Ah, Dan. Street Fighter’s perennially useless Shoto wannabe has always been fun to play, but no-one takes him seriously. Well, he’s back in Street Fighter 5 – and he actually looks… kinda cool?
The truth about Dan (at least as he worked in Street Fighter 4) is that he’s actually an okay character, but his moves look really, really stupid. His fireball is more hadoucan’t than hadouken, his throw like pulling teeth, his taunts – yes, his many taunts! – pointless posturing. Dan is Street Fighter’s joke character, a rubbish Ryu, a crappy Ken, but in the right hands he can win. Just about.
During the Tokyo Game Show, Capcom showed off Dan’s moveset for his Street Fighter 5 DLC incarnation, and I must say he looks like a lot of fun. There’s some quality animation work here – I love the little Dan flourishes after each heavy attack, and that new pulling teeth throw looks cool to me!