For Mother Russia.
Street Fighter V‘s latest addition to its roster brings back the classic Russian grappler.
Zangief was revealed at Russian gaming expo IgroMir, naturally, according to the PlayStation Blog. A reveal trailer shows a combination of variations on the “Iron Cyclone’s” older moveset and some all new tricks.
True to his wrestling background, Zangief still possesses an assortment of body slams, suplexes, and, of course, pile drivers.However, his new abilities include the V-Skill: Iron Muscle and V-Trigger: Cyclone Lariat.
Iron Muscle allows Zangief to absorb one attack, and in the video it looks similar to Street Fighter IV’s focus attack functionality. Holding down the medium punch and kick buttons and pressing forward will move Zangief toward the opponent. Once the player releases the buttons, Zangief flexes and will hit the opponent with what appears to be a grab if close enough.
Zangief’s V-Trigger is something completely new for the character. Upon activation, Zangief spins his entire body like a cyclone. Tapping the V-Trigger buttons will make Zangief spin faster and pull the opponent in closer. Holding the buttons allows Zangief to continue to spin and gain multiple hits with the move.
Other notable points of interest in the trailer include Zangief’s ability to land a Spinning Lariat off of what appears to be a roundhouse kick on an opponent jumping in on him. He headbutts one of M. Bison’s projectiles.Lastly, his Critical Art is a chain of crushing back suplexes.
The Zangief reveal doesn’t really come as a surprise for a couple of reasons. Capcom producer Yoshinori Ono heavily teased Zangief on his Twitter feed, and we knew there would be two more classic character reveals, in addition to two more all-new character reveals. Capcom has shown that by classic characters, it means Street Fighter II, so fans waiting for Street Fighter III’s Alex or Urien may be disappointed or could have to wait for a character DLC expansion at some point.
Recently, at Tokyo Game Show, Karin was announced for Street Fighter V. IGN went hands-on with her and Rashid at TGS. Be sure to keep an eye out for the next beta announcement because it will feature cross-platform play between PS4 and PC.
Stay tuned to IGN for more information on the final three characters and all the Street Fighter V news.
Michael Martin is a full-time freelance writer eagerly awaiting the release of Street Fighter V and next year’s Capcom Pro Tour. Follow him on Twitter @Bizarro_Mike.