VOOT Watari Dashing
VOOT Watari Dashing
VOOT Watari Dashing
Special Dashing Tactics: Curving and Vertical (Watari) Dashing
And now come some new Dashing tactics to use. Like almost everything in VOOT, both seem pretty simple, even trivial. But with proper practice and execution, both Curving and Vertical Dashing can get you out of a jam and put your opponent in some serious trouble. The concept behind Curving is pretty simple... During any dash, use the Analog Stick and press left or right to "curve" your dashing path left or right, respectively. You can't perform "Curving" after a Dash Attack, but you can do this before you activating a Dash Attack. Curving gives you more maneuverability, and is pretty useful when attack an opponent right before a Dash Attack; perform the Curving technique to rotate your robot more toward your target, and when you perform an attack while dashing, you'll increase your chances of hitting the target.
Vertical Dashing (better known as Watari Dashing by veteran VOOT players) is an EXTREMELY useful dash technique. During the middle of your dash phase, press any direction 90 degrees away from your original direction; if done properly, your robot will shift to dash in that direction. For example: Start a forward dash, and in the middle of the move, press either left or right on the D-pad. Your mech will change its forward dash direction to a left dash! This can be done multiple times, as long as you adhere to the basic 90-degree rule. However, you can break this rule; you can actually perform a 135 degree Vertical Dash (i.e. side dashing left then Vertical Dash diagonally forward right). For beginners, it's recommended that you get used to the Vertical Dash by doing it in 90 degree turns. Once you get used to that, then start fooling around with turning 135 degrees.
Vertical Dashing affords the player great maneuverability, not only in dodging enemy fire, but also in offensive positioning. For example, start dashing sideways, then Vertical Dash forward and attack; your Dash Attack will be treated as a Forward Dash Attack, though you started out by dashing to the side. Vertical Dashing Attacks will always take the effect of the direction you're dashing right before the attack. Vertical Dashing makes VOOT incredibly more complex, especially when Vector Dashing comes into play (again, see Part 2). Oh, and for historical knowledge, it was original called the Watari Dash because it was first demonstrated by Juro Watari, producer of VOOT.