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Parents' Guide to

Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition

By Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Update to popular fighter has violence, mild sexuality.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 9+

good its a great game for kids 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 all ages

its for kids
age 15+

Good for teenagers and above, tough to learn

The main reason why most children would not like this is the learning curve, rather than violence or language. Street Fighter has always had a steep learning curve, and this game is no exception. It will take a while to learn how to play the game effectively. Once you do learn how to play well, the game will be very fun. Due to this, I recommend starting with Ryu or Ken to learn the game mechanics. -- The violence is fantastical and the body portrayals are not too bad (although they are still very unrealistic). Arcade Edition managed to unbalance the game, unfortunately. A patch will be released in December 2011 to try to fix the damage Capcom did, though. -- Those wishing to pursue serious and/or tournament play should use an arcade stick.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (4 ):
Kids say (6 ):

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.

Game Details

  • Platforms: PlayStation 3 , Windows , Xbox 360
  • Available online?: Not available online
  • Publisher: Capcom
  • Release date: June 28, 2011
  • Genre: Fighting
  • ESRB rating: T for Alcohol Reference, Mild Language, Suggestive Themes, Violence
  • Last updated: December 18, 2021

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