A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Every character has his or her own story, often filled with rival fighters and charged with anger and outrage. All problems are resolved through fighting in a tournament.
Positive Role Models
Some of the characters are heroes, entering the fighting tournament to thwart a criminal organization. By the same token, many are villains with less noble motives. They are all shallow stereotypes with violent tendencies and plenty of taunting one-liners.
Ease of Play
Players can easily pick up the controls and punch and kick wildly. But to master the game, players must practice regularly. The game does feature a Training mode and a Challenge mode to learn the different moves. Executing some of the larger combination attacks can be particularly difficult.
Violence & Scariness
Players engage in one-on-one battles, pummeling each other with their fists and feet to achieve victory. Fighters can also execute special attacks such as tossing fireballs. Some fighters will use weapons such as a knife. None of the attacks feature blood or gore, but the fighters do grunt and moan when they take hits.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some of the female fighters wear skimpy, form-fitting outfits that expose their stomachs and/or cleavage. Note "boob physics" -- the exaggerated jiggling of women's breasts, common in many fighting games -- is not present here.
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The worst words players encounter are "hell" and "damn."
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Products & Purchases
This game is a minor update of the latest game in a beloved franchise that relies on its well-known brand to sell games.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
One of the levels is set in a liquor distillery, but fighters aren't seen consuming beverages.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Super Street Fighter IV is an updated version of 2009's Street Fighter IV. Like its predecessor, players win by pummeling opponents using their fists, feet, and special attacks such as tossing fireballs. While fighters grimace after devastating strikes, players do not see anything bloody or gory. Some of the female fighters tend to wear skimpy, form-fitting outfits. The game is also playable online, a feature Common Sense Media does not recommend for children under the age of 12.
Is It Any Good?
Super Street Fighter IV is a significant upgrade compared to the previous game. The 10 new fighters offer a great balance between speed, agility, and power. The game also adds a handful of challenges that freshens up the single-player and training modes.
But the biggest changes lie in the games online arena, which features a cleaner interface and cuts down on the amount of time players spend waiting to join a match. The new modes, including Endless Battle mode and Replay Channel -- where players record and share fights with friends -- create a more social environment for players and their friends to interact in. And at $20 less than the average new game, it's very tough to pass up.
Online interaction: The game features open voice chat, meaning players may hear others using profanity and discussing inappropriate subjects. There is also potential for the sharing of personal information.
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