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  1. As someone that has spent many hours watching SFV tournaments and been consistently mauled whenever I tried to play online (to the point I barely got a chance to hit some buttons) I've found this to be a welcome change. I got obliterated in my first session, which is fine, but last night I played another hour or so and the mental sparring that played out with opponents was superb fun - even earning me quite a few wins against opponents that were consistently beating me previously. I played my second session last night and switched to Jubei for those satisfying counters (dear god they feel great) and, sure enough, got demolished by multiple people. But everyone was gracious, and with each loss I felt the answer was me in 'me learning from my mistakes' and not 'gotta go into the lab and drill combos for hours while revising frame data'. One session in particular was about 25 matches against a Genjuro and he was giving me a good spanking but I started to recognise and learn the huuuuuge windows available against certain attacks. Moreso, I was focusing on what his patterns and habits with some great, tense moments in neutral where neither one wanted to show their hand. Very quickly into the session I felt I was 'fighting my opponents mind' and not wrestling with the games systems and combos screaming "do I get a chance to attack yet?!". I've spent hours trying to drill combos in SFV but I'm 2 sessions into SamSho and I'm focussing on my gameplan and tactics with barely a care for execution or framedata. Buh-bye SFV. I'm not saying this is better, but I'm getting far more enjoyment from the fights. All that being said, it doesn't look like there's many people playing so I worry it's going to be a graveyard real quick. I hope it takes off in the tournament scene as I'd love to watch some high-level players and break down the hard reads that can make it so satisfying. Edit: Also, what I learned from my Jubei time... Dashing Heavy Slash does great damage and seems ridiculously safe considering the norm Purposefully getting a Medium Slash blocked and then immediately doing a MS counter can work surprisingly often as people try to exploit your rebound and it does massive damage Keep poking with Medium Slash then suddenly dash up and throw followed by Cr Heavy Slash really started to open up my opponents I think his F, D, DF + Slash seems to do a decent amount of chip damage as I ended a few close stalemates by just charging at them with it
  2. Ah, I think that might be the majority of my problem. I was probably trying to start with a normal that isn't special cancellable. I'll have to dive deeper in practice mode. Thanks for the breakdown. I always find these mashing moves are so hard to do on a pad (which is what I use) when piano'ing on a stick is much quicker but in my tests I'm almost certain I managed to pull it off with only a couple of presses on occasion so I thought there might be a secret timing or hidden shortcut rule to help lowly padders. Thanks again for the pointers.
  3. I tried my hand and the big-boy earthquake and quite enjoyed it because his Heavy Slash attacks carve huge chunks out of flesh and the timespace continuum. I mostly just get mauled up close though. I've also been drawn to the obscene range and blanka-esque animalism of TamTam and I'm also tempted by the maximum risk reads of Jubei with his counters. On that note, all those character have a special that is activated with Fwd and mashing an attack (like hundred-hand slap). However I can't seem to figure out the exact mashing requirements so sometimes they come out within two or three presses and others I get nothing. Is it a rhythm or timing thing? Do I need to hold forward or mash that too perhaps? Alternating buttons seems to be valid but that sometimes causes grabs etc. On top of that, I don't think you can link/combo into them so I'm not sure how you're supposed to use them. Anybody any the wiser on these move types?
  4. Impulse bought it (from Game, ugh). I've spent tons of hours just trying and failing on SFV combo challenges and enjoyed a few online games but mostly got destroyed without getting a hit in. I've been enjoying the idea of this being more about hard reads and less about learning humongous combos so they can have my cash. Fingers crossed I'm not completely bobbins at this also. Update: Just played a few hours and... I'm absolutely bobbins. Won a single match (out of about 30ish) but enjoyed myself for the most part as the hits feels really crunchy and satisfying.
  5. I've not bought this yet (though I'm tempted to pick it up anyway) and the one thing nudging me to do so is the fact the season pass is free for the first five days only. However, I've noticed the DLC (but not the game) is available on the playstation store and I've managed to purchase it without having the game. Surely that means I've got the DLC and can buy the game at a much later date and the DLC will be available to me. Maybe? I dunno, just figured I'd shared in case it is a cheeky workaround/exploit for those on a tight budget.
  6. They've already dredged that well... https://robertsspaceindustries.com/referral-program Edit: Dammit, beaten to the punch
  7. Parry Rhodes surely. Guard on Ramsay Ken Hom's Hot Block
  8. I don't have any worthwhile, experience-based wisdom but... If you start any video with "Hey guys, what's up. It's TheHolyHogg here" then you should consider yourself creatively moribund and doomed to eternal inadequacy. Every single Youtuber seems to say this and it really grinds my gears (even more so than begging for likes and subscribes "because it really helps me out guys"). Bah! Good luck though.
  9. I bought this in the steam sale and then clocked up about 40 hours in under a week. It's definitely not for everyone but if you can happily accept the brutality of 'survival of the fittest' world and the slightly grindy nature (especially early on) it can be truly gripping stuff. This has now joined Bloodborne / Dark Souls and Elite Dangerous in being able to generate a moment of play where my heart is absolutely pounding out of my chest with tension/excitement. It's definitely better with some friendlies to coop but I've been loving being a solo survivor and doing whatever I can to remain hidden and innocuous in a world of rivalries and battles.
  10. So I had tried the link a few days back and got exactly that message myself - I went off in a huff. I assumed the reddit link one was a different address which had magically worked but perhaps it's not. Interestingly, I've just received an email saying I got into the beta so it could be that they are releasing a fresh batch and it's rolling out gradually with some delays on the email. I'd say keep checking basically.
  11. I didn't get into the EU beta (and was a very grumpy bunny) but this post on reddit... https://www.reddit.com/r/StreetFighter/comments/3po1a1/if_you_signed_up_in_the_2nd_beta_in_eu_try_this/ worked for me (and others) and I got a code. It almost seems like everyone got a code but they only emailed a select number of people. Anyway, can't wait to get home and give it a go tonight.
  12. ghosted

    Far Cry Primal

    I could totally go for a prehistoric survival game with the Far Cry feel (less of the collectathon though). Totally. I reckon it'll be that but we'll have two unbearably irritating 20-somethings (a douchebag dude and a scared girl) accidentally sent back in time. They'll be annoying twunts but the survival aspects and pure 'bow and arrow' action will make up for it. Then, just when we're really enjoying it, another portal will open up and soliders with machine guns will turn up and we'll end up climbing towers again and be left screaming "why!?!".
  13. Nowt for me too. Profound Sadness. Edit: Haha, Profound Sadness linked into crouching Profound Sadness
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