Kickstart Guide to Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid

Go! Go! Power Rangers!

Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid pits the legendary warriors in spandex in a 3v3 fighting game similar to Marvel vs. Capcom and Dragon Ball FighterZ. While its controls and gameplay systems have been simplified somewhat relative to other tag fighters on the market, you’re going to have to put in the elbow grease in order to access the most damaging combos, head-scratching mix-ups, and brick wall defense. This is by no means a comprehensive guide to the game, but here are a few pointers to get you ready for morphin’ time!

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Kickstart Guide to BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle

Anime worlds collide in BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle! As with any fighting game, onboarding is going to be a bumpy ride. Even though this one has a lower barrier to entry, it’s also a niche fighter with a hardcore audience that can make the newcomer experience even tougher than most. If you’re tired of being shredded by Ruby and want to be the one slicing and dicing with her scythe, maybe this guide can get you off the ground floor!
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Tips for Managing Meter in Dragon Ball FighterZ

When it comes to meter, Dragon Ball FighterZ doles it out at a very generous clip. After the first few seconds of the match, it’s pretty easy to go through an entire match while still having stocks to spare. However, I’ve run into no shortage of players that liberally burn their meter during the match, only to find themselves bankrupt when the match is in the balance.

Managing your resources is crucial to your success on the battlefield. Let’s talk about two of the most common wastes of meter that occur in a match and what can be done instead to ensure that you have meter when you need it most!

 

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Universal Fighting Game Guide: Hit Confirms

When I first started getting into fighting games as a kid, one of my favourite things to do in Street Fighter II was to perform the classic two-hit combo of crouching heavy punch into heavy shoryuken. If it connected, it did a devastating amount of damage. However, if it missed, it left me wide open for a counter attack. For years, I simply thought that was the cost of doing business. It wasn’t until I got into the genre seriously that I learned a better way.

In this edition of the Universal Fighting Game Guide, we will cover the concept of hit confirmation, or hit confirms for short. By understanding how hit confirms work, you can maximize your offensive potential while minimizing your risk!

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Kickstart Guide to Dragon Ball FighterZ

Want to fight like a Super Saiyan, but you lose more often than Yamcha? Then hopefully you’ve come to the right place! Dragon Ball FighterZ is a frenetic 2D tag-based fighting game that can easily overwhelm players with its anime-quality visuals and combos that can send you careening through mountains. If you’re not prepared, you will quickly end up on the wrong end of an earth-shattering Kamehameha wave. Hopefully this handful of tips will help you push your power level towards 9,000!

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How to Do Flight Combos in Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite

One of the coolest aspects of the Marvel vs. Capcom series is the concept of flight combos. Soaring through the skies while repeatedly smacking a hapless foe is always a sight to behold. It’s also one of the hardest concepts to master in these games. During my time with Marvel vs. Capcom 3, I struggled mightily to pull them off in training mode, and almost never attempted them in-match unless I was really in the zone.

With the switch to Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, I found myself in a position where I really wanted to play as Ultron, but was intimidated at the prospect of having to learn flight combos in order to score optimal damage. Well, after a few weeks of practice, and after scouring the internet for help, I think I have it down.

Here’s some resources and tips that could help you master the game’s coolest and most damaging combos!

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Kickstart Guide to Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite

The fate of two worlds rests on your shoulders in Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite! This tag team fighter may be more streamlined compared to its predecessors, but it’s still one of the toughest fighters to learn due to its lighting pace and the complexity that comes with managing multiple characters at once. While the in-game teaching tools are awful, don’t let that stop you from enjoying a really solid fighter. Try these tips on for size!

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Tips to Take Your Arms Skills to the Next Level

Nintendo’s latest fighting game is far from a waggle fest. Players who master the ins-and-outs of ARMS will dominate, while button mashing and arm flailing will almost certainly guarantee defeat. These tips may not make you the Daigo of ARMS, but they should get you on the right track to success!

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Kickstart Guide to Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3

(Originally posted on Splitkick with minor edits)

It’s easy to be intimidated by or dismissive of Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3. With so many characters and projectiles flying around the screen at breakneck speed, it can look like an indecipherable laser light show or mindless button-masher. In reality, it’s one of the deepest, most exciting, and rewarding fighters out there. With its recent port to the PlayStation 4 and the release of Marvel vs. Capcom Infinite looming, now’s a great time to play this killer crossover title.

The learning curve is definitely steep, but not insurmountable. With the help of this Kickstart Guide, you’ll hopefully gain a better understanding of the game’s crazier aspects while preparing yourself to take on the world.

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Countering Throw Mashers in Street Fighter V

Over the last few weeks, I’ve noticed an alarming trend in the online Street Fighter V metagame. As soon as one’s opponent gets close, they mash the input for throw. By doing so, they tech an opponent’s throw attempt, throw an opponent whose blocking, or throw an opponent who tries to attack with a slower move.

As simplistic, flawed and as scrubby as this tactic is, tons of players online are using it to great success. Now that I’m playing in platinum league, I see many highly-ranked players online mashing throw every time they sense an up close and personal threat.

I want to see the community grow beyond this stupid gimmick. I’ve been doing my part to blow people up with counters when I see it, but it’s also worth spreading the word on how to counter a throw masher in Street Fighter V.

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