Competitive play will never die. That’s right so long as somebody is willing to take a game seriously somebody will always try to be better than them. But how is it these people become so good? Well here at Levelling Up we will be addressing, improving and analysing what it means to be the best.
But first it’s best to address in what I want to better myself. Over the course of the blog I want to see myself improve in Halo 4, Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 and Tekken Tag Tournament 2. Each one of the games hold a specific type of play style and set of traits that come with it. With Halo 4 there is a great deal of teamwork and cooperation involved, more so than most fighting games. With UMvC3 you have to understand a lot of team synergy amongst your chosen characters and how to convert a stray hit or maximise your efficiency as well as damage. Then there is Tekken Tag Tournament 2 which blends many different elements from both games in pairplay and in the realm of fighting games. But there is more to Tekken Tag Tournament in terms of spacing and movement in a 3D environment.
The starting steps to becoming good at anything in life require you to start at the bottom. Find a friend or a few and just play. Over time you will find yourself getting a bit better and even understanding how everything works. It’s as simple as it sounds. If you want to get better at Halo, play it and play it a lot. You will reach a cap and then at that point you address where to go next. For fighting games, play with the whole cast, even if you are drawn to a specific character give others a try. If you have played previous Tekken games and know there are a few characters you want to pick up and play then do it. The expert tactics and strategies will come later. For now enjoy your purchase.
Although if you want to jump right into a fighting game you might want to consider picking up an arcade stick. Not a big expensive one. Just a little basic one. Something to get the feel of playing with a stick. Borrow one or visit a friend who has one; it truly is a preference that many people feel that they will struggle to come to terms with. Some of the greatest players in the world play on pad so don’t let it put you off if you know a lot of people who play on an arcade stick. Where there is a will there is a way.
The final piece of advice I can give to a beginner is not to set your hopes too high. Nobody wins their first tournament and nobody is born brilliant. Everyone has built up from something and put in countless hours of training. If you have somebody you idolise, branch out and watch videos of them and their peers playing. They might inspire you or even give you a few ideas about how to play or even some combos that might work well together. There is a wealth of knowledge on the internet and it is all available at the click of a button so don’t shy away.
So make sure to check back in a few short weeks and we can hit the books together and we’ll level up alongside each other.