I was kind of hesitant to start this thread, mainly because fighting game is a niche community and rarely discussed, but considering that there are some “new” fighting games that are going to be released in the next few years, I am hoping that this thread would attract people who are interested in learning or discussing all things related to fighting games. The FAQs and information that are written below are intended to cover some basic aspects that beginner of fighting games tend to get confused with, and although I am not even remotely far from being an expert in playing fighting games - I am just a casual player most of the time - would like to share.
Q: Why should I play fighting games?
A : My personal reason to play fighting game is because it is fun and intense, simultaneously. Fighting game requires some (if not a lot) dedication to get good at and it takes quite some time for people until they can actually enjoy the game. However, once you feel comfortable with it and have solid understanding of the game, it becomes one of the most satisfying competitive games to be played, at least for me personally.
Q : But I can only mash buttons, why should I care about these complex stuff?
A : I understand that fighting game is not for everybody. If it is not for you, then there is no reason for you to learn the technical aspect of fighting games. Nevertheless, understanding how one particular fighting game works would improve your skill level quite significantly, if you are interested in getting better at it. Otherwise, there is no need for you to learn these crazy lingo about fighting games.
Q : Now I am interested in fighting games. Recommend me a good fighting game that I should play!
A : Whoa, calm down. Actually, determining which fighting game is the most suitable for you is kind of difficult, unless you try it one by one. However, I for one, would recommend you to get Street Fighter IV simply because it is the most popular fighting game competitively, thus there are plenty of materials or match footages to learn from. However, if you are growing up with Tekken and love it, then play Tekken.
If you are interested in fighting games with complex mechanics, then play The King of Fighters. If you like bishoujos, try Skullgirls! Of course, there is always Super Smash Brothers for those who love party-esque fighting game.
Another game that I highly recommend is Guilty Gear. It’s been a long time since I played one, but with the recent release of Xrd, I am trying to learn how to play Guilty Gear again!
There are of course, so many fighting games that you could pick e.g. BlazBlue, Persona 4 Arena Ultimax, Killer Instinct, Injustice, Ultimate Marvel v. Capcom 3, Dead or Alive and many more. The choice is entirely up to you, find one that you enjoy the most.
Q : I don’t have a fight stick, does that mean I am not allowed to play fighting games?
A : No, the preference whether you should use a fightstick or just usual controller pad is definitely up to you. The winner of EVO 2014 for Ultra Street Fighter 4 used PS1 controller. In Street Fighter scene, there are some notable players played exclusively on D-pad: Snake_Eyez or CRS Nuckledu to name a few. The reason why some people use fightstick is because the buttons layout of arcade fighting stick makes it easier to execute combos or intricate moves. As for Japanese players, the reason is simply because they’re accustomed to playing in arcades so much, using D-pad would only hinder their execution.
Q : Which fightstick that I should buy?
A : I recommend either HORI or Mad Catz. As a rule of thumb, make sure that the fightstick that you are going to buy uses Sanwa parts, simply because it is the most reliable brand for fightstick hardwares. If you find the fightstick price is too high, you can check whether there is a custom fightstick vendor in your region (for example, my fightstick is actually a custom made), they are usually cheaper and could use the same high quality Sanwa hardwares.
Q : Any useful links, resources, or anything that you could give me?
A : These lists are incomplete, simply because most of the time I only play Street Fighter, thus my knowledge is pretty limited on other games. However, these are some internet sources that I found useful when I started learning fighting games seriously not a long time ago. I would edit this post if you have any suggestion, so please tell me if there are other resources that needs to be added.
Learn How to Play Fighting Games by Patrick Miller – A thorough beginner guide for Street Fighter players. If you want to start playing Street Fighter, this is a good place to start.
Dustloop Guilty Gear Basics – a beginner guide to Guilty Gear basic mechanics.
Eventhubs – basically a Kotaku-esque fighting game website. It is a decent news aggregator website, although sometimes they lack the awareness to properly cite the actual content creator.
Tokidoblog – a great blog for fans of Tokido, one of the 4 Japanese Fighting Game Gods. The content is not exclusively about Tokido, but also Japanese scene in general.
Some great Youtube videos/channels about fighting games:
Team Spooky After Hours
VesperArcade – This guy also has a good beginner guide to SF4. Be sure to check it out!
Maximillian Dood – Basically a hype man in fighting game scene. His knowledge on the scene is not that advanced, however he is able to make fighting game getting more popular.
Desk’s Combo Videos – A really great channel for those who are into SF combo videos. His execution skill is insanely good.
Goldenrody – GGXrd focused channel.
Last edited by Doraku; December 28, 2014 at 03:42 AM.
I just received a copy of Xrd today. I must say the game looks really gorgeous with the new unreal engine. For those who are still in doubt whether you should buy GGXrd on PS3/PS4, I'd say just go for it. The game is marvelous.
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It also has a great beginner tutorial too, in case you're worrying that you'll get overwhelmed by the technical stuff.
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Evo 2015 game list:
Marvel vs Capcom 3
Guilty Gear Xrd
Mortal Kombat 10
Persona 4 Arena Ultimax
2 Smash games and no KoF well at least we have Persona and Xrd
My favorite fighting video game series are:
King of Fighters
Marvel vs Capcom and Dead or Alive are also cool
Dengeki Bunko Fighting Climax is coming west to PS3 and Vita. So hyped for it on Vita.
Another Xrd patches are coming
oh have some crazy moments from Mikado
Trailer for the return of Charlie in SFV.
I just want Fei Long, Yun, and Sagat to be availaible in SFV since they are the only characters that I can play (though I am not good at playing them) :'(
Well Ken is always available, so even if those three are not going to be available for SF V, at least I'd still have someone to play.
Wtf happened to SF to the point where those three wouldn't be in a game........??? Especially Sagat...
Fei Long and Sagat did not appear in SF III. Yun was not added to the cast of SF IV until SFIV AE : 2012 came out. It is rumored that Fei Long is confirmed to be in SFV though, considering there's a movie poster about him in the trailer.
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if Charlie Nash joins the cast, it would be very likely that Guile wouldn't be in SFV as well
Last edited by Doraku; February 27, 2015 at 09:56 PM.
So, who cares? They were both in 4.
And no, I haven't really been into fighting games in the last 10 years
Yeah, just because they are in 4 doesn't mean they are going to be included as PC in 5...
This month is a wonderful time for those who care to watch competitive scenes esp. Street Fighter fans.
Think these tournaments as Pre-EVO/Kappacom Cup warmups:
Red Bull Kumite
SXSW Gaming Fighters Invitational
Both have stacked participants, and I am expecting many great matches in the upcoming weeks.