Im sorry for all of you that dont use this character, but he is my all time favorite and im a huge fan of Ape Escape.(Ape Escape 4 announced in 2011!!)
Now i havent read the other topics on Spike, mainly because i feel like people tend to use him the same way, like people use Jak. How do you play Spike? Without a wall, i can't produce a combo higher than 65 AP. I see Spike has so much area control if put to good use. I use a mixture of Rush down and Zoning tactics with Spike, and the only button i dont use in combos is Neutral Circle, because i havent found a useful set up for it yet. I noticed, most players rely on Spikes combo resets (The opponents) so they usually take his combos to the face and just punish him afterwards. What most Spike players dont know, Spike has LOTS of moves that can produce combos from resets.
Spikes Meta Game with his Bananarang is amazing, and i rarely see anyone use it effectively. The remote satelite thingie imo is only useful in the air, since the time you bring it out and use it is WAY shorter than it is on the ground. Spike can be a dangerous character if used well.
As for Zoning Tactics, Spike has a lot of area control. I can bet most of you dont use the Slingshot, because well...its virtually useless...but here's a tip, rely on resets. When an opponent bounces of the wall, do not be afraid of using the air sling**bleep** to interupt a counter attack, because afterwards, you can use their reset to their advantage, because they wouldnt expect it. You also have to be mentally aware of what you're doing to use Spike effectively. Spikes Down Square has almost no punishment time, and for me, the greatest anti dodging attack in the game. Whenever someone gets close, and i know they are about to dodge, i go ahead and take the bait, they dodge, and since you're faster, turn around and counter them, because once again, they underestimate the speed of that attack.
Im praising Spikes moves because he is easily one of the hardest characters to fight in the hands of a pro player. I main Spike, and i know his pros and cons His level 1 is best used like Jak uses his, because the hit box is pretty high up, and starts from the back. His level two is pretty straightforward.
Opinions on my praise and analysis? I dont do forum posts much and i just like to share my knowledge on the best character in the game >=o
Honestly i love using Spike but i feel like tend to use Square Moves alot and it bothers me i wanted to learn his whole moveset sometimes i use the Slingshot but not so often do you think you can help me out?
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Anyway, back to the point. I used to never use his Slingshot or his Magic Punch but now I realize how useful they are. His Magic Punch (sideO) can punch an enemy across the screen. It's amazing. His RC Car, if used properly, crumples enemies setting them up for combos. However, like y'all have said, his supers are terrible. His Level 2 and 3 get the same amount of kills if used right. Come on, that's no fair.
Too bad he's a 7 year old without a nose in a game about chasing monkeys. I will never use Spike, ever.
He also traveled though time, saved the world from an army of monkeys armed with real guns, missiles, and lasers, fought a giant mech, a heavily armed race car, and different monsters, and he's still a kid. I will always use Spike.
I mostly go for safety and do dive, sweep, up square and harass in the air with slingshot after that