Street Fighter IV: Champion Edition

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Paul Semel, Common Sense Media
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Solid arcade fighting game comes with challenging controls.

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Ease of Play

Complex touch controls, requires practice to learn.

Violence

Players use their fists, feet, special abilities to beat each other in combat.

Sex

Some female characters wear tight, revealing outfits.

Language

Messages on player card are censored.

Consumerism

Based on popular Street Fighter game franchise, which has covered movies, toys, games, more.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Street Fighter IV: Championship Edition is an arcade fighting game where characters use their fists and feet to beat each other up. That said, there's no blood or gore; the violence is rather cartoony. Similarly, while some of the female characters have outfits that are tight or revealing, the game's old-school, pixelated art style keeps this from being all that sexy. If players try to write profanity on your player card, which is what other people see when they look at your profile, naughty language is censored. Read the app's privacy policy on the game's website to find out about the information collected and shared.

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What's it about?

Like many arcade fighting games, STREET FIGHTER IV: CHAMPIONSHIP EDITION doesn't have a story. Instead, you engage in a series of brawls, either against the computer or your friends. Win one, and you move on to the next opponent until you yourself are beaten.

Is it any good?

This does a good job of bringing the deep arcade-style fighting game to mobile devices, but it also brings the game's complex difficulty with it. Like the console versions of this brawler, Street Fighter IV: Championship Edition is a deep arcade-style fighting game that has a ton of options. Besides numerous characters, each of whom have their own special moves, this game also has numerous ways to play that include solo fights and online battles. It also manages to bring this series' complex controls to mobile devices, courtesy of persistent on-screen buttons that are as responsive as the ones on a controller. But this is also where this game might lose some people. Arcade-y as they may be, the Street Fighter games have long had a serious streak to them, and the controls have numerous multibutton combos, which may be overwhelming for those new to this series or this genre. And that goes double if you dare to play this online. It's also got some rather irritating and cheesy music that you annoyingly can't turn down or off. Still, if you're a fan of the series who wants to take your fisticuffs on the road, Street Fighter IV: Championship Edition is as solid as a shot to the chin and a quick jab to the gut.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about video game violence. Why is it important to not resort to violence in the real world? Is it unrealistic to show that characters don't actually get hurt, when they do if they engage in fights in real life?

  • Talk about dressing appropriately. In this game, some of the female characters are wearing outfits that won't protect them. Why is it important to wear the proper clothes for an activity?

  • Talk about good sportsmanship. Why is it important to be a good loser? And a good winner?

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
  • Price: 4.99
  • Pricing structure: Paid
  • Release date: July 19, 2017
  • Category: Action Games
  • Size: 1620.00 MB
  • Publisher: CAPCOM
  • Version: 1.00.01
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 6.0 or later

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