Street Fighter V: Akuma Character (DLC) Review

Kevin Hall
In Short
Although we all knew Akuma would eventually make an appearance, he does feel more fun to play in SFV compared to other appearance in past SF games!

Capcom has announced that Street Fighter V will come with a second season of extra characters for 2017. The character lineup for this season is Akuma and five brand new fighters. All characters are obtainable by purchasing the second season pass or using fight money (or zenny) to buy the characters from the in-game shop. All characters come with a premium outfit and they come with all available colors for their default and premium outfit.

It's hard to play Street Fighter with knowing who Akuma is since he is one of the most popular fighters in the series ever since his appearance in Super Street Fighter II Turbo. Akuma was the overpowered secret boss character that would come out and beat up Bison and challenge a player as the final boss once players performed specific tasks against CPU opponents on their way through the roster. Akuma is an emotionless fighters that seeks to master the Satsui No Hado (Dark Hado). His SFV appearance marks the first time Akuma has had a major change in his overall look - his red hair has grown out to resemble a lion's mane. Other than the change in hair style, Akuma still sports the dark-colored gi, prayer beads, sharp teeth, red eyes, wooden sandles and tanned skin that he has had in most other SF games. Akuma's alternate outfit has him with white hair and a gi and karate pants in tatters around his body. He also has his classic outfit as an unlockable.


For the most part, Akuma's gameplay hasn't changed much from his past incarnations but he has been limited a bit more now. He still has his basic fireballs, flame fireballs, hurricane kick, air fireballs, teleport and his leaping attack (that can be branched into three air moves). He has lost some of his air control from previous games and has been limited to only performing his air fireballs and hurricane kicks during a forward jump while in his normal mode of fighting. Akuma's teleport seems much slower than it used to be as well. He is still able to juggle his opponent out of hurricane kicks and other moves. His hard kick hurricane kick causes him to fly forward at an upward angle much like Ken's hurricane kicks and has an overhead kick ender.

Akuma's V-skill has him take up a stance that will absorb an attack and give him white (recoverable) damage for getting hit. After taking a hit with the V-skill, we will get a punch or kick special move that can be performed by holding forward and tapping the punch or kick button. Akuma's V-skill is very similar to Zangief's V-skill except he cannot move while it is active and can perform an extra attack after taking the hit. The move will absorb both high and low attacks. His V-trigger will power up all of his special attacks for a certain amount of time. All of his special moves will take more damage and hit more times in a row per attack. During V-trigger, Akuma can perform all of his air attacks regardless of what way he is jumping while in the air. He basically changes into the old SSF2T version of himself.

Akuma's super move is a ground flame attack that can juggle. He wouldn't be complete without a Raging Demon and he still has this in SF5, but you have to sacrifice a full EX meter and a full V-trigger in order to perform this attack now. The interesting part about the Raging Demon in SFV is that you can actually see most of his attacks on his opponents through the darkness of the attack sequence. The Raging Demon in past games was known for being a special attack that was hidden in secrecy by a black screen, but showing off some of it sort of ruins its charm for me. Akuma still ends the Raging Demon with the usual back stance showing off the kanji symbol on his back.

I have to be honest here ' I hate Akuma and never have liked him because he's just another shoto character to me, but this is his best appearance in a SF since his original appearance. He has undergone a makeover both in appearance and his move set seems more balanced this time. SFV's Akuma is the first time I have enjoyed him in a while and I'm sure fans of the character will like him even more.

Final Rating: 80%

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Transmitted: 1/22/2019 6:13:18 AM