A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
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.
Violence & Scariness
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.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
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.
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Words heard include "hell," "damn" and "bastard."
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Products & Purchases
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.
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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.
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.
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