staying with Ryu or you can choose another.

With Ryu: You should start recognizing your best normals such as Crouching Medium Kick and Crouching Hard Kick and using those normals to try to play footsies and whiff punish. And learn how to pressure with your fireball game and trying to force the opponent to jump so you can punish with a Dragon Punch. Once you can get your opponents to do stuff like that, then you basically got a feel of the game and might work on a character that you would like to try such as Guy.

With Guy: Guy is a heavy mix up character especially with the use of hard knock down where you cannot tell if he will cross up with Jumping Medium Kick or the Elbow drop which will land in the same side. You can compare this with Ryu's toward throw into a fake cross up or a jump cross up. You can also compare Guy's Standing Medium Kick to Ryu's Crouching Medium Kick. It may not be as good because its not cancelable but recognizing your normals after knowing how to play helps a lot.

Guy might require a deeper understanding, but you can still apply the basics of a beginner character to an advanced character. You just have to execute harder and it might not be as rewarding. Every character has frame traps and every character has setups. But some characters are blessed with easier normals and higher damage output but every character has the same amount of potential.

In conclusion — any character can be used to win. As you can see at EVO 2012, the top 8 were all different characters and there were all different archetypes but it all depends on how to start if your a beginner or knowing how to make your specific character archetype into a different one depending on your match up.

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NoizyChild said on July 24, 2012 at 10:02 a.m.

I swear this is perfect timing. I just picked up AE to try and get back into it.

Sang said on July 24, 2012 at 10:27 a.m.

Wong factor in my books has the most creditials.

Most talented player.

Thank you


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