A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
As with most fighting games, there aren't any messages for players – subtle or overt – as it's strictly about defeating an opponent in fantasy hand-to-hand combat.
Positive Role Models
We don't know much about the 18 characters you play as or against – their personalities, backstories or motives – though super fans may be up on each character from previous Street Fighter games or other media, such as movies. It could be argued being a "street fighter" is not a positive role model – in real life, of course.
There's some diversity in the 18 characters you play, in gender (male and female), race and skin color (White, Black, Asian), and age (most are young but there are older characters, too, like JP). One mode also lets you create your own avatar, and you can customize the look of your character. Women fighters tend to wear revealing outfits -- crop-tops, low-cut shirts with deep cleavage, thongs, and partially exposed buttocks -- and there is focus on their breasts jiggling while fighting.
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Ease of Play
Street Fighter 6 offers a Training mode, plus a new control scheme option that lets you perform special attacks with simple button combinations (players won't need to memorize button combinations). This makes the fighting game sequel more accessible to beginner level players.
Violence & Scariness
As a fighting game, there's violence in Street Fighter 6. Along with punches, kicks, and throws, the game includes special projectile attacks (such as electric attacks and fireballs). Some of the bonus games show some blood, small "splatter" effects" are seen on a character's face after losing a battle. In some online models you can have bombs randomly placed to injure opponents.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Similar to previous Street Fighter games, but with increased realism (i.e. much better graphics), Street Fighter 6 contains some suggestive imagery, including some of the female fighters with revealing outfits -- crop-tops, low-cut shirts with deep cleavage, thongs, and partially exposed buttocks -- plus the female characters' breasts jiggle during fighting sequences. Sometimes, the game's "camera" zooms in on body parts.
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Products & Purchases
There are special editions of Street Fighter 6, which cost more, and downloadable content (DLC) coming, such as extra characters and possible new features, that requires additional money to purchase. The game also offers microtransactions, which cost money, but they're optional.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
One of the fighters specializes in a "Drunken Boxing" style, which sees him drinking alcohol and then stumbling as he fights. Plus, there are verbal and visual references to drinking alcohol, such as comments (or words in a bio) like "Intoxicated Assault," "Don't Cry Over Spilled Booze" "Immune to Hangovers" and"Swagger Step: Drink level 3 or higher". There's one bonus game that shows (enemy) characters smoking cigarettes.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know Street Fighter 6 -- playable on PlayStation 4/5, Xbox Series S/X, and Windows PC -- is a sequel in the popular game franchise. As with other games in the series, the core gameplay focuses on two players fighting until one is defeated. Players can punch, kick or use special magic attacks to wear down an opponent. There's some blood (in a bonus mode) but it's not excessive or gory. Street Fighter 6 also features female fighters with deep cleavage (and jiggling breasts while fighting) and/or partially exposed buttocks. There are images and references to drinking alcohol (including a "Drunken Boxing" style) and one scene of rival fighters smoking cigarettes.
Is It Any Good?
Street Fighter 6 is simply one of the best fighting games ever created. Capcom has seemingly thought of -- and successfully executed -- virtually every facet of the game. Old and new fans alike will no doubt fall for Street Fighter 6's tight controls, multiple modes, and stellar production values -- regardless of the platform they play on. When it comes to variety, Street Fighter 6 offers so much, which makes the game easy and fun to replay. Along with the familiar solo and head-to-head modes (on the same screen or online), like Fighting Ground, new to this title is World Tour, a single-player story-based mode based on your custom avatar, which takes place in the fictional Metro City. In this mode you're free to roam around in an open-world setting, explore areas, start fights, earn skills and gear, and progress however you like. It's like a light role-playing game (RPG) and fighting game together, where you can take on quests or side jobs, talk with breakdancers or street merchants, and then challenge them to a fight. Also new is a comprehensive Battle Hub, which lets you met up and chat with other Street Fighter 6 players around the world, start fighting matches, and also play some classic Capcom arcade games, participate in tournaments, purchase character items, and more.
Both seasoned and novice players will likely feel comfortable playing with the game's accessible ease of play. Finding and fighting other players online is super smooth and fun, and something other fighting game developers could model after. Street Fighter 6 was built on the Drive Gauge system, which can be used for five different offensive and defensive techniques per character, and you can choose which one(s) to focus on. The game rewards gamers for experimentation and creativity by playing with each of the five techniques: Impact, Parry, Rush, Reversal, and Overdrive. Much of the fun in this game is exploring what's possible. Whether you want to play as classic characters, like Ryu and Chun-Li, new fighters, or to create your own, there's much to sink your teeth into. Though microtransactions may irk some players in a full-priced game, they're completely optional and don't take away from the fun and excitement of the gameplay. Capcom has KO'd the competition with Street Fighter 6 and has raised the bar in fighting games, in terms of depth and breadth, multiple control options, and fantastic graphics, animation, sound, and music. Kudos to the developers who successfully delivered on all fronts.
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