Making his debut appearance in 1991’s Street Fighter II, Zangief is a close range professional wrestler that hails from Mother Russia. Unlike other characters in the game, Zangief has limited mobility and cumbersome movements due to his lack of ability to throw projectiles. Rather, Zangief’s strength lies in
the variety of melee moves available in his arsenal – wrestling throws and grappling moves with devastating effect.
Despite having an impressive ability to whittle down his opponents with his close range attacks and high stamina when he’s required to go on the defensive, his lack of reach makes him a challenging character to pick up and play for beginners. Zangief can easily be zoned by any projectile-based fighter and while his moves are devastating, they are challenging to pull off, especially if you’re a novice player.