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Feeling like Street Fighter 5 Season 2 is a little underwater-like? Don't be frustrated, you're not alone and it won't feel that way for long

Posted by John 'Velociraptor' Guerrero • December 21, 2016 at 7:46 p.m. PST • Comments: 240

You may have ventured into Season 2 of Street Fighter 5 and, like me, felt like Capcom actually added lag or slowed the frame rate or somehow secretly submerged us all underwater when we weren't looking.


You may feel like some of your movements are delayed or not coming out at all, and therefore extremely frustrated. Try your best not to be, as this will pass with time.

If you're having a hard time maneuvering and controlling your character, you're not alone. The game is slower now in more ways than one, and if you want to have a chance at winning, you'll need to ease off the gas and start playing a lot differently than you're used to from your Season 1 days.
You may have already figured it out yourself, but some of the changes Capcom has made are essentially locking your character into animations for a few frames longer than you're used to.

Muscle memory in your fingers is prompting you to try to move like you did in Season 1, when your character probably had a few frames less recovery to deal with on throws, normals and when in block stun.

As you'll quickly find, muscle memory will often betray you in Season 2 as moves and dashes come out noticeably later than you expect, or sometimes not at all. This will surely affect some characters more than others, but as you may have put together from the article banner, Necalli is one who's really feeling it.

We saw this kind of transition coming on paper when the patch notes were released, and theory fighters were aware of it as early as PlayStation Experience, but experiencing them firsthand is a whole other story.

Street Fighter 5's player base has a huge population of newer fighting gamers, and I write this to those who are not used to these kinds of changes: your brain and fingers will adjust and your timings will naturally come back. Please don't get discouraged.

If you're feeling your character is lagging behind your intentions, focus on slowing your fingers down. Remember, if certain actions take more time than they used to, that means doing them is now riskier than before.

For those that are indeed experiencing this feeling of slow down, there is a plus side. The game itself now plays out at a slower pace, and it seems that now more than ever, players need to think about every single input before they do them.

If your gameplay transitions to a more gradual and thoughtful pace, you'll do better in SF5. The best advice I can give here is not to fight this new gear, but embrace it. Spend more time watching your opponent than trying to make offense happen, because Street Fighter 5 just got a whole lot more reaction based.

Patience and persistence are going to be your best friends as you delve into this new Season.
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