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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Entire game centers on violence as entertainment.
Positive Role Models
Basic stories given as loose frameworks for why each fighter is participating in this brutal tournament. Little learned about their lives, but even if they have noble reasons, they're all severely injuring one another without remorse.
Ease of Play
You can have fun even if you're just mashing buttons, but that will only get you so far against opponents who have taken time to master offensive, defensive maneuvers.
Violence & Scariness
Not nearly as graphic as other violent fighting games, this one still has lots of casual brutality. Occasional spurts of blood, portraits after each match show disturbing image of loser's beaten-in face.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Most women wear revealing outfits prominently displaying cleavage, buttocks.
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Products & Purchases
Latest installment in long-running fighting game franchise that is incredibly popular, has produced numerous games, movies, comic books, merchandise, more.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers is the latest installment of a wildly popular fighting game. Players mash and hit buttons to throw punches, kicks, and special moves to defeat enemies. Mastery of these moves -- not only how to do them but also being strategic -- is an absolute requirement to excel at this game. Parents should also know that female characters are scantily clad. Although cartoony, it's all still based in a portrayal of reality with occasional small bits of gore.
Is It Any Good?
While it's still fun and has some new content, this version of the popular fighting franchise could've been a deeper, richer experience. The Final Challengers makes modest attempts to supplement the 1994 game on which it's based, with an impressively extensive digital book of production art with 1,400 illustrations, a Street Fighter V/Street Fighter IV-styled first-person "Way of the Hado" mode (in which players hold the Joy-Con controllers to perform special moves as Ryu), and a "Buddy Battle" mode, where you and a friend can cooperatively and simultaneously take on enemy combatants in a single match. But these additions feel a touch thin. They're fine distractions, as the core of the game has always been playing against the computer and other people. And veteran players will notice altered combo timing and grapple breaks. But it's hard not to feel like this is still an old game. With only Violent Ken and Evil Ryu as "new" characters, you'll wind up pinballing around each mode with your favorite characters and hit a wall sooner or later. Newcomers will be dazzled by the variety, but people familiar with the series will find it familiar. It's still fun, but it could have been so much more.
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