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Street Fighter IV
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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Street Figher IV is a fantastical fighting game focused on one-on-one skirmishes. Players can compete against computer opponents or against other people in the same area over a Bluetooth connection. While the fighters are humans, many of them have inhuman characteristics, and all are able to perform magical, colorful attacks that prevent any sort of gritty appearance. Because the game focuses on combo attacks and skill, it ends up feeling more like a competition of strategy and reflexes than a rampage of senseless violence. That said, however, the game is comprised of nothing but beating up people. Users can share high scores via the Game Center social network, but participation is strictly optional.
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Is it any good?
STREET FIGHTER IV falls short of its console counterparts because of the lack of physical buttons. Fighting games rely on series of complex button sequences and combo attacks to captivate the players, but that becomes increasingly difficult when there is no real joystick or game pad. All of the controls are mapped on the screen, which is manageable but at times uncomfortable. Players who just want to punch and kick relentlessly will find the controls acceptable, but hardcore gamers may be better off relying on other versions of the game.