So you want to play CvS2…

CvS2 has the best special intros.
CvS2 also has the best announcer.
  • The easiest way to get access to CvS2 and play with other people, as of this writing, is the Flycast Dojo GGPO project.
  • All the grooves are fun and cool, and it’s neat to see how the same character can play very differently in each one.
  • That said: C-Groove is the best if you can hit your combos and roll cancels, A/K are also very good, P is rad if you’re good at parrying, N is flexible and cool but not particularly good at any one thing, and S is a struggle but can be really annoying to play against.
  • Also, Groove Edit is a fun way to mess around with the game some more and test out some wacky fighting game experiments.
  • Team compositions that don’t have two ratio 1s and a ratio 2 generally aren’t worth it. A ratio 2 is about 20% stronger than a ratio 1 and costs twice as much. In CvS1 they let you pick four ratio 1s and it took even longer to get through a single dang match.
  • Don’t play on the rainy roof stage. It looks cool but the rain is visually too noisy and it makes doing stuff like reacting to pokes real annoying.
  • CvS2 is not an easy game to get going. Arcade is still the gold standard, but most tournaments these days are run on Dreamcast or PS2. Both console ports run a little faster than the arcade version, and because combos and roll cancels have little room for error you’ll often feel those changes pretty heavily. There was a PS2 Classics downloadable version released for PS3, but it has a bunch of input lag that makes it suck.
  • If you don’t have a CRT and some DC/PS2 sticks handy, you’ll need converters. The Brook PS3/PS4 to PS2 converter is my go-to but it doesn’t work with certain sticks; I use this for outputting HDMI because it’s low-lag but can be finicky with certain TVs.
  • Join the Discord and Facebook group if you want to find people to play with. You might also see a bunch of old people talking shit and challenging each other to ridiculous money matches. (This is because pretty much every CvS2 tournament in NA is a contest to see who earns the right to lose to D44 BAS, AKA Ryo Yoshida, who has been one of Japan’s best players since the game came out in 2001 and still travels to NA tournaments to remind us we’re free. So instead of the tournament scene generating hype, it’s coming from old people with something to prove in a game that’s as old as our kids.)
  • CvS2 has a metric truckload of systems and stuff in there, so if you want to dive in deep you’ll need some reference. James Chen has a great general FAQ that goes over all the game’s core systems, and Buktooth has a lot of the detailed niche stuff documented in his Systems FAQ. You can also pore through the CvS2 Bible if you don’t mind reading Japanese, and the SRK Wiki still has a bunch of handy reference data, though it can be spotty.

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