Despite being designed for new players, Street Fighter 5 is a difficult game to master. That’s why we’ve come up with a comprehensive guide that will ease you to greatness. Just by reading this, you’ve earned your first Dan. There he is! Great work. It’s not going to be easy. There’s new hardware to master, arcane skills to comprehend and hours of practice to suffer. Think of it like Daniel-san from Karate Kid, painting the house and accidentally learning how to fight. Some things here might seem obtuse, but they’ll stand you in good stead when a Silver-league Zangief is bearing down on you in the final round, thighs glistening and eyes aflame. And with that vaguely-threatening thought in mind – to the dojo!
Stick or pad?
It’s perhaps the most-asked question on r/streetfighter: should I use a pad or a stick? The answer is an honest-if-unhelpful ‘whatever works best for you’. Many top players use pads. Luffy won EVO 2014 using a PS1 controller, which feels like bringing a flint spear to a shooting party. Truthfully, it doesn’t matter. Practice long enough with a modded Nintendo Power Glove and you’ll still get good enough to pick up a few wins. Whatever you decide, please don’t blame losses on your control method. BrolyLegs fights competitive matches using his face. Remember that when your opponent starts mewling about controller lag.
Block, block, block and block again
You’ve chosen your control method. Now let me introduce you to blocking. Blocking is your faithful gun dog. Blocking is your Doctor Watson. Before you even look at those lovely buttons, you should hold block long into the small hours of the night, just to see how it feels. Familiarise yourself with defending the standard attack of a high jump-in attack followed by low sweep: when you first start, literally everyone will use this. Obviously, blocking is fallible – people will throw you all over the place if all you do is hold back – but you won’t win many matches without it. Study your opponent’s combos, block smartly and …