A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
This is a game that is all about beating up other people.
Violence & Scariness
Players use a variety of punches, kicks, and other special moves to defeat opponents, including throwing fireballs. There is blood on occassion, but nothing graphic.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some of the female fighters sport revealing outfits, including ones that show cleavage or underwear.
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The only questionable word used is "hell."
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Products & Purchases
This is the fourth title in the Street Fighter series of video games from Capcom.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
One of the environments is an alcohol distillery.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this is a reimagined version of the classic fighting game. Players use their fists, feet, and a series of special powers to beat down opponents. There are occassions where blood is present, but it's not frequent. Some special moves show the damage to your opponent. Also, some of the female fighters are scantily clad, showing plenty of cleavage and some portions of their undergarments. One level places the fights inside of an alcohol distillation plant. You can play with others online.
Is It Any Good?
The biggest and best change in Street Fighter IV is the visuals. The fighter steps away from two-dimensional graphics in favor of gorgeous 3-D visuals. The extra dimension also adds some weight and heft to each character and their moves. Heavy punches and powerful kicks look really painful. Environments are more vibrant and lively than in previous versions.
The franchise has also made the brawler more accessible to rookie players. The Training Mode lets players practices their moves and combos at their pace. The easier difficulty options are also more gentle on novices. Street Fighter fanatics shouldn't fret, as the game provides just as much challenge as its predecessors. Battling opponents online is very easy to accomplish. Players can tweak Arcade Mode so that opponents online can challenge you to a fight at any time. Gamers can also record fights using the Replay Mode -- available as a future, free download -- and share them with others. Street Fighter IV is smashingly good by sticking to its roots while adding some fresh features.
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