Street Fighter IV

Game review by
Brett Molina, Common Sense Media
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Upgraded graphics add punch to longtime fighting franchise.

Parents say

age 7+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 8 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

This is a game that is all about beating up other people.


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.


Some of the female fighters sport revealing outfits, including ones that show cleavage or underwear.


The only questionable word used is "hell."


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.

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bysheilar 1 December 14, 2017

Super awesome

I love this game. it includes violence. Thank you common sense media. Thank you,thank you,thank you, common sense media.
Parent of a 7 and 12-year-old Written byDad1000 May 28, 2016

One of my favorite PS3 games

Fun game and this has less violence then mortal combat!
Kid, 10 years old February 21, 2014

Extremely fun fighting game that includes violence and not a lot of sexy stuff.

I honestly think this game is a must-play. It sounds crazy that I like such an old game, but it's surprisingly good. I recommend for responsible kids that... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old June 22, 2018
not very violent or sexual, it has a slight amount of cleavage and that’s it.

What's it about?

STREET FIGHTER IV is the long-awaited sequel to the 20-year fighting franchise. So far, it has yet to show its age. Much like the previous iterations, players take control of one brawler and guide him to victory in the Street Fighter tournament. Each fighter brings their own unique story to the mix and incentives for entering battle.

Fighting is broken down with six buttons: three punch attacks and three kicks. Combining button presses with movements on the analog stick execute special attacks. Ken, for example, can throw fireballs by pressing the punch button while moving the stick from the down position forward in a quarter-circle motion. As you perform these combinations, a Super meter builds that, once filled, lets you perform a Super move for greater damage. There's also a Revenge meter that fills when you take damage, and allows players to perform an additional powerful strike. Matches are decided in a best-of-3 rounds format. Beyond the single-player Arcade Mode, players can also fight opponents online or through local multiplayer.

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the appeal of fighting games. What makes them so entertaining to play? How does the new look compare to previous releases of Street Fighter?

Game details

  • Platforms: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3
  • Price: $59.99
  • Available online? Available online
  • Developer: Capcom
  • Release date: February 17, 2009
  • Genre: Fighting
  • ESRB rating: T for Alcohol Reference, Mild Suggestive Themes, Violence
  • Last updated: August 25, 2016

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