As 2008 comes to an end, What blog could be not complete without a post about 2009? So, I’ve put together this list with a little humour to hopefully inspire a bit of desire to really step into the next level in 2009. Making progress in Street Fighter 4 in 2009 can be beneficial over the years because, as we already know, Capcom is bound to at the very least release SF4: Champion Edition and SF4: Hyper Fighting, and you’re sure to be playing them all!
Let’s get this straight:
1. Stop whiffing at throws
It’s probably the most important factor that players could improve their performance on the game Street Fighter 4. Although whiffing throws don’t generally result in a death like it can with 3rd Strike, characters like Balrog are still able to do massive harm when you’re not cautious. Instead, you should learn how to Option Choose Throw. This is to press LK + LP when blocking. If you throw, you’ll get tech, and if they don’t throw, you’re hit with an irrational jab. Whatever the case, you’re never going to suffer whiff, and you’ll spare yourself some time in 2009.
2. Learn an alternative character
Simply put, knowing the alternate character will not only allow you to understand the game between your primary and alternate and more effectively but also give you a semi-secret weapon that you can utilize in a tournament to surprise someone and get one or two wins. You can also use your alternate character to play other players, like by using Vega to take on Sagat as well as Dhalsim in a match against Balrog.
3. Make sure you contribute to strengthening your local community.
What’s the purpose of being the best player in Street Fighter 4 if you’re stuck at home practising? Go out and help organize tournaments, make connections with more people and make more amiable with the people that you are playing with. Through improving the community, more players are likely to play more often and will help everyone get up.
4. Start double-tapping
It could be a completely first for many people. For those who aren’t familiar with double-tapping, it’s when you press buttons twice fast instead of only the usual one. This increases your odds of accepting your input and also makes timing chains and links more simple. The most commonly used method for doing this is to perform scraping using your index and middle finger and then scrape until you feel you’re middle finger one second over your index fingers.
5. Begin to take notes
I’m fairly certain that writing this down has been one of the most beneficial changes to the game I’ve ever made over quite a while. I’m sure I learned the game more easily since I recorded things I was struggling with, the outcomes of situations that I had not experienced before, and what did or didn’t perform against tough opponents. I began with the tiny $.99 notepad that fits in a pocket, and now I’m using an iPod Touch because it’s easier to find things. Whatever you prefer, Try it out!
6. Break bad habits
This is connected to the whole “not throwing a whiff” issue. You must identify your bad habits by looking at your reasons for losing. Are you performing the wakeup uppercuts too much? Do you throw whiffings? Doing jumps and then getting anti-aired? Try to play a full round without committing any of your bad practices and observe how your game shifts even if you fail.
7. Enhance your weak points
Examine your game and discover what your habits are. Perhaps you prefer to play rush down or prefer to use a turtle in most games. Take the time to master in the other way. You don’t know when you’ll be able to benefit in a crucial match due to becoming a more flexible player.
8. Stop taking it too seriously/ Start treating it as if it were a serious matter
Keep in mind that it’s Street Fighter! Consider that it’s not only Street Fighter. Many players would benefit by taking it less seriously (myself as well) since, in the end, it’s Street Fighter, and it’s supposed to be enjoyable. There’s no need to get all upset over nothing.
However, there are people who may gain from taking the game more seriously. If you’re spending every night engaging in Street Fighter and you’re not experiencing a steady improvement, perhaps you should consider what you’d like to get from this. If you’re playing just for fun, then that’s fine and nothing wrong with playing for fun. However, if you’re trying to improve and improve your game, you might want to begin putting in some more effort by beginning taking notes, watching more videos, or studying your performance through recording your game.
9. Create written goals for yourself
This is in line with taking notes about your performance. As there’s already a journal that you write infrequently, You might want to note down your goals to help you stay on track. If you’re committed enough to note down notes, then you’re serious enough to write down goals.
I made a resolution for myself this year to travel to Japan to play SBO and be able to win one match during my stay, and I succeeded. I also made it a point to reach 1,000 people to listen to The Street Fighter podcast, and in the present, even though it took several weeks, most episodes are played over 1,000 times.
10. Do more work
You might have been just inches away from achieving Top 8 at your local tournament, and if only you put in a bit more effort and time into it, you’ll be able to achieve it every time. Put aside a bit more time to see whether you’ve been that close all the way. Perhaps it’s just one more session per week to reach the breakthrough.