Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition

Common Sense Media says

Update to popular fighter has violence, mild sexuality.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Fighting games generally don't have positive messages as the goal is to physically defeat your opponents before they can defeat you, and this game is no different. Players spend virtually all of their time engaged in hand-to-hand combat. Plus, many of the women in this game are dressed suggestively and the camera sometimes zooms in on their breasts or buttocks.

Positive role models

This is a fighting game. Consequently, you won't find out much about the personalities and motives of its 39 playable characters. Instead, you'll simply see them fight. Some -- such as the two new characters -- outwardly profess to be evil.

Ease of play

These games aren't easy to pick up for beginners, but at least there are varying difficulty levels when playing against computer-controlled opponents. This "Arcade Edition" is more of an enthusiast purchase for players looking for a competitive, arcade experience.

Violence

Violence is the core gameplay mechanic, but there isn't any blood or gore -- unlike games in a series like Mortal Kombat. Players use punches and kicks to defeat enemies, as well as some special powers, like fireballs and over-the-top aerial moves. Characters sometimes groan or yell when struck.

Sex

Many of the female fighters are dressed suggestively and show a lot of skin. The camera often focuses on overly large and bouncing breasts and there are close-up shots of female buttocks. Male fighters are often topless, too, and show exaggerated muscles.

Language

There is some mild language in the game, such as "damn" and "hell." Players may hear more when playing online and chatting with others. We didn't hear any online opponents using profanity during our evaluation.

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

One scene is in a distillery, of sorts, and there are casks and crates of alcohol labeled as "scotch" and "whiskey."

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition has content that might be deemed inappropriate for young eyes and ears. Expect violence in the form of fierce hand-to-hand fighting, though without blood or gore. Women and men often show a lot of skin, and the camera sometimes zooms up close on female fighters' body parts. There is one visual reference to alcohol and some mild profanity, too. Parents should note that gamers who play online can verbally chat with other players, a feature Common Sense Media does not recommend for pre-teens.

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What's it about?

The third iteration of Capcom's best-selling game for consoles and the PC (including the recent Nintendo 3DS version), SUPER STREET FIGHTER IV: ARCADE EDITION is considered the "definitive" version of this now classic fighting title. Along with the 2D fighting action –- which pits two unique characters against one another in a handful of arenas -– this new disc features 39 characters, including four new ones: Hong King twins Yun and Yang (first introduced in Street Fighter III), the tough-as-nails Oni, and Evil Ryu. It also offers tweaked balancing for all the characters, as well as a few enhancements to the online modes pertaining to viewing and sharing replays. If you already own Super Street Fighter IV, this "Arcade Edition" can be downloaded as a free update. A beefier $15 update offers online matchmaking options to connect with other Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition players.

Is it any good?

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This is a great buy -- assuming you like fighting games and don't own a previous version of Super Street Fighter IV. If you do, just download one of the updates rather than buying it again on a disc for $40. The new characters will be a treat for long-time Street Fighter fans. Plus, the balancing issues discussed (and debated) in online forums should be addressed in this version. Those who like to play online will find a new Replay Follower (follow up to five separate player replays) and you can now distribute your recorded replays to up to 50 players. On a related note, the new Elite Channel lets you watch replays from elite players who have a rating of 3000PP or higher. Be sure to also read our Super Street Fighter IV review, which discusses the more fundamental elements of this classic fighter.

The game plays the same on all three platforms, but the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 version might be more comfortable than a PC because of their controllers (unless you have a gamepad for your computer). Alternatively, you can pick up a licensed Street Fighter controller to make it feel like you're in the arcades.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about violence in fighting games. This genre typically features knock-outs rather than kills, and often lack blood or gore. However, the one-on-one battles can also be longer than in other games, and take place close to the camera. In terms of violence, how does a fighting game stack up against a first-person shooter? 

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  • Families can also discuss value in game purchases. Is there enough new content in this "arcade" edition to justify its price? Would you have gotten more from a completely new game? Do you consider these factors when making game purchased?

Game details

Platforms:Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Windows
Price:$39.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Capcom
Release date:June 28, 2011
Genre:Fighting
ESRB rating:T for Alcohol Reference, Mild Language, Suggestive Themes, Violence (PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360)

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Adult Written byNot a Decoy July 28, 2011
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16
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My first observation.

I know that this isn't a very well reviewed game, but I am new hear and wanted to put my foot on some very common ground. I have always been a big fan of the Street Fighter games ever since I was young, which is a bit hypocritical on a site like this, I understand, but I believe times were fairly different back then. Regardless with how impressionable and "protected" most children are today I believe this game is only truly suitable to the average state wide consenting age of 16. Simply for the face of the scantly clad women and excessive violence.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Parent Written byMohawkskull May 19, 2013
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9
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good its a great game for kids 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 all ages

its for kids
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 16 years old Written byjbenz January 20, 2012
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a perfect game for kids 8 and up

well I didn't see sexuall content and the fighting isn't bad. compared to mortal kombat this game is appropriate the fighting in mortal kombat is like murder the fighting in street fighter isn't half as bad and it is not bad at all

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