As a fellow gamer, I’m not ashamed to say I hate loosing in any game. Gaming is like war and before we go on this crusade against the online community. We need to learn how to use the weapons first.
The aim of this article is to provide you with a basic foundation on how to approach a complicated game like Tekken.
Picking a Character
There are around 40 characters with varied fighting styles in Tekken. I’m not gonna be the guy who’s gonna tell you to pick this particular character to win.
Just remember one thing, your character is your avatar, your extension in this game. Pick whoever you want to pick, remember you’ve chosen them because there is something in there that you like.
People will be ready to tell you the character is too complicated for a beginner and they are probably right. But don’t let others judgement cloud your opinions, if you want to play as Hwoarang because of you like Taekwondo or if you want to play as a Mishima because of Electrics or King because you watch WWE than you should and stick with them until you feel otherwise.
Learning your Character
After you’ve made your choice, What I would recommend you to do go to google and search for the Top 10 moves of your character.
This is important as Tekken doesn’t have a tutorial mode and seeing the move list of characters like King or Hwoarang can be a bit overwhelming.
Just go into practice mode and learn the Top 10 moves that your character has and a simple combo that you can do reliably.
A fun video by my man TendoXI who lists out the best moves in the game must watch.
Learning about your opponent
If you’re like me, there is 90% chance that you will face a Brayan online. What I would recommend is not to rush.
Observe the type of player he is, if he is one of those who does one move after the other or whether he is the type who does only stand block.
Do big knockdown lows if he doesn’t block, do mids/hop kicks if they love to crouch. Throw out one of your best moves and see how he is gonna react.
The key here is to adapt your play style in accordance with the player your facing.
If you block one of your opponents moves, they’ve something called recovery animation. if you connect a move in this time frame, it will be called punishment.
Let’s keep it simple as your starting, learn one of the knockdowns punishes like Jin’s 2,4 or Lars f2,4.
Every character has one of these, it helps in taking the momentum away from your opponent.
There are move’s in Tekken which hit grounded opponents like Devil Jin’s b4 or Hwoarang’s b3.
Their moves are what we call “Get off the ground!” moves, they do a chunk of damage and make your opponent hesitate to stay down and let you continue your offence.
Check whether your character has one of these and implement it into your game.
One of the traps that beginner’s fall into is doing lows like Snake edge and getting their entire game based on it. If they run into a player that can block it, they’ll get rekt.
This is where mix-up’s come into the picture, do the lows be predictable with them and when your opponent thinks you’re a noob, HOPKICK!