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Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Ultimate All Stars

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Game Reviewed: Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Ultimate All Stars
Publisher: Capcom
Developer: Capcom
Reviewer: Clint West
Platform: Wii
Category: Fighting
ESRB Rating: T
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Game Description:

Capcom’s versus series has always thrown a level of craziness into the mix of fighting games with its eclectic mixes of characters and wild tag team action. The X-Men have taken on the Street Fighter Cast. Street Fighter has taken on the Marvel Universe. In Marvel vs. Capcom 2 you could even have Jill Valentine from Resident Evil taking on Mega Man! Tatsunoko vs. Capcom is the latest in the “versus” series and was not originally intended for release outside of Japan due to American audiences not having much exposure to the Tatsunoko brand (Tatsunoko is an anime company in Japan.) Due to high demand, however, the game was unleashed upon eager fans abroad.

The game is played from the third person perspective. The objective is simple. Let your characters be the last ones standing. The game can be played as a solo experience or a social experience. The main game mode is the arcade mode where the player battles through pairs of characters punctuated by a large single character boss at the midpoint, and a three-stage-boss at the end. Finishing this mode unlocks extra characters and costumes among other things. In addition, there is a survival mode where you keep fighting until you are defeated. There is also a practice mode to help you learn each character’s abilities. As for the social experience, if you want to fight someone other than the computer, you can play versus mode with a friend or you can play online.

What Parents Should Know

Violence

Lots of fighting violence; characters can be hit with punches, kicks, throws, fireballs, weapon fire, swords, spears, and even a shopping cart with a zombie in it. The final boss has a saw blade attack that appears to draw a small spray of blood if it connects. One character's ending involves him blowing up a building with missiles. Another character’s ending has him giving a dragon like creature an upper cut.

Language

Hell was used a number of times; spoken once and in text in several characters' endings. A** was used at least once.

Sexual Content

One character’s outfit displays deep cleavage. Another character’s outfit resembles a one piece swimsuit. Jun the Swan’s skirt is fairly short. The character, Tekkaman, says he does not have time for a scantily clad character's “temptations.” Morrigan's ending is very suggestive that a sex act is about to occur or is occurring, but then it turns out to be innocent. Many characters, male and female, are dressed in skintight outfits.

Spiritual Content

A character says he has “oni” power. Oni is a Japanese word that can be translated as demon or devil. Morrigan is a succubus, a type of spirit. The final boss Yami is referred to as a demon in one characters ending. Chi is mentioned.

Misc.

One character appears to smoke a long pipe or cigarette when she wins a bout. Also, some of the characters come from games that are rated M, such as Frank West from Dead Rising. In reading about some of the Tatsunoko properties included, at least one of those dealt heavily with the spirit world (Karas).

Reviewer’s Thoughts

I thought Marvel vs. Capcom 2 was one of the best fighting games ever. Tons of characters and packed to the gills with explosive craziness. With that in mind I had high hopes for Tatsunoko vs. Capcom. Unfortunately, I did not think Tatsunoko vs. Capcom quite lived up to my expectations. It is, however, a very balanced and fun fighter. If you own a Wii, you like fighting games and you are not put off by the above mentioned content, then you and your kids will most likely enjoy Tatsunoko vs. Capcom.



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