Super Street Fighter IV

Game review by
Brett Molina, Common Sense Media
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Intense fighting game has no blood, is OK for teens.
Popular with kids

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 11 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

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 & Representations

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

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.

Sex

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.

Language

The worst words players encounter are "hell" and "damn."

Consumerism

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.

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 14 year old Written byabbel November 21, 2010
Adult Written byTom_Gamer_Tom June 4, 2010

Its alright for younger people.

Street fighter is back!!! After loving Street fighter IV. I found Super street fighter. Its a great game and is even child friendly. Its just big men kicking ea... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old January 20, 2012

disappointed

not as good as the 2d street fighter games
Teen, 16 years old Written byJocaBrate94 May 17, 2010

What's it about?

SUPER STREET FIGHTER IV is an updated, lower-priced version of 2009's Street Fighter IV. The follow-up allows players to choose from 35 characters and guide them through one-on-one brawls. Players can learn the fighter's story in Arcade Mode, practice in Training and Challenge Modes, or take their skills into the revamped online mode. Players can record fights and send them to friends as well. Each fighter has a series of punches, kicks and throws. Using a series of properly executed thumb-stick motions, players can execute special attacks such as fireball tosses or electrical strikes. Players can also perform Super or Ultra attacks that deliver extra damage.

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the popularity of the Street Fighter franchise. What makes this series in particular so appealing? Does this latest entry do justice to its predecessors?

  • Families can also discuss the depiction of women in this game compared to other fighting games. Though some are scantily clad, the female characters here sport large muscles and look like capable fighters, while women in many other fighting are often very thin with over-sized novelty breasts. Do you find the women in this game to be more believable?

Game details

  • Platforms: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
  • Price: $39.99
  • Available online? Available online
  • Developer: Capcom
  • Release date: April 27, 2010
  • Genre: Fighting
  • ESRB rating: T for Alcohol Reference, Mild Language, Suggestive Themes, Violence

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