A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that, as fighting games go, there are much more violent and gory ones to be concerned about than Ultra Street Fighter IV (like Mortal Kombat). But bear in mind that it is still a fighting game, and while there's no blood or gore, combat between male and female players is the primary focus. Players can use their fists and feet, weapons (including knives). and magic blasts to defeat enemies. The game also has some scantily clad female characters, mild profanity, and two references to alcohol. Parents should also know that players can expose personal information via YouTube and potentially be subjected to objectionable language through online matches.
What's it about?
Gamers who can't wait for a fresh new installment of Street Fighter might enjoy this remastered version of 2009's best-selling Street Fighter IV. By adding new fighters -- Poison, Hugo, Elena, Rolento, and Decapre -- it brings the roster to 44 unique combatants, each with their own style, moves, and new animations. In this multiplatform disc or download, Capcom has also added new battle environments (Pitstop 109, Cosmic Elevator, Half Pipe, etc), rebalanced gameplay, new modes, and other improvements that fans of the franchise should be happy with. While ULTRA STREET FIGHTER IV is available as an in-game update, those who purchase the retail or full download version of this game will also receive all previous costume downloadable content (DLC) released for the series to date, like the Summer Vacation wear.
Is it any good?
For those who already own Street Fighter IV or Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition, there's some new content here that might be of interest -- including the new characters, environments, and modes -- but it's not like it's an entirely new experience. Those who've never played the 2009 game will no doubt fall for the charm and polish with this "Ultra" version. Along with new fighters like Decapre and Poison, fresh new animation, and better balancing between all the characters, Capcom has added these new modes: Online Training, Fight Request During Offline Training, Offline Battle Log, and an Elimination Mode. Also new is the ability to upload replays via YouTube. Longtime fans might also appreciate the new CGI footage not seen previously. While more evolutionary than revolutionary, this brawler is the definitive version that a serious fighting game fan should own.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the combat in Ultra Street Fighter IV. While it may not be as violent as some other games, brawling is the point of the game. Is the violence OK because of the larger-than-life personalities and cartoonish graphics?
While people can't throw fireballs or float in real life, martial arts is both good exercise and a form of self-defense. But it can also be used to harm people. Do games like this raise your interest in the various martial art forms presented? Why?
- Platforms: PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360
- Price: $39.99 ($29.99 for PC)
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Available online? Not available online
- Developer: Capcom
- Release date: August 5, 2014
- Genre: Fighting
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Sports and Martial Arts
- ESRB rating: T for Alcohol Reference, Mild Language, Suggestive Themes, Violence
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