Ultra Street Fighter IV



Updated remix massively expands popular fighting franchise.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

This is a martial arts-themed fighting game with some magical elements. There's constant fighting, it glorifies violence, and it suggests that women need to wear low-cut tops and tight shorts to be both strong and sexy.

Positive role models

There's very little known about the people you fight as in Ultra Street Fighter IV. While many characters from previous games return, it's difficult to say whether they're positive role models or not. But because they're all vicious fighters, they're probably not anyone parents would want kids to emulate. Women are objectified.  

Ease of play

Ultra Street Fighter IV feels similar to other fighting games in terms of control and difficulty. Like other games, you can "button bash" and win quite a bit near the beginning of the game, but it will eventually require more strategy and button mastery to win matches, especially against human opponents.


While not as over the top as Mortal Kombat and other gory fighting games, Ultra Street Fighter IV does focus heavily on combat, whether it's punches and kicks, traditional melee weapons, or magic attacks. While there's no blood or gore, players do cry out in pain and fall to the ground when injured.


Most female fighters have very shapely bodies and show ample amounts of cleavage. During or after a match, the game's "camera" might show a close-up shot of a woman's chest or buttocks.


Words heard include "hell," "damn" and "bastard."


Those who buy Ultra Street Fighter IV on a disc or as a digital download will get all previous downloadable content (DLC) for the game. Capcom hasn't confirmed whether there will be additional content to buy.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

The game has an environment based on a whiskey distillery, with barrels labeled as "Scotch." Plus, there's an inebriated player who wobbles around and uses it as a fighting style.  

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.

Families can talk 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?

Game details

Platforms:PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360
Price:$39.99 ($29.99 for PC)
Pricing structure:Paid
Available online?Not available online
Release date:August 5, 2014
Topics:Magic and fantasy, Sports and martial arts
ESRB rating:T for Alcohol Reference, Mild Language, Suggestive Themes, Violence

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Parent of a 13 and 16 year old Written bynuenjins September 7, 2014

Street Fighter forever milking content.....but still working.

If you never played Street Fighter it's one of the best one on one fighters out there. Unfortunately it could be good without the exploiting and the oversexualized charecter models which are shown close up and very on purpose in intros and some cut scenes. But that is the gaming industry anymore much like Hollywood catering to the LCD ADHD crowd rather than respect or class. That being said this addition gives you 5 new charecters, 4 which are directly 'transposed' from Street Fighter X Tekken and another that is basically a model clone of Cammy whom is an existing charecter but now with a face mask and new moves. Aside from a little extra content the charecters Decapre, Elena, Hugo, Poison, and Rolento are the draw so if infusing your old game with some new blood is worth it plus balance updates, new stages, and YouTube upload then you may be up to the price tag of $15. However note that the content is only compatible with Super SFIV and SSFIV Arcade Edition, and is not stand-alone content. It adds the same content found in the package version of Ultra SFIV (alternate costumes excluded, yet another extra). Once you update you will no longer be able to download Super SFIV and Super SFIV Arcade Edition.
Teen, 15 years old Written bySaad1Khan November 16, 2014
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Adult Written byblaines April 5, 2015


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