Street Fighter 25th Anniversary Collector’s Set

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Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media
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Set of classic fighting games has lots of violent content.

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Educational Value

Street Fighter 25th Anniversary Collector's Set  wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning. 

Positive Messages

This is a collection of four fighting games, so these games don't present a positive message to players. There is some backstory about good characters defeating evil opponents but for the most part it's just a series of brawlers.

 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Some of the characters are considered heroic martial arts experts, like Ryu, but you can play as all of the characters in this universe -- good or bad -- so it's not the kind of game you'd look to for positive role models.

Ease of Play

Fighting games like these take some practice to master, but many can start by randomly "button mashing" their way to winning fights. Most of these games have tutorials or other instructions and a controller layout per character (for their own unique moves).

Violence

This is a collection of fighting games, all of which focus exclusively on combat. Gamers engage in melee attacks -- such as punches, kicks, and special moves, like lightning strikes -- and weapons are used in some of the games (laser swords, explosives). Players do not die -- instead, they get knocked out to lose the round. This fighting can be brutal.

Sex

In many of the games in this collection, female fighters wear revealing clothes that expose large amounts of cleavage and tight shorts. Many cameras zoom in on female body parts, such as their breasts or buttocks.

Language

Some of the Street Fighter games contain profanity, including words like "s--t," "ass," "damn," and "bitch."

 

Consumerism

Street Fighter is a popular, worldwide franchise that expands beyond video games; there are also movies, comics, and other merchandise -- but these items are not advertised in the games themselves.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Some references to alcohol are in the one-liners, such as "Wanna go for a few drinks?" and "Getting drunk isn't really a good way to fight." Also, there is a "drunken" fighting move where players sway while engaged in combat.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Street Fighter 25th Anniversary Collector's Set is a $150 collection of older Street Fighter games and other content. These are fighting games that are violent. But because there is no blood or gore, it's a "Teen"-rated game opposed to a "Mature" fighter. There is also profanity, sexy imagery, and references to alcohol.

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What's it about?

As its name suggests, STREET FIGHTER 25TH ANNIVERSARY COLLECTOR’S SET commemorates a quarter century of the popular Japanese fighting game franchise with a suite of games and other Street Fighter content including video, artwork, a ton of music, and a collectible figurine. Video games from yesteryear include Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix, Street Fighter III 3rd Strike Online Edition, Super Street Fighter IV Arcade Edition and Street Fighter X Tekken. Available for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, each of these limited collector's edition boxes are numbered and include a certificate of authenticity.

Is it any good?

Yes, the games hold up very well, even with the older titles. Newer games like Super Street Fighter IV Arcade Edition and Street Fighter X Tekken look, play, and feel great, plus they both include all downloadable costume and character content on the discs already. The extras will be a treat for fans, including a two-disc Blu-Ray set (including a documentary on the influence of the franchise), anime movies, and TV shows, a light-up 8-inch Ryu statue, 11-disc music soundtrack, 64-page hardcover art book, and full-size replica of Ryu’s belt. While $150 is quite steep, this is the definitive collection of games and content for Street Fighter fans.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about whether fighting-based video games are a harmless "virtual" thrill or if they encourage real-life violence?

  • What draws you to this kind of action game?

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