Sunday 25 March 2018

Street Fighter V tips for beginners

Street Fighter V
Street Fighter V

Emma Clark

The world of Street Fighter can be an intimidating prospect, but it's a worthwhile journey. Here are some tips to help you get started in Street Fighter V.

Street Fighter V is out today, letting players kick, punch, and Hadoken their way to the top. If you're a complete novice, the path ahead will be long and tricky, but if you stick with it and put in the work you too can become a world warrior. Here are some tips to help you get started on your journey.

Should I play Street Fighter V on stick or pad?

Honestly, it doesn't matter one way or the other. There has been a perception that you need to invest in a fight stick to play Street Fighter games, but some elite competitive players have demonstrated that this isn't the case. Which you choose will come down to personal preference and tastes, but the same functions are available to you on each.

Learn your fundamentals

Sure, it's tempting to jump straight into the online minefield as soon as you get your hands on the game, but random uppercuts and the classic jump heavy kick-sweep combo will only get you so far.

Learn the basic buttons for your chosen character, see how they're best utilised, and practice your combos and basic execution (facing both ways!). Capcom has taken out some of the high-level mechanics that cropped up in Street Fighter IV, so battles will be won by the player who chooses the right option at the right moment.

Keep your head

It can be very easy to lose your temper, particularly if you've put in practice and some "moron," to quote the great Mike Ross (from Street Fighter channel Cross Counter rather than Ireland's prop), beats you with randomness and jump-ins. It's at times like this that you need to take a breath, reflect on the round or match just gone, and settle yourself mentally. Otherwise, things could get a whole lot worse.

Soak up knowledge

In the good old days, tricks and techniques would be the stuff of legends with dedicated players travelling to arcades and putting their spare change on the line for a chance to learn something new.

Now, there is a wealth of information at your fingertips. There are online communities like Shoryuken, Reddit, and Eventhubs, and YouTube and Twitch channels like Cross Counter and UltraChenTV, among others, while competitive players often post videos or stream.

Find a local community

While the online world offers an endless stream of opponents of varying skill levels, strategic approaches, and preferred characters, little beats the experience of sitting down next to someone. You can actually ask for feedback and learn what someone did while playing you, but there is a camaraderie that develops too. Ireland will play host to a leg of the upcoming Capcom Pro Tour at Celtic Throwdown 2016, so that should give you some idea of how strong the community and competitive scene is on this isle.

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