Street Fighter V: Sakura Character (DLC) Review

Kevin Hall
In Short
Sakura once again joins the cast of Street Fighter and she plays just like you would expect for the most part.

Capcom has announced that Street Fighter V will come with a third season of extra characters for 2018. The character lineup for this season is Sakura, Blanka, Cody, G, Sagat, and Falke. All characters are obtainable by purchasing the third 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.

Sakura first appeared in Street Fighter Alpha 2 as a playable new character that was like a new take on Ryu. She is a Japanese girl that is a big fan of Ryu. Sakura has copied Ryu's moves and blended them with her own style. She chases Ryu around the world to prove herself to him. In SFV, Sakura still wears her hair short and has a navy blue vest with a pink trim and has a pleated skirt with black boots. Sakura also has her old SFA2 outfit as her nostalgia outfit.


If you've played Sakura in Street Fighter IV, her moves haven't changed all that much since then. She still has her fireball, hurricane kick and shoryuken. Naturally, she puts her own take on all of these moves so they have different properties compared to Ryu's moves. She still dashes forward as her shoryuken hits multiple, she can still charge her fireball to make it slightly bigger (and this time it goes further when charged) and she can still hit multiple times with her hurricane kick. Her multiple hits during her attacks make her feel more like Ken rather than Ryu.

Sakura's V-skill is called Haru Kaze and this allows her to leap toward her opponent. While in the air, she can come down with three types of attacks including a punch that can hit three times in a row and an air grab. Since the update to Arcade Edition, each fighter now has two types of V-triggers that can be chosen after selecting a fighter. Sakura has a V-trigger that upgrades her fireball with electrical energy for a short time and another V-trigger that will upgrade her shoryuken and hurricane kick with electrical energy for a short time.

If you're a fan of Sakura then you'll be very pleased with her in SFV. She hasn't changed all that much from SFIV but she has changed enough to make her interesting. She was always a fun character to mess around with so it's nice to see her back. I've constantly thought it looked awkward to have Karin in SFV without her rival Sakura, but that has finally been remedied with Season Pass 3.

Final Rating: 80%

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Transmitted: 2/20/2019 2:19:23 AM