its actually really simple...less buttons than sf4. youve got neutral, forward, crouching, and jumping versions of each of those 4 buttons. add in some special moves and supers and youve pretty much summed up all the moves per character...the depth is in how to use those moves plus some other universal effects (like barriers).
and like i said, thats really high level play. if you watch high level play of melee (especially between two foxes) it can be rather fast as well.
that said, buy it right when it comes out and you get the limited edition (not at extra cost!) and it comes with a DVD completely devoted to teaching you how to play
1 Health Bar: Displays your current health.
2 Barrier Gauge: The "Barrier Gauge" is needed for "barriers" that will defend you against the damage dealt by the enemy. The "Barrier Gauge" will refill over time.
3. Barrier Burst: Once per round, you have access to an "attack" which interrupts hit or block stun. You'll do a slight bit more damage in exchange, however, if you use it, you will have a lower defense modifier for the rest of the round!
4. Offense Gauge:This meter is similar to a see-saw: The more offensive you are to the opponent, the more the meter grows in your favor. When the meter is completely in your favor, the opponent is placed into a guard-break animation, allowing you to perform a combo.
5. Heat Counter: This showcases the number of hits performed in the combo. One important note to mention is that when a combo is "false", or could be recovered from, the word "HEAT" will turn a darker color!
6. Heat Gauge: The "Heat Gauge" is necessary for powerful attacks such as the "Distortion Drive". It is also necessary for a "Rapid Cancel". You can increase the "Heat Gauge" by landing an attack on the enemy.
7.Character Specific Gauges: You'll notice quite a few gauges here in this image that don't belong to Carl. This is to illustrate the location of different gauges! Some characters such as Tager, Rachal, Bang, Arakune and Carl use these meters to explain information otherwise unknown to the player. Below, you can see that Bang has an additional gauge which is used in his gameplay.