A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
While some stories promote positive motives for some characters, the overall focus and point of game is violence and combat as entertainment. It's fictional, with over-the-top characters and moves dominating the action.
Positive Role Models
There are multiple fighters, but we don't know much about why they're fighting each other. We don't get to know their personalities or motivations other than a loose story. It's hard to tell whether they're good role models or not.
Ease of Play
Players don't need to be fighting game experts, but it's much more than a simple button masher. Basic mechanics are learned quickly, but advancing through the game against multiple opponents requires mastery of offensive and defensive maneuvers. The training mode is extremely important for newbies.
Violence & Scariness
There's a light amount of blood included from some attacks, but violence is key to gameplay. Using fists, kicks, weapons, and magic attacks, the goal is to defeat opponents before they do the same to you. Enemies cry out in pain and fall down once health meters have depleted. Combat is also dramatized with slow-motion, close-up camera effects and cutscene sequences.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Most women have voluptuous figures with very large breasts, wearing revealing clothing showing ample cleavage and their buttocks. Women's breasts bounce unrealistically while fighting. Many men are shirtless, or close to it.
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There's occasional use of "ass," "bastard," and "bitch" in dialogue.
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Products & Purchases
This is based on the popular Street Fighter series, with many games, movies, other merchandise. The game supports downloadable content and includes previously released content. Gamers can spend virtual "Fight Money" on new characters, stages, and costumes, or spend real money, beginning at $1.99.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Street Fighter V: Champion Edition is a fighting game for the PlayStation 4 and Windows PCs. Obviously, combat between two competitors is the core gameplay mechanic. Players can fight using hands, feet, weapons, and magic to defeat enemies. There's light blood shown in combat, and fighters cry out in pain and dramatically fall to the ground when defeated. Women (and men) are dressed very provocatively, but women's outfits leave very little to the imagination. There's some profanity, such as "bastard," "bitch," and "ass." Players may be frustrated with the controls, because while the game's easy to get into, success really only comes with mastering the various offensive and defensive moves. Parents should also be aware that online matches aren't monitored, potentially exposing players to inappropriate language.
Is It Any Good?
The latest installment of this fighter provides the largest and most complete version of this brawler to date. Street Fighter V: Champion Edition vastly expands on the content of the original game thanks to the addition of more than 200 costumes and 34 stages. The roster has also grown to 40 fighters with the addition of Seth as a playable character. On top of the V-gauge system, fighters now get an extra V-trigger, providing more powerful attacks that force players to reexamine their tactics against opponents. The Team mode also lets players pick to fight on the Blue or Red team, and determine who the best players happen to be; options include winners staying on until they lose or best of round series. This is perfect when you have friends over and want to test your skills without going online against random players.
Further building on the gameplay is the Extra Challenge mode, online fights where you'll be tasked with brawling against a series of enemies and beating them within a certain time period. Completing these fights will provide you with a ton of Fight Money, experience for your online rankings, and more. This is a great way to test and keep your skills sharp for the other game modes. But the true standout is the addition of Arcade mode, which takes you through a chronological tour of Street Fighter 1-5 and Street Fighter Alpha. While it limits the roster to fighters that were appropriate for the release of that game (with some obvious liberties taken to add brawlers), it provides players with unique stories and endings for each fighter in each one of these games. On top of that, players who complete certain conditions in matches will unlock unique artwork for each character in the expanded gallery. This builds more content into the game past the previously included Story mode, and makes even the most specialized player want to revisit other characters to unlock their secrets. The only downside with this edition is that it doesn't include all of the downloadable content ever released for the game, but this is a minor issue. Veteran fans or newcomers to the series really should get their hands on Street Fighter V: Champion Edition and step into the virtual fighting arena.
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