8 Tips to Become a ‘Street Fighter V’ Pro

Whenever you approach an unfamiliar series that’s been around for nearly 30 years and is known for its bottomless depth, things can get a little intimidating. That’s the case for anyone coming to Street Fighter V for the first time. Whether you’re a lapsed fan of the series or a total newcomer, don’t let the this game’s daunting reputation stop you from trying it.

Street Fighter V is a great entry point for newbies, so we’ve compiled a list of tips to help you succeed in the game. So follow along and before you know it, you’ll be uppercutting your way to victory.

1. Focus on the basics

Sure, Ken’s flaming dragon punch is flashy as hell, but it’s best to think of the special moves in Street Fighter V as icing on the cake. It’s much easier — and more important — for newcomers to get the basics down before trying to hurricane kick all over the screen.

Start by focusing on the standard moves: punches, kicks, blocks, and throws. These are what you should spend most of your time doing in Street Fighter V. Get a feel for how fast or slow the light, medium, and hard attacks take to complete. Also note how far the attacks reach. They might not look as spectacular as a special move, but they’re much easier to pull off in the heat of battle.

When it comes to special moves — which you can see how to do from the pause screen — take your time with them. Focus on one until you’ve mastered it before moving onto the next one. Once you get a couple of special moves down, then you can continue to more advanced maneuvers, like V-Skill, V-Trigger, and Critical Arts.

2. Play as Ken or Ryu to start

Each character in Street Fighter V has a unique play style, but newcomers should use Ken and Ryu until they get a feel for the game. These are great well-rounded characters, with a suite of moves that let them hold their own against any other fighter in the game.

3. Try every character

Once you feel comfortable with Ken or Ryu, try playing as other characters. While learning how to use 16 characters might sound overwhelming at first, it’s a good idea to give each one a shot before choosing your go-to fighter.

Many of the characters play quite differently from the others, so take your time with them. A good way to do this is to play through a character’s Story Mode, and then jump into Survival. Once you’ve tried them all, then you can pick a favorite.

4. Slow down

When many people play a fighting game for the first time, their instinct is to button-mash their way through fights. This non-strategy can be effective on accident, but it won’t do you much good if your goal is to learn the game.

When a match begins, take things slowly. Keep your thumb over the back button so you can block any incoming attacks. Look for an opportunity, and when you find one, go in for the attack.

5. Limit jumps

The best way to avoid being hit in Street Fighter V is to be unpredictable. The one time your opponent will be able to predict exactly where you’re going is when you jump. Not only do jumps tell your opponent exactly where you’re going to land, but there’s no way to block in midair. It may feel restrictive at first, but staying on the ground is usually the smartest thing to do.

6. Learn a combo

When you pause the game, you’ll be able to study your character’s special moves, including combos. Combos are strings of attacks you can deliver one after another, and they’re a great way to maximize the damage you can inflict in any given opportunity. Learn a combo, and use it whenever you see an opening.

7. Use your V-Trigger

When your V-Trigger gauge fills up, you can do a special move that’s unique to each character simply by pressing hard punch and hard kick simultaneously. It’s one of the easiest special moves in the game to pull off, so figure out what your character’s V-Trigger move is and use it when time is right.

8. Practice

We all know that if you want to get good at anything, practice is key. The same goes for Street Fighter V. Play against the computer in Story and Survival modes. Play against people online in casual matches. If you want to get used to a new character, you can practice in Training Mode for a stress-free environment.

The key thing to remember is that you’ll get out of Street Fighter V what you put into it. Come at it with an open mind and devote some time to learning the basics, and you’ll find one of the most exciting, intense fighting games around.

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