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Zangief is coming back for Street Fighter 5

Michael McWhertor is a journalist with more than 17 years of experience covering video games, technology, movies, TV, and entertainment.

Russian wrestler Zangief will be playable in Street Fighter 5, Capcom confirmed today. The bear-wrestling grappler — who's been part of the franchise since 1991's Street Fighter 2 — may look pretty familiar in Zangief's first gameplay video, but some big changes are in store for the character.

Zangief's trademark spinning lariat and command throws are still part of his arsenal, but like other Street Fighter 5 characters, he's equipped with new V-Skill and V-Trigger moves. His V-Skill, Iron Muscle, lets him absorb an opponent's hit and leaves Zangief with recoverable health. If players hold the medium punch and medium kick buttons, as opposed to just tapping them, they can unleash a flexing move at the end of Iron Muscle. His V-Trigger, Cyclone Lariat, causes Zangief to spin, pull in his opponent and hit them multiple times.

To see Zangief in action, check out his debut gameplay trailer above.

Street Fighter 5 is coming to PlayStation 4 and Windows PC in 2016.

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