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Step Up Your Game: Chapter 8 - Here comes a new game

Written by Justin Wong
September 12, 2012 at 10:36 a.m. PDT
There has been a lot of fighting games that have came out after the release of Street Fighter 4. We have Marvel vs Capcom 3, Mortal Kombat 9, Street fighter X Tekken, Skullgirls, King of Fighters 13 and many more.

A lot of the times, the majority of people are big fighting games fans and would love to play multiple fighting titles well at tournaments. All too often, it takes too much time to absorb the fighting game knowledge from that game and apply it when it comes time to play in a tournament.

I will be giving some tips on how to approach a new game and how to learn it quickly.

The games that come out now have many new features that helps beginners to learn a lot faster than before. In Street Fighter 4, Capcom created a trials mode for each character. The trial mode teaches you how to do some combos with the character of your choice.

Many games have this feature now and they have also added a tutorial mode into certain titles. A tutorial mode teaches you the game's mechanics. If you look at Virtual Fighter 5, it covers how certain game mechanics work such as throw teching, dodging, side stepping and many more.

Another great thing to think about when picking up a new game is watching YouTube videos. For example: Tekken Tag Tournament 2 is out now and it is definitely one of those games that people will be picking up. What I have been doing to get myself ready for the game is watching a lot of Japanese and Korean match videos since the game has been out for awhile in the arcades in Japan.

Also, another good idea is to look for many types of videos that some of the prominent members in the fighting game community have been producing, such as:

Community videos and resources

• Rich from Namco has been producing character guides, basics of TTT2 and more.

• There is also the LevelUpYourGame crew which includes top USA Tekken players RIP, MYK, etc. and they have been producing beginner guides on Tekken mechanics and character guides (Ancient Ogre) as well.

• For the 2D sides of thing, we have Maxmillian making the many episodes of "Assist Me" and it talks about various UMvC3 characters and how to approach them if you would like to main them. He also records his online sessions in other various games such as AE2012, SFxT, UMvC3, SC5 and even retro games like JoJo and possibly more in the future for fighting game fans to see how well he plays and how YOU can benefit from it. Maximilian's YouTube page.

• We also have the Persona 4: Arena tutorials made by Cross Counter Gootecks and Yu Namba from Atlus. These tutorials talk about the mechanics of the game, such as air dashing, bursting, meter management, certain properties of the moves, manual hop jumping, rolling, throwing, etc.

There are also the question of, "I want to watch my favorite fighting game community player play." Some of the top players do not stream but they appear on the stream very often. If you want to watch those players play you can catch them on majority of the time on the Level|Up, Team Spooky or even the FGTV Live streams.

Players to watch and what to look out for

Here are some of the players you should watch and take note of and what makes them top players.

LU|Alex Valle: Strong fundamentals, rush down, clutch game play, amazing footsies.

FC|NYChrisG: Strong fundamentals, amazing spacing, amazing defense and very smart.|Filipino Champ: Calculated play, amazing spacing, very controlling and great reactions.

• More players to look at: EG|Justin Wong, EG|Ricky Ortiz, AG|MarlinPie, The Biter, Bond, DMG|Kor, Kayane, nSydia|Keev, MCZ|Tokido, RZR|Fuudo, Perfect Legend and many more!

Now, another thing to take into account is that specific players from different fighting games have an advantage when playing a new title.

For example: If you take Persona 4, it will be a lot easier for a fighting game fan who specializes in games such as Guilty Gear XX AC, BlazBlue, Melty Blood, etc. to succeed than a Street Fighter 4 player.

Skills to expect from high level opponents

Here are some attributes that certain fighting game players have an advantage in.

2D Player: Very patient and strategic, good at whiff punishing, footsies, zoning, and great setups.

Anime Player: Very Aggressive and creative, good execution, multi-tasking and reactions.

3D Player: Vast knowledge of frames, setups, good at whiff punishing, reading opponents, zoning and a good sense of risk and reward.

In the end, do not be discouraged when learning a new game because there will always be some people that will learn the game faster than others, but that does not mean you cannot catch up to them.

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DeadpoolDash said on September 12, 2012 at 11:38 a.m.

While Maximilian is a really good resource, this guy plays way too many fighting games, in the end he'll end up mastering none. And his fans aren't helping ("Hey Max, play X game!")
But if it's his choice, I guess it's ok.

MINI said on September 12, 2012 at 12:06 p.m.


I don't think Max is trying to master each single game, he simply just wants to get new players into the genre and help the community grow.


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