6 Tips to Get Better at Street Fighter 5

Fighting games can be a blast to play. However, for new players to the genre, early experiences can be extremely frustrating. When you lose in a fighting game, there is no excuse other than that your opponent was better than you in that match. This is especially true for beginners. With the first season of Street Fighter V wrapping up, and Capcom Cup 2016 just around the corner, here are some basic tips for new members of the fighting world. Keep in mind, these steps are not just to help you improve your fighting skills, but also how to have fun and enjoy the experience.

1)Find a Character You Enjoy


Once you venture online into ranked or casual play, get used to seeing Ryu and Ken early and often. These two fireball throwing warriors have been staples of the game dating back to the beginning. They are balanced characters that can do damage from a variety of ranges and are great for learning the basics of the game. However, just because Ryu and Ken are icons of the franchise, don’t feel like you have to use them. Find a character that fits how you want to play. Want to play high octane, fast paced, and try to keep your opponents guessing? Give Rashid a whirl or take a stab with Vega. Combatants like Dhalism, Nash, and Guile both allow you to fight from a distance. Characters like Zangief, Mika, and Laure will keep your grappling skills polished. Every fighter in SFV can be dangerous and effective. Finding the style you like will put a smile on your face and make losses and learning experiences much more enjoyable.

2)Training Mode(Easy Combos, Range of Attacks)



The best part about training mode: unlimited do-overs and nobody hits back. Any fighter’s move set can be a daunting thing to look at for someone not familiar with Street Fighter. Start at the beginning with training mode. Try out each basic and special attack against a static opponent and get a basic idea of what kind of range and effectiveness each attack has. Figure out some easy combos to chain together for some additional damage. Most importantly, start working on your muscle memory. Approach training with the goal of getting things to the point where you can perform any move with your eyes shut. After you get a feel for the basics and want to see where you stand, give online a shot when your ready. Treat your first fights as a learning experience. What worked well? What didn’t? Take that stuff back into training mode. Embrace the challenge of getting better. Also, remember that this is a great place to practice against fighters that give you a hard time. Just pick the character you need to practice against, take them out of dummy mode, and ramp up the difficulty level(5 or 6 usually does the trick).

3) Learn with Friends

Street Fighter on your own can be a grind and a challenge. Street Fighter with a friend who knows the same or less than you can take a frustrating experience and turn it into an amazing evening. Trying to learn on the fly in versus mode, yelling advice at each other in online bouts, and breaking things down after each fight can take every controller throwing moment and turn it into an hilarious one. There is nothing better than rolling on the floor laughing every time Fang tells you to “Take the poison!”. Versus mode also gives you the chance to play as every character and figure out exactly who your main will be.

4)Defense Defense Defense

The common saying may be “the best defense is a good offense”, but in SFV, your best offense early and later on may just be a great defense. With the removal of chip damage to win a round(with the exception of Critical Art), blocking, V-Reversals, and anti-airs can get you wins early and often. The rush of blocking a flurry of attacks just to counter with that combo you have been working on makes all the hard work feel like it is really paying off. Learn how to play defense and you can extend the length of battles and in the process learn how to punish over-aggressive players. Blocking successfully can help build confidence to continue moving forward.

5) Know When to Step Away

No matter how much practice you put in, your gonna lose your share of matches when you go online. Losing in fighting games as a beginner can create plenty of frustration. Training mode and powering through online are great ways to improve. However, like anything else in life that can give you a hard time, sometimes it is best to just walk away. Put down the controller, take a walk, and cool off. Let you brain reset and calm down. Once you think you’re ready, hop right back in!

6) Search Out Additional Resources


A final way to learn the ins and outs of Street Fighter, watch the professionals. Find out who the best players in the world are at using your character and observe what they do. Then take what you see into training mode and try to recreate it. Beyond simply watching the best in the world, players can also learn from them by taking lessons. CrossCounter Training is a site that was developed by Ryan “Gootecks” Gutierrez, a mainstay in the fighting game community. From the site, players can schedule training sessions with him, as well as some of the best players around the world. In a one hour session with any of the trainers, you can learn things about the game that could take weeks to understand on your own.

