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Daigo: What used to be good in Street Fighter 4 will get you KO'd in Street Fighter 5

Posted by John 'Velociraptor' Guerrero • May 8, 2020 at 4:47 p.m. PDT • Comments: 25

In some of RB|Daigo's recent streaming sessions we've seen The Beast sit down and train with Street Fighter 5 masters like FD|Fujimura. Not only do we get to watch these professionals play, but we get a bit of insight as to what they're thinking and how they're strategizing (thanks to FGC Translated).

While duking it out with Fujimura's Chun-Li, Daigo noted a key difference between the most efficient ways to approach Street Fighter 4 and Street Fighter 5.

These two start facing each other about two minutes into the video below, and get into a brief back and forth concerning decision making at tense points in a round. This leads to Daigo remarking that "In this game, 'I will never do X' is a very weak strategy."

He juxtaposes this with Street Fighter 4, which allowed players to adhere much more closely to certain game plans and strategies. This was due to a handful of factors, perhaps the most notable of which was the prevalence of option selects that would allow competitors to cover multiple options with single input sequences.

Indeed, Street Fighter 5 developers promoted the game from its earliest stages as having a more commitment-based nature than its predecessor. The community has found veracity in those developer claims as the game tends to play out as a juggling act that requires each competitor to be simultaneously ready at all times for a variety of different approaches from their foe.

Those who are most effective are usually those who can cycle through said approaches in a rhythm that counters their opposition's. Instead of hunkering down and relying on one or two go-to strategies, SF5 players must be ready to change gears quickly and regularly if they hope to garner consistent wins.

Check out what Daigo and friends have to say via the embed below. It's also very helpful to see their matches play out and thus get an idea of how they tend to direct and temper their focus while trying to get better.

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