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Street Fighter 6 – AKI

What’s your poison?

- Alan Wen

Street Fighter 6 is already riding high as the best fighter of this generation, and the game’s post-launch fighters for season 1 are already in strong form. But following the return of SF5 favourite Rashid, it’s time for some new blood, as long as you don’t mind getting poison in your veins.

A real heartstopp­er, AKI is the dedicated apprentice of SF5’s FANG, so besides having an acronym for a name just like him (although it’s unclear what the letters stand for), she also specialise­s in using poison in combat, both on her projectile­s and when she’s up close. In fact, she has a

She clearly excels as another zoner who could prove to be as nightmaris­h as JP.

completely different poison move depending on the type of punch you use after inputting backwards quarter-circle. But given she’s able to fire off a slow poison projectile or create a pool of poison to trick her opponent into walking over or jumping

into, she clearly excels as another zoner who could prove to be as nightmaris­h as JP, and might just supplant Juri as the new crazy queen.

AKI’s introducti­on is also a good excuse to return to World Tour mode as you’ll be able to find her in Tian Hong Yuan, where, after you’ve seen how she deals with a pickpocket before putting you under her toxic spell, she’ll take you under her wing, allowing your avatar to learn a few of her poisonous abilities for yourself. You don’t necessaril­y have to spend more to play as either Rashid or AKI since you can use rental coins to try them out for an hour. That way, if they don’t suit your playstyle you can save your cash.

Since Street Fighter 6’s launch, there have been other welcome updates, such as an alternate Drive Rush cancel input that can help more players exploit this high-level mechanic – and while it’s beyond the realm of us mortal scrubs, Master-ranked fighters can even compete in the Master League to become Legend.

 ?? ?? There’s a slipperine­ss to AKI’s movements, which might explain comparison­s with Soulcalibu­r’s Voldo.
There’s a slipperine­ss to AKI’s movements, which might explain comparison­s with Soulcalibu­r’s Voldo.
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