Street Fighter V: G and Sagat Characters (DLC) Review

Kevin Hall
In Short
The final two characters of Season Pass 3 are now available - the president of Earth and a long-time fan favorite.

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.

When it comes to a stylish character, G is absolutely radiant and oozes personality. This strange looking character wears a black top hat and waistcoat with tails that trail down in the back of him. He has a short beard and carries a gold pocket watch on the left side of his waistcoat. This guy is very patriotic and claims to be the President of Earth. When watching a match with him, his dialogue makes it seem like a president (G) talking to his dear citizens (opponents) if you play around with his animations. G has some very cool recovery animations and other animations that add a lot to his style like Abigail did.

G harnesses the power of the Earth (earth and magma) during his attacks. G has two variations of a stepping hook, a fireball aimed horizontally toward the ground and a jumping spin kick for special attacks. Aside from using meter to EX his special attacks, he can use a charge move to permanently make all of his special attacks the EX version for the remainder of the round if he completes a lengthy animation. He also has a taunt where he goes through a long speech as if talking to a crowd. His V-skill puts a shield around him that will hit close range opponents. His first V-trigger charges all of his special moves up to level 3 for a short period. His second V-trigger allows him to perform a highly damaging uppercut on close range opponents.

Sagat is easily one of the most recognizable mainstay characters in the series. He's most well-known for the scar on his chest that he got from receiving a Dragon Punch finisher from Ryu during the original Street Fighter. Sagat was the final boss character in the original SF1 and he returned in SF2 as one of the four final bosses. Sagat literally draws power from the memory of how he received his scar. In SF5, Sagat remains a good bit unchanged from his usual look. He is still the tall and hulking bald man with the eye patch that we are all familiar with. Sagat still wears blue and orange shorts but this time they come down longer on his legs and he has bandage foot and arm guards on his feet and hands. His most notable change in appearance is the tattered cloak that he wears over his upper body.

Sagat's move set hasn't changed much at all from the last game. He still has tiger uppercut, tiger shot and tiger knee as his assortment. His tiger uppercut leaves him drastically open to punishment whenever it misses now with its long recovery animation no matter which punch you use for it. His tiger uppercut only hits one time no matter which punch you use to activate it, but the EX version hits multiple times much like his SF Alpha tiger uppercut. Sagat grabs his chest scar and the chest scar glows whenever you perform his V-skill. The V-skill makes his next tiger uppercut take off more damage (around one and half times more damage). Sagat's first V-trigger allows players to unleash a Tiger Cannon (multi-hitting Tiger shot) any time after the starting sequence. His second V-trigger allows players to perform either a forward kick or a knee followed by a forward kick that will send his opponent flying into the air and leave the opponent open to some juggling while falling.

Both characters are fun to play but G shines the most with an overall fresh feel. Sagat's moves have some slightly different properties, but he is still just about the same as all his other appearances in SF games. No matter what, Sagat is the easiest to use out of the two characters from character familiarity and just the overall easiness of his move set. G is very slow with overall movement but he has an interesting mid-range game with the overall length of his moves and his projectiles.

Final Rating: 80%

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Transmitted: 2/19/2019 12:44:08 PM