How to master your fighting style – PlayStation.Blog
Hello everybody! Seiji Aoki here, Chief Producer of Virtua Fighter 5 Ultimate Showdown, available now at no additional cost to PlayStation Plus members until August 2. Also available now as part of the PlayStation Now library.
It’s been an incredible month watching millions of players jump back into the ring with this legendary fighting series, especially all new players getting their first taste of the deep strategy and intricate balance that define Virtua Fighter combat. Today we offer the best tips for newcomers taking their first steps to become the next World Fighting Tournament legend.
Virtua Fighter uses intuitive and simple controls compared to many other fighting games. There are only three basic commands: Punch, Kick, and Guard. Each can be done with a button. Simple truth? Hardly.
Pairing just those three buttons with different stick movements opens up literally hundreds of combinations for each character. Add in the dynamic strategy of fights performed in 3D scenarios and you begin to experience the real depth behind such a simple control scheme. Perfecting the time required to perform the right combo at the right time is the first step toward mastering Virtua Fighter.
For new players, your first destination should be training mode. Every Virtua Fighter has had a solid tutorial and VF5 Ultimate Showdown is no exception. Taking the time to learn the basic systems and moves before experimenting with more complex combinations will pay off once you’re ready to jump into competitive play.
The first two moves to learn are knockdown attacks and breakfasts (knockdown recovery). In Virtua Fighter, you can keep attacking when your opponent is down (or take damage if you are down). Accumulating extra damage (or avoiding it) after a crucial takedown is often the difference between victory or defeat.
The other crucial system to learn is how the basic frameworks work. Understanding how frames work will help you intuitively perform the correct attack or counterattack in any given situation. It’s a challenging system to master, so when starting out, it’s best to keep in mind that “if your attack is blocked, defend immediately” and “if you block, immediately go on offense.”
Learn to do both of those things reliably and you’re well on your way to experiencing the fluid, fast-paced fights unique to this game.
Choose the right character
Each Virtua Fighter character has a unique fighting style with many different combos to choose from. Choosing the character that suits your play style (and mastering your choice) makes all the difference when jumping into competitive play.
For new players, I would recommend starting with one of three characters: Jacky Bryant, Jeffry McWild, or Sarah Bryant.
Jacky is a balanced and relatively standard character. It is a great choice if you are just looking to do your basic moves. His somersault kick↖K when looking to the right) is an effective way to turn the tables on an overly eager opponent, but be careful not to overuse it against more advanced fighters.
Jeffry is a powerful character who can deal a lot of damage using his unlimited Pankration fighting style that combines boxing, wrestling, and kicking. Its commands are pretty simple, so try to perform a knee attack (➔K looking to the right) or mixing up a throw to deal more damage.
Sarah is a slightly more technical fighter whose diverse style of martial arts uses a lot of kicks. Focus on learning the combos that open up for an exceptionally graceful fighting style.
No matter which character you choose to start with, take the time to learn their basic moves and combos in training mode before testing your skills in competitive play. The practice is worth it, and once you get a feel for all the available combinations and move sets, you’ll start to really experience the depth of play that Virtua Fighter has to offer.
Hope this was helpful; It has been incredibly rewarding to see millions of new players experience Virtua Fighter for the first time after all these years, and we are so grateful to our community for continuing to invest their time and passion. As always, thank you for your support, we will get you back in the ring!