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Mad Catz® Ships Street Fighter® V licensed Fighting Game Controllers

Next Generation FightSticks TM and FightPads TM Rise Up For Highly Anticipated Global Game Launch – February 16, 2016!

Mad Catz Interactive, Inc.  announced today that is has begun shipping its new range of Street Fighter® V licensed fighting game controllers to retail. Available for the PlayStation 4 computer entertainment system as part of the Company’s licensing agreement with Capcom®, this next-generation controller range hits retail to coincide with the global launch of the highly anticipated Street Fighter V.
Combining innovative features, precision quality components and user customization options, the new Street Fighter V range of FightSticks and FightPads are designed to provide gamers of all levels – from casual players to tournament professionals – the competitive edge they need to dominate every round.
Products now shipping as part of the Street Fighter V range include:


  • Street Fighter V Arcade FightStick TE2+: The legendary Tournament Edition 2 FightStick returns powered up for a new generation! Now, the most customizable FightStick ever, featuring premium Sanwa Denshi components, exclusive artwork, dual PS3 / PS4 compatibility and all new touchpad controls complete with L3 and R3 button functionality.
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  • Street Fighter V Arcade FightStick TE-S+: A return to the classic FightStick form factor with an updated version of the award-winning Tournament Edition FightStick chassis, the TE-S+ features new touchpad controls and an exclusive ‘Shadaloo’ artwork design for those looking to stand out in the tournament.
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  • Street Fighter V Arcade FightStick Alpha: Introducing a new challenger! The FightStick Alpha features an all new compact, six-button design, ideal for easy transportation but robust enough for beginners and veterans alike. Ideal for those who want the feel of a full-size arcade stick and the freedom to play anywhere, the all new FightStick Alpha offers a remarkable value.
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  • Street Fighter V FightPad PRO: An entirely new fighting game controller for the current console generation, the FightPad PRO offers unrivalled control, robust control options, comfort and precision for those favoring a gamepad style controller over a stick. Enhanced fighting style D-pad, analog stick and touch controls work in sync with the classic arcade style six-button configuration to produce the ultimate controller for fighting games.

“With amazing graphics and accessible battle mechanics, Street Fighter V is primed to be one of this year’s biggest game launches and we’re thrilled to make available our next generation of fighting game controllers alongside this highly anticipated title. We’ve worked closely with Capcom and leaders in the fighting game community to deliver an unrivalled range of products that are truly designed to make gamers of all skill levels better fighters,” said Darren Richardson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Mad Catz. “We expect the new Street Fighter V product range to contribute to strong sales in our specialty controller category throughout 2016 and beyond.”
“As a new era of fighting games begins on February 16, our partners at Mad Catz have gone above and beyond to deliver the next generation of Street Fighter V controllers to our passionate fans who have waited so long for this moment,” said Matt Dahlgren, Director of Brand Marketing for Capcom. “Their stunning new range of Street Fighter V controllers provides the perfect complement to our game and we couldn’t be more impressed with their industry-leading new product line and their long standing dedication to the fighting game community.”

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Capcom Reveals Street Fighter 5 Cinematic Story Mode

It was revealed earlier today by Capcom in a trailer that Street Fighter V will be focusing more on it’s story by implementing a Cinematic Story Mode, showcasing the roles of some of the newer characters, as well as the familiar ones. Although details on the story have not yet been revealed, we see the trailer opening up with Fang (a new fighter on the Street Fighter roster) using a machine to summon a portal leading to M.Bison’s reign of power, and it’s up to the protagonists to once again hone their fighting techniques and stop the threat.

Click the video below to view the trailer, and for more Street Fighter V news, be sure to visit