Alright folks, no more excuses, there is nothing wrong with the controls
of this game, Iíve proved it. My friend, who has never owned or
had access to a videogame system in her life, can beat me at VOOT. She can
dash in any direction, jump/cancel just fine, jump dash, and do any of the
regular or super attacks on command. All she just needs is more experience
to develop a more solid strategy/battle style.
I taught her how to play this morning, in less than 30 mins. This is
what I did, and you can do it too, either for yourself, or for someone you
know that thinks it's a hard game. Turn on the in fight option in the
option screen, so all you can do fight close in, and set both controllers to
setting A, unless you think some other setting is easier to teach, I don't.
Now, go into verses mode, and stick with the same two characters, just
pick the ones you like. Start with dashes, explain how both the X and B
button are dash, and all you have to do is press one of them and the
direction on the digital pad (instruct them to stay completely away from the
analogue stick). Then explain that you press the dash button again to
cancel the dash, and that you can change directions of the dash by pressing
a different angle and dash again immediately.
This is key, instruct them to not press dash to cancel a dash if they
are not going to change direction again, instead, instruct them to
jump/cancel in the middle of the dash to cancel the dash. That's Y then A
immediately after, show them how to do it if they can't figure it out, and
make sure that they barely leave the ground for this exercise, you don't
want to be floating in the air to jump/cancel, at least not until you get
better at the game. Practice this until you both have it down, it is really
simple, and completely eliminates the confusion of trying to find the
opponent, making the game much easier.
Now, practice close in fighting. Start with guard, get in close enough
to get the double lock on, have your friend guard and attack them once.
Then explain that the right trigger is the right arm, and the left trigger
is the left, and that both of them are the center/special weapon. Explain
that when guarding, right after being hit, if you press one or both of the
triggers you will do an immediate, almost unblockable counter attack.
Practice this until you both get good at it.
Next, you should both be fairly comfortable with close range attacks
now, so try dashing around and tagging each other. If you're better than
your friend, go easy on him/her until they get better with it. Also, this
would be a good point to explain that if you hold X or B and then press L,
R, or L&R you will get a myriad of different results. Learn what each does
in close combat before moving on.
When the matches start feeling a little dry without full weapons, it's
time to turn off in fighting and go into full combat. Start all over again,
explaining jump attacks, dash attacks, and the dash supers. Practice them,
and you'll find that you are both better players, and that the matches will
be very intense, even while you're learning the long range weapons.
Learning close range combat first is instrumental to you being an effective
My friend took as long or longer to learn how to play Ecco the
Dolphin, as she took to become a good enough VOOT player to create very
exciting matches with me. She's almost better at close range attacking than
I am, and she does a jump/cancel like a pro. Pretty much all that she has
left to learn is coordination in jump/dashing and weaving to dodge attacks
and she'll have me beat, because I can't do that professionally either.