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Super Street Fighter IV
A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
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.
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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?
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