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Flashback: CvS2 Guile Tactics v1.0

November 23rd, 2009 6 comments

As a special feature between SF4 TACV episodes, i thought i’d re-encode my old Capcom vs SNK 2 Guile strategy guide in high quality. Since this video was recorded well over five years ago, a few of these tactics are somewhat dated. That means they’ll still work against 95% of the fighting game players out there, except the few who’ve been keeping the CvS2 dream alive by playing against likeminded competition every week.

More importantly, some of these tactics are risky or outright dangerous, but what can i say? I was trying to RTSD like my hero Alex Valle. It’s hard to describe the feeling but sometimes you just know exactly what your opponent is going to do. Plus generally i don’t like playing Guile on autopilot so my version doesn’t look robotic as usual.

If any of these clips are unclear, check out the notes in my original writeup or ask about them here. My initial intention was to keep recording matches on a regular basis to use for updating this video, but i got too tangled up in other projects. Happens.

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CV Spotlight: Keiko’s SFA2 Sagat Custom Combos

November 22nd, 2009 2 comments

About a month ago, Keiko started compiling comprehensive Custom Combo guides for every character in SFA2. The content ranges from practical CCs for every situation, to flashy customs which are strictly combo video material, to crazy glitches. In fact, every single episode is awesome. One of his latest features Sagat and contains quite a few interesting combos.

Street Fighter Alpha 2 – Sagat Custom Combos

Perhaps the two coolest clips are performed against Rolento and avoid knocking him down until after the CC meter expires. The first one at 0:36 consists of nothing but Ground Tiger Shots and ends with a difficult link sequence into Tiger Knee followed by Tiger Uppercut. The second one comes up at 1:25 and Sagat actually combos seven Tiger Knees without knocking down Rolento. It’s probably my favorite concept shown in the whole video.

There’s also some crazy handcuffs glitch performed against Sodom at the end of the video. Does anyone have any idea what caused it?

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Suggested Reading, Vol. 1

November 21st, 2009 3 comments

The fighting game community produces some outstanding strategy articles on a fairly regular basis. If you haven’t already read these and you want to get better at Street Fighter or tournament play in general, you owe it to yourself to take a look.

Tournament Mentality: Confidence at SeattleVersus

The biggest misconception to competitive play in fighting games is that the most skillful players win the most tournaments. At top level play, it’s important to understand that everyone is good and anyone can win. Though skill is concrete, the fine line that separates the good players from the great players is their mentality.

 
The Brick Wall at Xenozip.’s IaMP Blog

Unfortunately though, the scene tends to be cruel to newcomers at times. When first starting out; there can seem like such an enormous gap between yourself and the best players around. Which can be even more menacing if you happen to also pick the worst character in the game.

 
Fighting a Losing Fight at Shoryuken

The pros call it ‘Clutch’. The ability to stand tall and ignore the overwhelming pressure of being unwinnably behind. Often, when you are ahead or even in health, its okay to make calculated trades with your opponent. But when you put yourself in a dire situation, where no trade in damage would be acceptable, you stand to learn a lot about yourself as a player, your character, and even the game as a whole.

 
And if you find these articles insightful and informative, it wouldn’t be such a bad idea to take an extra minute and leave a nice comment for them.

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Trivia Quiz 01: CPS1 & Dragons

November 20th, 2009 1 comment

This challenge consists of fifty trivia questions focusing on the three CPS1 SF2 titles: World Warrior, Champion Edition, and Hyper Fighting. For the purposes of this quiz, let’s pretend HSF2 doesn’t exist. Otherwise a lot of “in which game” questions would apply to HSF2 as well.

Answer as many questions as you can off the top of your head and post them as a single comment, without reading through anyone else’s responses. There are no prizes so there’s no incentive to cheat.

Obviously you can do a little research if you like, but it would take too long to verify every single answer. This shouldn’t take anyone longer than an hour to get through.

Roughly two weeks from today, i’ll make a separate entry containing all of the answers so you can check how many you got right and find out what you missed. In the meantime, good luck!

 
World Warrior Questions

01) WW: What move causes its own unique hit animation?

02) WW: Which characters have air throws?

03) WW: Who has the largest arsenal of throws in the game and how many?

04) WW: Which four characters can alter their jump arcs?

05) WW: Which characters possess both regular throws and mashable holds?

Read more…

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Weekly Screenshot: Dual Lightning Cross Slash

November 19th, 2009 21 comments

Whoever comes up with the best title gets to pick the next SF4 Biweekly TACV character! As always, the rules are one entry per person and i’ll choose my favorite on Monday.

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SFA3 A-Vega’s Alpha Counter swipes at V-Karin’s HK Ressen Ha during VC2.

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