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Last week my girlfriend and I browsed the isles of target,
slowly making our way to the electronics section. As I started to walk over to
the Video Games section I noticed that towards the back there was a clearance section.
A clearance section that had Soul Calibur IV for $20, I quickly snatched a copy
and made my way for the register.
During the PS2 era I owned a copy of Soul Calibur II and
played the hell out of it. I enjoyed the quick-3D-weapon fighting but never
understood the combos and I became more of a button masher. Nevertheless, I
enjoyed myself thoroughly and up until about a week ago hadn't played a Soul
Calibur game much less owned a fighting game.
However, I have a friend who is a big fan of 2D fighters so
recently I've played a lot of Marvel VS Capcom 2 and Street Fighter IV Super
Awesome Remix HD (*Insert other adjectives meaning great*) at his house. While
I can hold my own in MvC2 with its simple combos and crazy air moves I get my
butt handed to me SFIV. Street Fighter is a hardcore fighting game and there's
no mistake about that. I've seen recordings of my friend play online and it's
an intense, frantic dance that has fireballs thrown into it.
So now we've run into a problem: I want to be good at Street
Fighter but I'm not. Now with any other genre there would be a mode where it
would show me how to link combos and counters to get massive damage and hold my
own...but fighters don't do that. To an extent that is the appeal to a fighter;
knowing that you won't be good enough. With that knowledge you get into a rut
of trying to learn new combos only to forget the old ones.
I don't want to be a world-class fighter but I want to be
able to enjoy myself and I find fighter games like Street Fighter and Soul
Calibur just don't care. They have enough of a fan base that they can keep
pushing out games so they aren't looking for new members. People like my friend
grew up with fighters and have carried combos over from one game to another and
I commend him for that; but I don't have a time machine or enough time to make one.
So where do I make up the time to work on my fighting moves? Well I can't and I've
I still plan on enjoying myself with Soul Calibur but
playing with friends or strangers is out of the question. My hunger for the strategy
of judging your opponent and taking advantage of their weaknesses will have to come
from my years of playing chess.
(I'm just one of the guys I swear!)
That's not to say I'm a world class chess player but I know
what I'm doing when my I sacrifice my rook for your pawn. It's not because I
read a book about it, it's because I played with my grandmother and brother
ever sense I was a small child. My skills of shifting plastic pieces on a board
have come from many years of experience and memorization of patterns.
In a nutshell that's what a fighter game is: memorizing patterns.
And much like chess it would take me years to become competitive in Soul
Calibur. Well, I don't have time to devote to memorization and it's not going
to come easy anyways so what am I to do? Well, I'm going to hope developers of
fighting games will take a look at their way of doing things. In the game Skate
the entire career mode is teaching you new moves and combos. There are large
portions of the game that you can't even pass without pulling off intense and
difficult tricks. That's what I want from developers like Project Soul and Capcom.
I want a way to learn difficult moves and combos without printing out a sheet
of paper and constantly having to pause and figure things out.
(That's what a good combo gets you)
I'm okay with something like a combo guide being difficult
because it should be/would have to be. However, I need a beginner guide to
things. It's like teaching someone to ride a bicycle- you can't just put them
on the largest hill and cut the kids brakes; you have teach him to peddle with training
wheels, and then in a safe environment take the breaks off and give him a fair
I really enjoy the art style of most fighting games. I also
enjoy watching half-dressed men and women beat each other with fists, feet,
staffs, and swords. What I want to enjoy it beating one of my friends while
playing it. I'm not a hardcore fighter fan and I won't ever be one. But I'd
like to be able to hold my own once in a blue moon.
How do you feel about fighters? Let me know in the comment
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Hahaha great article. Just stick to button mashing friend. Street Fighter is ridiculously sweet, but incredibly complex.
Fighting games always have fierce gamers(fighters) that can destroy you even if you are the best of a household. It is difficult to play them, but thrilling and fun.