If you’re just starting out your fighting game journey, wow, this is perfect. We’ve got a new video outlining one of the most foundational and important components of the genre that’ll get you started off on the right track.
If you’re of the majority of readers seeing this who know all about how footsies work, you may still want to take just a few minutes to remind yourself of the fundamentals that can so easily slip through the cracks as time goes by.
Indeed, while creating this video I found I was essentially reteaching myself a few basics that I sometimes let slide. It’s not so much that you forget about the fairly rock/paper/scissors nature of the footsies dance, but it’s easy to lose sight of the particular benefits of one aspect as we all naturally tend to gravitate towards others.
The way I see it, there are three aspects to the back and forth neutral play that essentially makes up footsies. You can move forward and attempt to hit your opponent with normal attacks, you can stand your ground and act as a wall of sorts, or you can retreat and goad your foe into overextending so you can punish them.
You probably know the type of player you naturally are, and thus which of these components you more quickly resort to. Being mindful of the other aspects, however, makes for a much more balanced approach to playing, and ultimately will result in more wins in the long term.
Give the video below a quick watch and let us know if it was at all helpful in the comments after you do so.