Street Fighter V: Alex Character (DLC) Review

Kevin Hall
In Short
Alex makes an interesting first impression for download characters and hopefully future DLC characters for SFV will be just as good.

Capcom has announced that Street Fighter V will come with a group of extra characters, modes, and other updates that will release per month. The character lineup for this year is Alex, Guile, Ibuki, Balrog, Juri, and Urien. The March update included Alex, challenge mode, in-game shop, online rematch, and eight-person lobbies. All characters are obtainable by purchasing the season pass or using fight money (or zenny) to buy the characters from the in-game shop. All characters come with a premium outfit.

Alex is an American wrestler and brawler from Manhattan, New York. He first appeared in Street Fighter 3 as the main character and appeared in all of the upgrades to SF3 that followed. Alex's fighting styles are wrestling and kickboxing so he is a decent striker and grappler. In SFV, he basically brings along every move that he had in Street Fighter 3: Third Strike. Just like other fighters, he is limited to one super move (critical art). He still has his power bomb, flash chop, slash elbow and air knee smash, air stampede and head crush. The only move I don't see from SF3 is his grab and choke.

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Alex plays just about the same as he did in SF3 except for his V-skill and V-trigger. His V-trigger (Overhaul) has the same animation of his taunt from SF3. The V-trigger makes his next attack hit like a counter attack, so you can get a guard crush animation off of it if you hit your opponent with heavy attacks. The catch is that Alex's next attack must hit and he cannot block an attack or get attacked or else he will have to perform the V-trigger animation again.

His V-skill (Rage Shift) activates a time period where you can tap or hold both the heavy attack buttons to where Alex will perform a charging punch toward his opponent. If the attack connects, he can perform a suplex afterwards, much like he can after a flash chop. The interesting part about the V-skill is that it can parry attacks and it will break a blocking opponent's guard to where you can attack the stunned opponent once the move ends.

Alex also has his own premium outfit, he has a story campaign for story mode, and he has his own character guide and trial mode just like other characters as well. He's definitely an interesting character and a fun grappler to mess around with. His V-skill alone gives him tons of potential to be in a high tier and he already had some great moves from SF3 that are brought back for SF5. Hopefully the other characters that are brought back from SF3 will be treated just as well as Alex with a similar move set from previous games and impressive V-moves.

Final Rating: 80%

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Transmitted: 1/22/2019 6:26:21 AM