Super Street Fighter IV
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Game Reviewed: Super Street Fighter IV
Platform: Xbox 360 (also on PS3)
ESRB Rating: T
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Super Street Fighter IV is an update to last year's very successful brawler, Street Fighter IV. SSF IV is a one-on-one fighting game in which various fighters square off against each other in a tournament. The game features several modes of play including “Arcade”, where you challenge the computer and get to see story elements that provide the motivation for the character’s participation in the tournament. Other modes include “Challenge”, “Training”, and the main draw being “Versus”, which can be played online and offline.
There is not much of a story in SSF IV, but what story is there is about an organization called S.I.N which has organized a fighting tournament. The point of the tournament is not made very clear but it appears that the game’s final boss, Seth, wants data on all the world's best fighters in order to make himself even more powerful.
Fighting games are often popular as they require a degree of skill with the selected combatant in order to achieve victory. This is especially true as you challenge players of higher skill as this will often entice you to practice more in order to achieve victory against them.
Super Street Fighter IV is rated “T” by the ESRB for “Alcohol Reference,” “Mild Language,” “Mild Suggestive Themes,” and “Violence.”
What Parents Need to Know
Being a fighting game it should come as no surprise that there is violence. However, this is more of cartoony type violence as there is no blood and characters will make silly grimaces during some of the more cinematic moves during a fight.
On occasion you will hear damn or hell.
The suggestive themes come from the fact that several of the female fighters wear very revealing clothing.
The game does feature fighters with mystical powers such as hado energy, telekinetic powers, and psychokinetic power. Bison, one of the games villains, makes clones of himself and then uses his power to transfer his spirit to a clone when his old body is worn out.
The alcohol reference is due to one of the levels being mentioned as a “Historic Distillery” and one man in another level is waving a bottle and looks to be drunk.
As a long time fan of the series, Super Street Fighter IV is the perfect fighter for me. The game is really fun and I find myself playing it often. The overall balance and new online modes really elicit that old nostalgic feeling of spending afternoons at the local arcade engaging in friendly competition with real people. One small caution I would give to parents, however, is that this game can cause a very competitive nature and due to this, one can easily find themselves in that “One More” mentality when facing against other opponents, especially when playing online. This is not necessarily a bad thing, but parents who allow their children to play Super Street Fighter IV may want to give their child time limits when playing.