Marvel vs. Capcom 3 and Learning How to Not Suck
Being good at fighting games is hard. Due to my recent success at Super Street Fighter IV, I’ve sort of taken that fact for granted. However, I got better at Street Fighter through hundreds of hours of practice, tournament experience and absorbing anything and everything I could online in regards to making myself a better player. Before I went through all of that, I spent dozens of hours playing the game online; losing almost every single one of those matches.
Though I was able to coast through the bottom tier of ranked Marvel vs. Capcom 3 matches, my winning percentage has taken a serious dip. I know enough about the game to recognize that I’m losing to people who suck at the game, but I don’t have the skills and know-how myself to beat them. Am I willing to put in the time and effort to not suck?
Unlike my early foray into Street Fighter IV, I’ve developed a much stronger understanding of fighting games as a whole. I know enough about the basic over-arcing concepts of fighting games such as timing, spacing, combo systems and Yomi that I can apply them across any fighting game I play. A recent example of these over-arching skills helping me out happened a month or so ago, when I was able to win a few Tekken 6 matches against my work’s resident Tekken fan. I’m terrible at Tekken, but I was able to win a few matches because I was able to analyze what he was doing to me and counter it with the little knowledge I had.
That basic knowledge, skills and some experience with Tatsunoko vs. Capcom have taken me past the ground floor in Marvel vs. Capcom 3, but I recognize that there is so much more for me to learn. I’m still trying to clean up my execution to a point where I can do what I want, when I want. Beyond that, I still need to come up with a team that works for me, learn how to make best use of things like hyper meters and X-Factor, and get a lot of practice under my belt so that I can better analyze and overcome various situations.
With the Street Fighter IV experience under my belt, I know what I need to do to get better. That trajectory of improvement involves a lot of practice (training and actual matches) as well as absorbing any sort of learning resources I can get a hold of. I know there are a ton of great free guides online and I’ve even considered grabbing the official Marvel vs. Capcom 3 guide, which I’ve heard was excellent.
With Super Street Fighter IV, I recognize that I’ll never be the best, but I’m happy with where my skills are at in that game. It’s unfair for me to expect myself to be good at a one-week-old game, but the fact that I’m not where I’d like to be in a game I really like irks me enough to write this post. Will I actively put in the work to get better or just let whatever is meant to happen, happen?